October 29th has been designated as the international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder. In 539 BC, Persian troops entered the city ofBabylon without
Cyrus, a non-Jew, was called a "mashiach" by God.
encountering any resistance. On October 29th, Cyrus himself entered the city, assuming the titles of "King of Babylon, King of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four corners of the world." The Cyrus Cylinder was placed under the walls of Babylon as a foundation deposit, following a long Babylonian tradition.
Cyrus the Great proclaimed more than 2,500 years ago: "Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate other's rights." Cyrus the Great declared himself not a conqueror, but a liberator and the rightful successor to the crown.
Iranians are proud spiritual descendants of King Cyrus the Great. Some of Cyrus' children live in the patch of land called Iran. The overwhelming majority - free humans with humane beliefs - live in every country, city and village of the earth.
Those world-wide people, one and all, irrespective of nationality, color or creed are "Iranians," because they all adhere to the Cyrus Charter; they practice and defend its lofty tenets and transfer this precious treasure of humanity to the next generation.
The ancient world held universal admiration for the beliefs and practices of the Persians, as enshrined in the Cyrus Charter of Human Rights. Even the Greeks, the traditional adversaries of the Persians, called Cyrus "The Lawgiver." History has recorded that Cyrus did accomplish the task for which he was foreordained.
Alexander the Great plundered Persia. He destroyed andburned Persepolis, the magnificent palace complex of the Achaemenid kings in the province of Pars. Yet, Alexander paid tribute to Cyrus the Great at his tomb. This shows how much Cyrus the Great was respected, even in the eyes of his fiercest enemies.
Cyrus the Great was an adherent of the faith of Zoroaster, which was based on the triad of Good Thoughts, Good Speech and Good Deeds, and constituted the standard of life for the Persians. Other teachings of the faith of Zoroaster, arguably the most ancient divine religion, have inspired the teachings of other faiths.
Cyrus the Great has been given many names: Cyrus the enlightened liberator, Cyrus the benevolent, Cyrus the law-giver, Cyrus the righteous, Cyrus the heroic conqueror, Cyrus the tolerant king, and many more. No other man so far back in ancient history had been showered with such accolades by kings and emperors who knew of him only by reputation.
Cyrus the Great is the founding father of Persia and the mighty Persian Empire - perhaps the most exemplary, magnificent and just king the world has ever seen.
An illustration of the benevolent beliefs and practices launched by this unsurpassed historical figure goes back to the landmark action of King Cyrus. In 539 BC, having conquered Babylon, the benevolent king freed the Jews from captivity and empowered them to return to the Promised Land and build their Temple.
For his acts of kindness, Cyrus the Great is immortalized in the Bible in several passages and called "the anointed of the Lord." The Jews, throughout recorded history, looked to Cyrus' people, the Iranians, as their friends and protectors against oppressors such as the Seleucids and the Romans.
Iranians are proud spiritual descendants of King Cyrus the Great.
Cyrus, a non-Jew, was called a mashiach by God, according to Isaiah, who wrote:
"Thus said the Lord to his mashiach (anointed), to Cyrus, whom I have seized by the right, to subdue nations before him. Yes, I will open the loins of kings, to open the two-leaved doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut. I will go before you and make hills level; I will tear apart the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two. And I will give you the treasures of darkness, even treasures in secret places, that you may know that I am the Lord who calls you by your name, I the God of Israel" (Isaiah 45:1-3).
Jeremiah also told that Cyrus was commissioned by God to go to Jerusalem and build the Second Temple. Ezra tells the story of the departure of the exiles from Babylon: "King Cyrus himself brought out the vessels of the house of the Lord that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods." (Ezra 1:7)
To Cyrus the Great, humanity was one widely dispersed family. He believed in this tenet long before unequivocal genetic findings clearly established that, biologically, there is only one human race; that the genetic variation within a single troop of chimpanzees, for instance, is greater than that of any two human groupings, no matter how different they may appear physically.
What makes people different is not their biology, but the "software" that runs them. People are as good as their software - their beliefs.
There is ample proof to support the above assertion. A case in point is the present menace posed by the people whose life is programmed by the software of Islam: an ideology anathema to the Cyrus Charter. Regretfully, the Islamic Republic's despotic
The Islamic Republic's despotic rulers have occupied the Iranian nation.
rulers have occupied the Iranian nation and have set out to defeat the Iranian spirit inside Iran and extinguish Cyrus' spirit around the world through brainwashing, coercion and terrorist acts beyond the borders of Iran.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, which holds in great contempt any non-Islamic belief or heritage, has embarked on destroying the archaeological sites of Pasargad and Persepolis - among humanity's most prized cultural heritage sites. The heinous destruction of the two Buddha statues by Afghanistan's Taliban pales in comparison to the present barbaric designs of the Islamic Republic.
Pasargad and Persepolis are more than a mere collection of ancient structures. They are embodiments of humanity's historical respect for liberty and tolerance of diversity. Among the sites to be destroyed is the tomb of the Cyrus the Great. Once again, however, human decency is rising to the challenge; this time, in the voice and actions of billions of free people who proclaim:
'We are also children of Cyrus the Great. We meet any challenge and pay any price to defeat tyranny and we will not rest until humanity is completely free of the despotic rule of Islamofascism.'