Deus MagnusDeus Magnus or the Great God is the ultimate focus of our worship.
God is by definition that which is most worthy of being attended to. What is most worthy of being attended to is that which is the source of our existence in all its various manifestations.
God desires what is Good, which we know because Good and Bad have been built into the fabric of existence as Pleasure and Pain. Nobody who has experienced the extremes of Pleasure and Pain can doubt that former is better than the latter in an absolute sense. It is God who has set this distinction into reality and motivated us to seek one and avoid the other.
AnghotriaChrestomazdeans recognise an Existential Trinity (or Triad) of Zurvan, Vaius and Agatha.
AgathoiThe Agathoi are the Good Beings.They are more abstract and consistently good than the Tropoi. Many are derived from traditional Zoroastrian teaching.
The Agathoi are those beings recognised as being close to Agatha the Good or of partaking of her nature. We consider them her children with Vaius.
Among the Agathoi are Auramazda (Wise Lord), Chrestus (Good One), Spentaman (Life-promoting spirit), Eunoia (Good Thinking), Artista (Best Order) and Eudemonia (Happiness).
Artista (or Arta Thalica) is the (Ideal) Righteous Order or Righteous Progression of the world - a process where the actions of each fit harmoniously with the actions of others and the pre-existing nature of things. We believe it is the key requirement for a world which is congenial to life.
KakoiThe Kakoi are the Bad Beings. Each of the Agathoi has a Kakus as an opponent.
TropoiThe Tropoi are the personalities of Auramazda. We focus on four of these:
Sarus is like a monk who serves the individuals he comes across.
Anhita is like the mother who gives her pure love in care for her children.
Mithras is like a prince who considers the whole picture and seeks to create the good order that underlies the flourishing of life.
Vatis is the eccentric and energetic one who thinks new thoughts and creates new structures.
Tropoi - more
Sarus the Listener. Sarus is a sensitive character and easily sees himself in the place of others. He feels the experience of each individual soul and desires that the best thing happens to them for their development and happiness. Compared to Mithras we consider that Sarus pays less attention to the holistic situation or overall picture but has greater involvement with the needs of the individuals before him.
Anhita the Mother. Anhita provides what is needed for the incipient and developing life to grow happily into a productive being who can shoulder the tasks of an adult existence. Anhita cares about her nurselings and cares for them. She provides a womb or shelter adapted to the needs of the dependent individual and protected from the harshness of the uncaring world outside. Anhita is known especially as a nurturer and protector and as a guardian of the purity of the conditions in which life grows.
Mithras the Righteous Leader. Mithras has a strong desire for righteous order. He is a leader of society and a governor of the relationships between people. He is trusted to seek the common good of all and to see justice done. He upholds the social bonds that create the productive community and encourages the mutual flourishing.
Vatis the Overcomer. Vatis has a high-energy personality. He is good at overcomings the mental channels of habitual thinking and creating new thought patterns. Fixed structures that regulate the flowing of life become liquid under his attention and he can shape new structures better suited to the needs of the world's souls.
Mithras is a champion of social order. Sarus attends to the needs of individuals regardless of other considerations. Mithras however is concerned for the whole picture. He is concerned for the good relations between people and that their mutual interaction should produce a happy result. Anhita is motivated by love of life and seeks to nurture, protect and heal.
We believe that Sarus, Anhita, Mithras and Vatis are needed to work together as joint saviours. They all work to the same ends but they have a different approach. Each tugs at the other to keep their joint work on the straight path. Sarus insists that the task of maintaining social order doesn't become an end in itself in disregard of its actual impact on individual human lives. Mithras insists that the common good is attended to and not overturned by the needs of a few privileged individuals. Anhita especially attends to the needs of the growing young. Vatis is critical to achieving new ways of doing things but needs to be kept in check by Sarus and the other Tropoi to keep him on the righteous path.
TrimagiThe Trimagi or Three Magi are three wise men whose intellectual work is considered the most worthy of attention. They are regarded as the foremost teachers of Agathon. The trimagi are Zoroaster, Plato and Aristotle.
RunesRunes are more abstract concepts we pay attention to. They are the same as the Neomazdean runes.
DolusDolus is deception, trickery, fakery. Dolus is the biggest obstacle that prevents Vaius uniting with Agatha. A big part of the work of Chrestomazdeans is to overcome Dolus so as to think straight with the clear mind of Eunoia.
ScripturesOur primary scripture is the Gospel of Zoroaster also known as the Zartigathas or Songs of Zoroaster. We also value the traditional Avestan scriptures of the Persians and the philosophical writings of the ancient Greeks especially those of Plato and Aristotle. We also value the Jesus scriptures of the New Testament and gnostic writings of the same era as well as other writings in the Christian tradition.
Zorochristians may also be interested in the various Hellenistic philosophies such as Stoicism and Neoplatonism or later traditions such as Sufism.
In addition we hope that new scriptures will be written addressed most precisely to the needs of the present day.
Special DaysWe especially celebrate March 26th as 'Zartus Natus' or Zoroaster's birthday; September 29th as Mihrakana - Feast of Mithras - a time for re-evaluating our work for Mithras; October 29th as Cyrus Day and 5th November as Atarkana - 'Feast of Fire' - a time for change.
In addition we may join with Ethnic Mazdaists and those of other traditions to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes - i.e. at Ostara, Litha, Messis and Yalda ('Easter', 'Midsummer', 'Harvest', 'Yuletide').
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