The Return of Zarathustra, Part II

The roots of the greatness of European civilization are inextricable from the ancient Zoroastrian heritage of Iran. The idea that the Persian Wars represented some kind of clash of civilizations, let alone a race war, is totally anachronistic and delusional.

Ancient Iran was the first and greatest white colonial empire, counting nearly one out of every two persons inhabiting the Earth among its subjects. Its Caucasian ruling class of Persians and Medes (Kurds) was racially identical to the various ethnicities of Europe. The Greco-Persian wars were white on white violence, like later wars that the Romans fought with the German or Celtic “barbarians” long before the idea of a united “Europe.” Iran was opposed not by a unified Greek or European civilization – neither yet existed – but by a loose alliance of Greek city states.For six centuries, from at least the Trojan War of Homer’s Iliad in 1230 BC to Hesiod’s Theogony in 650, we see essentially no change in the mythic world-view of the Greeks. Then suddenly in the 6th century BC we have 12 “philosophers” appearing within just one century. It is more than a strange (and suspiciously overlooked) coincidence that the sudden rise of philosophy like a meteor from a Greek mind sunken for millennia in the dark marshes of fatalist myth and superstition, coincides exactly with the Persian conquest and colonization of Greece beginning in the 6th century BC and enduring for well over a hundred and fifty years.

When the Persian army crossed the Hellespont into Greece it was as a sword in the hand of a leadership concerned with the propagation and prospering of Zarathustra’s thought-provoking message. The empire founded by Cyrus, organized by Darius and fostered by Xerxes – was not only Zoroastrian in its society and culture but was actively functioning as an embodiment and missionary of Zarathustra’s doctrine. Let us look first at Achaemenid society as described by the Greek historian Herodotus, who encountered it first hand. Regarding the religion of the common Persians he writes: “They are not wont to establish images or temples or alters at all; indeed, they regard all who do as fools, and this, in my opinion, is because they do not believe in gods of human form, as the Greeks do.” He adds that the Persians do not believe in a God so petty as to entertain prayers asking for an alleviation of the particular problems of any given individual, and so their only lawful ‘prayer’ is for the well-being of all.

Herodotus goes on to explain that the highest value and principle around which their society turns is “truthfulness” and contempt of deceit. We find in his account evidence of an active implementation of Zarathustra’s principle that thoughts, words, and deeds must perfectly reflect each other: “Whatsoever things it is not permitted to them to do, of these they must not even speak. Lying is considered among them the very basest thing and, second, indebtedness…because, as they say, a debtor is bound to lie somewhat.” Apparently from the age of five and up, Persian children were rigorously disciplined to make a practice of always telling the Truth. For Herodotus writes: “They train their sons from their fifth to their twentieth year in three things only: horsemanship, archery,and truth-telling.”

One particularly colorful practice which reveals the love of Truth in Achaemenid society is that, according to Herodotus, the Persians would never enter into debates and discussions of serious matters unless they were drunk on wine. The decisions arrived at would later be reviewed in sobriety before being executed:


They are very addicted to wine…[and]…They keep very strictly to this practice, too: that they are wont to debate their most serious concerns when they are drunk. But whatsoever they decide on, drunk, this the master of the house where they are when debating proposes to them again on the next day, when they are sober. And if they like it, too, when sober, they act on it; but if they do not like it so, they let it be. And whatever they debate, in preliminary fashion, sober, they give to final decision drunk.


It seems that they believed the wine would embolden them to drop all false pretenses and get to the heart of the matter.

Yale philologist Stanley Insler has also noted a curious feature of Achaemenid society which testifies to its wholehearted embrace of Zarathustra’s principles. Ancient Persian names were always descriptive of a person’s qualities and would be chosen by parents as a wish for the kind of person they would like to see their child become. We have an immense inventory of 1,500 such names inscribed on the many Old Persian tablets surviving from the period. Some of them are: aspaugura– “strong as a horse”; hubaoidi– “sweet-smelling”; viraka– “little hero”; or vsavah and humizda– “having good fame” and “winning a good prize”. These express longings for strength, heroism, beauty, fame and fortune. But what is striking is that the vast majority of names on these tablets do not refer to such qualities, bur rather incorporate the attribute of “Truth” or Arta in Old Persian (Asha in the even older dialect of Zarathustra), for example we find: Artapana– “Protector of Truth”; Artakama– “Lover of Truth”; Artamanah– “Truth–Minded”; Artafarnah– “Possessing the Splendor of Truth”; Artazusta– “Delighting in Truth”; Artastuna– “Pillar of Truth”; Artafrida– “Prospering the Truth”; Artahunara– “Having the Nobility of Truth”, and so forth.

The political leadership of the Achaemenid dynasty upheld this Zoroastrian principle of Truth at the core of Persian society from its very founding. When Cyrus the Great invaded Babylon and deposed the brutal King Nabonidus he declared the world’s first humanitarian charter as the inaugurating seal of the Persian Empire. It reads in part:


… I am Cyrus. King of the world. When I entered Babylon… I did not allow anyone to terrorize the land… I kept in view the needs of its people and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being… I put an end to their misfortune. The Great God has delivered all the lands into my hand; the lands that I have made to dwell in a peaceful habitation…


Cyrus’ successor, Darius, is remembered for inventing an ingenious system of organization for his vast Empire, which is the direct predecessor of the federation system of states and governors (Satrapies) employed by the United States. Thomas Jefferson studied Xenophon’s The Education of Cyrus, which holds up the first Persian Emperor as the ideal statesman. A great effort was made never to ravage a conquered territory, and even if possible, to keep its indigenous king in power and only append to him a Persian governor who would assure the upholding of basic human rights, the collection of taxes and the supply of young men for the Persian army. Cyrus spared the lives of all three kings of the major kingdoms he conquered: Astayages of Media, Nabonidus of Babylon, and Croesus of Lydia. Even though the latter had attacked Persia first, and without provocation, Cyrus made him an advisor at the Persian court. This stands in striking contrast to the contemporary Greeks’ routine of plundering cities conquered in battle and raping their noble women, as well as the way in which the Assyrians would raze a city to the ground and bind its people into slavery. Not only were occupied territories spared the pillage typical of conquests of the time but great projects of restoration were undertaken. Such was the state of affairs that the people of many oppressive kingdoms greeted the arrival of the Persian army enthusiastically as it made its way from India and Western China to Egypt and finally, Greece.

