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FOR OSTAS AND ERVADS
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Atash or Atash-Parasti, the Worship of Fire
The Worship of the Sacred Fire is also one of the 7 Fundamental Pillars of our Religion. It is to honor our sacred covenant with Ahura Mazda and Asho Zarathsuhtra of preserving the worship of Atash that we left our homeland of Iran and brought the “alat” to India so we carry on our Atash-Parasti in continuity, with faith.
The Holy Avesta calls Atash/Fire as Ahura Mazda’s Son. The “Son” or the “seed” is a reproduction of its parent; therefore, as Ahura Mazda’s Son, Atash is necessarily present in all our rituals. It is through Fire, the Son, that we receive Ahura Mazda’s blessings. In the Atash Niyayesh that includes Gathic portions, fire is called the giver of health (spiritual as well as physical), and a healer who bestows spiritual blessings to the righteous. Fire is the physical manifestation of Ahura Mazda’s divine energy that permeates through time and space, opening the door of communion with the spiritual world.
The concept and worship of Fire as taught by Asho Zarathushtra is unique to our Religion. Fire is called Asha Vahishta, an Ameshaspand who is united with Ahura Mazda. Fire is spiritual as well as physical. Just as Vohu Mano is Ahura Mazda’s Divine Mind, Asha Vahishta (Fire) is the Divine Energy of Ahura Mazda that pervades every atom of the Universe. It is the Source of all Creation, of Life itself. It is Asha, the Divine Cosmic Fire of Ahura Mazda which sustains and motivates Nature from the moment of Creation till Farshogard is attained. The rotation of the celestial bodies, the waxing and the waning of the Moon, the seasons, the rise and fall of tides, birth and death, are all due to this Immutable Law of Asha (Cosmic Fire) which, through graded rotations, in time, revolves the Universe to Spiritual Perfection and Immortality. Asho Zarathushtra teaches that the Universe was created and exists due to Ahura Mazda’s Radiant Energy (Fire) and in time, will be absorbed into the same Divine Energy that manifested it billions and trillions of years ago. Science acknowledges that the Universe (Earth too) was born out of a ball of Cosmic Fire in its primordial stages of Creation and at the end of time it will be consumed back into the Cosmic Fire. (more…)
Least known Facts about the Gathas (Abridged summary of the Paper presented at European Conference 2009)
Dr. Pallan Ichaporia,-Mainz Universitat.
The Gathas were only fragmentarily comprehensible even to the more intelligent among Zarathushtra’s lay contemporaries, and long before the restoration of the Mazdayasnian Religion in the Sasanian period also the priestly tradition seems to have lost a reliable knowledge of the contents of these holy texts, of their poetical style, of their syntactical and morphological rules, and the lexical meanings of numerous words, (see Malandra and Ichaporia, “The Pahlavi Yasna of the Gathas and Yasna Hapantghaiti”, 2010, p.271.)
It is the power of these texts and their recitation which continues to be relevant to this day. The interpretation of the Gathas as a religious textbook or a code of laws, or even as a collection of Sermons is likely to be rather recent. Slightly modifying such views, a great many modern scholars start out from the premise that the Gathas are a systematic though complicated exposition of the basic tenets of the religion preached by Zarathushtra. Yet neither this nor the above tallies with the facts. Just a glance to the statistics of the use of the vocative case in the Gathas makes evident that these most holy texts are invocation of Ahura Mazda and philosophical conversations with Him, the initiated one par excellence, where as human persons are apostrophized only occasionally in a sort of rhetorical digression.
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