Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism is the religion founded by the Iranian prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster in Greek), who lived probably between 1500-1000 BCE. While Zoroastrians today number just 150 000 or so worldwide, their religion was once dominant in the middle east, being the state religion of the Achaemenid Persian empire—the largest empire in history by percentage of world population. It has furthermore been vital in influencing other religions such as Christianity, Manichaeism, the Gnostics, and Islam.

Often referred to by its adherents as the ‘Good Religion,’ Zoroastrianism is first and foremost an ethical religion. Its precepts, cosmology, and traditions all stem from and are infused with the basic idea of goodness, as opposed to wickedness. The One Supreme God, whose name is Ahura Mazda, meaning ‘Wise Lord,’ is the source of all that is good, true, light, and pure. Angra Mainyu, meaning ‘Destructive Spirit,’ is the negative force which introduces evil, lies, darkness, and corruption. Good thoughts, good words, good actions—these are the basic goals for the individual follower. A special importance is placed on good actions however, as Zoroastrianism is foremost a religion of active struggle against evil. Zoroastrians must not only live a good life themselves, but also dutifully combat evil wherever it may lie.

While it is not the place of the True Left to prescribe any specific cosmology or metaphysics, the real world tenets and implications of Zoroastrianism—absolute ethics, active struggle, and noble sacrifice—are in accordance with our ideals and are to be commended. Being so old a creed however, much of the original Avesta, the sacred collection of Zoroastrian scriptures, has been lost, and the remaining texts were likely subject to corruption. This being the case, there is some inconsistency in doctrine and commentary. The basic principles are mostly uniform though, and where there is controversy we will give Zarathustra the benefit of the doubt.

Zoroastrianism arose not as an entirely novel religion, but more as a critique of the old rituals and pantheon then present on the Iranian plateau. Zarathustra condemned the excesses of ritual and intoxication used by warrior tribes to appease angry gods, and procure good fortune in their raids. The prophet also found abhorrent their practice of animal sacrifice and condemned it likewise, as well as the eating of flesh (though some scholars disagree). These gods of the old religion, the Daevas as they are called, were revealed by Zarathustra to be malevolent inferior deities not at all worthy of worship. Angra Mainyu (or Ahriman later on), the Evil or Foul Spirit, is sometimes interpreted as the father of the Daevas, but according to most scholars and commentators this is incorrect. Angra Mainyu is simply the spirit that corrupts the Daeva, as the latter “did not discriminate straight between the two [Angra Mainyu and Ahura Mazda], as deception would come over them while consulting, so they would choose the worst thought. Thus they would scramble to Wrath, with which mortals sicken this existence.”(Yasna 30, 6) Thus the Daeva were not born wicked of Angra Mainyu but were deceived, and so too mankind is not born wicked but is deceived by wickedness—Zoroastrianism has no concept of ‘original sin,’ but rather original purity.

It is of course remarkable that many of the old Iranian gods, the shunned Daeva in Zoroastrian cosmology, are equivalent with the praised gods of the Vedic religion of India, which are also called by no coincidence ‘Deva.’ Indra, Sarva (Rudra), and Nanghaithya (Vedic Nasatya) are three of the six principle Daeva in Zoroastrianism.

While Ahura Mazda was already a deity in the old pantheon nominally, Zarathustra’s reform vested Him with the epithet of ‘Uncreated Creator,’ and saw him as the Supreme God. In one interpretation of Zoroastrian cosmogony, Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu are twin spirits, both co-eternal, each residing in their own spheres of light and darkness respectively. As remarked previously, Angra Mainyu does not create the Daeva but only corrupts them. This is because Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu are said to be absolute opposites, and so the former being the creator God, the latter is thus neither creator nor god (or God). A sect called the Zurvanites reconciled the two by making the ‘twins’ both born of Zurvan, who is the First Principle infinite time and space. Zurvan is therefore not a god higher than Ahura Mazda, but merely a principle or process which is morally neutral. In this schema, Ahura Mazda was to be the ‘first-born’ of Zurvan and so given supremacy over the cosmos, but Angra Mainyu, aware of the arrangement, tore open the womb to emerge first. Thus because Angra Mainyu swindled his way into being born first, Zurvan was forced to give him the advantage. However Zurvan limited Angra Mainyu’s rule to 9 000 Years, after which Ahura Mazda would retake his rightful ascendency for all eternity. Zurvanism, although providing an explanation for the twin spirit enigma, nonetheless goes against the moral imperative so central to Zarathustra’s message because of its fatalistic implications.

