MORE ABOUT ZOROASTER FROM RIG VEDA, VARAHA MIHIRA & KANCHI SHANKARACHARYA (Post No.8436)

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MORE ABOUT ZOROASTER FROM RIG VEDA, VARAHA MIHIRA AND KANCHI SHANKARACHARYA 

KANCHI PARAMACHARYA (1894-1994) SWAMI ON ZOROASTER

Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) was not only great Saint but also a great linguist. He says,

“All castes have rites to be performed with the sacred fire. During marriage people belonging to all

varnas must do Aupasana and the fire in which the rite is performed must be preserved throughout.

Today only Parsis seem to keep up such a practice of preserving the fire. Their scripture is called Zend Avesta

which name must have been derived from the Vedic Chando-vasta. Their teacher was Zoroaster /Zarathustra.

This name must have been derived from Saurashtra. Their homeland is Iran/ Arya.

If the fire kept by them is extinguished at any time they spend a good deal of money in expiatory rites.

Source- HINDU DHARMA THE UNIVERSAL WAY OF LIFE,

BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN, MUMBAI, 2000 (with my inputs)

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FROM THE RIG VEDA

JATUSTHIRA (JAATUUSTHIRA) occurs in one verse of the Rig Veda (2-13-11),

where Sayana and Ludwig interpret the word as a proper name .

Roth renders it as n adjective  meaning ‘naturally powerful’.

GRIFFITH SAYS-

JATUSTHIRA- a certain man of that name, says Sayana ; perhaps the institutor of sacrifice.

The mantra runs like this

Meet for high praise, O Hero, is thy power, that with thy single wisdom, thou obtainest wealth.

The life support of conquering JATUSTHIRA.  Indra, for all thy deeds, worthy of lauds art thou.

(The hymn also refers to Dabhiti, Narmera and Turviti; Narmera is the name of an Egyptian king)

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FROM THE RIG VEDA – A  HISTORICAL ANALYSIS BY SHRIKANT G TALAGERI:-

The major historical event of this MIDDLE PERIOD OF THE RIG VEDA –  the great battle which took place

 in Afghanistan between a section of Vedic Aryans ( led by Rjasva and the descendants of Sudas) on the one hand ,

 and the Iranians ( led by Zarathustra and Vistaspa ) on the other.

The leader of the Iranians in the battle was Kavi Vistaspa, the patron of Zarathustra

 (mentioned by him in his Gathas  Y.28-7, 46-16, 51-16, 53.2)

In the Rig Veda Istasva (Vistaspa) is mentioned in 1-122-13  attributed to Kaksivan Dairghatamas Ausija.

And Talageri finishes the chapter The Indo-Iranian Homeland with the final paragraph:-

“It is not therefore , Central Asia, but India, which is the original area from which the

Iranians migrated to their later  historical habitats.

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VARAHA MIHIRA

J H Dave in Immortal India (B V Bhavan Publication) says in Chapter 37.Konarak,

“Varahamihira , the great astronomer and astrologer of 550 AD (CE) , states in his

Brihat Samhita 60-19 that the installation and other ceremonies connected with the temples of the

 Sun Temples should be traced to the Magas who were the special priests of the Sun God.

It is said that one Brahmin of the Mithra Gotra called Sujihva. The Sun God fell in love with his daughter ,

Nikshubha, and a son called JARASASTRA was born to them. The Magas are descendants

 of this Jarasattra  who is identified with he Avesta Prophet Zarathustra. These Magas put on a

girdle round their waist which was called Avyanga and are stated to be residing in Saka Dwipa.

Samba, the son of Krishna , who established the sun temple , is said to have gone to Saka Dwipa

 and brought some of these Maga priests to carry on the worship ithe Sun Temple.

Here we see connection between Dwaraka (Gujarat) and Iran and Krishna’s son Samba,

Saka Dwipa and Sun Worship.

Varaha Mihira was a great devotee of the Sun  God and the first verse in his famous

Brhat Jataka  is a prayer to Sun Goad to grant the power of speech.

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FROM HUTCHINSON ENCYCLOPEDIA:–

ZORASTER OR ZARATHUSTRA 638-553 BCE

A PERSIAN TEACHER AND FOUNDER OF ZOROASTRIANISM. ZORASTER BELIEVED

HE HAD SEEN GOD AHURA MAZDA IN VISION  VISION. HIS FIRST VISION CAME AT THE AGE OF 30,

AND AFTER INITIAL REJECTION AND VIOLENT ATTACK, HE CONVERTED KING VISHTASPA.

 SUBSEQUENTLY HIS TEACHIINGS SPREAD RAPIDLY, BECOMING THE OFFICIAL

RELIGION OF THE KINGDOM.

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MY COMMENTS

Scholars couldn’t even agree on the date of Zoroaster.

They couldn’t even say from where he came.

They differ widely in their conjectures.

But Hindu scriptures speak only about outward movement; not about people migrating to India.

Latest scientific research on Saraswati River bed push the date of Vedic civilization beyond 2000 BCE.

Unless one agrees on the date of Vedic civilization , nothing precise can be said about the date of Zoroaster.

What we know so far is that he was a rebel and disagreed with the Vedic Hindus on certain aspects.

He kept the fire sacrifice alive   and the sacred thread ceremony alive,

but demoted Indra and promoted Varuna.

Also he demoted Cow and promoted Dog as divine.

Also he asked his people to throw the dead bodies to vultures instead of cremation.

Also praised Asuras and criticised Devas.

What is interesting is the words like Saka Dwipa (Iran??) Krishna’s Son Samba,

Surya Worship, Zara thustra’s link with Saurashtra

 (Saurashtra= Surya + Rashtra; both words are in Vedas).

More research will bring to light interesting details. Shrikant Talageri

has assimilated all the data available so far and

concluded those people went out of India. He said that it happened in the

Middle period  of the Rig Veda.

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