May every day be Navroze

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Ava 1386 Yz.

Jamshedi Navroze is an auspicious day, not only for Parsis, but also for the entire Creation. A great cosmic event unfolds as the sun enters the sign of Aries and begins its perambulation of the Zodiac. How does this cosmic event affect us and what is the importance of the Navroze day? Why is it called Jamshedi Navroze?

The universe abounds with the blessings of the Lord Ahura Mazda. These blessings, called Asere Roshni, are essential ...

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Our greatest inheritance

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Roj Khorshed Mah Khordad, 1386 Yz.

It’s a tough world and many of us face a tough life. At such times, the feeble mind tries to fall back on some interesting ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I had this or that, what if I had married some person or the other, what if I had done this in my childhood days, what if a magical genie suddenly appeared and gave me three wishes…

Going through the Whatsapp status messages on the mobile, ...

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Can we attend such ‘Navjotes’?

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Roj Jamyad Mah Ardibehesht, 1386 Yz: Baj of Seth Jehangirji S. Chiniwalla

The season for weddings and Navjotes will soon begin. Already the first invites have started trickling in. As is the case, many invites are for functions where, in case of marriages one party is non-Zoroastrian, or in the case of Navjotes, one of the parents is non-Zoroastrian.

What should we do? For many Parsis unfortunately, the question doesn’t even arise today – why, it’s an invite, so we have to ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 9: The Battle of Qadissiyah

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Roj Ava Mah Tir, 1385 Yz.

16th November, 636 dawned as any other day in history. The two armies faced each other. The expectations and nervous energy was palpable as over 60,000 Iranian troops – infantry, cavalry and a special elephant regiment from India jostled to form the precise order of battle. The river Ateeq lay behind them. The 45,000 infantry and 15,000 cavalry was deployed in four divisions, each about 150 metres from the other. The battle front stretched nearly ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 8: Caliph Abu Bakr and Caliph Umar

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Tir, 1385 Yz.

Ere had the Prophet breathed his last, and the divisions began. While his wife Aisha and his cousin and son-in-law Ali began making the preparations for Mohammad’s funeral, a group of prominent Muslims, some of whom had realized that his death was near and had hence postponed their going out of town, met at the house of a leading Ansari. Hearing of this meeting, some other close followers of Mohammad including Abu Bakr, Abu Ubaydah and ...

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Some audio recordings added

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Roj Mahrespand Mah Ardibehesht, 1385 Yz.

The following audio recordings have been added to Khshnoom SkyDrive.

Will the new prayer hall at Worli be beneficial to Zoroastrian Ruvans? by Er. Marzban J. Hathiram

This talk was given on the first death anniversary (Baj) of Adi Doctor. It traces the origin of the pro-Cremation movement in the community, the latest developments and an in-depth look at how the supposed new prayer hall does not even fulfill the most basic needs of Zoroastrian Souls after ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 7: Ascent and demise of Prophet Mohammad

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Roj Ram Mah Ardibehesht, 1385 Yz.

Long used to battles with the Romans and the many enemies of Iran, Dastur Dinyar suggested the simple stratagem of digging a ditch around the town of Medina, harvesting early all the crops grown around the area, to deprive the attackers of any food supplies, and not engaging in one to one combat with the Meccans.

These tactics were totally unknown to the Arabs. Prophet Mohammad agreed to the solution offered by Dastur Dinyar and the ...

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Celebrating the Salgreh of our Padshah Sahebs

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Roh Sarosh Mah Ardibehsht, 1385 Yz.

Navsari Atash Behram

Today the Navsari Bhagarsath Anjuman Atash Behram completes 250 years of glorious existence. Any birthday is a cause for celebration and 250 years of the existence of a spiritual institution in these days of rampant materialism is cause for even more celebration. Since early morning, emails and Whatsapp messages have been flying with photographs ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 6: Prophet Mohammad & Dastur Dinyar

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Roj Mohor Mah Ardibehesht, 1385 Yz.

We continue our series on the migration of Parsis to India.

In part 1 of the series we introduced the topic

In part 2 we gave the prelude to the happenings of Sassanian Iran

In part 3 we saw the terrible fall of Dastur Dinyar and his exile from Iran

In part 4 we saw the troubles faced by the Sassanian empire from the Armenians

In part 5 we analyzed ...

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The day of the Gospand

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Roj Bahman Mah Shehrevar, 1384 Yz.

Fasli Roj Bahman Mah Bahman

 

Today is Fasli Roj Bahman, Mah Bahman – the Zoroastrian Day of respect for Gospands. Generally speaking, Gospand – derived from Avesta Gao Spenta, is translated as beneficent cattle. This superficial translation, however, does no justice to the important role played by one of the most important types of Ahura Mazda’s creations, which occupies a place of respect throughout the Avesta scriptures. The Gathas are replete with references to Gao Spenta, ...

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