Although Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu are explicitly described as ‘twins’ in the original Gathic texts, there is much reason to suppose that the two are not commensurate. The main contra-indication being the so-called ‘Holy Spirit’ or ‘Bounteous Force’ of Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu, who is also Truth. It is not Ahura Mazda himself but Spenta Mainyu who leads the battle against Angra Mainyu, who is the Lie. Unlike Zurvanism, the traditional Pahlavi texts tell us that Angra Mainyu is not destined to rule for a period, but is rather confined by Ahura Mazda to the lower third of the universe so as to be contained. The Wise Lord then created the Fravashis, or ‘Pre-Souls,’ who would incarnate into the middle third of the universe as living beings and fight the battle against evil. In the upper third, the realm of goodness and light, reside the Amesha Spentas, or Beneficent Immortals.

“He divided the well-made sky into three thirds, one above, connected to Endless Light, in which is the Treasure containing eternal profit; one below, attached to the Darkness in the Depth, in which dwells the Lie full of evil: one below and above the two other thirds.

Then he made the uppermost third, called Garodman, into a stronghold of purity, all light and happiness, so that the Lie cannot reach them.

 He equipped that third so that the pure Amahrspands [Amesha Spentas] might be invoked without fear of the Adversary by the Righteous Ones who performed service to the gods, who, like noble heroes set against an unprepared opponent, fight with all they have in the battle and overcome the opponent . . .

With his divine wonder-power and Fortune, he separated out the opposite matter and contamination and placed it in the lower-most third, so that the lie-demon of un-goodness might come and fill that third with darkness and demons and make it horrible. In that hardship, when the Millenium comes about, it will be a prison providing a way for the demons to do penitence, as well as for the wicked whom the demons deceived and who fled from the fighting, in which they will be made responsible for their sins. Patiently, they will let no lie-demon in through the enclosure of the lights until . . . the punishment of the demons and the remorse of the wicked are completed.

Then he fashioned the creation of this world and placed in it the middle third to be the front line (radag) of this world and that world. Among those creatures, he set in place man, who can organize, as the master of the creatures; discerning wisdom as a tool for mankind; and the true Tradition of those who possess the best knowledge.

He built the world of the living as the place where the battle would be fought between the two with opposite essences.” (Dādestān ī dēnīg 36)

It is said in another passage that:

“As the Foul Spirit rushed in and saw the purpose for which the creations had been set in place—the supremacy of the deities, and his own impotence—he wished to rush back . . 

 He [Ahura Mazda] appointed the warrior pre-souls of the sustainers of the Order, with valiant horses and spears in the hands, around that stronghold, numerous as the hairs on the heads of the soldiers who mount the guard of a stronghold. That stronghold, which the Righteous are in, they call the Awareness-of-the-Righteous.

 When the Foul Spirit found no passage to rush back through, he saw how the demons would be cut off and he himself undone as clearly as Ahura Mazda did his future victory and the Perfectioning for ever and ever.” (Bundahishn 6a)

Other commentators posit that first Ahura Mazda existed alone in the cosmos. He created the Spirit of Truth, or Spenta Mainyu, along with the other Amesha Spentas, and the Fravashis of all living things. The Fravashis then wanted physical bodies, and Ahura Mazda warned them that if he created physicality they would no longer be perfect and Evil would enter the creation. The Fravashis would have to fight a long and hard battle to defeat it. They agreed, and so Ahura Mazda sent Spenta Mainyu, the Truth, to guide the Fravashis and to lead the battle against Angra Mainyu. In this manner, and also in accordance with the Pahlavi cosmology, Zoroastrianism differs from Manichaeism and the Gnostic sects. The material world itself is not seen as a wholly evil creation, but is the least perfect creation that has the most evil in it. Furthermore, Angra Mainyu cannot be classified as a Demiurge per se because, he is not a creating force.

