Nevertheless, there are sufficient indications to be able to piece together some basic background information. However, this has left ample room for various mythologies to evolve around his life. This text will discuss both documentary aspects of his life, as well as mythical stories.
Not much is known about his youth except that he was very curious and wanted to find out about things. He spend a long time outdoors, contemplating nature and the questions of life. Zarathushtra encountered many difficulties and challenges imposed on him through the opposition of the established priests and local ruling princes.
He tries to promulgate his teachings, but every time, the established traditions, what people were used to, manage to stop him.
Eventually he and his followers leave their homeland for other lands. Still anywhere they go, they meet similar opposition from both rulers and priests. Finally, in the land of King Kavi Vishtaspa, he manages to get an audience with the king.
During this encounter, many of the leading priests and wise men were present, to quiz Zarathushtra and test his new philosophy. Zarathushtra manages to answer all questions to the satisfaction of the King, who after a few days of pondering the situation, embraces this new religion and urges his subjects to do the same. Two of the noted disciples of Zarathushtra, as mentioned in the Gathas, are Frashaoshtra and Jamaspa of the Hvogva family.
In the Gathas, Zarathushtra advises his daughter as well as all brides and grooms-to-be, but does not name the bridegroom. The boy did not cry, but instead giggled and had a smile on his face. Pourushaspa and Dughdova named their newborn son Zarathushtra , meaning golden light.
While there formerly has been disagreements among historians regarding the birth date of Zarathushtra, the latest archeological and historical evidence all point to the fact that he was born between - BC. This information converges with the traditional date which states that the Zoroastrian calendar starts with the birth of Zarathushtra on 26 March BC. This date is still celebrated among modern Zoroastrians and coincides with the Persian new year celebration called Nowruz which takes place on 21 March.
As a child, Zarathushtra developed a profound curiosity for everything in nature and he often questioned life. He was an intelligent child who was very observant and wanted to have clear cut answers to every question that came to his mind. With his ability to see through the surface of things and penetrate to the depth of their cause and meaning, he often confronted local priests and teachers about the meaning of their polytheistic teachings.
However, either the priests and teachers barely managed to answer his questions or Zarathushtra himself was not satisfied with the answers he received. At the age of nine, his friends arranged a meeting for him with the head priest of his town to discuss the questions he wanted to have answered. Zarathushtra and the head priest discussed for several hours but ultimately, neither side could convince the other. Many of the questions that Zarathushtra asked had however deeply affected the priest.
The fact that the priest could not answer the child's questions shocked him and made him feel miserable. The legend says that while the priest was on his way home after the meeting, troubled by the situation, he suffered a heart attack and died right on the spot. When Zarathushtra turned 20 years old, he decided to leave his birthplace and travel to distant places in search of the Truth. He spent years philosophizing in the wilderness of the various places he visited.
During his travels he also met and married a woman named Hvovi, with whom he had six children. After ten years of traveling, Zarathushtra was now at the age of One early morning, he went to the river to bring water back to his residence. As he stepped into the water, a divine entity named Vohu Mana meaning The Good Mind suddenly appeared to him.
In his vision, he experienced the presence of Ahura Mazda and perceived him as the creator of universe. He also experienced the presence of the so called Amesha Spentas which are six divine entities that act as the protectors of the physical world and obey the decisions of Ahura Mazda. To Zarathushtra, the Amesha Spentas were perceived as abstract entities but in ancient scriptures they have been described as angels, so that one can easily grasp their abstract nature. He understood the roles of the Amesha Spentas in the world order and creation. The creation of universe was explained to him and also the importance of Truth and order.
He understood that Truth and order were essential for maintaining the universe as a good place away from the evil spirit named Ahriman who always tries to implant lies in the minds of humans in order to create falsehood, misery and chaos.
Zarathushtra had received illumination. The Truth which he had long searched for had suddenly appeared to him.
In that split moment, all his questions were answered. With a sense of relief and ultimate joy, Zarathushtra decided that the divine message had to be shared with the world. He went back to his home town and met his family. He gathered all the members of his family around him and told them about his illumination and ultimately asked them if they would be pleased to join in his footsteps and live by his philosophy and the divine message he had received.
The first person to join was his brother Maedyoimaha, followed by his wife Hvovi and his six children. Go to Part 2: Illustration of Zarathushtra Wikimedia Commons. Mahbod Khanbolouki was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. He is the oldest child of two brothers. Early in his childhood he developed a big interest for music and science. He started to play the guitar when he was 9 years Zarathustra was not a philosopher, he was a mystic who, at the riverside, experienced a spiritual awakening of some sort, just like all the founders of great religions Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, Mahavira, Bodidharma etc.
All the angels and things are just a way of trying to describe the in-describable. Osho modern Indian mystic has talked on Nietzsche's book on Zarathustra in a series of discourses entitled "Zarathustra- a God that can dance". A rare opportunity to hear or read a modern mystic talk on an ancient one. As a matter of fact, he is considered to be the first philosopher. Cambridge university has stated this fact and also world wide scholars. Ok, but scholars don't know much about spiritual experiences. In the west mystics are often thought to be philosophers because they speak of similar things.
But a mystic and a philosopher are as different as night and day. A philosopher tries to figure life and existence out by thinking about them using logic and his mind. A mystic meditates and knows life directly by going beyond mind. He knows mind can't give any answers. A philosopher still believes mind can give some answers and he does not know that you can go beyond it.
Cambridge university can say what they want. A scholar can never know these things and if he suddenly knows, he is no longer a scholar. The larvae and the butterfly can not exist at the same time.. You can't be a prophet and a philosopher at the same time. The moment the prophet is born, the philosopher in you dies! You have seen the utter futility of trying to figure life out! Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.
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The language of that literature was predominantly Greek , though at one stage or another various parts of it passed through Aramaic , Syriac , Coptic or Latin. The secret life of an ancient concubine. The wicked and the evil ones simply fled away when attempts were made to kill her. Thus he decided to spend his life teaching people to seek Asha. This was a breakthrough for Zarathushtra. These ideas were sprung out of the place where Zarathushtra lived which is considered to be in modern day northeastern Iran and which in ancient times were one of the main geographical sites where the Aryan civilization thrived.
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