"Wherevere two of you gather, Mazda is present."
I would be a bit careful to say that this or that IS Mazda. I prefer to say that this or that is a MANIFESTATION of Mazda.
Zarathushtra was smart enough not to limit Mazda only to what he and his contemporaries knew or took for granted.
Because Mazda is likely to be present in many other forms and places in this wonderful universe. Our divine minds is just one manifestation among possibly millions.
2010/1/22 Special Kain
The internet is both: Ahura (infrastructure and technology) and Mazda (user- and talent-generated content). Ahura is the simple fact that both you and I are alive and communicating with each other online. Mazda is whatever text we're about to co-write together and the ideas and identities emanating from such a creative process. «Yahoo!» is Ahura to us, «Ushta» is Mazda.
In this sense Mazda is the total sum of all wise minds on our dear planet that contribute constructively and creatively to civilization and have learned to cope with their existence creatively and intelligently.
Freedom is entangled with our surroundings (civilization) and intelligence (education). So rather than repeat classical liberalism and see people as opposed to an oppressive society, we see that there's no Mazda without Ahura - and that Mazda has the potential to reshape Ahura, which will affect Mazda - and so on, and so forth.
Zoroastrian philosophy has always understood freedom in terms of civilizationism and social evolutionism. This is exactly why Zoroastrianism has become so tremendously relevant!
My ten cents,
--- Alexander Bard
Von: Alexander Bard
Betreff: [Ushta] Mazda in the minds of your fellow human beings
Datum: Freitag, 22. Januar 2010, 11:15
I agree with Dino. Since human beings are MANIFESTATIONS of Mazda, then I find Mazda in the kinds of other human beings. As long as Mazda materialises in the shape of other human beings, that is where I find a Mazda to have a dialogue with (not excluding the possibility of other homes for Mazda if they should appear). My friends, my family, my congregation, but also in the eyes of strangers from other sides of the world from where I live. That's where I find Mazda.
Isn't even the internet in this sense a giant manifestation of Mazda too?