Last week, a meditation friend had a vision of the words “Ahura Mazda,” so I did a little research on him. He was a divinity of the old Iranian religion who was declared the uncreated God by Zoroaster, founder of the great religion Zoroastrianism. Below are some of the teachings of Zoraster — very practical and down to Earth! And, I think, a good way to ‘dime up’ (i.e., increase our light quotient).
It’s interesting to me that the first tenet below is ‘purity,’ since the last part of my early-years spiritual name meant ‘society of pure ones.’ I remember also, from those days, a Sikh saying that the “path of righteousness is sharp as a razor’s edge.” That one always used to make me wince — seemed so painful — but from the vantage point of increasing age I suspect that the imagery vividly engaged the often obstinate vital body in the process of decision making on the spiritual path.
In love, light and laughter,
FROM THE TEACHINGS OF ZOROASTER
“Purity is for man, next to life, the greatest good. That purity is procured by the law of Mazda to him who cleanses his own self with Good Thoughts, Words, and Deeds.
“Make thyself pure, O righteous man! Any one in the world here below can win purity for himself, namely, when he cleanses himself with Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds.”
PRAYER OF ASHEM-VOHU — FROM KHORDAH-AVESTA
1. “Purity is the best good.
2. “Happiness, happiness is to him:
3. “Namely, to the most pure in purity.”
“May Ahura-Mazda (God) send you gifts, Bahman, thinking with the soul; Ardibihist, good speech; Sharevar, good working; Çependarmat, wisdom; Khordat, sweetness and prosperity; Amertat, fruitfulness!
“May that come to you which is better than the good, may that not come to you which is worse than the evil. . . .”
THE LAW OF AHURA-MAZDA
“. . . The law of Mazda cleanses the faithful from every evil thought, word, and deed, as a swift-rushing, mighty wind cleanses the plain.
“So let all deeds thou doest be henceforth good. . . . A full atonement for thy sin is effected by means of the law of Mazda.”
COMMANDMENTS FOR THE BODY AND THE SOUL
“The sage asked the Spirit of Wisdom thus: ‘How is it possible to seek maintenance and prosperity of the body without injury of the soul, and the preservation of the soul without injury of the body?’
“The Spirit of Wisdom answered thus: ‘Him who is less than thee consider as an equal, and an equal as a superior, and a greater than him as a chieftain, and a chieftain as a ruler. And among rulers one is to be acquiescent, obedient, and true-speaking; and among accusers be submissive, mild, and kindly regardful.
“‘Commit no slander; so that infamy and wickedness may not happen unto thee. For it is said that slander is more grievous than witchcraft.
“‘Form no covetous desire, so that the demon of greediness may not deceive thee, and the treasure of the world may not be tasteless to thee.
“‘Indulge in no wrathfulness, for a man when he indulges in wrath becomes then forgetful of his duty and good works . . . and sin and crime of every kind occur unto his mind, and until the subsiding of the wrath he is said to be just like Ahareman [the devil].
“‘Suffer no anxiety, for he who is a sufferer of anxiety becomes regardless of enjoyment of the world and the spirit, and contraction happens to his body and soul.
“‘Commit no lustfulness, so that harm and regret may not reach thee from thine own actions.
“‘Bear no improper envy, so that thy life may not become tasteless.
“‘Practice no sloth, so that the duty and good work, which it is necessary for thee to do, may not remain undone.
“‘Choose a wife who is of character, because that one is good who in the end is more respected.
“‘Thou shouldst be DILIGENT and MODERATE, and EAT OF THINE OWN REGULAR INDUSTRY, and provide the share of the sacred beings and the good; and thus the practice of this in thy occupation is the greatest good work.
“‘With enemies fight with equity. With a friend proceed with the approval of friends. With a malicious man carry on no conflict, and do not molest him in any way whatever. With a greedy man thou shouldst not be a partner, and do not trust him with the leadership. With an ill-famed man form no connection. With an ignorant man thou shouldst not become a confederate and associate. With a foolish man make no dispute. With a drunken man do not walk on the road. From an ill-natured man take no loan.
“‘In forming a store of good works thou shouldst be diligent, so that it may come to thy assistance among the spirits.
“‘Thou shouldst not become presumptuous through any happiness of the world; for the happiness of the world is such-like as a (aloud that comes on a rainy day, which one does not ward off by any hill,
“‘Thou shouldst not become presumptuous through much treasure and wealth; for in the end it is necessary for thee to leave all.
“‘Thou shouldst not become presumptuous through great connections and race; for in the end thy trust is on thine own deeds.
“‘Thou shouldst not become presumptuous through life; for death comes upon thee at last, and the perishable part falls to the ground.’”
MARRIAGE SERVICE ADMONITIONS
“In the name and friendship of Ahura-Mazda,
Be ever shining . . .
Be increasing! Be victorious! Learn purity! Be worthy of good praise!
May the mind think good thoughts, the words speak good, the works do good! . . .
Be a Mazdayasnian, accomplish works according to thy mind . . . speak truth . . . and be obedient.
Be modest with friends, clever, and well-wishing.
Be not cruel. Be not wrathful-minded. Commit no sin through shame.
Be not covetous. Torment not.
Cherish not wicked envy, be not haughty, treat no one despitefully, cherish no lust.
Rob not the property of others, keep thyself from the wives of others.
Do good works with good activity. . . .
Enter into no strife with a revengeful man.
Be no companion to a covetous one. Go not on the same way with a cruel one.
Enter into no agreement with one of ill-fame. . . .
Combat the adversaries with right. . . .
Enter into no strife with those of evil repute.
Before an assembly speak only pure words.
Before kings speak with moderation.
In no wise displease thy mother.
Keep thine own body pure in justice.”