“That God who ever lives and loves.
One God, one love, one element.
And one far-off divine event
To which the whole creation moves.”
[A verse from “In Memoriam” by Alfred Tennyson]
PROPHETS have taken birth at different times
in different lands to give mankind a spiritual push. Prophet Zarathushtra
appeared at the dawn of civilization in the ancient land of Iran. At the
outset of his mission he prayed to God whom he called Ahura Mazda, the
Lord of Life and Wisdom:
Ashâ vispéñg shyaothnâ
Grant that I may perform all actions with Righteousness,
Vańghėus khratûm manańgho
Thy Divine Law and acquire the Wisdom of Good
Yâ khshnevishâ Géush-châ urvânem
Mind. Thus may I bring solace to the Soul of the Universe.
[Ahunvaiti 1.1 Ys. 28.1]
Since Zarathushtra, other Prophets and Great
Spiritual Masters have followed in order to awaken mankind from its deep
slumber. In spite of their valuable teachings, the Soul of the Mother
Earth is in great torment and mankind is still far from its goal of One
God, One Humanity, One Brotherhood, living a blissful existence where
Peace and Justice prevail.
But we cannot have peace and justice without
knowing what are the factors that cause discord in the world. Briefly
stated they are:
The struggle between those
who have material wealth and technological skills and others who have
not. Peace under those circumstances is kept by physical might or other
repressive methods but that kind of peace does not offer justice to the
poor and oppressed people of the world.
Differences of political
Differences in religions,
which all preach the message of love and brotherhood yet become the main
cause of strife and bitterness in several countries of the world.
Lack of universal language,
which prevents us from readily understanding those who speak a different
The barriers of cast, color
and nationalities, which are so deeply engrained into human beings.
The advent of science, which
has at times exposed the erroneous age-old beliefs. Hence it has come
into conflict with the custodians of established religions. Both
religions and science can help mankind and they have to learn to work
together instead of against each other.
But if we reflect a little we will see that
all these outward manifestations arise out of man’s internal mental unrest
caused by greed, attachment to materialism and other vices as pride,
anger, jealousy, etc. These vices generate restlessness in an individual
as well as societies. Hence the importance of Prophet Zarathushtra’s call,
“Purify Thyself”. This then is the first minimum condition for World Peace
and Justice and in this purification process Zarathushtra has emphasized
Asha or Righteousness and Vohu Mano, the Good
and Loving Mind repeatedly in his teachings.
The world has not evolved a political or
economic system that will ensure automatic fair distribution of wealth for
all the people of the world. Much of the world’s poverty, hunger and
malnutrition arise out of man’s greed to possess more than he needs. So if
mankind wants peace and justice, it will have to curtail its greed.
There are those who believe that possession of
absolute power would remove all the ills of the world. But history has
shown this to be an illusion. Political, social and economic measures
contrived by democratic means or forced upon people by themselves will not
bring happiness to man or achieve world peace and justice.
The task of organized religions is to create a
New Humanity that can practice “Unity among Diversity”. We must appreciate
that diversity is merely of outward forms. A drop in an ocean is not
separate from the ocean. It is a bubble over the drop that gives it an
appearance of separateness but when the bubble bursts, the drop is not,
and the indivisible ocean is. But man in his ignorance does not realize
The New Humanity will come into existence
through a release of Divine Love; and when that happens Humanity will
attain a new mode of living. Hence religion is sometimes defined as
‘That which binds man to man and man to God’.
Mankind will then learn the art of
co-operative and harmonious life and enjoy peace, justice and happiness in
full measure. May that day (mentioned as ‘one far-off divine event’ by
Tennyson) come about by the supreme efforts of all the world organizations
and individuals concerned about human welfare. Amen!
Article was featured on November 2, 2004. The article was taken from
USHAO (email edition), Vol. V, No. 8, Oct.-Nov. 2004 issue. Mr. Virasp
Mehta of Wichita, Kansas is the editor of USHAO.