Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Knowledge

Knowledge is Power
~ Sir Francis Bacon

There is nothing more important than knowledge and education. What is the main cause of fear? Lack of knowledge. We fear what we don't understand.

This is why the ancient Zoroastrians portrayed the Lord God and Creator as Ahura Mazda, the Light of Wisdom, whereas the Devil as Ahriman or Angra Mainyu, the Torrential Abyss of Ignorance.

Angra Mainyu is everything that personifies the devil: hate, malevolence, fear, darkness, but at the end of that bowl of evil and voracity is ignorance. The Devil is ignorance. He is incarnation of the lack of knowledge, understanding. Fear, hatred, malevolence, it's all the product of that deficiency. This is why he is the Darkness for if God is Light and God is Knowledge then Knowledge is Light and Evil is the lack of Knowledge thus the lack of Light and therefore he is Darkness. This is the Wisdom of the Zoroastrian faith.


There is a reason that the central codex of every religion lies within a text, within words. There is a reason that God did not choose to reveal Himself to us with angels descending from the sky with carpets of clouds, a band of cherubs playing harps in the background. There is a reason that He chose to leave His Mark in the hearts of mankind through the Word: the Torah, the Gospel, the Quran, the Vedas, the Avesta, whatever it may have been, it has always been in words and the richest of words at that.

The Torah laid down in the most esoteric words of the Hebrew language, the Quran written in the most poetic of Arabic. The words have remained unmatched in eloquence throughout all of time and history, and what is it that you need most to understand words, to read? Education. Knowledge. God wanted us to learn, to have the ability to read, to understand, to comprehend, He preserved His Remembrance throughout the ages in words and this is what we need most to understand Him and His creation. We need knowledge.

Knowledge is the Path to Salvation; Ignorance is the Path to Damnation.





— Fahim Ferdous Promi

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