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43Zarathustra and Cosmos
 

European Centre for Zoroastrian Studies

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 Zarathustra and Cosmos

Zoroastrianism wants a "mentally and physically" free, democratic, productive, beneficial, progressive, refreshing and happy society in a healthy natural environment of serene sovereignty.

Zarathustra and Cosmos

We have the Semitic founders/reformers of religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha'ism -- who are the persons chosen by God and are given, through revelation, the prescriptions and proscriptions to obey. For them, the chaos -- floods, storms, earthquakes, epidemic diseases and many more calamities -- in the world is either the divine punishments for disobedience or the works of a rebel archangel who is running free to run down his creator's world.

On the other hand, we have Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Jainism, which have their founders as researchers who have found the path to eternity-ameretât or voidness-shunyata. While Buddhism and Jainism know only about the causes of "misery" in the human society governed to harm by arbiterary a sheer "desire" and see the solution in forsaking social activities, Zoroastrianism wants a "mentally and physically" free, democratic, productive, beneficial, progressive, refreshing and happy society in a healthy natural environment of serene sovereignty.

Of all these founders, Zarathushtra is the only person who asks 93 questions in his songs of a total of only 241 stanzas about COSMOS, an orderly harmonious systematic universe and the human society. His very questions provide the thought-provoking answers. He observes the sky, sun, moon, stars, and the earth (with its air, water, vegetation and animals) to form a part of the COSMOS. He does not see any unnatural occurrences. And he clearly OBSERVES Mazda Ahura, the Super-Intellect Essence as the creator, maintainer and promoter of the COSMOS.

He discovers WRONG only in the human society. Wrong choices by their mentality drive the humans to kill, harm, hurt and rob humans and other animals. It is they who destroy and ruin the natural environment.

He has his Sublime Songs to guide humanity in the Primal Principles of Life to "entirety and eternity" by reforming and refreshing the society to its beneficially progressive status. With no prescriptions and proscriptions, which outdate themselves, his Songs are the Divine Guide to Haurvatât-Entirety and Ameretât-Eternity in the COSMOS we live. The Primal Principles make the human society a COSMOS too.

Ali A. Jafarey,
Orange County, Southern California

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