The Legacy Of Zarathushtra

Daisy P. Navdar is a teacher by profession and a firm believer in the efficacy of our Manthravani. She is focused on ensuring that the deep significance of our prayers is realized by our youth. She credits her learnings and insights, shared in her articles, to all Zoroastrian priests and scholars whose efforts have contributed towards providing light and wisdom for all Zarthostis.

Having just celebrated the auspicious occasion of Khordad Saal, a day when we celebrate the birth of our divine prophet, Zarathushtra, I share with you this excerpt, from the research and thesis of my daughter, Rudabeh P. Navdar.

Zoroaster, Guru Nanak, Mohammed, Mahavir, Jesus Christ, Krishna, Confucious, Buddha, Baha ullah, Abraham – great men, pathfinders, keepers of the faith, enlightened souls. It is an undisputed fact that these were all great men. They all established various faiths many hundreds of years ago. The flame that they lit has spread its glory across the globe spanning time and space, cutting through borders and boundaries, not limited by language and culture. So let us minutely examine the quality of their success. What did they do, which was so special? What is the real secret behind their immortality? How did they manage to create a stream of thought, a philosophy, so powerful that it continues to grow and prosper even today? Even today, people throng to their places of worship and even today they experience the glory of what was conceptualized many thousands of years ago. Let us examine this legacy and through that perhaps find the clue to the salve that will heal our world today.

Let us examine the legacy of Zarathushtra – a man who spearheaded one of the most ancient religions of the world. He presented to the world 21 Nasks or volumes of ancient wisdom and philosophy. Zarathustra, himself though, was a songster! He composed and sang 5 hymns, what we today revere as our 5 gathas, much like the 5 Vedas of the Hindus. It is these 5 gathas from which our sages have derived and composed our holy text – the Khordeh Avesta. What needs to be explored is why did Zarathustra compose only 5 songs? He could have left a legacy in gold or the address of where we could mine rich deposits of petroleum or the cheapest way to make antimatter or the recipe for a sustainable fuel, or then, perhaps the secret to immortality? One can only imagine the possibilities! And yet, he gave us his words, only his words.

Today the world struggles with life. We have reached a point in the evolution of man where man himself is the perpetrator of all wrong and evil. Man goes against mankind. Our progress in science and technology is fast leading us towards the ultimate annihilation of this world. The world as we know it may not survive our craze for more! So where do we go, what do we do, whom should we turn to, what is the solution, if any? We are always moving forward and all we find is emptiness. Obviously, we need to rethink this strategy. We must take a step back and explore our past for the answers we seek… which lie in the glorious heritage left behind, that which we have largely ignored or overlooked, our Manthravani, the holy vibrations which our prophet Asho Zarathushtra has left for us. In his deep knowledge and wisdom, he knew that only these vibrations will transcend time and space, outlive war and evolution because vibrations as powerful as the ones gifted to us are eternal, they can never fade or die out, save in the consciousness of man.

So let us take a moment to examine the real effect of prayer. We have, within our circle of light, prayers that vibe with the oceans and rivers, the mountains, the trees, the fire and yes, even the moon. It is said that we are made up of the same elements that exist in nature. Hence, the prayer is a scientific connect to that which, in essence we are made up of. But can we put aside our doubting mind for a moment and really delve into the scientific benefits of prayer without listening to the cynics saying that it is mere mumbo jumbo, words which no one understands.

If we can, through the power of prayer live in complete harmony with all that is around us, then we will learn the futility of war, the insignificance of boundaries and borders, we will learn that man is indeed God’s greatest creation, for he prays. It is through the power of those vibrations that He vibes with all elements of nature, creating a balance which is delicate, but whose strength will tide us through the crisis we face today. It will bond man to man and once again man will learn to live in conjunction with nature, instead of against it. Our prayers have the power to heal all of nature and man himself, there is nothing that cannot be achieved by them.

I end with a quote I read on that most philosophical thing – a T-shirt: ‘Prayer – the world’s greatest wireless connection!’

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