Beliefs (7) Are you Good or evil?
Last post on this topic for a month. To day I’m exploring one of the oldest religions that sounds like rastafarianism but clearly to my ignorant mind is not . It is in fact, Zoroastrianism. This religion has it’s origin in Persia or Iran as we know it today.
The creator is wholly good. His name is Ahura Mazda – ‘lord of wisdom’. I’m not sure if he ever endorsed the car company Mazda. It is a possibility. Stranger things have happened in this life we live in.
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He is beyond wise, he is everything that evil and chaos is not. No snake is gonna get away lying to this God dude.
Being a God can be hard work so even a this dude needs a bit of help. He uses his seven creations- the divine spirits.
Spenta Mainyu is the Ahura’s favorite spirit because she is his agent and does his will.
If you have watched ‘Allo Allo’, Spenta is this character:
Like all good stories ,Ahura needs a nemesis. He has the ultimate nemesis his evil twin – Arihman.
He is beneath (pun) him. Ahura will never accept that his dark twin is his equal.
So the two are constantly locked in a good old fashioned battle of Good versus Evil.
Somehow Spenta- the secret agent is always in the middle of these two’s little spats. It is a mystery how or what the exact relationship is amongst the three.
Oh, another small fact – Ahura Mazda – also created humans whom he gave free will. I think that could have been one of the days he was having a bit of an off day in his judgements. Just take a look around at our beautiful world or what is left of it.
Us , humans were granted with a massive responsibility to buck up , keep the world in a state of order.
Denounce all evil thoughts and behaviours known as druj -or the dark-side as many of us know it.
They did this by only speaking good things, doing good things, being pretty fucking good- not the best but just –
good enough– this goodness is called asha
Evil twin constantly tries to shake things up and rebels. He’s like
” Humans? Why so serious? C’mon lets have a party.”
” How do you know you are being good if you have never tried living in chaos? Maybe the true good lies in chaos” – this is a cunning tactic.
This is all hearsay of course. So don’t quote me on the exact words.
Mazda found or created this highly good dude called – Zoroaster., who went on to hire a bunch of humans to do good shit. This was Mazda’s ultimate weapon against his twin.
‘Good will prevail’is the main belief of these optimistic folk.
Mazda, like many before and after him ,wanted to create a perfect world- a Utopia,I guess. I could argue that what one thinks is an idea of a perfect world is not necessarily what everyone else thinks is the perfect world.
I’m just putting that out there.
Just to be sure that Good had a better chance of defeating evil, Mazda had a couple more tricks up his sleeve.
He created an invisible spiritual world which contained a perfect being. This was meant to fool his evil twin.
He also came up with a pretty potent collection of words known as the ‘Ahunaver’ prayer which blasted his twin into back into the darkness. No light – nothing.
I’m tired after all this work. Finally Mazda created a tangible form to his spiritual world
He’s not gonna risk taking any more bullshit and so, the bull is created as the primal animal.
What about us humans. Never fear.
He may be weary but he reveals his perfect spiritual being and turns it into a real life human being.
His idea of making us humans decide to side with bad or evil completely absolves him of any duty or responsibility. Crafty or what?
Did you think that his tricks worked on the greatest trickster of them all? His twin.
This is the bit where his nemesis got really pissed off , he has licked his wounds and recovered and murders the bull and the human. He has a few gifts to bring to us.
All wrapped up with their own name tags.
Quite a generous bloke is this nemesis of Mazda ( who may or may not be sponsored by Mazda -the car brand)
Zoroastrianism religion give us personal responsibility to do good and act morally
Human virtues: to practice daily include: Truthfulness, Loyalty,Tolerance, forgiveness,respect for ones Elders and keeping promises. All our choice
Human vices :not to practice are Anger,Arrogance,vengefulness,bad language and Greed
If you follow this religion you will be judged twice- yes, twice. Once when we die and the other is the last judgement.
People can redeem themselves and have the choice to act morally in the after life.
Only when good supersedes evil will a new saviour in the world be born –Saoshyant to revive the world.
So lets recap
Our creator is 100% good.
But, people can see both evil and good
No evil can come from Good
So, evil needs to a completely separate creation to the 100% good God
We have choice. We are encouraged to help our good creator challenge the bad and the evil in the world.
That is it until May 2016. Beliefs will continue to follow with ‘the rise of ancient and classical beliefs.’
See you then 🙂