Monday, September 06, 2004

Tired of Deadends? Join Hakhaa!

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Ahura Khaleghi Yazdi is the new cultural product of my surreal country. In his daily 4 hours programs from Rangarang TV (one of the numerous 'opposition' Iranian TV stations, located in Washington DC) he asks the Iranian people to put faith on his revival of a supposedly old Iranian religion of Achaemenid (shortened as Hakhaa) as the only way of freeing Iran from its Islamic dictatorship. He asks people to close their eyes, believe in him as the representative of "the real world," and gives them an exact definite date (October 1st) for his victorious return to Iran, and overthrowing the Islamic regime. In his strange speeches in Rangarang TV, he promises "to dance with the Iranian people in the streets of Tehran" on October 1st, and tells them their liberation would be not only a political triumph but also a spritual recovery from years of 'mental corruption.' "We all go to the real world together." A countdown clock on his website and on the TV screen shows the numbers of days, minutes, and seconds remaning from Islamic regime's life, visually showing how near the victory is. "Look at this clock," he says, "when I began to open your eyes to the reality there were many days you had to wait... now it is just 26 days."

Watching his programs on TV, makes me wonder if I have to laugh or cry. As an Iranian, one has to develop an ability to cope with unexpected social behaviors, and strange and surreal forms of political actions. To name a few of these type of actions I can mention Khomeini's Fatwa about Salman Rushdie in 1988, people seeing Khomeini's face in the moon in 1978, and Shah's talk with Cyrus the Great in 1970 assuring him that 'the Empire' is in good hands. But the craziness of Ahura Khaleghi Yazdi gives every thing a new dimension. By using the Internet and satellite TV he has added new abilities to the old Iranian business of inventing religions and Messiahs. Interestingly the spiritual leader of the new religion is also into some businesses in Iraq's reconstruction programs: he is a U.S. contractor for rebuilding Iraqi Airways. His glorious resume says a lot about the kind of political connections he has with the Iranian Monarchists and the countries who plan to bombard the beloved motherland he has inherited from 'Achaemenid.'

What makes me sad here is not the idiot I see on TV speaking about his insane religion and that exact day of 'liberation' by "Hakhaa" forces. What disgusts me is hearing the telephone call he gets from Iran, from people who have faithfully believed in his secret Achaemenid "knowledge" as the only way to liberation. People who say they are ready "to kiss his feet and become his slave" as soon as the prophet of Hakhaa goes back to Iran. According to e-mails I get from friends the number of Hakhaa beleivers in Iran is not that low, or at least way higher than what I expected.

The area which is now called Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, is the birthplace of many important ideas in philosophy and religion: the dichotomy between good and evil, the notion of punishment day, the idea of paradise and hell, and the invention of Messiah as a liberating force. These ideas are repeated throughout the history in the forms of different religions. The latest one was Baha'i Faith, in mid-19th century which reinvented all these concepts and applied them to the Modern life. Many thought this would be the last religion there, since the myth of Modernity itself was supposed to replace all those old systems, but it proved to be a naive idea. The cases of Khomeini, Iranian Mojahedin, and Dr. Ahura Khaleghi Yazdi show how the root of the problem is grown deeply far into the culture. The disaster is happening beyond what is expected to be the boundaries of this craziness. "Religionizing" every thing in Iran has nothing to do with Islam. It is Islam that is a part of 'the religion' the Iranians believe: a religion that can change its colors and names, easily replace turban with suite and tie and change the look, but it always is there to respond to any question in any period, with the same repeating answers.

8 comments:

  1. YOU ARE MUSLAM AND AHURA IS NOT. THAT'S WHY YOU ARE BEING PESTEMISTIC. YOU RATHER HAVE THE AKHONDS THAN SO CALLED CRAZY MAN CALLED AHURA YAZDI? WHY DON'T PEOPLE GIVE HIM A CHANCE, AT ANY RATE, YOU AND ME ARE NOT DOING A DAME THING!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE FREEDOM OF IRAN BESIDE TALKS? OK NEITHER HAVE I. BUT AT LEAST ADMIRE THE GUTS THE GUY HAS. ISLAM TEACHES PEOPLE MAKING FUN OF EACH OTHERS SO THERE ARE NO UNITY. HE TEACHES : GOOD DEED AND GOOD THOUGHS.. IS THAT SO BAD??? DUDE THINK DEEPER. IRAN IS BEING WASTED AWAY. BY BUNCH OF THIEVES AND ISLAM IS A CAUSE OF ALL THE TERRORIST ACTIONS.

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  2. Good News: after talking with a few friends living in Iran I found out that Ahura has not that many followers there. People like the one who has left the above comment are mostly the immigrants who are out of touch with the country for years.

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  3. actually you are wrong my friend...i just came from iran and everyone is going crazy about Dr. yazdi...EVERYONE knows about him...his programs are sold on the streets in CDs and DvDs and the streets are empty during his live program...i am not saying that you should believe in hakha or anything...but try to think positive about the fact that if he comes...something will happen regardless what the regime does...thousands of ppl will go to the airport on 10 of mehr whethet he comes or not so that gives the best reason for supporting dr. yazdi because it will cause massive protests...and the way he sees it...its not just a guess that the regime will be gone..."IT WILL BE GONE" according to yazdi so this gives a different view on the subject to all iranians and therefore they will come out in a more serious way on october 1st...its not about dr. yazdi at all... its about what could happen by the ppl when he comes...

    when ppl believe in something...THEY WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN...so if a few million ppl in tehran and other cities support yazdi and come to the airport ...thats going to create problems for the regime...

    by the way...already 11,000 ppl have gotten their tickets to go with dr. yazdi on 10 mehr

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  4. Really?
    I didn't think there are so many idiots living in the my country. So he have some supporters... what an embarrassment.

    If he is the savior, I prefer the mullahs. They really look like intellectuals comparing to this guy and his monarchist supporters.

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  5. Honestly every single Iranian is ashamed. And I don't understand who this idiot is that thinks 2 million are coming to receive him on the air port!!! However, remember that we always help the culture of idiotism. You with these link have created many readers for him and for the first time I read Nabavi and was curious to go and check who the hell this is

    Shervin

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  6. apparently people are out on the street in tehran at the moment!

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  7. To be clear about this post I mention this here:
    In this post I am not talking about Ahura Khaleghi Yazdi as a person, but as a phenomenon that is a part of Iranian culture. Either we want to look at it in the eyes and try to solve the problem, or escape from it and most probably see it again in a new form within a few years.
    When one is poisened it is always better to vomit (if possible) instead of pretending that everything is ok.

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  8. F.K. Yazdi was and always will be a fraud. Take it from someone who has known him for a couple of years back in Europe. The only thing he's interested in is your trust, and after that....YOUR MONEY

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