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Zarathushtra's vital Message




Antia,Mazda K.



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3,738 years later the message is still relevant. Still vital to our success in this life. Still vital to our success in delivering the ultimate goal of Zoroastrianism, Freshokereti - the renewal of the Earth.

One of my favorite things about Zarathushtra’s philosophy is that it empowers those who choose to accept it and live by it. We are not victims of a wrathful illogical God; we are not sinners; we do not have to submit to a powerful God (and his supposed representatives on Earth) to be saved; and we don’t have to take on faith irrational concepts and beliefs.

Rather Zarathushtra empowered humans, perhaps for the first time, to understand how the world could be and how to work to perfect it. Basically, we become co-creative with Ahura Mazda.

Zarathushtra was the first prophet and philosopher to proclaim that there is one wise creator; that the world evolves according to some basic laws of goodness; that humans have an element of godliness in them that gives them the power to think and choose righteousness or goodness in everything we do; and finally, that humans can and should co-create and perfect the world through their good choices.

The principles of Zoroastrianism are based on truth and justice, connected with wisdom and tied together with the concept of free choice. And when they ask what the purpose of our existence is here on earth? We have the answer; it is to renew the world, through righteousness!

Zoroastrianism forces us to think of issues greater than those that concern us individually. We have to focus on the world at large. What Zoroastrian solutions can we come up with for problems that all humans are facing?

What we care about as a community, the things we do for the world and for others, may be the best indication of who we are as a community of Zoroastrians. The goal of the religion is not the happiness of the individual but making others happy.

Zarathushtra’s message shifts the focus from an individualistic highly personal way of thinking to a much broader, less self-absorbed way of thinking, acting, and living. That is, doing what is good or "best" in each situation is often different than doing what is advantageous or convenient to an individual. This has implications for how we live our lives, how we interact with others in person and in a societal setting, and how we choose leaders. I like to think of Zarathushtra’s message as that of the image of a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world and setting into motion a series of events perhaps causing a hurricane in another part of the world. Zarathushtra's message can be the wing moving people's minds in a small way completely changing the kind of life they lead -- away from living a life focused on what's best for one alone, and towards living a good life that improves the world for all people and beings in the world.

What does all this mean? It means we have to work towards perfection in every aspect of our lives. Each individual has God’s most important attribute within him or her; the attribute of the Good Mind. Each individual has full freedom to choose to think and speak and act in good and righteous ways (according to the law of Asha). Those who choose to follow their good mind and transform good thoughts into words and action everyday and in each and every choice -large and small - help move the world closer to completion and perfection. In this way each person has the potential and ability to be a co-leader with God in renewing and perfecting this world.

As individuals we must continually strengthen our Good Mind - that ability to know the right path or choice in a situation - and the capacity for loving others within ourselves. We have to strive to understand and choose the right and good path in every choice we make in our lives, not for any reward, but because it is the right thing to do. This process starts within ourselves; and as we individuals are transformed, it affects our families, then our neighbors, then our communities, then our countries, and ultimately the entire world.