Death anniversary of Dr Mina Izadyar, founder of the Iran Thalassemia Association
Today is the blessed day of Ordibehsht Amshaspand, the 3rd of Khordad in the year 3759 Zoroastrian calendar, Monday, the 31st of Khordad 1400 solar, June 21, 2021 AD.
The 31st of Khordad is the eighth anniversary of the death of a Zoroastrian scholar, Dr. Mina Izdyar, founder of the Iran Thalassemia Association.
Mina Izadyar, former president of the Iran Thalassemia Association, professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, and former head of the Department of Blood and Cancer at the Pediatric Medical Center, passed away on June 21, 2013, after a year and a half fighting cancer in Madison, Wisconsin.
After her death on the last day of spring 2013, her colleagues said, “The University of Tehran lost a great scholar”. Dr Izadyar was head of the founding group of Iran thalassemia Association and the head of the board of directors of the Iran Thalassemia Association, and with her experience and knowledge, she played a critical role in launching this supportive institution. In 1983, she started her efforts to form the Iranian Thalassemia Association, and in 1989 she succeeded in founding this Association and then officially registered it. Now, 32 years after this institution is established, Iran.
As the first developing country, Iran has created a thalassemia prevention model for other countries, all of which are the result of the efforts of Dr. Izdyar and and her colleagues. In 2020, the Blood Transfusion Organization of Iran named September 30, the birthday of the late Mina Izadyar, as the day of hosting blood donors of followers of divine religions in the Organization’s calendar. In the first blood transfusion medicine festival, an award for the valuable services of Dr. Mina Izdyar in the field of blood transfusion for thalassemia patients was named after this Zoroastrian scientist.
The scientific festival in memory of Dr Mina Izadyar is held every year on 30th September, coinciding with the birthday of the deceased. This festival aims at motivating the activists in gaining knowledge, understanding and supporting the scientific and technological elite.
Dr. Mina Izadyar passed away at the age of 64. The memory of this highly valued physician will never be forgotten. As long as even one thalassemia patient in Iran will need treatment, her name and her invaluable services will stay in memories.
Amshaspand Ordibehesht is the guardian of fire are elements that reflect the nature of fire. She is the guarantor of the stability of the world order, whether moral order or physical order (material order).
“Asha is good, Asha is the best, as is always desired.”
Ordibehesht or “Asha Vahishta” is the third day of the month and the second month of the year in the Zoroastrian calendar. Ordibehesht means “the best purity and truth.” It is one of the attributes in the Zoroastrian religion; which, in the spiritual world, is a symbol of purity, innocence, a sign of Asha (the unchangeable law of the universe).
Ordibehesht or Artah Vahishtah or Ashah Vahishtah is the second Amshaspand in Zoroastrian and Persian myths. She is the most beautiful symbol of the world order, the divine law, and ethical order in both worlds. This Ameshaspand not only keeps the world order, but also guards the order of the spiritual world. Her earthly representative is fire.
Amshaspand Ordibehesht is the second Amshaspand after Bahman Amshaspand in terms of importance and respect. This divine creature is similar to the Indian “Arta” or “Rita”, which later on was called Asha Vaheshta, which means the highest Asha or the best Asha or the best Arta (Rasti).
The word Asha is used a lot in Avesta, especially in the Gathas. Asha or the harmony of existence, is manifested in the power to bring order to life, family, society, ecosystem, nature and so on. Therefore, it is proper for a human to constantly cultivate this ability to harmonize with “Asha” and grow truth in himself.
Asha is the harmony that sets the system of the universe and directs it towards enlightenment. This character has been mentioned 162 times in the Nask of Gathas, which are the poems and speeches of Ashura. Asha is the center of the universal pedagogy of Ashura Zoroaster, and all the educational and moral teachings of Ashura Zoroaster revolve around it.
This word is one of the most meaningful and essential words in the Mazdyasna dictionary. The followers of Asha are called Ashavan, meaning those who are truthful in their thoughts, words and deeds. Asha is the same family as the world “Ashu” and is considered the highest degree from the point of view of Zoroastrian mysticism. Ashu is the same word that we use for Zoroaster Spantman, and we call Zarathushtra “Ashu Zarathushtra”. In the Mazdyasna and Zoroastrian culture, morality is the same as religious. Ordibehesht is mentioned in Avesta as “Ash Vahisht.” In Khordeh Avesta, Ordibehesht is the most beautiful Amshaspand.
Ordibehesht means “the best purity and truth” and is one of the attributes of the Zoroastrian religion; it is the symbol of purity, innocence and the sign of Asha (the unchangeable law of the universe). In the material world, Ordibehesh is the guardian of fire. The Izads of Azar, Soroush, and Bahram are the partners of this Amshaspand. How appropriate to go to the fire temple on this day and how joyful to go to gardens.
Masud Sa’d Salman writes: “Today is Ordibehesht, O moon of hearts, today the garden is like heaven.”
In his Gathas, Asha Zarathushtra says that the only way to reach the realm of God is to take the path of “asha”. In yasn 44, verse 11, he says: “I try my best to guide people to Asha.” One of the most reliable Zoroastrian prayers is the prayer of “Ashem Vahu,” in which Asha and truth are praised, is a 12-word pray in which the name Ashe is mentioned three times. The prayer for focusing the mind on the Asha is this: “Righteousness is best (of all that is) good. As desired, what is being expected is truth for him who (represents) best truth.”
In the teachings of Zoroastrianism, physical purity is as important as moral purity. Physical purity means keeping the body and living environment free from all impurities, and therefore, the sedreh and the Kosti, the ritual clothes, and the Zoroastrian symbol are white to show any impurity.
Marjoram is the flower that symbolizes Ordibehesh amshaspand.