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The case for Zarathushtrianism at the turn of the 3rd Millennium

Personal Perspective


Mehrfar, Dr. Khosro



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The time was ticking away.  Most of the nations of the world celebrated the beginning of the new millennium all over the planet in major cities with songs full of joy and promises.  Ironically, the symphony performing in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas the birthplace and holy shrines of the 3 major religions of the world with the same Abrahamic root was the acclaimed composition of the late German composer, Richard Strauss.  Was it a coincidence or was it intentional? It was a symbolic gesture as to the future of our tiny planet and where we may be heading in the new millennium.

Strauss composed his masterpiece that is internationally known as the “Splendid of God” based on Frederick Nietzsche's book  “Thus Sprauch Zarathsuhtra”.  He adapted the title of Nietzsche's book for his composition, and thus gave a vocal representation to the contents of the book.  For me, as a believer in the universal framework of Zarathushtra, which was laid out in his grand vision, about 4000 years ago and so aptly manifested in his ever-lasting, ever-fresh Gathas, it was a confirming moment.

The moment was an affirmation of a conviction that based on the very essence of the Zarathsuhtra’s messages, ethical forces of perfection and progressions are at work and are leading us to that ideal world.  The world that we shall all be a part of in love and affection, in caring and passion, in joy and sorrow.  A new world for us and generations to come.

The moment was a reflection of a belief system that is built upon the ever-lasting principles of “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds”.  It was a time to realize that, the progression of our human society about 6.8 billion strong is towards, enlightenment, understanding and knowledge.  It was about realizing the current state of human accomplishments and trying to make progress to even higher grounds.  This precious moment was an affirmation to respecting the nature and this tiny planet we call mother Earth, a place to preserve, cherish and prosper 

The moment was about the state of Humanity with all its Good and Evil.   It was about the principle of “Freedom of Choice” so powerfully and so eloquently advocated by Zarathushtra, in many pages of his Gathas.  A principle so profound in Zarathushtra’s vision that a baby born into a Zarathushtrian family who have been faithful for millennia, is not considered Zarathushtrian, until he/she reaches an age to “Ponder and Think” about the belief and then either “Choose” or  “Not to Choose” it. 

The moment was a point in time, to prove that we are moving towards the wisdom based on knowledge and understanding and away from prejudice, bigotry and superstitions.  It was a time to tell us all, that the new world to come,  wants all her citizens to be equal in all rights.  There will be no divisions among citizens of the new world.  This world will not and cannot be divided into two camps of masters and slaves, Men and Women.  

It was a proof that, we all are here to help God who knows nothing but Good, to make a better world in many different ways that each one of us can.  It was a proof that eventually Good will pay off and evil will go down to defeat.   <<It was about this remarkable statement that the most famous physicist or perhaps most famous scientist of the last century delivered.  A remarkable statement in one of his speech,  which in my personal opinion resembles the basics of the Zarathushtra’s vision.  When asked about his idea and belief on religion,  Albert Einstein this great scientist of the 20th century said;

"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."

In Zarathushtrianism, there exists no such thing as a “Blind Faith”.  There is no “Fear of Death” neither “Fear of Life”.  All is based on logic and morals.  The vision is based on an ethical and rational progression towards perfection of knowledge and humanity.

That faithful moment in Bethlehem for me,  was about the “Law of Righteousness”, or “Ultimate Truth”, one of the most fundamentals of Zarathushtra’s vision.  It reminded me of the great works of Steven Hawking of Cambridge and the amazing resemblance between what Zarathushtra called “Ultimate Truth” and what Hawking called “Remarkable Truth”, which for the sake of reference, I have presented it below. "Where do we come from?

How did the universe begin? Why is the universe the way it is? How will it end?”

All my life, I have been fascinated by the big questions that face us, and have tried to find scientific answers to them. If, like me, you have looked at the stars, and tried to make sense of what you see, you too have started to wonder what makes the universe exist.  The questions are clear, and deceptively simple. But the answers have always seemed well beyond our reach. Until now.

The ideas, which had grown over two thousand years of observation, have had to be radically revised.  In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves.  From sitting at the center of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. And our galaxy itself is just one of billions of galaxies, in a universe that is expanding. But this is far from the end of a long history of inquiry.  Many more questions remain to be answered, before we can hope to have a complete picture of the universe we live in.

I want you to share my excitement at the discoveries, past and present, which have revolutionized the way we think. From the Big Bang to black holes, from dark matter to a possible Big Crunch, our image of the universe today is full of strange sounding ideas, and remarkable truths. The story of how we arrived at this picture is the story of learning to understand what we see."

It is the collection of these moments as proof that beneath the “Supreme Intellectuality” of Zarathushtra’s God, Ahura Mazda, there are divine attributes that collectively bring about the all Goodness of “Supreme Intellect”.

And it was a moment to once again, prove it is the  “Universalism of Zarathushtra” that is conquering the hearts and capturing the minds of all citizens of the world who happen to know him, read his manifest, ponder on his philosophy, analyze his doctrine and choose for themselves free of any pre-built dogma or prejudice what each one of them think is the best for the ethical and rational progression of our human society towards perfection. 

And, the time is ticking away taking us to where we all will be one with the God of Zarathushtra, the God of all Good, Bliss and Happiness.