Such are the cosmologies set forth in the Avesta and Pahlavi scriptures. The central concept of a struggle to defeat Angra Mainyu is common to all though. And the imperative for this struggle is based on Zarathustra’s absolute, explicit moral recognition and distinction between Good and Evil. The latter although being inferior, will continue to pollute the universe indefinitely until we as free agents on the world stage actively defeat it. It is for this reason that Zarathustra heavily criticized monasticism, and considered withdrawal from the world sinful.

Angra Mainyu may be defeated by following the ideals of the Amesha Spentas, both within ourselves (good thoughts) and in the external world (good actions). The six Amesha Spentas may be considered both as divine beings and as divine aspects in every person. Vohu Mana is the spirit of the Good Mind, from which follows good thoughts. Asha Vahista is the spirit of Truth and Righteousness: to follow it is the highest ideal of Zoroastrianism—being righteous. Khshathra Vairya is the spirit of Ideal Authority or Dominion, the power of Ahura Mazda as a wise ruler: in this spirit humans promote good and fight evil in the world. Spenta Armaity is the spirit of Love and Benevolence: through Spenta Armaity comes charity and grace. Haurvatat is the spirit of Perfection and Well-being in this life; and Ameratat is the spirit of Immortality and eternal bliss.

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The Faravahar symbol of Zoroastrianism. It represents the Fravashi soul of Man. The figure’s head reminds people that they have free will, a mind and an intellect with which to choose good. The right hand points upward to lead people towards Asha, the path of Truth. In the left hand is a ring symbolizing the just power of Khshathra Vairya. The wings represent the heavenly help of Ahura Mazda, assisting the soul in soaring to eternal goodness and light.

While Zoroastrianism is concerned with cosmic struggle, it also has a noted focus on the personal afterlife, and the rewards of Heaven or Paradise and the punishments of Hell. While this is somewhat downplayed in the older scriptures, which merely say “The man who behaves according to the law which Ahura Mazda set down and sacrifices to Ahura Mazda according to the Order up on high, he will be both blessed while alive and one with Order when dead,” (From the Old Persian Inscriptions) it is too often in the later writings that good actions are supported solely by the rewards of heaven, and these rewards are described in great detail. Rewards of the afterlife may be fine to describe, but ideally it should be primarily out of compassion and a sense of profound injustice that we fight against Evil in this world and within ourselves.

That being said, Zoroastrianism on the whole, and perhaps stripped of some of its later, more selfish connotations, is a religion worthy of salvage and support due to its clear moral teachings and noble ideals.

Religion & the True Left

The True Left opposes secularism, or the idea that religion should play no part in social or political discussion. The secularist view would imply that religious life is or should be separate from social life—a preposterous notion to the genuinely religious. The church however should have no influence over state affairs, but only insofar as no other organization with a different leadership should rival the state.

It must be stressed also that religious discussion should not be constrained to a mere tolerance and preservation of different creeds. In the wake of the False Left’s dethronement of religious authority was foisted a relativism that saw all religions as ‘equal,’ or more specifically, equally tolerable, respectable, commendable, etc. The chief problem with this relativism is the consequence that all religious moral systems must therefore also be equal.

While the Far Right rejects this relativism merely on the basis of whether a given religion is part of their traditional ‘identity,’ the True Left rejects it by instead holding each creed to an absolute standard of universal moral values. Metaphysics, theology, and other such models set forth by religions may be respected, but only so long as their moral ramifications—and explicit decrees—are noble. Most religions however also hold room for a range of interpretation, though often a result of a corruption of its founder’s teachings.

