He said that Ahura Mazda had seven characteristics: (1) light; (2) excellent mind; (3) right; domination; (5) piety; (6) well-being; and immortality. Ahura Mazda is both omniscient (knows all) and omnipotent (all-powerful). He also is immutable (unchanging) and eternally existent (eternal).
Ahura Mazda is the name of the main deity of the Aryan race. The word "Aryan" comes from a Sanskrit term meaning "noble." So, in a sense, Ahura Mazda is the noble god.
The Aryan people migrated into what is now called India around 1500 B.C. They spread out throughout India becoming the dominant culture. In fact, they even created some major Indian cities such as Mumbai (then known as Bombay). However, over time the other races within India became annoyed by the idea that there was one master culture and not two or more, so they started a civil war against the Aryans. This war continued for many years until finally the Muslims emerged as the victors. Since then, the majority of Indians have been Muslim or Hindu (both of which are derived from the Muslim invaders).
In order to protect themselves from destruction by the other races within India, the Aryans created a new religion called Zoroastrianism. They believed that this new faith would help guide them in their dealings with others.
In Avestan, an Iranian language, "Mazda" signifies "knowledge," whereas "Ahura" means "lord." He was also the Zoroastrian God's name. Zoroastrianism, which is regarded to be a peaceful religion, has had a great effect on the Japanese. According to the book of Yasht, when the prophet Zarathushtra was born, his father named him "Mazdai".
In modern Persian, "mazda" means "god."
Ahura Mazda is referred to be the creator of the world, having created the earth, heaven, and man, as well as appointing Darius king. The Behistun Inscription, inscribed by Darius I in 516 BCE, is the most prominent reference of Ahura Mazda from this time period. This inscription is on a rock face near the village of Behistun in what is now Iran.
The inscription states that Ahura Mazda made him king and told him to destroy all other kings. It is believed that this act of destroying other kings was one reason why Darius I was able to unite so much of the ancient world under his rule. After Darius' death in 501 BCE, his son Xerxes ruled for only three months before he was assassinated. His daughter Amestris then became queen, but she too was murdered after only two years on the throne. Her son Cyrus the Great succeeded her and became one of the greatest rulers in history.
Cyrus the Great defeated both Greece and Rome multiple times. He founded several cities, including Medesia and Teanroe (both in present-day Iran), which are said to have been made entirely out of gold. He also allowed the Jews to return to Israel after they had been expelled from their country by another ruler named Nebuchadnezzar. Many scholars believe that these actions showed that Cyrus believed himself to be a divine ruler appointed by Ahura Mazda.
Images of Ahura Mazda were first used in the Achaemenid Empire's western satraps in the late 5th century BCE. In 365 BCE, a Persian governor of Lydia created the earliest literary mention as well as a statue of Ahura Mazda under Artaxerxes II. The image was probably based on that of a priest named Zarathushtra who had been living in exile in India since 486 BCE.
During the early years after his death, there were several candidates put forward by different schools of thought for the position of prophet. Eventually, one of these prophets was chosen by the priests to be the official prophet of the empire. This person was called Mazdayasna meaning "the wise" or "the prudent".
In post-Achaemenid times, images of Ahura Mazda were kept in the temples of the Parsis and they still play an important role in their religious practice today. The concept of Ahura Mazda has also appeared in other ancient cultures including that of the Greeks and Romans.
The Parsis believe that God can be found in everything and they try to follow his guidance in their daily lives. Because society is full of evil, it is impossible to exist without praying to God for help. So, the people who believe in him need to have someone to pray to.
Mazdas were been ranked the most reliable used cars by JD Powers. That's good enough for me. I own two Mazda Tribute I cars from 2006. Both are quite dependable and get good mileage for a 4 cylinder, 4000 pound SUV. They don't get very good reviews for their reliability though, especially compared to their competitors at the time such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Dodge Durango. In fact, according to Kelley Blue Book, the Tribute was one of only three vehicles (along with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda Odyssey) to receive an overall rating of "Below Average" in both reliability and durability.
However, all things considered, they're still pretty reliable. If you need something that will get you from point A to point B without breaking down too often, then I recommend the Tribute.