Today is a special day. It is the day of Mithra (Mehregan)!
Mithra, the Lord of the wide pastures, who has a thousand ears and ten thousand eyes (hears all, sees all) has often been depicted as a young man, the boy coming of age, who is slaying a bull.
In ancient times the slaying of the bull used to be a ritual coinciding with the autumn (in the northern hemisphere) festival of Mehregan, or the day of Mithra. This ritual, like many others, had both a religious/cultural significance as well as a practical aspect (meat).
It took a special kind of man to literally take the bull by the horn and slit it’s throat. Beyond being strong he had to espouse the virtues associated with Mithra.
Originally Mithra was the god of the heavenly light, the sun of heaven, who knows the truth, as he sees everything; he is therefore taken as a witness of truth, and is ascribed the guardianship of the oath, the contract and the covenant.
Mithra aids those who are true to their promise and punishes those who break it. He is a warrior driving a chariot. His main weapon is the mace.
nor the one that thou hadst entered into with one of the faithful who is one of thy own faith.
For Mithra stands for both the faithful and the unfaithful.
From Mehr Yasht in the Avesta
Mithra is the compassion that the Buddha speaks of.
Mithra is the love that Jesus preaches.
In the Pahlavani (Persian Yoga) culture we believe that the virtues of Mithra are attained by following the universal ethical principles of good thoughts, good words, good deeds.
Hail Mithra, the young hearted
Mithra, the passion driven
Mithra, the compassionate