Radical Islamization of the holy lands ushered in the appropriation of the places of worship, destruction of the scriptures, and outright genocide, first of the priests, the heritage bearers and then of the devotees.
This holocaust, stretching over 1500 years reduced the teeming millions of Zarathushtis to about 5000 souls as counted by Maneckji Hataria in the 1800s.
This bigotry continues even today.
As published by CNN by Dr Jamsheed K. Choksy,
"When the Islamic revolution occurred in 1979, fundamentalist Shiites stormed the fire temple at Tehran. There, Zoroastrians worship in front of a blazing fire, as a symbol of God's grace, just like Christians face a cross and Muslims turn to a qibla pointing toward Mecca. The portrait of Zoroaster was tossed down, a photograph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was put up in its place, and the congregation was warned not to remove the image of Iran's new leader".
The Zarathushti faith, is traditionally called Mazda-Yasni Za-rath-ush-tr-ish. It means that form of worship (Yas-ni) of that supreme immortal being (Ahura), who rules solely and exclusively through Wisdom (Mazda) and whose strength is based exclusively on Love.
As the Zarathushti philosophy was propounded by our saviour Za-rath-ush-tra; this term “Zarthush-trish” , added after “Mazda Yasni”, identifies him as the author of this divine revelation; which reformed the discrepancies that had crept into the ancient faith.
 ZA-RATH-USH-TRA: Za/Zar/Har= glorious/hallowed; Rath= chariot; Ush= light (knowledge); tra= concentration of.
Zarathushtra is addressed as Pai-gam-ber पैगम्बर , or the messenger from Divinity and given the designation of Khordad-the only man/mortal who achieved perfection within his lifetime.
Addressed as AHURA MAZDA, this immortal (always existing and self-sustaining) creator oversees the universe, in general and mankind in particular, exclusively through Wisdom.
Ahu means that divinity that has always been in existence; that Life Force which has neither beginning nor ending and Ra means glorious, radiant divinity. MAZ-DA derived from Maz and Da means the Great (Maz) Wise Dispenser/Ruler (Da).
“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”-Albert Einstein.
From: "Asha Vahishta" by Dastur N.D. Minochehr Homji (Union Press, Mumbai)
Ahura Mazda Khodaai, Az Hamaa gunah, patet pashemaanum; Az harvaspin, dush-mata, duz-ukhta, duz-varshta; mem paa geti manid; oem goft, oem kard, oem just, oem boon bood ested; Az aan gunak, Manashni, Gavashni, Kunashni, tani ravani, geti mino-aani; Okhe awaaksh, pasheman, pase gavashni, pa patet Hom.
Ahura Mazda, From all bad thoughts, unkind words and misdeeds; that during this present time, I have thought, uttered or done; that have sporadically come from me, that have become rooted in my being;
From all these lapses, pertaining to this body in the physical world; pertaining to the soul, in the sphere of mind and spirit; Do I repent, with a penitent heart, and with the triple pledge of having Good-Pure intentions ( Thought), having Pure, malice-free expression (Speech-Word) and carrying out Deeds that are ethical; while resolving not to commit the same mistake again.
The goal is to consciously take the pathway of Light-Knowledge and reach a higher spiritual state called Ha-urva-tat, meaning Perfection (Self Realization).
This collection of Mantras composed in the Avesta language (a sister language of Vedic Sanskrit), is called the Gathas. These are hymns, made up of syllables (sound-packets) composed in a very specific meter. Each verse constitutes a unit of meter and a unit of condensed, concentrated thought. It combines a philosophical idea with scientific, analytic logic, and encloses it into a sound packet. These set of sounds when put together, vibrate harmoniously. Just like sympathetic resonance or sympathetic vibration affects inanimate objects or structures, these vibrations affect the mind and inspire mankind to higher spiritual levels.
This religious philosophy is uniquely in consonance with science. The String Theory or the universal theory postulates that the shape of that infinitesimal, fundamental building block of life (and the universe), is that of a `string'. These strings, which can be open, closed, or looped, (like DNA) “vibrate” with a unique identity, a fingerprint of sound and color depending on the nature of the particle. One mode of vibration, or musical note', makes the string appear as an electron, another as a photon.
According to James Newton Powell (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Business process optimization recognises this process as PDCA or Plan-Do-Check-Act. That is a plan is formulated and actions carried out. A check is then initiated to document the results. Based on these results the next course of action is decided.
