How did Zoroaster become the Leader of the World?
- The second Song of the Gathas (Yasna 29) is an interesting play.
It explains why Ahura Mazda chose Asho Zarathushtra (Zoroaster) as a Guide to the living world.
This play is perhaps one of the oldest plays in the world and its hero is Asho Zarathushra!
There are 5 characters in this play. The first one is Ahura Mazda, the Wise God, who knows everything.
Asha or Righteousness is the second character in this play. Righteousness is part of what makes our God.
But here in this play he acts as a separate character, as God’s assistant.
Vohuman or Good Mind is yet another character in this play. Like Righteousness, Good Mind is an aspect of God
but here he plays as God’s friend.
The cow plays the fourth character in this play. The cow is a symbol of all the living world.
She represents people, animals and plants. She is helpless and sad because many people have been
unjustly oppressed and they are unhappy and poor.
- Animals are not happy either. They are being extinct and killed. Worse of all the environment is being destroyed by waste and pollution.
So the cow, which is the symbol of all the living world, is not happy. She goes to Ahura Mazda to complain about her miserable situation.
In this play (Yasna 29, Song 2 of the Gathas), Asho Zarathushtra is the hero. He is young but not very powerful. Yet, but he is wise, kind and honest. He is the one who will be chosen to save the living world. Let’s read and find out how:
- Cow: I am very upset, God. Why did you create me like this?
I am being destroyed by anger, violence and injustice. Please help me!
Ahura Mazda: (turns to Righteousness and asks) who do you think we should find as the leader for the living world?
Who will be able to bring justice and happiness to the world?
Righteousness replies: O Ahura Mazda! I am sorry but I don’t know anyone who is honest
and capable enough to fight the injustice in the world.
Righteousness continues: Ahura Mazda, you know the best. You are all-knowing. You know the past and future.
You are our judge. The Cow and I will ask you: Is there anyone who can save the world from dishonesty and lies?
Ahura Mazda turns to Good Mind and says: Good Mind, what about you?
Do you know of anyone who can save the world and bring peace and happiness to people?
Good Mind replies: Yes, Wise Lord. I know of one person who can save the world from oppression.
He has listened to your Divine Message. He is Zarathushtra Spitaman.
- Zarathushtra comes in. He is thin and seems powerless. When the cow sees Zarathushtra, she is disappointed.
She thinks how can such a thin young man be able to save the world.
The cow cries out to God and angrily says,
"How can this man save the world? He is not a warrior nor is a powerful hero to be able to save the world!"
God looks at the cow but doesn't say anything and let the cow figure it out herself.
The cow sits and ponders deeply, and she soon realizes that it is not Zarathushtra's physical strength
which will save the world but his wisdom and righteousness.
So she turns to God and calmly says, "Wise Lord, I ask you to grant Zarathushtra and his people power through
righteousness and good mind so that he can lead the living world to peace and happiness.
Indeed, Asho Zarathushtra is Your best discovery."
- With God's blessing the living world chooses Zarathushtra (Zoroaster) as her Leader and Messenger!