Ushta no zato athrava yo Spitamo
Hail! Born for us is the priest Spitama Zarathushtra!
The cheer of the beneficient creations reverberated
through the universe. The world was bathed in golden light for days before
and since, as Zarathushtra, he of the golden coloured camel, made his entry
into this world with a chuckle. Legend would have us believe that Zarathushtra
in fact laughed out loud at the moment of his birth and that this laughter
so unusual in a new born babe and therefore considered miraculous, foretold
the destruction of all darkness, evil and misery in this world. A much anticipated
saviour had been born.
The life and times of Zarathushtra go back
to what is considered the prehistoric past. This was a time when the hitherto
nomadic tribes of the central Asian steppes were just beginning to lead a
more settled existence. Farming and pastoral communities were being established
and the settlers were beginning to realize the need for long term care of
their environment if they were to reap the benefits of a settled lifestyle.
These were tough and dangerous times too, as there was the ever imminent danger
of marauding nomads looting and pillaging these settlements in their seasonal
migrations across the steppes.
What we do know about Zarathushtra comes to
us enshrouded in myth and legend, the stories having been transmitted through
an oral tradition for generations before finally being committed to writing.
The core of these legends do have a sound basis in fact as they can be corroborated
by Zarathushtra’s own words and in the faithfully preserved religious
literature of his followers. Unfortunately no definitive information is available
to us with regard to the place and the time of his ministry. What can be stated
with any degree of certainty is that he lived in the north-eastern part of
Iran and at a time no later than 1500 BC.
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will look on thee with Perfect Contemplation with both eyes"