Happy Cyrus DayOctober
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 of Babylon, without 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 2500 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, the author of the first charter of human rights. Some of Cyrus' children
live in the patch of land, called Iran. The overwhelming majority-free humans with human 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 humanity's precious
treasure 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 and burned 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 fierce enemies. Cyrus the Great was an adherent
to 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.
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 the Great of Persia. In 539 B.C., having conquered Babylon, the benevolent King Cyrus
freed the Jews from captivity and empowered them to return to the Promised Land and build their temple.
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.
In the book of Isaiah,
Cyrus, the King of Persia, a non-Jew was called the "mash'aka" by God, according to Isaiah when he wrote: "Thus said the Lord to his 'mash'aka (anointed), to Cyrus" (Isaiah 45:1). Jeremiah also told that Cyrus was commissioned
by God to go to Jerusalem and build the Second Temple.
carry the vessels of the Lord" (v. 11b). Ezra tells the story of the departure of the exiles from Babylonia:
"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).
"This says the Lord to his 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" (vs.1-3 Para.)."
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.
people different is not their biology, but the "software" that runs them. People are as good as their software -
Regrettably, the Islamic Republic despotic 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.
But once again, 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.