That Primal, innate ability, endowed in us, to reason, to analyze, to deliberate.
The theological advisory (as opposed to enforced instruction) is for the “mun-yu”, or power of reason to be used responsibly, independently and ethically. That is consciously making choices which are aligned to Truth or Fact and Justice, without reliance on fate or succumbing to fear of retribution from a wrathful or egotistical man or God.
For a man to surrender himself to the dictates of another, by fascination or compulsion is considered annihilation (total destruction) of all morality and negation of all virtue.
"My destiny is merely the consequence of my present actions, or my acquiesce to the actions of others".
See the Creation Hymn.
At the physical-material level, the combination of opposing forces, such as the centrifugal and centripetal forces regulate the movement of the planets and the stars.
Hacha Ashaat Shyoth-naa-chaa Vachangha-chaa
Ahmai daan ha-urva-taa amerey-ta-ta
Maaz-daao Kshth-raa Aa-raa-maiti Ahuro
Spenta: Pure, Positive, Divine, shining bright
Man-yoo: mentality, attitude
Vah-ishta-chaa : of the Best
Man-an-ghaa: Man (discerning/intelligent judgment) + an (breath) +ghaa (treasure trove)
Ash-aat: The Expanding /increasing Path of A-sha. Uprightness, integrity, through knowledge, in harmonious symphony with the rhythm of the ever expanding Universe.
Shy-oth-naa-chaa: Of Deeds/actions
Vach-angha-chaa: of Words/Speech
Ahmai : Unto Us, Upon us
ha-urva-taa: perfection/self realization; Vedic Saraswat.
Maaz-daao: Great Intellect
Ksh-thraa: Power/will/strength of purpose/kingdom
Araa-maiti: Energy (Shakti) steadfast devotion to purpose
The ideal purpose of human existence therefore is the attainment of perfection /self realization of the higher self through concrete actions. (As opposed to material fixation)
Ideologies that promote mind control (suppression of individual reasoning) , indoctrination, focus on inciting and institutionalizing violence, spreading mayhem to enforce their world view are thus said to corrode the moral fiber of mankind and just like cancer, eat away at the soul; till that internal spark of light (Rtu रतु ) of conscience, that ability to experience remorse; flickers and is then extinguished.
From the Farvardin Yasht: "We revere the Fravashi (soul) of the man who withdraws his hand, before his stomach is full".
Yim dre-gub-yo, da-daat Vaa-staa-rem
That path, which guides me away from the dregs of ignorant, violent, egotistical, un-ethical, malicious behavior and towards successful acquisition of thy postulated (spiritual) riches.
This is possible only through an optimistic mindset, fueling corrective actions based on previous experiences (mistakes). Note the emphasis on deeds (actions) as opposed to an expression of regret without a corrective follow up action.
In summary, the Zarathushti faith postulates that the ascent of man (to a higher spiritual state) is possible only through self generated, steady, continuous removal of material (physical, emotional, mental) limitations and imperfections.
- In the Vedas the Rtu is identified as one dwelling in the heart, who destroys with the shining, radiant lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.
Grant, Peace, Bliss and Joy, with inner strength,
In Vendidad: 8.21: Paato-no thbish-yan-taat pairi, Mazdaa-oscha, Aara-maith-cha, Spentas-cha…………………….(last verse Kemna Mazda)
This 5 Fold, scientific and fact (Truth-Integrity) based path of continuous improvement cycle of self to Utopia are also represented as Sovereign (Independent), Immortal (Timeless-always existing) Principles of the Universe, or Amesha Spentas .
1. A-sha: Truth (Reality-Knowledge) and Justice
2. Vohu Manah: Love Patience and Compassion (that which is Beloved-Vohu)
 Cognate with “bahu” or wife/beloved in daughter languages
3. Ksha-tra: Focused Power, Will, self confidence, strength of purpose (commitment to the cause).
4. Ara-maiti: Energetic devotion, Persistence. A focused visualization of the goal. Clear prioritization of Purpose
5. Sra-osh: Divine Inspiration.
These 5 steps lead to:
6. Ha-urva-tat: State of Perfection (Self Realization) ; and
7. Amer-e-tat: Immortality (Merger into the divinity)
This religious philosophy is thus called “DAY-NA ” or pathway (of Light) to excellence.