God, as we find in the Gathas, is quite unique in many respects,
especially at this very early stage in man's civilization. Mazda Ahura is an
ecological God, who not only sustains, nurtures and promotes His Creation, but
wants to bring it to an ideal state, variously called in the Gathas, healing
It is the Living World, which complains to God of
its suffering and it is to this Living World that Zarathushtra is sent as a Ratu
or leader. His function and that of all righteous men is to protect, promote
and rehabilitate the world. This is described as a healing and a freshening.
The Benefactors are called "Benefactors of the Lands".
God also calls humans to be his allies in making the Living
World whole, healed and fresh. Man is supposed to keep the fire (energy), the
land, indeed the whole Earth, the waters and the sky (the air) clean and pristine.
He is supposed to protect the 'cow' for itself, also a symbol of animals.
But not only is nature to be protected and kept unpolluted,
it is to be developed, but wisely and according to its best natural uses and
for the benefit not only of a few, but for all the creatures of the Most Wise.
It is to be made as useful as possible and to fulfill the purpose of its creation.
In addition to being a 'Green God', Mazda Ahura is the God
of equality. Constantly in the Gathas, the equality of women is subtly emphasized.
The universality of the message is brought out by the conversion of the Turanians,
the blood enemies of Zarathushtra's people. The greedy rich and those seeking
a life of luxury are castigated and the settled person is exalted.
Politically the "Ahunavar" establishes the principles for
separation of church and state and for a democratically elected government, which
is based on righteousness, benevolence and dedicated to the rehabilitation of
the oppressed. These unique characteristics of Mazda Ahura make His message an
ever-relevant message. A message for the ages and for all mortals.
Throughout the Gathas many attributes and qualities
of this God of Wisdom, Mazda Ahura, are enumerated, which can briefly be
summarized as follows:
He is a God of Free Choice. (Songs 3:2, 4:9 and 11)
He is Creator of All. (Song 9:7)
He promotes the unconquerable dominion. (Song 1:3)
He is a God who knows best (Song 2:4 & 5:7), and is the ´Knowing´ and who fashions
righteousness to look after the promoter and the settler (Song 2:6).
He is of one accord with righteousness, who prepared the ´Thought Provoking Message´ (the
Manthra), the promoter for those who wish to be protected (Song 2:7)
He has established "
long suffering for the wrongful, and a lasting good
for the righteous
He grants happiness to all and speaks words of knowledge to Zarathushtra, to
guide all to choose right (Song 4:3).
He increases dominion through good mind (Song 4:6), stimulates the mind (Song
4:7); He is the first and the last, the patron of good mind and the Lord of life's
actions (Song 4:8); He has fashioned intellect for us and put life in the physical
frame (Song 4:11); and reveals good mind (Song 4:17).
He watches all (4:13)
He grants wholeness, immortality, abundance of righteousness, to those who are
his friends in mind and action (Song 4:21; Song 6:9)
He is an ally and a friend and has chosen progressive serenity for us (Song 5:2)
He comes through righteousness and good mind (Song 6:7)
He is most powerful and listens (Song 6:11)
He rises within us, grants, courage, good gifts of prayer, full vigor and felicity
He is Wide Watching, reveals the force of His sovereignty & the blessings of
good mind. (Song 6:13)
He gives guidance & shows self-reliance (Song 7: 12)
He gives rewards to the beneficent (Song 7:13)
He rules at will (Song 8:1)
He is sincere & noble (Song 8:3)
He grants long life, the chosen existence which exist only in his dominion (Song
He is our friend (Song 8:14)
His is the most progressive mentality (Song 8:16)
He is the Master of Beneficent Sovereignty (Song 9:9)
He gives the best in life, He is the God who cannot be deceived (Song10:4)
He is the Most Progressive who is reached through the actions of good mind (Song10:5)
He is the Greatest of All, He hears us through progressive mentality (Song 10:6)
He has established through His Sovereignty that the living, the departed and
the yet to be born seek their great success from Him (Song 10:7)
He gives protection through His fire and mind and enlightens the inner self with
His doctrine (Song 11:7)
He is the most worthy of invocation (Song 11:9).
When the wrongful, rise up to promote the world through serenity and zeal He
unites them with good mind and teaches them what they need (Song 11:12)
His will is the complete renovation of life achieved through righteousness (Song
He promotes progressive mentality in men who consult good mind (Song12:3)
He has promised the righteous, what is indeed best through progressive mentality
He grants the progressive mentality, because with the growth of serenity and
righteousness it brings, it will convert many a seeker (Song 12:6)
He is the Beneficent Lord who teaches through righteousness what is best for
the knowing (Song 13:3)
He increases prosperity through righteousness (Song 13:6)
The benefactors of the lands will follow the satisfaction of good mind and base
their actions through righteousness in His teachings. (Song 13:12)
He teaches us how to proclaim the religion, which belongs to a Godlike person.
He guards the good mind, the soul of the righteous and the reverence that comes
with serenity (Song 14:10)
He is the Creator of Intelligence (Song 15:6)
He is approached through devotional songs, outstretched hands, righteousness,
good mind and with the adoration of a devotee (Song 15:8)
Our deeds should be dedicated to Him (Song 16:2)
He is the Lord of true speech and of His word He is the foremost promulgator
He gives much good to those who succeed for the sake of their conviction (Song
He was the first one who came into the House of Song (Song 16:15)
Men can be united with Him (Song 17:3) It is His dominion that provides a better
living for the honest living. He is indeed AHURA - the most Superior Being!
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