Zarthushtra – The Golden Star
Here is a book named Zarathushtra -The Golden Star” written by Mrs. Pareen Lalkaka. The book deals with the life of the Prophet, stories of the Amesha Spentas and the Kusti Prayers. It is meant for children and is consequently written in extremely simple style so that children can easily read it, understand it, and enjoy it. To please children the book is illustrated with coloured pictures.
Ancient Iran was clothed with luscious vegetation. The farmers who cultivated the fields had flocks of sheep, cows, horses, dogs and camels. In the absence of money, these were exchanged for the purchase of the necessities of life. When strong people living on the frontiers poured down and attacked the innocent and carried away their cattle and eatables, they prayed to God for help. Ahura Mazda asked the Fravashis to go to the world to help mankind. They willingly agreed. Amongst those that came to Iran was the child Zarathushtra who was destined to rise as a prophet.
At the time of his birth Zarathushtra laughed, whereas all other children cried. As he grew up he became kind and generous. When he began to preach his religion, the hostile heretic priests carried on counter propaganda against him. Friendless and forlorn, Zarathushtra fled to Ahura Mazda and requested him to help him as a friend. He longed to see and greet Ahura Mazda. With the Lord God with him, he taught people to be kind and loving. Zarathushtra then visited King Vishtaspa and his noble queen, Hutaoshi, who helped him whole-heartedly.
Then follow stories about the Amesha Spentas. The fist King Hushang who discovered fire and other precious things for the nourishment of the people. The story of Zahak, Faridun and Kawa the blacksmith, Iraj the brave and kind and his brothers, Kaikhushru and other Kai kings and the lovely story of Shireen and Shehernaz ends the stories. The book ends with the Kusti prayers.
It is very creditable of Mrs. Pareen Lalkaka to have written such an excellent book. This book is of universal interest, and I am sure that people all over the world will enjoy reading it and will learn something about our prophet and have a glimpse of our religion.
by the Late Dastur M. N. DHALLA
M.A., PH.D., D.LITT.