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Traditional Zoroastrianism an Overview
This presents the views of traditional or orthodox Zoroastrians. For the full text, lots of links, etc. see http://tenets.zoroastrianism.com/.
These are the tenets of the Mazdayasni Zarathushtri religion, as accepted
and preached by all the Dasturjees and religious teachers and common
Zarathushtris in India. May our faith increase day by day, in these glorious
tenets, that our ancestors have believed in for thousands of years.
- All our Scriptures are
sacred, including the Gathas, Yashts, and the Vendidad. We pray all of
them in our Fire temples, before the Sacred Fire, and they have immense
spiritual power, their very utterance in the sacred Avestan language
serving to further righteousness and fight evil.
- All our fire-temples and
rituals of the Yasna are sacred and are necessary for the religion, such
as the Nirang-din ceremony, which creates the Holy Nirang. The spiritually
powerful Nirang forms the foundation of many other sacred rituals, that
when performed, increase the power of good in this world and decrease the
power of evil.
- Dakhma-nashini is the only
method of corpse-destruction for a Zarathushtri, as enjoined in the
Vendidad: this is the destruction of the dead body in the stone-enclosed
Dakhma, by the flesh-eating bird or the rays of the Sun, the most
spiritually powerful method as commanded by Ahura Mazda to Zarathushtra.
Dakhma-nashini is also very hygienic and ecologically-sound, because it
prevents the world from being spiritually or materially polluted by
decaying dead matter. For more information on Dakhma-nashini, select The Dakhma-nashini mode of disposal of the dead.
- Marrying, Zarathushtri man or
woman, to a Zarathushtri only is commanded in our religion in the
Vendidad, to preserve the spiritual strength of the Aryan Mazdayasni
religion, and the ethnic identity of the Zarathushtri Aryans. For the
Zarathushtri, ethnic identity and religion are synonymous, as declared in
the Vendidad by Ahura Mazda Himself - the Mazdayasni faith was revealed by
Ahura to the Aryans under King Jamshed, thousands of years before
Zarathushtra, and was meant only for the Aryans of Iran.
- As such, there was no
"conversion", because the Aryans of Iran were already
Mazdayasnis when Zarathushtra came, and Zarathushtra was RE-REVEALING
THE ORIGINAL FAITH, along with the AGUSTO VACHO - previously
unheard of words of Ahura Mazda, such as the most powerful Ahunavar
(Yatha Ahu Vairyo). The Fravardin Yasht also says that the
Righteous of every nation in this world are present in heaven in the form
of Glorious Fravarshis. Thus, the Righteous of every religion go to
heaven, all religions are equal, and it is folly to convert. Conversion
goes against the Master Law of Ereta (righteousness) itself,
because God has given us birth in our respective religions, to adore Him
in them, and not to mistrust His Judgement and rebel and go over to
another faith. For, each faith leads ultimately to God. Thus, the
Zarathushtris do not convert other people, but they rely on MARRIAGE
WITHIN and INCREASED CHILD BIRTH to increase their numbers.
- The observance of the Laws of
the Vendidad is an important pillar of the Zarathushtri religion. This
includes the concept of menstrual seclusion (the woman is in a state of
impurity during menstruation and must stay away from all religious objects
including the household fire, and also stay away from her husband during
those days) and the dreaded impure state of NASU the corpse is in
after death, only touchable by the Nassesalars (corpse-bearers) who
may then be purified by ritual means. The Vendidad also carries strong
moral injuctions against the acts of homosexuality and prostitution,
prohibiting these immoral acts.
- Faith, and Hope in the coming
of the Saoshyant (Saviour) has sustained our religion through the
centuries. We firmly hope, and pray, that Ahura Mazda sends the Saoshyant
to the earth to defeat evil and further righteousness (Ashoi). The
Zarathushtri religion was the first to proclaim that Ahura Mazda will send
the Saoshyant, born of a virgin, and many other religions took on this
- We firmly believe that when
the Saoshyant comes, the final spiritual battle between the forces of good
and evil will commence, resulting in the utter destruction of evil. Ristakhiz,
the ressurection of the dead will take place - the dead will rise, by the
Will of Ahura Mazda. The world will be purged by molten metal, in which
the righteous will wade as if through warm milk, and the evil will be
scalded. The Final Judgement of all souls will commence, at the hands of
Ahura Mazda the Judge (Davar), and all sinners punished, then
forgiven, and humanity made immortal and free from hunger, thirst,
poverty, old age, disease and death. The World will be made perfect once
again, as it was before the onslaught of the evil one. Such is the Frashogad
(Frasho-kereti), the Renovation, brought on by the Will of Ahura
Mazda, the Frashogar.
Atha Zamyat Yatha Afrinami, May it be so as we wish.
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