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Zoroastrianism has never been a human-centered or human centric philosophy. The poetic gathas and Zoroastrianism teach a wisdom-centered philosophy. The emphasis of the poetic gathas is on:
• The wondrous odyssey/journey of spirit/mind or minoo,
• The evolution/unleashing of mind-powers
• And the brilliant triumph of the spirit.
The seer/prophet in his inspired verse or gathas teaches that this universe and all other worlds are spirit/mind in essence. Mind/Spirit is the purest essence of all the countless worlds and substance of which all the known or unknown dimensions are composed.
Mind/Spirit is in a progressive journey of learning, discovery and experimentation. A “splendid, bright, auspicious mind energy” (speñtá mainyü) overcomes all limitations and unleashes evermore wondrous powers and creativity. (Avestan speñtá “splendid” Sanskrit svetah “bright;” Old Church Slavonic sviteti “brilliant” svetu “brilliance;” Lithuanian sviesti “grow brilliant” svaityti “to radiate, illumine, brighten.”)
While, the brightness and splendor (speñtá) of the spirit/mind is original and everlasting; the affliction, constriction and agony (añgrá) of the spirit is a perversion and only temporary. Frustration, limitation, affliction (añgrá) appears when the spirit’s “wish/desire is not to ascend/overcome” anymore (nöit eresh vishyátá; Compare Avestan eresh with Proto Indo European ereð, “to mount, ascend, high, lofty” Old Irish ard)
Limitations and agony will be overcome through the ages of this world and through the trials of time and space. Añgrá “agony, frustration, limitation and stagnation” is trapped in this material universe to be undone. (añgrá is equivalent to Old Norse angr “distress, grief, sorrow, affliction.” It also means “narrow, constricted.” Compare with Lithuanian ankstas. While speñtá mainyü is the “splendid, bright, auspicious spirit/mind energy;” añgrá is “the beaten, limited, afflicted and broken spirit.”)
Zarathushtra’s ONE Gd is Mazdá; and Ma(n)zdá is all the wisdom/foresight that the spirit will master, all the wondrous, powers of mind that will be unleashed, all the new horizons and unknown splendors that will be realized through the unseen powers of the spirit/minoo.
Mazdá or more accurately Ma(n)zdá is the same as Greek Metis and Vedic meðá, but above all is very similar to the rune Mannaz of the Vikings of old.
Mannaz is the spirit/mind-power of the worlds; the ever-unfolding spirit/mind in earth, mortal men and cosmos. Mannaz is the rune of Mimir’s well, the rune of wisdom and insight into the deepest mysteries of Life, as well as new knowledge and new visions waiting to be discovered.
Through “the wisdom, foresight and mind-power” of Mazdá/Ma(n)zdá, mortals will pass their limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization, crossing threshold after threshold, conquering limitation after limitation, to the stature of the divinity.
In the poetic gathas, the highest heaven is “garö demánæ” or the house/abode of music and songs. In garö demánæ every melody, every song is a new creation, a new luminous vision and realization.
Zarathushtra’s great promise is the gigantic event to come, the frashö kereití or a “fresh new creation;” an age of eternal progress when all the agonies, limitations and frustrations of spirit/mind are finally vanquished.
Frashö kereití is not only a fresh, new creation but a fresh creating and splendid bringing forth of a new spirit/mind with amazing new creative powers. As the consciousness evolves there will be a new body and and a new matter. The gathas call it “at kehrpem utayüitish” or eternal youth in corporeal form (German Körper).
Zarathushtra calls himself a seer/prophet in his poetic gathas, but NOT infallible. Zarathushtra has ascended to a much higher level of consciousness/insight, beyond time and space. Thus, his teachings have become timeless.
Indeed, he was a true prophet/seer and visionary, a bridge between mortal men and god-men that will walk this world one day, to usher in a fresh, new age of eternal progress.