Zoroastrian (& Indo-Iranian)

Rune Uruz, and the name of the seer Zarathustra (4018.04.11)
In the ancient Germanic Futhark alphabet Uruz is the rune of “virility, primal raw energies, life force, and the valiant spirit.” Rune Uruz symbolizes the “subconscious will power, and passion of the untamed nature.” Uruz literally means “auroch,” and stands for “primal, pristine energies.” Read More

The Meaning and Concept of Arya (4017.07.05)
The word “arya” is probably one of most miscued, misunderstood and misinterpreted words in recent times. No one is sure how the word came into existence but after Hitler adapted the word to denote pure German race, the word became synonymous with racism. The truth is the word was used in ancient India to denote people of certain social background rather than a particular race. Read More

Why should we not throw anything into a well ? (4017.04.21)
Teaching of Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia Read More

Zoroastrianism & Nature (4017.04.20)
Teaching of Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia Read More

The Origin of Yalda - Ali Jafarey (4016.12.19)
Climate and seasons have greatly governed animal behavior since the beginning of life on this planet. Survival, search for food, storage, shelter, hibernation, migration, and many activities have depended on the change of seasons. Man is an animal and his life has all along been subject to seasonal changes. Read More

Mazdan Musings - Daniel Levie (4016.12.07)
This small volume is meant to be a meditation on Mazdan topics. It is designed to encourage good thoughts. It contains seed- thoughts. It is filled with short, mini-essays which can be absorbed by the initiate in a short period but which help to understand some basic principles in Mazdan thought. Read More

Consciousness in Zoroastrianism - Sam Kerr (4016.12.03)
The modern meaning of the word “Consciousness” is construed differently in different disciplines. For the philosophical purpose of this paper let us make the meaning simple. The most fundamental aspect of “Consciousness” is the capacity to sense existence and value. Read More

Origin of concepts of Heaven and Hell (4016.10.17)
As you know, fundamentalist Christians and Evangelicals believe in the doctrine that the saved go to heaven, while the unsaved non-believers go to hell for eternity after they die, to suffer an eternity of torture without end, a fate beyond the scope of anyone’s imagination. Read More

Scythian Warriors (4016.08.30)
Warrior king found in ancient Russian tomb: Scythian ruler was buried with riches, weapons and even his HORSE Read More (Daily Mail)
Ctesiphon : Capital of Empire (4016.08.29)
The imperial capital of the Sasanian Empire, Ctesiphon and its environs were among the largest urban sites in the late antiquity. Situated 35 km south of the modern city of Baghdad, Ctesiphon was founded in the Arsacid ( Parthian ) times on the eastern side of the Tigris opposite the Seleucid city of Seleucia-on-Tigris. It then became the capital and the winter residence of the Parthian kings.

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The Return of Zarathustra (4016.07.30)
by Jason Reza Jorjani

Before the Arab Muslim conquest of Iran in the 7th century AD, Zoroastrianism was the dominant world religion of Earth. The Middle Persian text Zande Bahman Yasht claims that the followers of Zarathustra will be dealt a devastating defeat and will dwindle over the course of history to the point that theirs will almost vanish as the smallest faith in the world. Despite the late Shah’s best efforts to effect an archeo-futuristic renaissance of Persian culture, when he was overthrown by Islamists in 1979, no more than 300,000 Zoroastrians remained worldwide – with most of them concentrated in the exile community of “Parsis” or Persians in Bombay.Today, after a generation of life under an Islamic theocracy more orthodox than anything Iran has suffered since the Arab Conquest, and with 70% of its population under the age of 30, the spirit of Zarathustra is returning with a vengeance.

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