Work in this world; in accord with the will of Ahura Mazda .
He who relieves the poor makes Ahura king. (Ahunavar)

Righteousness is the best good (and it) is happiness. Ashem Vohu Happiness is his who is righteous for the sake of being righteous. ( Ashem Vohu) ushtâ ahmâi May prosperity (or happiness) (be) unto that (person) ýahmâi ushtâ kahmâichît through whom happiness (may reach) others. Happiness is to him who makes others happy.

Ushtavaiti Gatha Ha 43

Spenta Mainyu

In ancient Persian mythology, Spenta Mainyu ("holy spirit") is the god of life and the personification of the good and the light. He is the twin brother of Angra Mainyu (Ahriman), the god of darkness, with whom he fights an eternal battle. In an earlier version of this religion, they both are the sons of Ahura Mazda (Ormazd). But later there is no longer a distinction between him and Ormazd, and they become one and the same god. His name, Spenta Mainyu, is after that no longer used. He still is the twin brother of Ahriman, but now their father is the primordial god Zurvan.
       
           
     
           




At the age of about forty, Zarathustra, a priest in the traditional Irani rites, received a revelation. In it, the many gods of the Iranis were supplanted by a new deity who was the supreme deity of the Good. This deity became known as Ahura Mazda, or the "Wise Lord.

Opposed to Ahura Mazda was Aingra Mainyu or Ahriman, the "Angry Spirit," the chief deity of evil. Both deities had underlings and partners. The chief allies of Ahura Mazda were the "Amentas Spenta." Created by the "Wise Lord," these "Bounteous" or "Holy Immortals" included Mithra. Owing to Best thought, word, and deed,nspired through righteousness Ahura- Mazda doth give unto us happiness, immortality (heaven), prosperity, and perfect-mindedness through Spenta-Mainyu (Beneficent-spirit.) (Spentomad-Gatha-Ha-47.1

There was a hymn to Mithra in the Zarathustrian holy work, the Avesta. It is a beautiful hymn or Yast. In it, Ahura Mazda addresses the prophet Zarathustra, saying that when he created Mithra, he made him as worthy of worship as himself. This accolade is given to no other Amenta Spenta or Yazata.The cult of Mithra was so important that Zarathustra had to give its God special concessions to convert its members. But there is another theological reason for the special attention given to Mithra by Zarathustra...

Among living beings, who(is) better in acts of worship, of such Ahura Mazda (Himself) is aware. On account of their holiness -all such, both men and women,
do we revere. (Baz-Yenghe-Hatam)

Mithra is a much more fully developed image than the rather ethereal Mitra. It is Mithra wears the Phrygian cap, Persian trousers, and a cape. His hat is star speckled (from textual evidence his chariot is similarly decorated). Rays of light emerge from Mithra's head much like a halo. His choke collar is a serpent.

After Zoroaster died, his religion became corrupted by the Magi, or celibate priesthood who took over his religion and mediated between man and Ahura-Mazda. This priesthood introduced
many pre-Zoroastrian gods into the religion. Ahura-Mazda, the sun god Mithras, and the most important archangel, Spenta Mainyu (holy spirit). This formed a holy trinity. However, the Persians had no images of their gods and considered the use of them as a sign of folly.

 

The Iranian Mithra and Zarathustra


 

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