This being the case, the True Leftist, in addition to assessing the theology of his or any other religion for its moral implications, seeks to associate with and advance its noble aspects while eliminating the ignoble. It is not enough for him to stop at his own religion though; he must help to unite the noble elements across all religions if the True Left has any hope of eradicating the tribalist creeds.

Over the coming weeks will be published a series of articles dealing with some of the major religions of the world, in an attempt to briefly evaluate each for its relation to the ideals of the True Left. It is hoped that this will help unite the noble elements across all faiths, by showing the common Gnostic thread that runs through their unadulterated versions, and by exposing the sordid creeds and corruptions.

At the foundation of any Gnostic or True Left theology must lie a dualism of some form. Good must be set against Evil in a clear manner. If the element of Evil is either unspecified, or included within the control or emanatory power of Good, then it is justified according to such a theology. Also, if Good is represented as merely commensurate with Evil, then evil actions are again justified as this is relativism. A Gnostic religion must present Good as essentially and originally opposed to Evil, and also superior to it.

Often the two forces oppose each other as the archetypes Spirit and Matter, Truth and Falsehood, Light and Darkness, Justice and Iniquity, Purity and Corruption, and so on. For adherents to Gnostic religion, this opposition calls for constant struggle against Evil. The fate of humans and of the world is not pre-determined; we have free will and thus are responsible for our actions or lack thereof.

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The cosmic struggle through each of us

Therefore, a religious approach in line with the Gnostic Left must not be solely about theological ideas, or personal psychology, but must also have social and political action in this life as a vital directive—and not, ideally, as a mere means for attaining divine favor: good deeds in this world should be foremost a matter of compassion and duty, not about rewards and punishments.

With these basic precepts in mind, we will examine various religions and allow the noble elements to surface while casting aside the reprehensible dogmas.

Marks of True Leadership

Now I know that we have written articles concerning democracy and the tyranny of the majority. But I felt that it was important to illustrate something of what we would consider an ideal to which we would aim in our Movement, especially in presenting our position in formal platforming in our various nations. In my Australian Movement, I have written as a part of our Party Platform, in its Political Policy thus:

“The Australian Freedom Party advocates an autocratic form of government (though not by hereditary but based on merit) over any democratic or constitutional system of government in its capacity to serve the people honestly and accountably.”

Whenever people hear something about autocracy, it is easy for people to misconstrue my position, that I am proposing some kind of tyrannical rule of a heartless dictator. But actually what I am proposing could be nothing further from that.

True Leaders vs Mere Bureaucratic Administrator

The kind of government that I envision first requires a visionary leader (in our case I propose that he be called the Chief Citizen), one who can guide the state and thus the destiny of that realm over which he has power. I use the word “guide” because there is a big difference between true leadership and mere bureaucratic administration. True leaders are not caught up in the mundane managerial notion of libertarian governance. Such a leader is not required to personally formulate every policy, or even to bother himself with their implementation and micromanaging.

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Men of small minds end up being caught up in their own ego, and are unable to hear the voice of wisdom when it speaks through those whom they lead

Essentially, the principle of micromanagement in the context of autocratic government is what leads to tyranny. Such are men of small minds who end up lacking the confidence in their own vision to guide them in giving a voice to those they lead and having the confidence to assign those most fitted to the task to carry out various responsibilities within their realm. They are afraid of those with gifting and ability. On the other hand, a true leader can clearly see that there are those among his followers who hold greater knowledge and expertise in these areas. Genuine authority exercised in such a way wins the loyalty of his followers and ultimately of the people who he rules over. It also empowers a true leader to be able to trust those whom he leads.

It is for this reason, that as you read my Party Platform, it must be remembered that I am painting a grand picture with broad brushstrokes. I see politics as true artistry (not bull artistry). If I were to be Chief Citizen of Australia, I would see my role as being the fountainhead from which the ultimate vision of a New Australia would flow. And thus it would require those who have a heart and will to embrace this vision to be looked to, according to their personal resources and expertise, to help flesh out this vision, helping to bring it into full manifestation. As I have stated before, I see the best government one in which the principle of absolute authority is coupled with the principle of absolute responsibility.

