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Preface

 

Whenever the world has been darkened by the dark clouds of ignorance worsening the ungodly characteristics, which prevail over righteousness, the Great Masters have come from time to time to enlighten the dark world and break the power of the ungodly forces. They have come with Divine manifestation, to encourage people to look up and seek the Divine Existence.

 

When looked upon in their true light, the Great Masters are perceived by the true lovers of Divinity as equitable Existence, fully divine in their characteristics and manifestation. From Age to Age, such Great Ones have come with Divine Mission and Message suited to the time and clime of each individual advent of the Masters, and they have lived the human life in keeping with their messages. Consequently, whenever and through whomsoever true devotees perceive this Divine Manifestation, they offer their love and devotion to such human forms, divinely manifested.

 

Spitama Zarathustra was one such Great Master through whom Divinity manifests even today to those whose inner vision is open to perceive His Divine Manifestation. To lovers of Zarathustra it has been a long-felt want that this Great Soul should equally be known as other Great Masters, and it has been to them painful observation to find the general mass ignorant of the life and teachings of One, who was among the first to lead the world to righteousness.

 

From time to time, many have asked to know as to who this Great Master was and what His Message was which has withstood the violent storms for eight thousand years. To meet this long-left want, this short biography has been written, and is published through the kind contributions of a few devoted friends.

 

Iran, during the long Zoroastrian era, had seen many ups and downs and on the rich cultural field suffered great losses due to foreign invasions. Of the very early invasions such as that of King Ninus and Queen Semiramis of Assyria (800 B.C.) no recorded details furnish us the cultural losses; however, the later Avesta as compared with the early Avesta shows us the intrusions of foreign thoughts. But the Greek and Arab invasions dealt severe death blows to the rich Iranian culture. Daze Napisht and Ganje Spigan were the two big libraries, one of which was completely destroyed by fire and of the other, all the books and manuscripts were carried to Greece after Alexander’s conquest. The Sassanian monarchs later encouraged rewriting of books and thus recovered some of the lost grounds. But after the Arab invasion Zoroastrian literature again met heavy destruction.

 

Later, at different periods, books were rewritten from the collection of remnants, but much of these were destroyed or lost with the passing of time. It was through various sources that the biographies had been compiled by various modern scholars and so that this may not be lost, this book is meant to preserve what little we know of this great Prophet of Iran, besides enlightening people.

 

It is now desired that the lovers of Zarathustra should spread His name once again to the four corners of the earth, so that He may be equally known, adored and loved as the other Great Masters. May this appeal find a place in the hearts of the good souls and may they offer their services to Zarathustra by way of either publishing further editions of this or any other biography for distribution to one and all in one or the other part of the world.

 

Jal K. Wadia

 

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