Zoroaster then started preaching the doctrine of a single God, and taught against over-ritualistic ceremonies. And it only takes a minute. Penguin Dictionary of World religions, 2nd Edition London, England: Penguin Books 1997 Zoroastrianism. Parthian Empire About 250 B. With Ahura Mazda, we are co-creators of the ideal world. Religious discrimination against women is still alive and thriving! But the Abrahamic religions will not be able to keep their foundations and survive the open society revolution simultaneously.
He was the founder of the daena, din so that other Zoroastrian texts were either adapted to his teachings or originated after him. It is centered on the words of the prophet Zoroaster and focuses worship upon , the Lord of Wisdom. The Persian New Year always begins on the first day of spring March 20 th each year, at the exact time the sun enters Aries Its exact time is calculated according to ancient astronomical methods established by a solar calendar in Persia. Only the Angels could do this, by being in touch with humans. The Zoroastrians encountered by the Jews in Babylonia would have believed, for instance, as they do now that th e world is a battle ground between the forces of Good and Evil.
Iran will only come out to the light and leave the darkness of evil, when the people of Iran embrace their heritage of Zoroastrianism and cast islam into the dust bin of history, islam has always been associated with evil and will remain so, since the founder of this death cult, mohammad and his followers forced this evil religion onto our ancestors, Iran has never been the same. In order to guarantee the impartiality of information on the Chronicle, articles are published without by-lines. The Seleucids who ruled following Alexander's conquests tolerated Zoroastrianism, but it was not until the Parthian Arcasids overthrew the Seleucids from Persia in 141 B. For example, only certain specific members of the Zoroastrian community are allowed to come into contact with a dead body Traditional 4. There were five other radiant divinities as well, which are the Amesha Spentas, or the Holy Immortals. There is only one way to fight evil, and that is by spreading goodness, just as there is only one way to fight the darkness, and that is by spreading light. If the soul has led a righteous life one in accord with the divine Plan , the maiden appears in a beautiful form.
Khshathra Vairya is associated with the sky and with the mineral kingdom. The texts of the Torah, Bible and Quran preach discrimination against women, degradation and subjugation of women, and even violence against women! These seven mighty intelligences are also guardians of various kingdoms of nature. The Optimism of Zoroastrianism Mother Earth: Unto you, O Creator, the Soul of Mother Earth complained thus: Wherefore did you create me? Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing Company, 1978. He had subsequent and similar visions, during which he asked God many questions. In this exchange of thought and belief, what has obviously been transferred has been some of the visibly manifest aspects of the religion, namely rituals and myths.
Gan festivals are held whenever the day and month are both associated with the same aspect, such as fire, water, etc. Fire is also recognized as a powerful purifier and is respected for that reason. Man cannot live by bread and material things alone, she is a thinking; feeling and willing being who needs spiritual nourishment. This section is dedicated to the divine message revealed by Asho Zarathushtra who was known to the ancient World as Zoroaster. This belief holds that in the time of King Jashmed, Ahura Mazda the Zoroastrian god revealed the basic tenets of what was to become the Zoroastrian faith Traditional 5.
When he was thirty, he saw God in a vision. Fellow Zoroastrians seeking matrimonial correspondence with their co-religionists. In the meantime, Zoroastrianism spread to Western Iran and became an established religion. These two communities, the Iranian and Indian, are now united, go to the same fire temples, intermarry, and prosper in harmony. Personal salvation is attained through making the right choice. Zoroastrianism clearly has had a large influence on Christianity.
According to the Fezana Journal Survey of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, there are around 11,000 Zoroastrians in the , 6,000 in Canada, 5,000 in England, and 2,700 in New Zealand. After twelve years, Zoroaster left Persia to find a place which would be more welcoming of his religious views. The migrated from Persia to India. Zoroastrians do not believe that good things in life are detrimental to the spiritual life or that we should denigrate the material world. It is horrible scholarship and should be thrown in the trash. Anger, rapine, outrage, plunder, aggression and violence are present everywhere.
And Zarathustra came down off the mountain with a message that he wished to preach to all humanity. The mask prevents the fire from being desecrated by his breath. It was inaugurated on 21st March 1725 B. Greek sources place Zoroaster at 6000 years before the death of Plato, that is, about 6350 B. The Younger Avesta also contains myths and details of rituals to be followed. All the experiences in the material world are collected.
To run such a website is very expensive. One must be born into the religion in order to participate, and marriage within the Zoroastrian community is strongly encouraged although not required. Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, and then all beneficial rewards will come to you also. The notion of a savior being born of a virgin is obviously well known, as are the concepts of heaven and hell, judgement at death and also at a later day of Judgement, and the existence of evil. The oldest part of the Zoroastrian scriptures are the Gathas, which are the direct teachings of Zoroaster and his conversations with Ahura Mazda in a series of visions.
In any case, Zoroastrian concepts and beliefs are evident in Islamic practice and faith. However, with the number of Zoroastrians in steady decline, some communities are now accepting converts. The ultimate triumph of good and transmutation of evil into good by living dynamic good life are assured. It seems that now is the time for us to re-assess and capture the essence of Zoroastrianism once again! God has no Form We, Zoroastrians, usually start our prayers with the words Glory be to God. A divinity who created a dualistic physicality which for its very existence required dual aspects, for each aspect is only definable and may be experienced in the full context of itself vs. They are given a scared shirt and cord. Today, ongoing persecution of Zoroastrianism continues, especially in its now Muslim-dominated places of origin.