In short, though the reign of the Achaemenids is often recognized as the world’s first real ‘Empire’ – it is in fact more appropriate to call it a Universal State – with its decentralized system of local governors, vast royal roads, and the world’s first postal system. Such a designation is more fitting, above all because of the sense of humanistic cosmopolitanism which the Achaemenid dynasty fostered. Herodotus writes: “The Persians welcome foreign customs more than any other people.” He explains that they adopted whatever they saw as universally best in and of itself, its ethnic origins did not matter. Achaemenid art is also recognized as a unique attempt to consciously mix the artistic traditions of all the subject people into a humanist style that would reflect their new unity. Native custom was far less important than perpetual reflection on the Good. By comparison to the history of kingship and conquest before them, the Achaemenids were not pursuing a narrow-minded nationalistic agenda of subjugation. They were seeking to secure peace upon the face of the earth through the liberation and prospering of all its children. They were the first people in recorded history to envision “humanity” as an abstraction set over and against tribal or ethnic identity. Harvard Professor Richard Frye writes in his Heritage of Persia:


In the victories of the Persians… what was different was the new policy of reconciliation and together with this was the prime aim of Cyrus to establish a pax Achaemenica….. If one were to assess the achievements of the Achaemenid Persians, surely the concept of One World …. the fusion of peoples and cultures was one of their important legacies.


In this we see a patronage of the stewardship of the earth that lies at the heart of Zarathustra’s doctrine. The Achaemenid openness to reflecting on the inherent good of others’ traditions vs. their own, and the like, is a reflection of a people whose God is not ‘the God of the Persians’ (as that of the Jews is emphatically “the God of Israel”), but the God of the whole Living World. We hear the following of the Achaemenid justice system in practice from Herodotus: one, not even the Great King himself, may kill anyone on charge of a single crime, nor may anyone of the rest of the Persians do irremediable harm to any of his servants on occasion of a single act. Only if, on consideration, he finds the wrongdoings more in number and greater than the good deeds may he use his pleasure.


In one inscription of Darius the Great at Persepolis in Iran, he sees “the Lie” as equally devastating to the land as invasions and famine and prays to Ahura Mazda to allow his people to abide in Truth: “Darius the King says: May Ahuramazda bear me aid…and may Ahuramazda protect this country from a (hostile) army, from famine, from the Lie! Upon this country may there not come an army, nor famine, nor the Lie; this I pray as a boon from Ahuramazda…”

Another of the inscriptions that Darius left us at Persepolis rejects both the oppressive doctrine of might makes right and the politics of ressentiment that passes for ‘social justice’ today: “By the favor of Ahura Mazda I am of such a kind that I am a friend of the Right, and not a friend of the Wrong; it is not my desire that the weak man should suffer injustice at the hands of the strong, nor is it my desire that the strong man should suffer injustice from the weak.” He goes on to assert that his governance is based on Asha and Vohu Manah: “I desire what is right. I am not a friend of the man who follows the Lie. I am not hot-tempered; the things that develop in me during a dispute I hold firmly under control through my mind, I am a firm ruler over myself.” Such claims are essentially echoed in the Behistun inscriptions. These are no idle words for we know that the Achaemenid rule was the first and only Empire in history not to employ slavery but to outlaw it, no doubt because in Zarathustra’s view to live as a slave would preclude the possibility of developing a cultivated intellect (Vohumanah) so as to truly become a human being. Every worker at Persepolis was paid a living wage.

Persian influence on Greek thought began with Cyrus’ invasion and occupation of Lydia, whose capital city, Sardis, was according to Herodotus “the resort of all wise men of Hellas”. A short time later Lampsacus was one of the first Hellenic towns to be conquered by Cyrus and once under the authority of the ‘pax Achemenica’ it became a haven of thinkers persecuted for slandering tradition in Greek mainland cities such as Athens. The channels for influence increased drastically when by 450 BC Darius had extended Persian rule beyond the Hellespont to the shores of the Danube in the North, and the Adriatic sea to the West. Herodotus reports that Darius’ conquest brought many Zoroastrian colonists with it to settle in Greece, particularly in Macedonia and Thrace in cities such as Abdera and Eion. We know of instances in which Zoroastrian Magi became the tutors of children of Greek aristocrats, one such case being that of Protagoras, whose father Maendrius welcomed and feasted Xerxes.

Alfred North Whitehead once famously remarked that the whole history of Western Philosophy consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. The two greatest influences on Plato were Heraclitus and Pythagoras. Heraclitus has a very explicit connection to Iran. He was at one point invited by Darius the Great to become the Court Philosopher of the Achaemenid dynasty. If we look at the remainingFragments of Heraclitus’ writings on Nature, we see many parallels between his thinking and that of Zarathustra and these have no precedent whatsoever in Greek thought. One of them is the reverence for Wisdom and “thinking well” set apart from all else. In fact, at one point Heraclitus cautiously hints that Zeus is not the true God and he refers to the true Lord as “the Wise One.” He takes the chief aim of human life to be the cultivation of the best or most intelligent thinking, and to align one’s thoughts, words, and deeds: what you say and do should be based on careful contemplation, not a casual unreflective acceptance of what others have said. In this regard, Heraclitus levels a scathing critique at the ritual priesthood and at the poetic bearers of tradition or custom among the archaic Greeks. He is as critical of Homer and Hesiod, and of the ritualistic priesthood of his society as Zarathustra is of the priestly caste repeatedly targeted throughout theGathas.

Heraclitus adopts fire – an undying or everlasting fire – as the symbol of cosmic order. This idea of cosmic order, which he refers to in terms of the interpenetration of cosmos and logos, is identical toAsha or Arta in Persian thinking, which you will recall is associated with the element of fire in theGathas. This metaphorical eternal fire of Lord Wisdom’s mind becomes the central sacred symbol of Zoroastrianism. Such fires are perpetually tended at Zoroastrian temples to this day. Heraclitus also lays an emphasis on dualistic or oppositional forces as the wheelwork of evolutionary development in the cosmos. There are small details which are also significant. For example, one of the Fragmentsrefers to throwing out corpses as quickly as one can, which was anathema to the Greek practice of mortuary rites, but is very similar to the Zoroastrians taking their dead bodies to the dakhmeenclosures where they would be picked clean by vultures.

