Religious Authorities of the times of Zoroaster believed in many gods.
did not conform to the teachings of the religious authorities that belonged to
His times. However He did not bring them down altogether.
gave the most important position to Ahura Mazda, as the Highest God, who could
bestow bliss and immortality.
teachings, angered those, whom he called the followers of the Lie (dregvant).
taught that the Good Lord has an opponent, whose name is Ahriman. The latter
embodies the principle of evil, and those who followed Ahriman, were
followers of the lie, in other words, were evil.
taught that in the beginning, spirits were given the right to choose: “life or
not life” Thus was born: good and evil.
believed that Ahura Mazda reigned over both.
was Heaven awaiting the good ones, and a hell awaiting the evil ones.
Ahriman will be destroyed, and in the world, there will only be good, and all
will live in perfect bliss.
is based on the Law of Asha. The latter is akin to the Law of Karma. The Law of
cause and effect. “As you sow,so shall you reap”
concept of God:
Ahura Mazda, was the highest god, worthy of being worshipped, sovereign
law provider, who could bestow bliss and immortality.
According to the Gathas: Ahura Mazda created Heaven and earth, night and
The Wise Lord, together with the
amesha spentas, (6 or 7 Beneficent Immortals.)
will vanquish the spirit of evil.
Let us have a look at who, Zoroaster
called ‘Amesha Spentas’ (Beneficient Immortals), whose names are constantly
mentioned in the Gathas.
The names of the Beneficient
Immortals frequently recur throughout the Gathas and may be said to characterize
Zoroaster's thought and His concept of God.
the words of the Gathas, Ahura Mazda is the father of theHoly
Spirit, of Justice, Truth, of Righteous Thinking, and of
other three beings (entities) of this group are said to personify qualities
attributed to Ahura Mazda: they are Desirable Dominion, Wholeness, and
and God, should both possess the good qualities mentioned above.
sacrificing of cattle accompanied by the consumption of intoxicating drinks was
prevalent during the times of Zoroaster. The eternal flame in the Temple of fire
continues to remain linked with the place of
lived for 77 years.
believe that He preached to many nations and fought in a sacred war.
the 8th and 10th centuries religious persecution
led some of the Zoroastrians
to leave Iran and settle in India, most of them, in the region of Bombay.
the 19th century the Parsees renewed contact with the remaining Zoroastrians in
Iran, the Gabars.
two groups, and their emigrants to other countries are today, the only surviving
practitioners of Zoroastrianism.
are distinguished for their wealth and education. I have heard a story, that
when the Parsees came to India, they promised to mingle with the inhabitants,
like sugar does with milk.
believe that they have kept their promise. Besides the last quality, mentioned
about them, Parsis are known for their wealth, education and humanitarian