The 6th day after the Vernal equinox marks the auspicious birthday of the ancient Aryan prophet Zarathûshtrá. According to the Zoroastrian tradition, he was born in the fourth divine millennium, in Airyan vaæj “the original homeland or womb of the Aryans.”
The prophet’s name is a compound of Zarath+ûshtrá. Zarath means “golden, yellow, blonde, fair/light.” The second part of the compound ûshtrá, Indo European *(s)touro- , is the word for “camel.”
Hence, the meaning of the name is something like an “albino or pale camel, (Compare with Persian word for albino “zaal.”) The prophet’s clan is called Spitamá “White.” Such names reflect the pastoral life of the Indo European tribes of the Eurasian steppes of remote antiquity.
In the authentic Zoroastrian tradition, Zarathûshtrá was an invoker/seer/prophet who restored the ancient Aryan religion to its pristine purity by ridding it from the worship of wrathful gods/demons and bloody animal sacrifices. Yet he perpetuated the core ancient beliefs and rituals of the pristine faith.
Holy Denkart accounts that his mother glowed “with a celestial light” during pregnancy; and that he LAUGHED at his birth. The ancient Speñt Nask “sacred, holy or auspicious writings” deal with his conception and birth, his youth, his counsels with the Wise Lord at the age of 30, his wisdom/luminous vision and an ancient commentary on Yasna 43.
Zarathûshtrá calls himself a zaôtá “god-invoker” or “god-man” in Yasná 33.6, 1st rhymed verse line. He was ordained as a poet-priest, knowledgeable in ritual, the art of poetry, invocation and sacred verse.
Zaôtá or zaôtar comes from a root that means to “invoke, call upon, to pour a libation.” In fact, the word for “god” comes from the very same root and means “worthy of invocation, libation.”
In Yasna 50.6, 1st rhymed verse line, Zarathûshtrá calls himself mánthrá-baraiti “a bearer of mantra “wise counsel” or “mind/spirit formulas.” The term is equivalent to Persian payaam-bar or “prophet.”
The Prophet’s cousin Maidyö.māŋha “mid-moon” was his first follower (Yt.13.95; Y. 51.19.)
Zarathûshtrá was a prophet of and an advocate of Ašá/arthá of “excellence, virtue, divine arts and goodness.” His religion teaches a vision of mind-power, creativity, industry, purity and great compassion for animals.
He taught about triumph of the will and of becoming godlike through passion, energy and creativity.
Zarathûshtrá was the ancient Aryan Prophet who saw in mortal men the promise of becoming Immortals by remaking the creation in a new splendid light “frašö.”
Comment from our insightful reader “While many claim to have spoken to God or have been sent by God, the Pale/Light Camel taught about becoming like God. He came to the people and he spoke to them about the infinite potential of man. He told them he sees immortality in them, the ability to continue to live on and spread the good word. His very name, and essence radiated Zoroastrian beliefs. His mother glowed when pregnant with him and his name consists of two words, one of them meaning light, golden and purity. He entered this world happy, laughing and bringing goodness to the world. His message was to be pure of heart and mind and doing good deeds. Furthermore, he was able to save the religion from darkness and a downfall, yet still maintained the core values and beliefs.
We celebrate his vast influence by continuing to do good deeds and have good thoughts in the endless search for immortality.”