Darius extended his invitation to Heraclitus at the moment when the Athenians orchestrated a revolt of the Ionians against Persian rule. The Persian satrap and governor of Ephesus, a man by the name of Hermodorus, was a personal friend of Heraclitus. In one of his Fragments Heraclitus goes to the extent of saying that his fellow countrymen who revolted against the Persians ought to be executed to the last man and the city should be left to the children (those not yet brainwashed into opposing enlightened Persian rule). He was an ardent opponent of democracy, which he saw as the mob rule of the ignorant rabble. A man who says something like this, and always means what he says, cannot be considered a ‘Greek’ other than by birth – unless he is also to be considered a traitor. Rather, by seeing his fellow Ephesians as traitors to a noble regime sincerely aspiring to be in line with cosmic order, Heraclitus identifies himself as a proud Iranian citizen.

Instead of accepting the invitation of Darius he sequesters himself in the Temple of Artemis. The significance of this has hitherto been lost on commentators. Who is Artemis? Greek historians and anthropologists tell us that she was the goddess of the Amazons, and recent research has demonstrated that the Amazons were a historical people – they were the female warriors among the Sarmatians, an Iranian tribe from the Caspian Sea region that, together with another closely related Iranian tribe, the Scythians, extended their dominion north around the Black Sea and down into the Bosphorus region, where legend has it that they built the original Temple of Artemis as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. “Artemis” has no clear sense in Greek, but if you read it through the lens of Persian linguistics you get a contraction of the compound Arta Amesha. Recall the many compound ancient Persian names that include Arta or “Truth.” The Amesha from this one is the same as in Zarathustra’s Amesha Spentas, in other words Artemis means “Immortal Truth” or “Truth, the Immortal” – a hypostatization of Asha somewhat in the style of the later European “Nuda Veritas.” The chief symbol of Artemis is the archer’s bow and arrow, the ancient Persian symbol of Truth referenced by Nietzsche when he puts this maxim into the mouth of his returned Zarathustra: “To speak the truth and shoot well with arrows, that is Persian virtue.”

While Heraclitus did not make it to the royal court of Iran, choosing instead to stand his ground and fight for Arta at the furthest Western frontier of the Empire, the other greatest influence on Plato, Pythagoras of Samos, did spend a decade in the capital of the Persian Empire. Pythagoras had traveled from his native island of Samos to Egypt, where he was studying in the temples with the Egyptian priests, when Cambyses II, the son of Cyrus the Great, colonized Egypt and integrated it into the Persian Empire. He gave orders for Pythagoras to be “arrested” and brought to the capital of the Persian Empire. What the Shah meant by this joke was that since the Persians were such seekers of Wisdom (Mazda), they wanted to bring this curious fellow back to Babylon so that they could pick his brain and see what he could possibly also learn from them. According to Iamblichus and Porphyry, Pythagoras spent twelve years studying under the Magi (Moghan) or Zoroastrian priests in the administrative capital of Iran. He returns to his native Samos only when the island is conquered by the Persian Empire. Samos comes under Persian rule in 522 BC and Pythagoras returns there in 520 BC. He spends about a decade at home before moving on to southern Italy, where he establishes a very revolutionary school of thought.

Now we have moved back in time before the generation of Heraclitus and Darius. There was, as of yet, no such thing as “Philosophy” in Greece at all. In fact, it is well known that Pythagoras was the first person in Greece to refer to himself as a “philosopher”. He coins the term. In Greek there are a number of different words for love. Eros refers to erotic love. Agape refers to compassion. Philia in particular refers to friendship. By saying that he is a beloved Friend of Wisdom, or has a relationship of intimate friendship towards Wisdom (Greek Sophia, Persian Mazda) he is evoking that very unique relationship to God that is anathema to ancient Greek religion and even to subsequent Abrahamic faiths (except insofar as their mystical offshoots have come under Persian influence). As I discussed in the first part of this essay, in Zoroastrianism there is the notion that Man is a Friend of God and that God requires the friendship of Man in order to unfold the plan of righteousness in the world. It is not a coincidence that Philosophy only emerges in Greece after the first man to conceptualize it spends a decade in the capital of an Empire whose religion (Zoroastrianism) is natively and properly referred to as Mazda Yasna or “Wisdom Worship”, a doctrine which conceives of the rapport between humanity and Lord Wisdom as an intimate friendship.

Porphyry and Iamblichus tell us that although Pythagoras absorbed a number of influences from a variety of cultures, the Magi had the deepest influence on the fundamental spiritual orientation of the Pythagorean Order. One example of this is Pythagoras’ teaching against animal sacrifice and cruelty towards animals. Some folktales suggest that Pythagoras reached India, but there is no good evidence to support his having gone any further East than the capital of the Persian Empire. Consequently, rather than seeing this as any influence from Hinduism, it is much more likely to be a reflection of those elements in Zarathustra’s teaching that have to do with the protection of animals – especially the Cow – from harm, as well as ancient Persian laws that codified abuse of certain animals, such as cruelty towards dogs, as a capital offense.

Pythagoras is known as the founder of mathematics in the Western world. At the core of Pythagoras’ mathematics there is a binary opposition between peras or “limit” and apeiron or the “unlimited.” The world is brought into being through a dynamic interaction between the former principle of order and the negatively infinite or unlimited, in other words chaos. The place where we see this elaborated in the greatest detail is a text of Plato that the majority of scholars believe is the most Pythagorean book that he wrote. It bears mentioning that Plato was, of course, a member of the Pythagorean Order. Plato’s “creation myth” in the Timaeus portrays chaotic unformed matter being shaped by mathematical principles of order, limit, and proportion, so that the good creation can come into being. The most renowned idea of Plato, that of incorruptible perfect and eternal archetypes, the eidos or “forms” of all existing things – plants, animals, human beings – has no precedent whatsoever in Greek thought, but it most definitely does in Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazdaprimordially creates a world of perfect archetypes, the fravartis or fravashis, of all natural beings in a luminous state (eidos suggests something that shines in its appearance) before they are assaulted from out of darkness by the chaotic and deranging forces of the Lie.

