"The best life is for the one,
who turns towards light,
and sheds light to others." Zarathustra
Zarathustra- Zar (Gold, shinning in Persian)- The Golden Star
Zoroaster, also known as Zarathustra, was an ancient Iranian prophet whose teachings developed into Zoroastrianism. He inaugurated a movement that eventually became the dominant religion in Ancient Persia (Iran). He is dated around 4000 years ago. The core of his teaching is formed of 17 songs called the Gatha. The word "Gatha", in the Old Persian language means "songs" and refers to Zarathustra's thought-provoking songs.
The religion founded by Zoroaster was the first major world religion and has had significant influence on other religious and philosophical systems, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, the Bahá'í Faith, Gnosticism and Greek philosophy. Zoroastrianism eventually became the official religion of Ancient Persia and its distant subdivisions from the 6th century BCE to the 7th century CE until the Arab invasion and subsequent Muslim conquest of Persia (modern-day Iran) in the mid 7th century. Zoroaster encouraged his followers to worship Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord.
Zarathustra teaches us that the aim of life is to live a happy and joyful existence on this earth. A person's contentment in life does not depend on following certain moralities or beliefs blindly. Rather, it is one's state of being and consciousness. Zarathustra often speaks of two worlds, the physical (visible, material) and metaphysical (invisible, spiritual, consciousness). These two worlds are inter-related and human beings live and move in these two worlds simultaneously. The work of a man or a woman is to live in the union of these two worlds consciously, joyfully, and harmoniously. Disharmony between these two worlds creates illness and suffering in one's life.
An important element of Zarathustra’s vision is free will. This means that Zarathustra emphasized the moral responsibility of the individual. Every decision people make is an opportunity to provide support either to Ahura Mazda (light and consciousness) or Ahriman (darkness and unconsciousness), a choice to live consciously or unconsciously. This is why it is so important for people to have a clear understanding of what is wisdom (God) and what is ignorance (evil) since, in every decision we make, we are supporting one of the two sides. It is our capacity to distinguish good from evil that sets us apart from the animals, who are thought to have neither moral sense nor free will. It is the freedom of choice that allows human beings to be part of the cosmic struggle and align themselves with one side or the other.
Every man and woman can freely choose his or her way of life and vision, good or bad. And this freedom of choice makes every human a responsible person; responsible for their own happiness and misery. "Good" means the forces that move people towards happiness and "bad" means the forces that prevent them from reaching it. Ahura Mazda is temporarily not Omnipotent, unable to destroy all ignorance. God Created Humanity as a necessary and essential element for World Renovation. Human's existence is Necessary to overcome the ignorance. Ignorance exists as a force contrary to the Consciousness.
Zarathustra claimed that every person was an active “participant” in the cosmic struggle and was free to choose sides, he imbued human life with a higher dimension and meaning than it had in earlier religious systems. After Zoroaster, every choice one made in one's daily life was of cosmic importance; one was always working either for good or evil, in the smallest of gestures and the simplest of actions.
Practicing daily Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds are the essence of Zarathustra's ethical code.
Zarathustra is unique. He is the only one who is not against life, who is for life; whose god is not somewhere else; whose god is nothing but another name for life itself. And to live totally, to live joyously and to live intensely, is all that religion is based on."
Cello Blue, David Darling