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Date: 28 Sep 1998
Dear Dr. Ashgari,
I read your post with great interest. I come from a religiously-mixed background (mother Jewish, father Christian, husband Hindu) and find that Zoroastrianism is the common thread linking them all. I, too, cherish the commandments to observe good thoughts, good words and good deeds, and to keep the 4 elements pure.
I am searching now for my own way to approach God, and keep turning back to Zoroastrianism for the purity and simplicity of its message; it is a very reasonable faith, and not much of a stretch for me to accept, coming from a monotheistic background.
But I've found most religions to have kind of a "tribal" identity built in, and if you're not born into the "tribe", you will never be accepted. Fear of this exclusion keeps me from pursuing involvement in this lovely faith.
How does one find like-minded believers, who understand that Zarathustra's message was universal and not just for the benefit of a particular ethnic group? Can I be Zartoshti without participating in group liturgies, or attending a temple (which I would never be allowed to enter)?
I visit the Zarathustrian Assmebly page daily, and often check here for new posts. I look forward to the posting of your article/book, and would be interested in hearing your response to my queries.