The deepest Persian influence on Plato, via the Pythagorean Order, was probably in the domain of his political philosophy. The Greeks had a number of traditional forms of political organization:Democracy, Oligarchy (rule of the wealthy), Timocracy (martial law), Tyranny (the arbitrary rule of one absolute dictator). Relatively unstable city states frequently alternated between these types of regime. For example, a democracy would wind up being taken advantage of by wealthy people who manipulated the ignorant masses to establish an oligarchy, and then perhaps some champion of the people would rise up from out of the military, initially promising to eliminate corruption together with his comrades, but eventually murdering his fellow generals and establishing himself as a tyrant. By contrast in ancient Iran, for centuries before the classical Greek period, there was a well-established tradition of the alliance between the philosopher and the king. This goes back to Zarathustra’s own relationship with Kavi Vishtaspa (Kay Goshtasp).

Pythagoras adopts this system of sovereignty grounded on the reverence for Wisdom. When he founds his school in southern Italy, he trains the children of the feudal landowners with a view to restructuring the government there into a genuine Aristokratia, namely a meritocracy wherein the most intelligent and competent people are making policy on the basis of expert knowledge and under the guidance of a single chairman who is essentially a philosopher-king. This project met with ferocious resistance. Eventually there was a coup, wherein the feudal lords burned down the Pythagorean schools and Pythagoras either died in that fire or he barely escaped and died of his injuries shortly thereafter. Plato, who inherits this idea of Guardianship of the Wise from the Pythagorean Order, also tries to implement a philosopher-kingship in Syracuse and is almost martyred as well. He is forced to leave the city in disguise by the cover of night, once custodians of customary Greek culture in the court of the young man he was trying to influence managed to regain control of the situation.

The most revolutionary aspect of the political system that Plato intended for his philosopher kings to unfold in Greek society is the equality of women, or at least the equal opportunity of women to serve in all capacities in the society. This, again, is an idea that has no precedent in Greek culture. Some scholars have suggested that this is possibly a sign of Spartan influence, but women in Spartan society were only marginally more free than in Athens where they had no political or property rights and where the most accomplished and independent women were prostitutes. Spartan ladies had the kind of independence that frontiers women did in the old American West, because Sparta was a militaristic society wherein men were often at war so that women had to be relatively more resourceful in order to, as it were, man the homestead. If we really want to look at the society in Plato’s time where women had a completely different status, then we have to look at Achaemenid Iran. Women in the Persian Empire were property holders. They had their own estates and people employed in their service on those estates. If we look at the records that are signed with the personal seals of these ladies, and the letters that these women wrote, we can see that women were even paid at a rate equal to the salary of men for specialized labor.

Greek accounts are rather critical of Persian men for allowing their women to have tremendous influence over those of them who were in leadership positions. They mocked Persian men for being under the thumb of their women. We also have a few examples where Persian women were commanders or admirals in the military, whether in the Immortal Guard or the Persian Navy. This is consistent with what we read in the oldest of Zoroastrian scriptures: “Thy good dominion, Mindful Lord, may we attain for evermore: may a good ruler, whether man or woman, assume rule over us in body and mind, O beneficent of beings.” Zarathustra consistently refers to men and women when he demands that each individual conscientiously exercise his or her free will and his respect for the wishes of his daughter, Porouchista, at her wedding ceremony, is an especially colorful vignette in the Gathas. Unlike in mainstream Hinduism, or in the original teachings of Buddha, according to which a women needs to be reborn as a man before attaining perfect enlightenment, let alone the utterly misogynistic Abrahamic religions, in Zarathustra’s teaching women have the potential to be men’s equals because each person is regarded first and foremost as an individual soul. This is Pythagoras and Plato’s prototype for women receiving an equal education to men, including military training, so that they would be fit to serve in the highest leadership positions of a justly governed society. Even Plato’s notion, absurd to his contemporary Greeks, that leading women should be offered maternity leave or some kind of childcare so that they can pursue a career, finds its only pre-modern precedent in ancient Persian society.

The strongest objection that one might level against a Zoroastrian influence on Plato actually winds up being more evidence in favor of it. This has to do with his concept of the Noble Lie. One must place this concept in its proper context within the pages of Plato’s Republic. At one point he claims that lies are only acceptable as tactics in warfare or stratagems employed in combat against the enemy. Yet we also see noble lies employed with the aim of reorganizing society, especially on the basis of a revision of fundamental religious beliefs. How can this be considered an instance of military strategy or an intelligence operation against an alien enemy?

Throughout the Republic there is a sustained critique of Homeric epic poetry and the kind of moral values that it is inculcating in the Greek youth. On a number of occasions, Plato comes very close to saying that the Homeric myths are lies and that they are corrupting the minds of the youth. Since this was such a dangerous thing to say – after all his own teacher, Socrates, was executed under the mere suspicion of his having impiously rejected the Olympian pantheon in favor of other religious ideas – Plato has to be careful about how he says it. What he winds up claiming is that we cannot accept that God would shape shift in order to deceive people, the way that Zeus often assumes the forms of animals to rape women. These ought not to be accepted as true stories because otherwise they will corrupt the morals of the youth, and besides we know very little with certainty about such by-gone prehistoric epochs and so we should take these fables and spin them in a way that will be more constructive for the cultivation of virtue.

At its most incisive this critique of customary Greek culture comes to the verge of claiming that there is some such God as Zeus but that he is a liar, a great deceiver. Perhaps Plato is using the Noble Lie as a stratagem or tactic in order to combat a Godfather who is a liar. From 381e-382a in Republic, Plato writes:


Nay, no fool or madman is a friend of God… Then, there is no motive for God to deceive? None. So, from every point of view the divine and the divinity are free from falsehood. God is altogether simple and true in deed and word, and neither changes himself nor deceives others by visions or words, or the sending of signs in waking or in dreams. You concur then, as our second norm or canon for speech and poetry about the gods that neither are they wizards in shape shifting nor do they mislead us by falsehoods in word or deed.


Well, the very messenger or courier of Zeus is Hermes the trickster, liar, and thief – who, by the way, is also responsible for the ritual slaughter of cattle that Zarathustra is so indignantly opposed to in his Gathas. What kind of a god is this who employs a career conman as his messenger to humanity? Plato knows that the most high god of the Greeks is a deceiver, essentially Zarathustra’s Angra Mainyu (i.e. Ahriman), the promulgator of the Lie. He has seen this only because he is under Persian influence. This is a shattering, culturally catastrophic recognition. It may be that Plato advocates the strategic use of deception only in response to the horrifying need to wage a military conflict with a demonic being who is a master manipulator of benighted human societies.


