EVERY PERSON HAS TWO FUNDAMENTAL PARTS inside them. One is how we think about and view ourselves-our personality or ego. The other is who we truly are-our essence. Our essence is what connects us to Ultimate Consciousness and Supreme Wisdom, and brings us closer to Aura Mazda, or God. However, most of us live our lives unaware of our essence and remain in the lower level of our ego. We need to become conscious of our essence and transcend our ego to become who we truly are.
This transcendence can be achieved by following the ancient teaching and wisdom of Zarathustra, a spiritual teacher who lived more than 5,000 years ago in Persia. Rooted in the philosophy of good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, these teachings guide us toward becoming authentic to our true selves in our daily activities and throughout our lives.
You are invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery that will help you uncover your essence and become a more conscious being. Examine the four layers of personal identity--your needs, desires, devotion, and will-through the lens of seven attributes of Ahura Mazda, and transcend them to realize your purpose, which is to become authentic to your true self.
HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT BORN to creep and craw on Earth like caterpillars. They are born to transform into butterflies and become free. Through intention, learning, and wisdom, this freedom is possible for each one of us.
Throughout history, the wisdom of Zarathustra has spread and impacted a variety of different belief systems. His wisdom has inspired and guided Greeks, Romans, Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Before the time of Zarathustra, people worshiped many gods and goddesses. They worshiped different gods for rain, prosperity, health, sunshine, earthquakes, or floods.
Zarathustra challenged the old tradition of the Indo-European religions that was practiced before him and created an awareness and movement that eventually became the dominant religion in Persia. From the Zarathustra’s perspective, everyone has choices in life, and every choice comes with a consequence. The way of Zarathustra is a guide to understanding and making choices that lead to freedom.
Central to Zarathustra’s teaching is the philosophy “good thoughts, goodwords, good deeds.” That is the way to life and freedom. There is more to being human than just existing. In these pages, you will find ways to think about your purpose and your existence from the perspective of body, mind, and spirit.
The author explores the meaning of “good” as it is taught by Zarathustra. “Good thoughts, good
words, good deeds” is the central, core teaching in Mazdaism. We find our way to our authentic
self by embracing this teaching and by being conscious of our choices. As humans, we have the
gift of free will or choice, and by choosing good thoughts and good words in our internal world,
which is invisible, we will do good deeds in our external world, which is visible.
In this way, we do no harm to ourselves or others, and grow into consciousness and our authentic selves.
Once again employing analogy and metaphor, the author invites us to a deeper understanding
of what it means to choose what is good, and follow the teachings of Zarathustra.
Do we actually have a choice in who we are? Obviously, we do not have a choice in where, when, or to whom we were born, or any physical characteristics or limitations we are born with. But what about our life circumstances? To what extent do we have a choice in the struggles we experience in life, the thoughts we think, or even our career or financial situation? How much of our life is influenced by external factors such as biology, accident, or even luck? These questions leave us wondering if we really have any choice or control over the direction, circumstances, and experiences of our lives.
The factors that influence our lives and our choices are numerous and complex. In Mazdaism, the belief is that we indeed have the freedom to choose. The teachings of Zarathustra explain that we are not defined by our personality, but by our essence. With deep understanding, awareness, and by elevating our consciousness, we can nurture higher qualities within our minds and achieve true freedom. Without this, we are not genuinely free to shape our destiny.
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