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(Lived around 600 BC)

    Zarathustra was the founder of Persian religion, Zoroastrianism. The Parsis are the adherents of this religion. Zarathustra was a sage, who lived in Iran in about 6th century BC and gave the message of compassion, love and tolerance.

    Zarathustra's exact date of birth is not known but historians believe that he was born around 600 BC in Iran. He was born in a royal family and all type of worldly pleasures was at his disposal. He was endowed with exceptional abilities. He never enjoyed the worldly pleasure and renounced them at the tender age of 15 Years. Like Gautama Buddha, he also went into deep meditation for several years and then got enlightenment. Thus he got the divine vision of 'wise lord'.

    He found that people were surrounded by superstitions and religious ignorance. People believed in several Gods. Zarathustra opposed polytheism (belief in many Gods). He talked of two main spirits in life-the spirit of good or light and the spirit of evil or darkness.

    After enlightenment, he preached to a large number of followers. People liked his path of righteousness as it was acceptable to all. Thus Zoroastrianism came into existence. Its scripture is the Zend-Avesta. It is believed that he was killed by a jealous shah at the age of 77 years.

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