Although it may be difficult at first to see the vision, there is a reason for every individual element of my Platform, and they all fit together as a synergistic unit to form the infrastructure of a new paradigm for our Nation. Monetary reform flows into public works projects, which in turn flows into true welfare for our people and the capacity for our nation to welcome those who seek asylum. All the elements must be seen as an organic whole. Beyond this, for this vision to be ultimately fulfilled will require the willingness of our people to embrace it, the willingness of those who follow me to be able to interpret my desires, in such as way as to be able to innovating and administer the practicalities of their implementation.

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A True Leader is more like a spiritual guide – like Christ or Gandhi, and not a mere mundane politician who gets good at writing speeches and making a comfortable living off of parliamentary attendance

Thus, the pitfall of micromanaging can be avoided, and instead our Chief Citizen can devote himself to the role of a leader – which in its essence is the formulation, development and communication of a vision for the rest to follow. Thus, those with knowledge, initiative, creativity and expertise can all be put to the best use for the good of the whole nation. All tasks of implementation will be delegated downwards, ultimately fostering “grassroots activism” by which our vision can be rapidly and properly communicated from the top downwards, ultimately becoming culturally and socially ingrained.

Reclaiming the Genuine Australian Nationalism

Under the banner of so-called “patriotism” and “nationalism,” the whole issue of refugees is being used as a means for propagating fear and insecurity, thus causing people to cling to those who promise them protection from their fears. There are countless examples in the media, both here in Australia and abroad, where such a picture has been graphically forced upon the masses. Meanwhile, the same powers that own the media are cutting underhanded deals internationally to essentially sell the soul of our nations into the hands of the international corporate powers. “Bread and circus” have always been a key means of the pacifying and control of the public, and for now the circus has turned to a gladiatorial contest, where innocent refugees seeking asylum have been thrown to the lions in the name of manipulating people through fear and blinding them to the real threat to our national security.

 

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“True Nationalism is the furthest thing from divisive. Under the banner of the Southern Cross, an authentic Australian revolutionary symbol, I am seeking for those who wish to stand for a unified Australia, a land where nobility is the goal regardless of where you have come from. It is for this purpose that I have founded the Australian Freedom Party.” (Steven Pidgeon, Manifesto of the Australian Freedom Party)

Generally, all of humanity can be divided into three categories.

1) There are the people who complacently settle for slavery to the status quo.  Unconsciously driven by self-interest, they seem “happy” as long as their personal lives are unaffected by the decisions of those in power. Watching the news, reading the newspapers, they receive whatever opinion is being fed to them without consideration or censure. So many people honestly don’t seem to care about the injustices committed in this world and, if it benefits them, they could even be willing to side with the oppressor.

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Are You Settled to Being Just a Part of the Crowd?

2) There are the lower elements of humanity, who assert that their opinions are silently held by the majority. They make out as if their stance is the only morally defensible position that can be taken. They make immigrants and minorities the innocent victims of their rhetoric, all in the pursuit of the supposed “good of their nation and the generations to come”. They make a claim to “nationalism,” while in reality they are a bunch of ethno-centric fear-mongers, which – knowingly or not – are playing into the Zionist agenda (as demonstrated by how nicely their Islamophobic and pro-Israel rhetoric fits into Murdoch’s fear-inducing media bandwagon). Identitarian politics is a divisive cancer to our people, actually the very antithesis of true nationalism.

True Nationalism is the furthest thing from divisive. Under the banner of the Southern Cross, an authentic Australian revolutionary symbol, I am seeking for those who wish to stand for a unified Australia, a land where nobility is the goal regardless of where you have come from. It is for this purpose that I have founded the Australian Freedom Party. Against such aggression for selfish ends, a positive Movement for genuine nationalism must rise with greater aggression to stamp it out!