Jason Reza Jorjani
Jason Reza Jorjani


Jason Reza Jorjani, PhD is an Iranian-American and native New Yorker of Persian and northern European descent. After receiving his BA and MA at New York University, he completed his doctorate in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Jorjani currently teaches courses on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the history of Iran as a full-time faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a professional member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) and also works with the Iranian Renaissance, an organization dedicated to bringing about a cultural revolution in Greater Iran on the basis of the pre-Islamic Persian heritage. His first book, Prometheus and Atlas, was published by Arktos in 2016.

The Return of Zarathustra, Part I

Jason Reza Jorjani

Zarathustra was the first archeofuturist. Ahura Mazda is the prototype of Prometheus, and an Iranian visionary is the true father of what you are used to calling your “Faustian civilization.”

Before the Arab Muslim conquest of Iran in the 7th century AD, Zoroastrianism was the dominant world religion of Earth. The Middle Persian text Zande Bahman Yasht claims that the followers of Zarathustra will be dealt a devastating defeat and will dwindle over the course of history to the point that theirs will almost vanish as the smallest faith in the world. Despite the late Shah’s best efforts to effect an archeo-futuristic renaissance of Persian culture, when he was overthrown by Islamists in 1979, no more than 300,000 Zoroastrians remained worldwide – with most of them concentrated in the exile community of “Parsis” or Persians in Bombay.Today, after a generation of life under an Islamic theocracy more orthodox than anything Iran has suffered since the Arab Conquest, and with 70% of its population under the age of 30, the spirit of Zarathustra is returning with a vengeance. Conversion out of Islam is officially punishable by death. For this and other obvious reasons objective polls are impossible to conduct, but judging from a variety of fairly clear sociological markers – like how many young men and women wear Faravahar pendants, or how common the discourse of “Aryan” identity has become – something like one-fifth of Iran’s population has left Islam and now identifies with the Pre-Islamic Persian ethos. Combine this with the fact that the Kurds, historically the most significant Iranians besides the Persians, are also returning to some form of the religion of Zarathustra (including forms in which Mithra plays a prominent part). In that region of Iran Shahr commonly known as Kurdistan (and extending across three present-day nations states besides Iran proper), Neo-Zoroastrianism has become the most virulent reaction against the rise of the Islamic State – with its genocide of the Yazidi Mithraists and its destruction of Pre-Islamic Iranian archeological sites in areas that were part of three successive Persian Empires.In Iran this Neo-Zoroastrian movement began after the failure of the Islamic reform movement, which culminated in the protests of 1999, and accelerated its pace following the brutal regime crackdown on the much larger uprising exactly a decade later in the summer and fall of 2009. If one were to form a projection on the basis of the current trend, should present social and political conditions persist in Iran for only another decade, the country is headed for a violent cultural revolution wherein a militant minority of about 30% of the population that has left Muhammad and Ali for Zarathustra and Mithra finally outnumbers the 15% who are pro-regime dead-enders. At that point, something awesome and terrifying will take place, something that Westerners must be mentally prepared for because their own spiritual victory over Islam depends on it.According to Zande Bahman Yasht, only when all of his believers had denied him, would the spirit of Zarathustra return to them in the form of their apocalyptic Savior or Saoshyant – the “life-healing wise person” who comes to establish faithful guardianship of Mother Earth. Compare this prophecy with two passages from Friedrich Nietzsche’s masterwork, Thus Spoke Zarathustra:


Zarathustra spoke to the people: I teach you the Superman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even to go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock and a painful embarrassment. And man shall be just that for the Superman: a laughingstock or a painful embarrassment. You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape. Whoever is the wisest among you is also a mere conflict and cross between plant and ghost. But do I bid you become ghosts or plants? Behold, I teach you the Superman. The Superman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the Superman shall be the meaning of the earth! I beseech you, my brothers, remain faithful to the earth… Once the sin against God was the greatest sin; but God died, and these sinners died with him. To sin against the earth is now the most dreadful thing, and to esteem the entrails of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth.


Now I go alone, my disciples, You too, go now alone. Thus I want it. Go away from me and resist Zarathustra! And even better: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he deceived you… One pays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. And why do you not want to pluck at my wreath? You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day? Beware lest a statue slay you. You say that you believe in Zarathustra? But what matters Zarathustra? You are my believers – but what matter all believers? You had not yet sought yourselves; and you found me. Thus do all believers; therefore all faith amounts to so little. Now I bid you to lose me and find yourselves; and only then when you have all denied me will I return to you… that I may celebrate the great noon with you.


”Dead are all gods: now we want the Superman to live” – on that great noon, let this be our last will. Thus spoke Zarathustra.


The Abrahamic religions later perversely appropriated the messianic Savior figure from the religion of Zarathustra, together with his teleological view of history. Besides his moral inversion of the gods and titans, Zarathustra’s greatest break with the Indo-European religion in both its Indian and pagan European forms is his rejection of the cyclical view of time. The Greco-Romans, the Celto-Germanic tribes, and the Hindus all conceived of time as elapsing over a series of declining world ages – beginning with a Golden Age (Satya Yuga) and ending with a decadent epoch of darkness (the Iron Age, Kali Yuga, or Norse age of the Wolf). Only Zarathustra thinks otherwise. History is bound to be progressive and, despite dialectical movements wherein bitter lessons are learned, in the long run the future will be better than anything the past ever had to offer. This faith in the Future is not a casual and eccentric optimism. It is grounded on the world’s first recorded abstract metaphysics and psychology. It also yields the earliest well-reasoned ethical and political philosophy that we find anywhere.

