"The best life is for the one,
who turns towards light,
and sheds light to others." Zarathustra
Poem of Atomes: Salar Aghili
"We are not born to creep and crawl on earth. We are born to fly to the ultimate."
Fravashi, in Zoroastrianism, refers to the preexisting external higher soul or essence of a person (and according to some sources, also the soul/essence of gods and angels). Associated with Ahura Mazdā- the supreme divinity- since the first creation, Fraveshi have participated in the supreme divinity’s nature of pure light and inexhaustible bounty. By free choice they descend into the world to suffer and combat the forces of Ignorance, knowing they will experience inevitable resurrection at the final glory. Each individual’s Fravashi, which is distinct from his incarnate soul, subtly guides him in life toward the realization of his higher nature. Fravashis are the divine, spiritual essence and guardian spirits that represent the omniscience and omnipresence of Ahura Mazda. They are the proto-types of mankind, the active presence of Ahura Mazda in everyone of us.
The Significance of the Faravahar / Farohar Figure
1) The Faravahar’s face resembles the face of a human being and therefore illustrates connection to mankind. Our collective human journey is toward growth and freedom from ignorance.
2) There are two wings appearing in each of the two sides of the image, and each wing has three main feathers.
These three feathers symbolize good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, which are at the same time the motive of flight and advancement.
3) The lower part of the Faravahar also consists of three parts, representing evil thoughts, evil words, and evil deeds which cause misery and misfortune for human beings.
4) There are two loops at the two sides of the Faravahar, which represent Sepanta Minu (good thoughts and Wisdom), and Angra Minu (Spirit of Ignorance and evil).
The former is directed toward the face and the latter is located at the back. This also indicates that we have to proceed forward toward the goodness and turn away from evil.
5) There is a circle in the middle of the Faravahar’s trunk.
This symbolizes that our spirit is immortal, having neither a beginning, nor an end.
6) One hand of the Faravahar is pointing upwards illustrating that humans have to struggle to thrive.
7) The other hand holds a ring. Some interpretations consider this as the ring of covenant, representing loyalty and faithfulness to the path of goodness and wisdom.