Nowadays many educated Iranians especially the young generation ask about their national identity and how Zoroaster has become the symbol of Iran and their historical heritage. It is like the new generation is willing to revive the Persian image of Zoroaster again. Some Persian scholars say why the photo of Zoroaster is not a first class global image. It is like Iran is attempting to re-connect its outstanding roots with the ancient world. The situation looks similar to the era of Renaissance when Europeans felt a tremendous pain due to their lost ancient heritage and decided to replace Christianity with science and wisdom.
Zoroaster predicted the end of the Persian Empire in three hundred years, but the religion would last for thousand years. That is probably why we (Iranians or modern Persians) still think of and talk about Zoroaster. That is right. His religious beliefs are long-lasting in Western Asia and Central Asia.
Zoroaster is important in this part of the world because his heavenly beliefs were a basis for Abrahamic religions in the region. Obviously he established the first religion in the world with a strong belief in one God. His religion was dominant in Western Asia and Central Asia for centuries.
Historians believe that his prophecy started around seven years of age. Zoroaster became an outstanding prophet around the age of fifteen. According to Gathas, Zoroaster gained knowledge from traveling at age twenty. By the age of thirty, Zoroaster experienced a revelation during a spring festival. He saw Vohu Manah (the angel of Good Purpose) and taught Zoroaster about Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord or God). Zoroaster became aware of the existence of Angra Mainyu (Satan), Asha (God`s commands) and Druj (deception). After that he spent his life teaching the Persians to follow Asha.
His heavenly teachings have been documented in the Gathas and the Avesta which are now available for the public use in Iran.
At the age of forty-two, Zoroaster received the patronage of queen Hutaosa and a king named Vishtaspa. Zoroaster lived for many years after Vishtaspa’s conversion, and established a successful community. According to historians, a branch was brought by Zoroaster from paradise and was planted in today’s Kashmar city in northeastern Iran in honor of the conversion of King Vishtaspa to Zoroastrianism.
Zoroaster’s heavenly teachings about praying five times a day, the resurrection of the body, angels, Satan, paradise (i.e. Minoo or Behesht), hell (i.e. Doozakh), free will, the Day of Judgment, and everlasting life for the reunited soul and body are the core features of the Abrahamic religions.
Zoroaster appeared in Iran as a “Manifestation of God”, a pioneer prophet who revealed one God to people. Zoroaster thus shares an important station with Abraham, Moses, Krishna, and Jesus. Therefore, it is not a surprise if we consider Zoroaster as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Zoroaster’s holy beliefs can be summarized as Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds. Zoroaster believes there is only one way for humans in the world and that is the path to trustworthiness (Photos below). Obviously, Zoroaster was the first heavenly prophet like Adam who was the first human on the earth. This is an absolute honour not only for Iran but also the whole Western Asia and Central Asia.
The holy beliefs of Zoroaster are modern and democratic. He believes that human is God`s helper (i.e. free will) not a servant or child. He believes that if people make good decisions, the society will improve. He believes that men and women are equal and righteousness is the only way for humans to follow.
The prophecy of Zoroaster in Western Asia and Central Asia
Zoroaster, the life of the Persian prophet in images
The symbol of God or Faravahar in Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
The symbol of God or Faravahar which is also the logo of the Persian Gulf News of Iran.