We have the Semitic founders/reformers of
religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’ism. These are persons,
chosen by God and are given, through revelation, the prescriptions and
proscriptions to obey. For them, the chaos – floods, storms, earthquakes,
epidemic and many more calamities in the world is either the divine
punishments for disobedience or the works of a rebel archangel who is
running free to run down his creator’s world.
On the other hand, we have Zoroastrianism,
Buddhism and Jainism, which have their founders as researchers who have
found the path to eternity. While Buddhism and Jainism know only about
the causes of “misery” in the human society and see the solution in
forsaking social activities, Zoroastrianism wants a “mentally and
physically” free, democratic, productive, beneficial, progressive,
refreshing and happy society in a healthy natural environment.
Of all these founders, Zarathushtra is the
only person who asks ninety-three questions in his songs of a total of
only two hundred forty one stanzas about Cosmos, an orderly harmonious
systematic universe and the human society. His very questions provide the
thought-provoking answers. He observes the sky, sun, moon, stars, and the
earth (with its air, water, vegetation and animals) to form a part of the
COSMOS. He does not see any unnatural occurrences. And he clearly
observes Mazda Ahura, the Supper-Intellect Essence as the creator,
maintainer and promoter of the Cosmos.
He discovers wrong only in the human society.
It is the humans who kill, harm, hurt and rob humans and the animals. It
is they who destroy and ruin the natural environment. He has his Sublime
Songs to guide humanity to “entirety and eternity” by reforming and
refreshing the society to its beneficially progressive status. With no
prescriptions and proscriptions, which outdate themselves,
Zarathushtra’s Songs are the Divine Guide to Entirety and Eternity in the
Cosmos we live.
This I ask You, tell me truly, Lord
In order to bear Your directives in mind Wise One,
the words I ask through good mind
and the facts about life to be correctly
understood through righteousness are;
What shall my soul ultimately attain.
[Source: “Gāthās Our Guide”: Ali A. Jafarey –
Song 9.8, Ys. 44.8]
Reproduced from the Nov.-Dec. 2003 issue of USHAO educational bulletin
by Virasp Mehta, Wichita, Kansas