The best way to understand the teaching of Zarathustra in his hymns or Gathas (a cognate of Gita) is in terms of the Amesha Spentas. Often translated as “Bounteous Immortals”, a more rigorous translation would be something like “unchanging principles of progress” – in other words, what does not change but is the condition for the possibility of all positive change or inspired innovation. These seven are represented by the items beginning with S (for Spenta) that are placed on the Sofreye Haft-Sin spread, the altar that is set up during the Iranian New Year, Nowruz – a 12 day festival beginning with the Spring Equinox that is celebrated by Persians, Kurds, and all other Iranian ethnic groups (and even by non-Iranians in nations that were once part of the Persian Empire). Middle Persian variants of six of these also remain names of half of the months of the year in Iran’s calendar: Bahman, Ordibehesht, Shahrivar, Esfand, Khordad, and Amordad. Each of these is also more specifically associated with one aspect or element of the natural world (animals, fire, metals, earth, water, and plants). The six Amesha Spentas emanate from a seventh, who is Ahura Mazda himself in the guise of his predominant attribute or essence: Spenta Mainyu.

The word Spenta – a cognate of the Sanskrit Spanda – means “ever-increasing”, “progressive”, or “creative”. It conveys the idea of the unlimited but dynamic pulse of creative energy. Our English word “spent” is related to it in the sense of kinetic energy, although the very point here is that it is ever-renewing and never expended. Mainyu – a cognate of the Sanskrit Mano and English Mind – means “mentality” or “spirit.” As the spirit of innovation, Spenta Mainyu, or Sepandminou in more contemporary Persian, moves one through the angelic agency of Sraosha or Soroush – inspiring genius. Spenta Mainyu is one of the “twin mentalities”, the other being the essence of Ahura Mazda’s eternal adversary: Angra Mainyu or Ahriman. Angra means “knotted-up” (Persian gereh) or “constrained” and is probably related to the English “angry.” So Zarathustra emphasizes the bounteous and beneficent holiness of creative genius by explicitly contrasting it with the angry closed-mindedness of a niggardly spirit that resents and resists inspired innovation.

The progressive mentality of Ahura Mazda is responsible for intelligently guiding the creative evolution of all life, but Lord Wisdom is not omnipotent. It is on account of this insistence on the finitude of his beneficent creative power that Zarathustra’s teaching has been recognized throughout the history of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion as the sole monotheistic concept that does not pose a problem for free will. Zarathustra insists that we have the power to choose whether or not to align ourselves with the mind guiding creative evolution. His is the first recorded vision of the human being as a free agent, one called to conscientiously reflect and choose wisely for himself or herself. To draw out the cosmological implications of this more clearly, it means that in addition to rejecting the fatalism so common in ancient worldviews, Zarathustra also recognizes a fundamental metaphysical differentiation of ethically responsible individuals.

The second most important of the Amesha Spentas is Vohu Manah or Bahman. Customary translations as “Good Purpose” and “Good Thoughts” miss the point. “Best Thinking” or the maximal intelligence is much closer to the intended meaning. It is even more instructive to notice that the word human is at the core of vohumana. Human (pronounced Houmân) exists in Old Persian as a derivative of the Avestan Vohumana, before it became Bahman in middle Persian. We are essentially dealing with the idea of humanitas as it first appears in recorded history, with the same basic meaning that its Latin cognate develops much later on in the pagan Roman and Renaissance culture of Europe. One has to cultivate one’s mind purposefully and aim at excellence, otherwise one is not a “human” being. Simply walking on two legs instead of four does not make one human. Interestingly, Vohu Manah is considered the creative principle associated with animal life because one’s humanity is in some sense estimable on the basis of one’s treatment of other animals who do not have a voice of their own and depend on the righteous to protect them from cruelty and harm inflicted by the wicked.

The third of the Amesha Spendas is Asha Vahishta. The word Asha or Arta (in the dialect of the ancient Persian Emperors) is often translated as “Truth” or “Righteousness”, but it actually means “cosmic order” – literally, right-ordered-ness. It is a cognate of the Sanskrit rta. The word Vahishta or Behesht (as in Ordibehest) means “the best” or “most excellent.” What Zarathustra means by Asha is essentially identical to what is known to classical Western thought as the interpenetration of cosmos and logos, although it precedes these concepts by centuries and, as we shall see, probably catalyzed their development through the Persian colonization of Greece. The idea is that there is a right order in the universe that is graspable by the mind, and that one may align oneself with in word and deed. One is not already aligned with this order, because in addition to it there is also a deranging chaos at large in the nature of things and this perpetually threatens to disorder human life. This chaos is not identical with Angra Mainyu, which is a mentality or mind with its own agenda, but the constricting spirit’s resistance of the progressive mentality presupposes some reserve of volatile darkness for it to draw from outside of the creation of Ahura Mazda.

Zarathustra’s implicit separation between an archetypal realm of light, a template for the proper formation of all beings, and a dark realm of monstrously de-formed vermin is later explicitly articulated in the Zoroastrian creation myth of the Bundahishn. In this myth we see that every person and thing has an archetype. Our personal identities are not essentially illusory, nor is everything in the universe ultimately One divine thing beyond a veil of illusion and provisional ignorance. Such pantheism would also deny free will. So Asha suggests a finite manifold of differentiated entities being ordered against a background of chaos, which is one reason why the element associated with this Amesha Spenta is Fire – a dynamic light amidst darkness. This can be seen as an intuition of the energy basic to all beings in the universe, a metaphor drawn from the fire of the forge in a culture exposed to dark and cold winters.

Since there are things outside the will and mind of God, the plan of righteousness cannot be unfolded in the world without the help of just and heroic souls. Zarathustra repeatedly refers to God as a “friend” of human beings and of the seekers of wisdom as the “friends” or indispensable allies of God. This brings us to the principle of Khashatra Vairya (or Shahrivar), which for reasons that will become clear is associated with the element of metal – as in the metal of a sword or the saying “a test of one’s mettle” which goes back to the archaic Indo-European concept of gold, silver, bronze, and iron souls. Often translated as “Desirable Dominion”, this is Zarathustra’s concept of an earthly social and political order in line with Asha. The word Khashatra is a cognate of the Sanskrit Kshatriya or “warrior” and is seen in the native name for what the Greeks, and Westerners subsequently, referred to as one or another “Persian Empire.” The Persians never called their territory that. Their own name for it was Aryana Khashatra in ancient Persian, shortened to Iran Shahr in Middle Persian, meaning “Aryan Imperium.” Indeed, the idea of Aryana (or Iran) is bound up with having an Imperium or Dominion that would be Vairya or most “choice-worthy”. The royal inscriptions of Persian Emperors such as Darius the Great are signed with the phrase, “I am a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan of Aryan lineage.” Arya means “finely-wrought, well put together, skillful, or wise”. It is the word translated as “noble” in Gautama Buddha’s concepts of Arya Chatvari Satyani, the “Noble Four Truths”, and Arya Ashtanga Marga, the “Noble Eightfold Path.” It shares its root Ar with the Greek words Aristokratia or “rule of the best” as well as Arete or “virtue” in the sense of skillful conduct, excellence, or the fine cultivation of character.

