Javedan Xrao – Some Fragments of the Eternal Wisdom of Aosnara the Wise which are extant in Parsig (Pahlavi), Arabic and Persian by Dr Rahm Asha
Jāvēdān Xraδ – Some Fragments of the Eternal Wisdom of Aošnara the Wise which are extant in Pārsīg (Pahlavi), Arabic and Persian by Dr Raham Asha.
There are two parallel traditions as regards the oldest book of the wisdom literature of the Parsis; one attributes it to the counsellor of a king, the wise Aošnara – a fragmentary treatise ascribed to him survives in Pārsīg – the other attributes it to the king, Haosyayha. The name of the book, Jāvēdān Xraδ, has been preserved in Arabic and a few fragments of it are found in Arabic and Persian.
The author suggests that the confusion of the name of Aošnara (Pers. Hosnar) with that of Haosyayha (Pers. Hōšang) has created these two different traditions. The Jāvēdān Xraδ was infact the Pārsīg Sophia prennis collected under the name of Aošnara. This book is a collection of all sayings attributed to Aošnara or quoted from the Jāvēdān Xraδ.
The author, Dr Raham Asha, is a research scholar whose studies of Persa – Aryan linguistics often involve the reconstruction of the conceptual universe of the Mazdayasnians. The books written by him include The Cosmic Doctrine of the Magi (1995), The Medical Doctrine of the Magi (1999), The Significance of the Sacred Girdle (2005) and The Avesta Glossary (2009.)