Zoroaster, aka Zarathustra or Zarathushtra Spitama

Zoroaster, aka Zarathustra or Zarathushtra Spitama
c. 628 B.C.
c. 551 B.C.

Persian Prophet, Founder of Zoroastrianism, Author of Yasna Haptanghaiti and the Gathas, Zoroastrianism is based on achieving six ideals: a good mind: a positive attitude and gaining wisdom, principled living: honesty, honest work, helpfulness, moderation and balance, independence: self-reliance and leadership, serenity and happiness, wholeness: healthy and holistic living, and an undying spirit

Author Quotes

Alas, there are so many things between heaven and earth of which only the poets have dreamed. And especially above the heavens: for all gods are poets' parables, poets' prevarications.

He who abhors and shuns the light of the Sun, He who refuses to behold with respect the living creation of God, He who leads the good to wickedness, He who makes the meadows waterless and the pastures desolate, He who lets fly his weapon against the innocent, An enemy of my faith, a destroyer of Thy principles is he, O Lord!

Now the two primal Spirits, who reveal themselves in vision as Twins, are the Better and the Bad, in thought and word and action. And between these two the wise ones chose aright, the foolish not so.

Truth is best (of all that is) good. As desired, what is being desired is truth for him who (represents) the best truth.

All flows out from the Deity, and all must be absorbed in Him again.

He who sows the ground with care and diligence acquires a greater stock of religious merit than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers.

Satisfaction linked with dishonor or with harm to others is a prison for the seeker.

Turn yourself not away from three best things: Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.

And whoever does not want to die of thirst among men must learn to drink out of all cups; and whoever would stay clean among men must know how to wash even with dirty water.

He who upholds Truth with all the might of his power, He who upholds Truth the utmost in his word and deed, He, indeed, is Thy most valued helper, O Mazda Ahura!

Since, O Mazda, from the beginning, Thou didst create soul and body; mental power and knowledge and since Thou didst place life within the corporeal body and didst bestow to mankind the power to act, speak and guide, you wished that everyone should choose his or her own faith and path freely .

Unto Thee, O Lord, the Soul of Creation cried: “For whom didst Thou create me, and who so fashioned me? Feuds and fury, violence and the insolence of might have oppressed me; None have I to protect me save Thee; Command for me then the blessings of a settled, peaceful life.”

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

So conscience for the sinner distorts the truth of the upright, but (his) soul is in agony at the judgment of the Chinvat Bridge, having strayed by his own deeds and tongue from the Path of Righteousness.

Violence must be put down! against cruelty make a stand, ye who would make sure of the reward of Good Thought through Right, to whose company the holy man belongs. His dwelling place shall be in thy House, O Ahura.

Blessed is one who adds to the happiness of another.

Hearken with your ears to these best counsels, reflect upon them with illumined judgment. Let each one choose his creed with that freedom of choice each must have at great events.

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.

When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible — such descent I call beauty. And there is nobody from whom I want beauty as much as from you who are powerful: let your kindness be your final self-conquest.

But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

I praise good thoughts, good words, and good deeds and those that are to be thought, spoken, and done. I do accept all good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. I do renounce all evil thoughts, evil words, and evil deeds.

Taking the first footstep with a good thought the second with a good word and the third with a good deed I entered Paradise.

When you doubt, abstain.

By Thy perfect Intelligence, O Mazda Thou didst first create us having bodies and spiritual consciences, and by Thy Thought gave ourselves the power of thought, word, and deed. Thus leaving us free to choose our faith at our own will.

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Zoroaster, aka Zarathustra or Zarathushtra Spitama
Birth Date
c. 628 B.C.
Death Date
c. 551 B.C.
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Persian Prophet, Founder of Zoroastrianism, Author of Yasna Haptanghaiti and the Gathas, Zoroastrianism is based on achieving six ideals: a good mind: a positive attitude and gaining wisdom, principled living: honesty, honest work, helpfulness, moderation and balance, independence: self-reliance and leadership, serenity and happiness, wholeness: healthy and holistic living, and an undying spirit