Khashatra Vairya is that form of government which, should it be actualized, would be recognized as the most desirable. That does not mean it is based on the base desires of the majority of people in a society. To the contrary, the wisest and most just people must organize a state in such a fashion as will afford everyone the concrete possibility to actualize their human potential. This is a system that is opposed to democracy or the rule of an ignorant mob, just as it is a bulwark against tyranny – whether the tyranny of a single arbitrary dictator, or a military dictatorship (what the Greeks called a timocracy). Khashatra Vairya is a true aristocracy, the rule of “the best” who are necessarily the wisest and most intelligent individuals, which is not to be confused with oligarchy or the rule of a cabal of wealthy merchants or bankers who often stealthily manipulate a democracy. The first example of this form of government was the archaic Iranian sovereign Kavi Vishtaspa’s patronage of Zarathustra, the prototype of a state based on philosopher-kingship, which repeatedly reemerged in Iran’s history.

The principle of Desirable Dominion is the first utopian ideal of earthly governance, an ideal that would be rejected both by Abrahamic religious believers and by devotees of the Dharma. The former would see it as a Luciferian presumption of being able to turn the Earth into a paradise by means of human endeavor, thereby relegating the promise of Heaven to irrelevance, and the latter would see it as a dangerous delusion that obscures the recognition that conditioned existence is intrinsically and inevitably a state of perpetual dissatisfaction and suffering that can only be remedied by ego annihilation. Zarathustra preaches that Utopia is possible, and that God wants us to help build it. Consonant with the humanism of Vohu Manah, as the ideal form of government the Khashatra Vairya would have no definite borders. It is par excellence cosmopolitan, not in the sense of a multi-cultural hodgepodge but insofar as a government grounded on Asha or cosmic order demands citizens of the entire cosmos who can transcend custom. Even the atmosphere of Earth would be an arbitrary boundary for this stellar ideal.

In a sense the establishment of a desirable dominion is a response to the cry of the soul of the living world, which we hear at the outset of the Gathas. It is in this context that one ought to contemplate the fact that the next principle of progress, Spenta Armaiti (Sepandarmad or Esfand), which is usually translated as “ever-deepening serenity, love, or devotion”, is associated with the element of Earth. As one’s deeds become increasingly consistent with one’s words, and as these words more sincerely reflect one’s thoughts and inner conscience, this increasingly focused unity of purpose and coherence of character begins to pervade one’s being with a sense of calm. So the association with the Earth can in one sense be interpreted as a reference to being increasingly grounded, as compared to the confused hypocrite whose lack of character reflects his rootlessness. Yet when we bear in mind the cry of Gaush Urvan, the soul of Mother Earth in the sense of the spirit of the whole living world (including life on any other planets), as represented by a particularly harmless and defenseless animal, there is also another dimension of meaning to be discovered in this elemental association. In the Gathas, it is very clear that the cow and the pastures of the settled farming communities that Zarathustra is called to defend are under attack from cattle raiders and plunderers under the command of warlords who are allied with priests of a bloody, sacrificial and blindly ritualistic religion. Against the background of these social conditions, Zarathustra also becomes an evangelist of agriculture and a gospel of ecology. This brings us to the last two principles of progress, which are closely related to one another and to Spenta Armaiti as devotion to the Earth.

Haurvatat (Khordad) is “wholeness” and is associated with water, the connection between the principle and the element being that holy or hale water confers health. This is another principle best understood by contrasting it with the attitude toward the body that prevails in certain other spiritual traditions. Monastic Christians, certain ancient Gnostic sects, ascetic Hindus and Jains view the body as at best unimportant and at worst an impediment to spiritual enlightenment, sometimes even describing it as a “cage” or “dung heap”. They will deny, starve, and torture the body with a view to liberating their souls or freeing their minds from being ensnared in matter. The principle of Haurvatat holds that the well being, or “wholeness”, of the body is an indispensable foundation for cultivation of the mind. A healthy body is a reflection of a healthy soul progressing towards enlightenment. Health care on an individual and social level also requires making sure that water sources are protected from contamination. Their ‘holiness’ is a guarantee on their remaining pure. This is the real meaning behind the Zoroastrian symbolism of the virgin Anahita, the goddess of the waters or “Lady of the Lake”, and the invocation: “This Earth together with her Mistresses we worship: her that carries us, and them that are Her Dames… The Waters we worship, sparkling and sappy, the Lord’s Wives that speed on by the Lord’s artistry. You of good fording, of good current, of good bathing-pools we present for the wholeness of body and mind. …As the Waters, as the Milch Cows, as the Mothers, choice cows, caring for the needy, giving to all to drink, we will invoke you…”

The ancient Persians invented a system of extremely long-distance irrigation that would carry water from aquifers to arid lands by means of gently sloping underground channels or tunnels cut deep into Earth. These qanats made it possible for verdant gardens to spring up in the middle of deserts, and they highlight the connection between Haurvatat and Ameretat. The last of the principles of progress, Ameretat (Amordad) is translated as “Immortality” and is associated with plants or vegetation. You might notice that the root of many Indo-European words for death (mer, mord) is preceded by the privative a to form a compound that literally means “deathlessness.” Indeed, while Immortality might be the most complete expression of it, a better translation would be Vitality – so that the combination of Haurvatat and Ameretat, sometimes referred to as twins in the Gathas, could be understood as “Health and Vitality.”

The walled gardens that the ancient Persians produced by means of qanats, and that can still be found throughout Iran today, are referred to as paridaeza. This is the source of our word “paradise”. Pari or paery is actually a cognate of the Celtic faery, so that the most archaic meaning of this was probably something like “fairy enclosure”. It would not be eccentric to suggest that this somehow calls to mind the biosphere domes of science fiction, associated with terraforming dead planets like Mars. Remember that the first of the principles of progress is the progressive mentality itself. Zarathustra is an archaic futurist. The ideal of Ameretat is one of bringing increasing (Spenta) life and vitality to places that are barren, in other words improving upon Nature by being a co-worker of creative Wisdom who, again, is conceived of as a beloved Friend. Many different crops, plants, and flowers can grow in a single garden. However, this garden must be protected from predators by a wall, and the gardener must weed the garden and protect it from harmful pests. This is an allegory that draws out another element of the ancient Persian political philosophy of Khashatra Vairya. It is true that the Persian Empire was uniquely cosmopolitan and tolerant, but that does not mean tolerating weeds and pests that pose a danger to the diversity of the entire garden.

