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Zoroastrian Tradition. An Introduction to the Ancient Wisdom of Zarathushtra.

Series: Zoroastrian Studies Series
Availability: In stock
Published: 2003
Page #: xiii + 164
Size: 6x9
ISBN: 1-56859-110-1
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This book is concerned with the doctrinal beliefs of the practising Zoroastrians examined within the frames of the Gothic principals. Variances in the current practice are considered. The doctrinal changes are explained in the light of socio-political forces operating in each distinct historical era. In this exercise no scholarly speculation is taken on face value.

The common mythology of the Indo-Iranian people have been used to explain the process of reintroduction into the younger Avesta of the Indo-Iranian deities in the form of Yazatas. Our starting point is that Zoroaster preached a new religion. He broke away from the rituals associated with the worship of may deities and Daevas. He rejected the idea of the divine descent of the religious and civil leaders and rulers, and invited people to stand against injustice.

The author outlines the forgotten spirituality of Zarathustra and shows how it has influenced the Abrahamic Religions. The reader is initiated into the Gathic principles of the Avestan and Pahlavi sacred texts, “Asha” the principle of God’s will, the moral dualism of good and evil, the creative Holy Spirit of Spenta Mainyu, the immortality of the soul, the principle of refreshment, and the final triumph of Goodness.

Dr. Mehr was born in Tehran, Iran. He served as president of Pahlavi University of Shiraz under the late Shah, Deputy Prime Minister, and Governor of Iran in OPEC. He is a founder of the World Zoroastrian Organization and of the Ancient Iranian Culture Society. He was also president of Zoroastrian Anjuman in Tehran for twelve years. Dr Mehr is a Professor Emeritus of International relations at Boston University. He resides with his family in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Farhang Mehr

,Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Boston University was born in Tehran, Iran. He received a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Doctorate in Law from the Universities of Tehran and London respectively. He has taught at Tehran and National Universities, and at the Military Academy in Iran, and was President of the University of Shiraz for 8 years, served Iran under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, as Vice-Prime Minister and Acting Finance Minister, and represented Iran on OPEC's Board of Governors for 5 years. He served as the President of the Zoroastrian Anjuman of Tehran for 12 years; was an officer of the First and Third World Zoroastrian Congresses in Tehran, and Bombay respectively, and was a founding member of the Ancient Iranian Culture Society. He has lectured and published on subjects related to law, political economy and Zoroastrianism. His book in Farsi, published in January 1990 is entitled "Zoroastrian Philosophy: An old Wisdom in a New Perspective", and in English called "The Zoroastrian Tradition, An Introduction to the Ancient Wisdom of Zarathushtra", published by Element Press in 1991.

Acknowledgments.
Preface.
Introduction.
I. One God: Ahura Mazda: The Principle of Monotheism.
II. The Prophethood of Zoroaster: The Principle of Revelation.
III. Asha: The Principle of Eternal Law and Justice - God's Will.
IV. Good and Evil: Principles of Moral Dualism and Freedom of Choice.
V. The Creative (Holy) Spirit: Spenta Mainyu: The Principle of Bounteous Creation.
VI. Immortality of the Soul: The Principle of Consequences and Divine Judgment.
VII. Frasho-Kereti: Refreshment: The Principle of the Final Triumph of Goodness.
Epilog.
Index.

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