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This site is about ancient people and their wisdom. The knowledge of the ancients expressed through their sacred books, philosophies and religion - all these will be discussed here. Takshasila was an ancient city, well known as a great source of knowledge. It emerged as a great center of knowledge illuminating the world immersed in the darkness of ignorance. It was like an extended spark of knowledge that sprang from the land of river Saraswati, the seat of eternal knowledge and wisdom, with it beacon and focus reaching to the farthest boundaries of the Western World.

As a humble beginning, we focus on the ancient text called Avesta, the sacred source of the Zoroastrian philosophy and religion. It is this ancient philosophy of the Parsis, viz. the doctrine of Ahura Mazda and Zaratushtra, that later transformed into Judaism, then into Christianity and in its final Avatar became Islam.

In the words of Mary Boyce, "Zoroaster was thus the first to teach the doctrines of an individual judgment, Heaven and Hell, the future resurrection of the body, the general Last Judgment, and life everlasting for the reunited soul and body. These doctrines were to become familiar articles of faith to much of mankind, through borrowings by Judaism, Christianity and Islam; yet it is in Zoroastrianism itself that they have their fullest logical coherence…. ". She also adds:- ""Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith."

Avesta was the beginning of a great split in the ancient Vedic thought that arose on the banks of the river Saraswati. This split was recorded in the ancient Puranic literature of India, as the conflict between the Devas and the Asuras. It was an ideological fault-line, that divided the same tribe of people into two - a group of people who believed in the immortality of Atman (the soul, which is not body) and the others who believed in the mortality of the body and its need for the final resurrection and revival to become immortal. The first group identified themselves with the immortal Atman and cared nothing about the perishable body. The second group identified themselves with the mortal body and were constantly engaged in its prolonged preservation and its final resurrection.

To the Vedic people, the first group were later known as the Devas (or Amaras, the Immortals) and the second group as the Asuras. To the followers of Ahura Mazda, the same two groups were known as the Daevas and the Ahuras. In a strange twist of history, the Devas were considered as the gods; the Asuras as demons; while the Daevas were considered as the demons; and the Ahuras as the gods; by their respective followers viz. the Vedic people and the followers of Ahura Mazda! Thus the Vedic people were the ancient foes of the followers of Ahura Mazda (later known as the Parasikas or as Parsis). Yet, as history would have it, the same Vedic people of India became their only friends in need, when their very existence in their homeland, viz. Iran was threatened with complete extermination at the hands of Islamic invasions.

Bharatavarsha has welcomed its ancient enemies wholeheartedly, in the time of their distress and preserved their life and traditions for more than 1000 years and it continues till date. We have preserved their ancient knowledge and philosophy as best as we can. Bharatamata is ever forgiving. She is the patron goddess of the ancient Bharatas, the overseeing deity of Bharatavarsha (India) who is worshiped with great fervor as goddess Bharati in the Vedas. She has forgiven her old enemies who once tried to annihilate her, destroying her culture and killing her children. Hence we have the Parsis among us, now as our fellow men. We now try our best to preserve their culture and traditions, knowing very well that these same principles once threatened our own culture and traditions. Hence we proudly say that we belong to the Sanatana Dharma, the eternal righteosness, which tolerate opposing views and provides a framework that allows friends and enemies to coexist. Secularism is intrinsic to Santana Dharma (Hinduism). Hence we see the Parsis, the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims, who fought one another, always trying to annihilate the other, living together for ages in India!

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