A Brief Discussion on
by Fritz S. Rivera
Zoroastrianism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra) and was formerly among the world's largest religions. It was probably founded some time before the 6th century BCE in Persia (Iran). The term Zoroastrianism is, in general usage, essentially synonymous with Mazdaism (the worship of Ahura Mazda, exalted by Zoroaster as the supreme divine authority).
Zoroastrianism is arguably the world·s oldest monotheistic religion. It also acknowledges two competing principles representing good and evil: Spenta Mainyu (´Bounteous Spiritµ) and Angra Mainyu (´Destructive Spiritµ) Humans are intimately involved in this struggle.
. holding off chaos and destruction through active goodness.
. Zoroastrianism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra) and was formerly among the world's largest religions. The term Zoroastrianism is. in general usage. essentially synonymous with Mazdaism (the worship of Ahura Mazda. It was probably founded some time before the 6th century BCE in Persia (Iran). exalted by Zoroaster as the supreme divine authority).
Vohu Manah took him to the other six Amesha Spentas. where he received the completion of his vision. he went into the Daiti river to draw water for a Haoma ceremony. After this.C Zarathushtra preached that there is only One God whom he referred to as the ´Lord of Wisdomµ . when Zoroaster was 30 years old. On vernal equinox of the 1737 B.
. when he emerged. he received a vision of Vohu Manah.
God's adversary. Zoroaster said that these were evil spirits and were workers of Angra Mainyu. His vision radically transformed his view of the world.
. and he tried to teach this view to others. Some of the deities of the old religion. the Daevas. Zoroaster believed in one creator God. appeared to delight in war and strife. teaching that only one God was worthy of worship.
. whose order was revealed to humanity through the MathraMathraSpenta ("Holy Words"). On his 30th birthday Zoroaster received several disclosures from the Amesa Spenta. receives from Ahura Mazda the fire and the law book. the holy immortal. Daena (din in modern Persian) is the eternal Law.Zoroaster.
. protector. he was still omniscient. While Ahura Mazda. and cosmic order. Ahura Mazda is the beginning and the end. but one that could destroy evil eventually. the Pure and the only Truth. judge. He is the creator. omniscient. In Zoroastrianism. righteousness. the creator of everything that can and cannot be seen. benefactor. He was not an omnipotent God. the Eternal.
which was refused. To achieve such a universe. Ahura Mazda initially offered Ahriman peace.
. Ahura Mazda then set out to establish a spiritual army. One of Ahura Mazda's objectives is to create a universe which is completely good. Ahriman or Angra Mainyu is the embodiment of evil and the antithesis of Ahura Mazda. One of his first acts was the creation of the seven Amesha Spentas.
Zoroastrian temples keep a fire burning at all times to represent his eternal power. The visitor is then anointed with ash from the fire. Fire is also recognized as powerful purifier and is respected for that reason. The most holy temple fires take up to a year to consecrate. The mask prevents the fire from being desecrated by his breath. which is placed in the fire by a masked priest.The Fire Temple
Ahura Mazda is strongly associated with both fire and the Sun. Visitors to fire temples bring an offering of wood.
. and many have been burning for years or even centuries.
Mazda is not immanent in the world. The Avesta is the primary collection of sacred texts of Zoroastrianism.Good and Evil have distinct sources : Evil (druj) trying to destroy the creation. composed in the Avestan language. Yazatas.
. and good trying to sustain. (asha). and His creation is represented by the Amesha Spentas and the host of other Yazatas. (druj) Mazda (asha).
the guardian spirit of an individual
.The winged symbol is the Fravashi.
The ethical principle of Zoroastrianism. Hukhta.
Humata. Hukhta. Huveshta
The ethical principle of Zoroastrianism.
and only through goodness will chaos be kept at bay. A person·s goodness determines their ultimate fate after death. Hukhta.
The ethical principle of Zoroastrianism. This is the divine expectation of humans.Humata.
and must face their consequences. However. we are also responsible for our choices. because of the law of cause and effect.Choice
As human beings we are given the right to choose.
Purpose in Life
To be among those who renew the world« to make the world progress towards perfection.
Happiness is a byproduct of a way of living. And happiness is for those who work for the happiness of others.
God leaves us alone and allows us to make our choices. and if we choose evil.
. This is how the moral universe operates. we will cause evil. And if we choose good. we will bring about good.Dualism
having given us the ability to choose.
Good Thoughts Good Words and Good Deeds