In Faithism you will learn a number of terms that will be new to you. Others, will be familiar but may actually have a different meaning than you may be aware of.
On of these terms is “Chinvat”.
What is “Chinvat”?
One online encyclopedia describes Chinvat in this way:
“The Chinvat Bridge [ʧinva:t] (Avestan Cinvatô Peretûm, “bridge of judgement” or “beam-shaped bridge” or the Bridge of the Requite in Zoroastrianism is the sifting bridge which separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. All souls must cross the bridge upon death. The bridge is guarded by two four-eyed dogs.
A related myth is that of Yama, the Hindu ruler of Hell who watches the gates of Hell with his two four-eyed dogs.
The Bridge’s appearance varies depending on the observer’s asha, or righteousness. As related in the text known as the Bundahishn, if a person has been wicked, the bridge will appear narrow and the demon Vizaresh will emerge and drag their soul into the druj-demana (the House of Lies), a place of eternal punishment and suffering similar to the concept of Hell. If a person’s good thoughts, words, and deeds in life are many, the bridge will be wide enough to cross, and the Daena, a spirit representing revelation, will appear and lead the soul into the House of Song. Those souls that successfully cross the bridge are united with Ahura Mazda. Often, the Chinvat Bridge is identified with the rainbow, or with the Milky Way galaxy, such as in Professor C.P. Tiele’s “History of Religion “. However, other scholars such as C.F. Keary and Ferdinand Justi disagree with this interpretation, citing descriptions of the Chinvat Bridge as straight upward, rather than curvilinear.
Three divinities are thought to be guardians of the Chinvat Bridge: Sraosha (Obedience), Mithra (Covenant) and Rashnu (Justice).
Alternate names for this bridge include Chinwad, Cinvat, Chinvar or Chinavat.
The concept of the Chinvat bridge is similar to that of the As-Sirāt in Islam.”
In the Oahspe glossary Chinvat is described in this manner:
“The boundary between the rotating atmosphere of the earth and the ether beyond. Called also Bridge of Chinvat.”
If we examine these two concepts we can see that they are not at odds with one another. A barrier between the Atmospherean realm and the Etherean Realm is also in harmony with a concept of a Spiritual Bridge where ascending souls cross and wicked souls do not.
That makes sense. Only those who cross into Etherea will be saved, and the Chinvat Bridge is the place where the crossing between atmospherea and Etherea is made. Thanks for this post.
“Beware of spirits and Gods who profess to save the souls of men, saying: Only through me shall ye escape the labor of atmospherea and arise to
Chinvat. I declare unto you that all such spirits and Gods belong to the lower heavens, where they have kingdoms, and they are the tyrants thereof (Zarathustra). “- Book of Sapha
“No man shall reach Chinvat but by perfecting himself either on earth or in the lower heavens”-(Abraham). -Book of Sapha
Chinvat is also equated from the Scandinavian Mythological concept of “Bi-Frost” (Pronounced “Beef-Roast”), the Rainbow Bridge that extends between Midgard (the physical world) and Asgard (The Realm of the gods).
Also of note, in Oahspe, the boundary of Chinvat explained as being beyond the orbit of the moon.