Zoroastrianism, and the idea of a future body obtaining all its energy from the environment

Recently I came across a quote from Nikola Tesla stating: “My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations. Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?”

It struck me right away, that Tesla’s idea concerning a future body obtaining all its energy from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, existed in Zoroastrianism for few thousand years earlier.

In fact, the idea goes back to the poetic gathas of Zarathustra, Yasna 30.7:

When kingship/dominion (of the god-powers) comes//with brilliant disposition, good mind, and artistry of the cosmic law

To the body kehrp, endless youthful energy ûta.yüitî //shall be given dadát, through the unbending or unshakeable, “focus of mind” ár.maitiš

ah.mái.čá šaθrá jasat//man.aηhá vôhü ašá.čá

 at kehrp.ém ûta.yüitîš//dadát ár.maitiš ãnmá

Also, in Chapter 30 of bûn-dahišn, the subject of the future body and the splendid recreation of the worlds is beautifully discussed. Bûn-dahišn, or “basis/wellspring of creation,” elaborates on many Avestan passages dealing with cosmogony. The book is in Middle Iranian. Only a translation of the Avestan original into Pahlavi “heroic speech” or middle Iranian is given. The Avestan verse is always referred to as what is revealed in daæná or “vision/power to see.” Chapter 30 of bûn-dahišn states:

  1. On the nature of the splendid renewal, and future existence, it is told in daæná (Vision/Avestan Revelation,) that Mašiiæ and Mašiiánæ (First Mortal man and woman,) grew up from the earth, and first fed upon water, then plants, then milk, and then meat. 2. Likewise, in the millennium of Ûšidar.máh, the cruel desire (áz) will diminish, when mortals will remain three days and nights full, through one taste of consecrated food. 3. Then they will altogether desist from meat, eating vegetables and milk; afterwards, they will abstain from dairy, and even vegetables, subsisting on water/light alone; and for ten years before Saöšiiánt comes, mortals do not consume food, yet do not die.


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1 Response to Zoroastrianism, and the idea of a future body obtaining all its energy from the environment

  1. Zaneta Garratt says:

    fascinating and very beautiful text

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