 

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Supposedly this racist Movement stands for Australia. Do they stand for you?

3) There are the higher elements of humanity, who stand for quality over quantity, who hold the banner of “Unity Through Nobility,” who seek to take a stand for true freedom and the end of exploitation. They will take a stand for the ideal, and put their lives on the line for it. When they appear, their lives are like a shining light to others.

However, the pitfall for such genuine-hearted people can be to fall into a false kind of socialism, which proclaims that the root causes of the economic and social problems are faced only by the working classes, thus creating another divisive element – ultimately being no different to the ethnocentric “nationalist.” This causes people to become enamoured with their own “class issues”, which essentially plays upon the same egoistic fears that the false “nationalism” plays upon, creating division and discontent. Whereas this brand of “socialism” promotes class war and asserts that people should feel united with workers internationally rather than with their fellow national citizens, the truth is that there doesn’t need to be division between workers and employers if they are all working for the same goal and everybody’s needs are being met (which is possible). A true nationalist solution to these problems actually cuts to the root of economic and social problems in a way that benefits all – both the worker and the employer, both the farmer and the one who feeds from his labours, the manufacturer and the one who benefits from his goods. This is genuine nationalism.

CAN YOU HEAR THE CALL?

In reality, while the majority live their lives in slavery, really they are just looking to somebody to lead them. In cringing fear, they may offer no resistance to those negative elements in society who stand up for what they claim to be their “right.” But when a truly positive Movement towards genuine unity and nobility rises with militancy, rising to oppose self-interest in all forms, who will find the courage and self-sacrifice within themselves to offer themselves to the cause?

Our Nation will only descend into degradation and depravity if these negative elements are too long allowed a voice without a stand being taken by those who know what is right and who are willing to put their lives on the line for their ideal. For our Movement to find strength and presence to oppose the rising tide of self-interest and racism, all who have within them the better elements of humanity must finally shake off the shackles of slavery and rally to the clarion call for the Truth.

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What We Fight For

The main focus of our site so far has been the far-right and Zionism, which has led a few to mistakenly believe they are our only concern (or that we care more about the far-right than about Zionism!). We do view these two as our biggest problems of our time, but they are far from our only concerns. To give a glimpse of our greater goals, I have decided to add a new page:

https://trueleftblog.wordpress.com/mission-statement/

If you too fight or wish to fight for a better world, send in a contact form here:

https://trueleftblog.wordpress.com/contact-2/

Sunrise

For too long the darkness has ruled us,
For too long the clouds have deceived us,
But today the clouds shall grow heavy,
Today the earth shall turn.

In the deepest dark before the dawn,
The stars guided us to this great horizon,
Through the decades a voice has a called us,
Through the years we have followed.

Now we stand on wind-worn shore,
As shepherds try to lead us astray,
They say to us with glares and sneers,
“How can this man be your brother?”

But we hold the hand beside us,
As the deceivers’ ramblings fade into silence,
We are solid as granite is solid,
And colorful as granite is colorful.

We are united by a great destiny,
We are the lightning that tears through the clouds,
We are the rain that brings them down,
We are the sun that reveals the truth.

The sun shines golden in the sky,
And the shepherds’ staffs are revealed as snakes,
The stone is returned,
To the hand from which it was thrown.

All once hidden is now revealed,
All deception is brought before the eyes,
The borrowed war is over,
Let the Golden Age begin!

Remember us,
Mark our every word,
We are the storms that tear apart the clouds,
We are the sun that illuminates the truth!

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New Banner

Recently we were joined by an artist, NWReborn, who has designed a really cool banner for the True Left. If anybody wishes to start a paramilitary group or some other True Left group in their area and use this banner, feel free to send a message so we can give you two thumbs-up to use it.

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for propaganda to be easily understood, and art accomplishes just that. Given our movement’s purpose, it should also help purify our own vision in the process, as great art is meant to do. NWReborn will be our chief artist, allowing us to expand our reach on the site beyond writing articles and into a much more direct and intuitive area. Welcome to the team!