Monthly Archives: October 2015

Empire and the ancient Iranians

October 29 is the day that Cyrus, the great Mazda (Wisdom) worshipping king, victoriously entered Babylon. But unlike his predecessors, Cyrus, and the ancient Persians, as Indo-Europeans, never forced Ahûrá Mazdá and his Auspicious Immortals on the alien tribes and … Continue reading

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The worship of fire, water, the earth and lights in Zoroastrianism

October 26 marks the festival of waters in the Zoroastrian calendar. Yasna 38 in the poetic gathas is dedicated to the worship of waters. The formula apö at yaza.maidæ literally means “we worship waters with zeal/yearning.” The Avestan word for … Continue reading

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Hero Worship In Ancient Zoroastrianism

In the light of ashura commemorations among shia moslems, a question was posed if such hero-worship is remotely Zoroastrian in its origin? The following short article deals with the issue of hero-worship in Zoroastrianism. God beings and mortal men are … Continue reading

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Khshathra, godhood and the unlimited realm of god beings

ḵšathrá refers to the boundlessness of god-beings verses the limitation of men. ḵšathrá is the unlimited, prolific, inexhaustible god-power to make the realm bountiful (See Yasna 28.3, 2nd rhymed verse line and Yasna 31.4, 3rd rhymed verse line.) ḵšathrá comes … Continue reading

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Mithra, reciprocal love/friendship with Immortals

October 2nd marks the beginning of Mithrá festival culminating on October 8th. It is a festival of love, red wine and pomegranates. Avestan Mithrá-, Vedic Mitrá- comes from reconstructed Indo European root *meit- and is cognate with Latin mūtō, Gothic maidjan, … Continue reading

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Gathas only or Gathas as Inspiring Muses

The holy denkart in book 3, question 9 deals with a profound question that is relevant today. The question posed is if the poetic gathas are the only basis/source of the Zoroastrian religion??? The holy denkart considers the very question … Continue reading

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