Stanley Insler

Professor Stanley Insler
Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology
& Chairman of Department of Linguistics 1978-1989,
Yale University

"Zarathustra: The Man and the Message"

History Corner, Building 200, Room 002, Stanford University

Monday, March 13, 2006, 7:00-8:30 pm

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Preface: I was inspired by Prof. Farhang Mehr's lecture "Zoroastrianism and Its Contributions to World Religions" at Stanford on Nov. 17, 2005. When I received an email about Prof. Insler's talk "Zarathustra: The Man and the Message", I was eager to attend and learn more about this Persian prophet and sage. The room was packed with many in the audience from the Bay Area Iranian community. Prof. Abbas Milani, Director of the Iranian Studies at Stanford, introduced Prof. Stanley Insler as a Professor from Yale since 1963. He translated The Gathas of Zarathustra (1975). Since 1977, he has been the Edward E. Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology. He was Chairman of Yale's Department of Linguistics from 1978-1989. He was elected President of the American Oriental Society (1997-98). He was a speaker at the 3000th Anniversary of Zarathustra at the Library of Congress (2003).

Prof. Insler: I've not been at Stanford for 20 years. It's nice to see such a large audience here. At Yale, it's usually my colleagues who attend my talks. Perhaps it's the nice weather here in the Bay Area that I'm gettting a better crowd. Zoroaster is the Greek name and Zarathustra the Persian name. Zoroastrianism is the oldest enduring religion.


Q & A Session (8:00 pm)

The Q & A session ended at


Books on Zarathustra & Zoroaster at
The Gathas of Zarathustra By Stanley Insler
   Edited with Translation, Commentary and a Glossary
   E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1975, 387 pp.
In Search of Zarathustra: The First Prophet
   and the Ideas That Changed the World

   By Paul Kriwaczek
   Knopf, New York, 2003, 272 pp.
The Zoroastrian Faith: Tradition and Modern Research
   By S. A. Nigosian
   McGill-Queen's University Press (1993), 154 pp.
The Gathas of Zarathushtra: Hymns in Praise of Wisdom
   Translated by Piloo Nanavutty
   Mapin Publishing Pvt, Ltd. (1999), 192 pp.
The Zend Avesta of Zarathustra
   By James Darmesteter
   Holmes Publishing Group Ltd. (1984)
Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices
   By Mary Boyce, Routledge, London (2001), 280 pp.
Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism
   By Mary Boyce
   University Of Chicago Press; Reprint Ed. (1990), 176 pp.

Web Sites on Stanley Insler:
Yale University: Stanley Insler
   (Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology)
Stanley Insler
   (Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 122, April-June 2002)
   (Indic & Iranian Studies in honor of Stanley Insler on his 65th Birthday)
Stanley Insler's Essays on Zarathustra
   (The Love of Truth in Ancient Iran; Zarathushtra;
   Zarathushtra's Genetic System; Zarathushtra's Vision)
"The Love of Truth in Ancient Iran"
   (Stanley Insler, Chairman of Dept. of Linguistics,
   at Yale University, 1978-1989)
Human Behavior and Good Thinking
   (By Stanley Insler, 1990)
Zarathustra's Vision
   (By Stanley Insler, 1990) Stanley Insler
   (Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology)
Stanford University: Stanley Insler
   (March 13, 2006 Lecture: "Zarathustra: The Man and the Message")

Web Sites on Zarathustra:
Zarathushtra— Zoroaster
   (Dedicated to promoting the Spiritual Philosophy of Zarathushtra & Zoroastrianism)
   (Spiritual, Informative, Books, Arts, Children, Community)
Zarathustra, The Persian Prophet
   (By Hannah M.G. Shapero, Crystalinks & Encyclopedia Britannica)
Wikipedia: Zoroaster
   (Zoroaster in History, Life, Historical Context, Date of Zoroaster, Teachings,
   Zoroaster in the Bahá' Faith, Zoroaster in the West, Bibliography) A Zoroastrian Educational Institute
   (Articles, Authors, Book Review, Community, Library, Essays)
In Search of Zarathushtra
   (By Paul Kriwaczek,, 2003)
   (Sacred Liturgy and Gathas/Hymns of Zarathushtra)
The Hymns of Atharvan Zarathushtra
   (Translated by Jatindra Mohan Chatterji, 1967)
3,000 Years of Zoroastrian Culture is Celebrated
   (Kluge Center at Library of Congress, December 11, 2003)
   (Webcast of Lectures: Jehan Bagli, Stanley Inler, Farhang Mehr)
An Introduction to the Gathas of Zarathushtra
   (Edited by Dina G. McIntyre)
Zoroastrian garden
   (Zorastrianism can be seen as a religion based on a gardener's ethics.)
Religion & Ethics: Zoroastrian
   (BBC: Basics, Urban Faith, Towers of Silence, Zoroastrianism In Our Time)
Influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity
   (By Mark Willey, CAIS, Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies)
Zoroastrianism & Free Choice
   (By Dr. Mehrborzin Soroushian,
Iran Zamin: Zarathushtra (Zoroaster)/A>
   (Zarathushtra (Zoroaster), the Ancient Prophet of Persia)
A Deeply Mystical Verse in the Gathas
   (By Purviz Kolsawalla, Ph.D., Sydney Australia)
   (Zarathustra asking Ahura Mazda for 10 mares & a stallion—
   metaphor for controlling his 10 senses and mastering his mind.)
The Sumerian 'Tree of Life'
   (By Dr. Sam Kerr,, July 11, 2005)

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