The fostering of such an ecological utopia is nonetheless a provisional measure. The ultimate significance of Haurvatat and Ameretat have to do with Zarathustra’s vision of a fiery transfiguration of all existence at the end of history. This Frashokereti (Frashgard) is an alchemical transmutation that brings about a “refreshing” or “renewal” of all things. It is described as a trial or ordeal by molten metal, one wherein liquid fire baptizes the entire world. It burns the deceitful devotees of Angra Mainyu but is experienced as a liberating purification by the adherents of Ahura Mazda who thereby assume their final, perfected forms as unique individuals. This is the concept of the Fravashi or Faravahar, of the Whole or Perfected Immortal, which is symbolized by the person in the winged disc with one arm pointing “forwards!” and the other holding a ring that symbolizes this promise of the completion of the soul’s upward evolution. Just before the metal of the Earth is liquefied in this global conflagration, there is an apocalyptic “great event of choice” wherein a Saoshyant or “life-healing wise person” comes as a Savior to give everyone a last chance to definitively choose a side in the cosmic battle between the two camps.

What I will go on to argue in the subsequent installments of this essay, is that the renaissance of Pre-Islamic Persian culture in Greater Iran promises to bring about this cataclysmic event within the next few decades. The readership of this magazine hardly needs to be reminded of the metaphysical power of myth in Metapolitics. In the imminent world war with Islam, Europe’s vital interests are indefensible without an alliance with the Neo-Zoroastrian youth vanguard that is preparing to ignite an Aryan Renaissance in the heart of the so-called ‘Islamic world.’ This is the eve of the final battle in a millennial war between the worship of Wisdom and Submission to enforced ignorance. There will be no peace treaty, no retreat to any safe haven, and no surrender. You will have to choose. The twilight lands must prepare to bear witness to that blazing light from the East: “Come now, Fire! For we are eager to see the dawning of the day…”


Jason Reza Jorjani
Jason Reza Jorjani


Jason Reza Jorjani, PhD is an Iranian-American and native New Yorker of Persian and northern European descent. After receiving his BA and MA at New York University, he completed his doctorate in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Jorjani currently teaches courses on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the history of Iran as a full-time faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a professional member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) and also works with the Iranian Renaissance, an organization dedicated to bringing about a cultural revolution in Greater Iran on the basis of the pre-Islamic Persian heritage. His first book, Prometheus and Atlas, was published by Arktos in 2016.

Iranian Renaissance impact on Middle East

Iranian Renaissance Impact on the Middle East

Iranian Renaissance Movement believes that the factor that bring all people together is the timeless ideas that is manifested by non-religious values instead of the sectarian and dogmatic religious ones.
Iranian Renaissance Movement firmly believes that prior the Islamization and despite it, people of the Middle East boast a home grown value system that when adhered to will bring about social and economic growth.  This growth will eventually translate into a mindset that will foster happiness and constructive purpose in our youth.
Iranian Renaissance Movement believes that hope in a tangible and prosperous future vaccinates our youth against subjective and divisive religious ideas that currently plagues the minds of our young people.


Iranian Renaissance in English

What is the Iranian Renaissance?

Iranian Renascence aims to organize an all encompassing movement to promote a new social, cultural and political reawakening. This undertaking will be based on Iranian thoughts and ethics in order to rescue Iran from the ongoing cultural bankruptcy, social disintegration and economic destruction.

Like the European Renaissance, the Iranian Renaissance is based on elements that belong to previous but worthy world views that have long been overlooked. While the Athens’s and Hellenistic world views were the reference for the European Renaissance, we must base ours on the brilliant and truly glorious Iranian thoughts and world views that are rooted in a millennial old ethical, national, and political legacy.

Shahnameh Ferdowsi in particular and other notable literary sources from the so called “age of wisdom” of 9th and 10th centuries abound with concepts that had traditionally addressed the individual as well as social concerns of the Iranians. These concepts include “Kheradgaraee” (Wisdom Seeking), “Daad” (Justice and Order), and “Abadsaazi” (Development). Other concepts such as “Azadegi” (Chivalry), “Daheshmandi” (Charity), “Shad Zisti” (Joyful living), and Tolerance are among the values that seem to have no place in the current Iranian system and therefore will be stressed by the “Iranian Renaissance”.

We have no choice but to embark in a radical and fundamental rebirth that calls for new thoughts and new actions based on innate but somewhat forgotten Iranian virtues and values. The time has come to rescue Iran from being a losing entity in the international arena. The time has come to raise Iran from a low rank entity internationally to a decent country that it deserves to be. If we truly want to be a winning nation and not a losing one, if we want to be a well-respected nation rather than a marginal one in the verge of demise in the international arena, we must clean up the current rotten impurities that we have been inheriting from years of religio-sectarian populism. We must aim to clean up our minds and spirits from regressive thoughts and the slimy backwardness brought about by an imposed religious system.

With sublime Iranian thoughts taken from a second-to-none Iranian literature and history, we can build a pristine universe full of wisdom that is free from ethical corruption and filled with humane intention and vigorous productive action to build a better world. We must stop committing the several centuries old mistakes and avoid the vicious cycles by leaping into our own glorious and home grown distant past. Simply, we must be reborn and rejuvenated by the Iranian Renaissance.

Of paramount importance in the Iranian Renaissance is the concept of “Jaan” or “life” be it the life of a human being, that of an animal or the Mother Nature. As great Sadie put it: “thus said the great Ferdowsi: Don’t hurt an ant that carries the seed, since it has “life” and life is sweet.”

Thus, The Iranian Renaissance Movement invites you to join and share with us your energy and your thoughts. This invitation is for all the people of the greater Iran, children of Ferdowsi and celebrators of Nowrouz. Finally, after years of cultural subjugation, victory will be ours.