Righteousness is the best….

He who sows the ground with care and diligence
acquires a greater stock of religious merit
than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers.
~ Zoroaster

Praying for Zoroastrians is primarily an individual endeavour at home or in the open, by the sea, on hill tops, or in some other suitable open setting. Zoroastrians traditionally pray five times a day and at meal times. Zoroastrian worship is not prescriptive. Its followers can choose whether they wish to pray and how. Prayers are said facing the sun, fire or other source of light representing divine light and energy. The Prophet Zoroaster placed less emphasis on ritual worship, instead focusing on the central ethics of ‘Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds’. Zoroastrians hold that the effectiveness of a person’s beliefs is demonstrated in that person’s deeds. While praying helps to reaffirm beliefs, a life based on good deeds is prayer in action.

Ashem Vohu

Righteousness is the best. It is happiness.
Happiness comes to the person who is righteous for the sake of righteousness alone.

(part of the Navjote ceremony)

I worship you in every religion that teaches your laws and praises your glory.
I worship you in every plant whose beauty reflects your beauty.
I worship you in every event which is caused by your goodness and kindness.
I worship you in every place where you dwell.
And I worship you in every man and woman
who seeks to follow your way of righteousness.

(Zoroaster)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Just as is the will… [Zartosht No-Diso]

Today is the Zoroastrian remembrance of the death of the Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster) and the Christian Feast of Saint Stephen, first Christian martyr. The African-American festival of Kwanzaa begins today.

Christmas, children, is not a date.
It is a state of mind.
~ Mary Ellen Chase

Yatha Ahu Vairyo

Just as is the will of the lord God so too is that of the spiritual leader owing to his righteousness. The gifts of good mind are for those who work in this world and wield in accord with the will of Ahura Mazda. The kingdom of Ahura’s heaven is for him, who renders succour to the poor.

(Zoroastrian Gathic hymn1)

1 Considered the most sacred of the Gathic hymns of the Avesta, the revered texts of Zoroastrianism.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday

The Zoroastrian Gahambar (seasonal festival) of Maidyoshem continues today.

Never apologize for showing feeling.
When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

Help me to be one of the righteous ones at all times. Strengthen me to work for the active propagation of righteousness… that I might prove a worthy worker in the inauguration of your kingdom of righteousness.

(Based on an ancient Zoroastrian prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Everything I do and everywhere I go, the outcome benefits me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Prayer for Tuesday (Khordad Sal)

Today is the Zoroastrian holiday of Khordad Sal, celebrating the birth of the Prophet Zarathustra. It is the first day of the Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover. The Hindu festival of Holi continues today.

Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
and pray for those who mistreat you.
If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too;
if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well.
Give to everyone who asks you for something,
and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.
~ Jesus (Luke 6:27-30, Good News translation)

With bended knees, with hands outstretched, do I yearn for the effective
expression of the holy spirit working within me:

For this love and understanding, truth and justice; for wisdom to know the
apparent from the real that I might alleviate the sufferings of men on earth….

God is love, understanding, wisdom, and virtue. Let us love one another,
let us practice mercy and forgiveness, let us have peace, born of fellow-feeling…

Let my joy be of altruistic living, of doing good to others. Happiness is unto
him from who happiness proceeds to any other human being.

(Zoroastrian prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday (Ghambar Ayethrem)

The Zoroastrian holiday of Ghambar Ayathrem begins today.

Deep meaning lies often in childish play.
~ Johann Friedrich von Schiller

I praise good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.
I reject all the bad thoughts, bad words and bad deeds.
I praise Righteousness.
Righteousness is the Best.

(from Yasna 10; Source: Zoroastrian Kids Korner)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I love and cherish my inner child.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (Ghambar Paitishem)

Love is the great miracle cure.
Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
~ Louise Hay

As the Ahu is excellent, so is the Ratu (one who rules) from his sanctity,
a creator of mental goodness, and of life’s actions done for Mazda;
and the Kingdom is for Ahura, which to the poor may offer a nurturer.

What is Your Kingdom, Your riches;
how may I be Your own in my actions,
to nourish Your poor, O Mazda?
Beyond; yea, beyond all we declare You.

To that man ye give both splendor and glory,
with health and vigor of the body and prominence of form;
yea, to him ye give possessions which entail abundant glory,
and a legitimate scion, and a long enduring life,
and Heaven at the last, the best life of the saints, shining, all glorious.

What is Your Kingdom, Your riches;
how may I be Your own in my actions,
to nourish Your poor, O Mazda?
Beyond; yea, beyond all we declare You.

(Zoroastrian manthras for healing, Yasna 27:13-14, 68:11)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a spiritual being having a human experience.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday

Anyone can get a job, but do you have a purpose?
~ Tom Butler-Bowdon

Order our lives by your wisdom, and care for our needs by your bounty.
Enable us to live in peace with one another, so that we can help each other in our work.
Take from us all threat of war and famine.
Make our animals fat and healthy, and make our crops grow abundantly.
In each village set a man of honesty as chief, and let every person respect his authority.
Above all, make us holy in all our thoughts and words and deeds.

(Zarathustra [Zoroaster], 6th century BC)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am now absolutely clear about the specific results I want
in every area of my life.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)