A Response to the Gatha Ahunavaita

May I too, find favour in the sight of God by remembering the wisdom of my soul. That I might give voice to my inarticulate heart, which yearns to praise the Light in the darkness of its forgetfulness.

Thus may I approach Thee, in reverence and awe, Oh Ahura-Mazda, suppliant to Thy great Majesty, lest I should be consumed by Thy blazing Light!

Yet may I grow fair in the gardens of Thy Love, and promise Thee offerings of my harvested fruits; if the wisdom and understanding be mine, the planting is Thine, the nurturing and the ripening all Thine.

And may I marvel at the great Hierarchy under Thee.
For the highest Lords of Heaven, do radiate a cascade of golden blessings into the hearts of humble seekers adrift upon the seas, according to Thy Laws harmonious.
Oh God! May I worship and praise Thee, in contemplation of Thy endless mercies. Continue reading

Belief in God

At best many of the current debates about God are noisy and ill-humoured; and more often than not they are spiteful and cruel. At worst they are despicable inversions of any notion we might have of righteousness or ethical behaviour. In the West, aggressive materialists appear determined to stamp out all expressions of religious faith from public life. From their perspective, belief in God is an outdated superstition, delusional, and incompatible with a modern civilised world. Some of them openly argue that religious faith is the root of all evil.  Because of the corruption and decay of religious institutions and practices, these detractors have been able in large parts of the modern world to make steady progress towards achieving their mission.  In other parts of the world fundamentalist religious tradition-keepers are making every effort to turn back history by eradicating all manifestations of modernity, particularly the modernising and materialistic influences of the West. If some of the attacks on traditional religions by materialists are hypocritical, malicious and ominous, the religious communities themselves can hardly claim the higher moral ground. Child abuse, the treatment of women, sectarian hatred and the slaughter of innocents are too common and widespread for that. Continue reading