The Wondrous Circle of Life 13: Role of the priests

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Roj Dae-pa-Meher Mah Khordad, 1383 Yz.

As the time comes for the Fareshta to depart from this earth and go off to Chinvat with the Fravashi, it addresses the priest: ‘O Righteous priest! You have created me through your prayers and these specific implements! I am what you have made me! My job is to take the benefits of this ceremony and offer them to the Ruvan of Behdin Jamshed Behdin Rustam, who toils, far far away! How will I reach ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life 12: Zoroastrian rituals explained

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Roj Mahrespand Mah Ardibehesht, 1383 Yz.

There are several key requirements for a successful ceremony. One of those is creating the Taigi – or correct spiritual atmosphere which is conducive for the ceremony to be effective. The Taigi or special atmosphere is created by the presence of the following items:

  1. A properly qualified priest or an educated laity (depends on the ceremony)
  2. The recitation of correct, specific Avesta Manthras
  3. The presence of a Dadgah Fire fed with specific wood, along with Divo of a ...
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The Wondrous Circle of Life 11: Zoroastrian rituals explained

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Roj Din Mah Ardibehesht, 1383 Yz.

Note: Readers are advised to go through part 10 of this series once again and then continue with this post.

But soon my friend’s mind had become active again. ‘Just one more thing, Marzban’ he asked: ‘how does the Ruvan, which is at some place in the Chinvat region, get the benefit of the ceremony, which is being performed here on ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life 10: Zoroastrian rituals explained

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Roj Rashne Mah Fravardin, 1383 Yz.

NOTE: This is a long, difficult but very important post. Readers are advised to go through carefully and repeatedly to understand its import. 

‘You see, Dinshaw, to properly recognize the rationale of Zoroastrian rituals, we have to understand why we are here, on earth.’

‘Arre, why are we here? Khaavo , piyo, mazaa karo! What else, we are Parsis after all!’ replied my friend. ‘Hmm, that’s one way of looking at it Dinshaw,’ I interjected, but above that ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life 9: The meaning of Zoroastrian rituals

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Roj Meher Mah Fravardin, 1383 Yz.

We continue our series on the Wondrous Circle of Life. Readers are advised to read the last part 8 to refresh their memories before reading this post.

Readers of Frashogard, who can help the Ruvan in the state of Seshab? Who can lessen its pain and suffering? Who can lead the Ruvan out of its personal hell and deliver ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 7

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Roj Khorshed Mah Amardad, 1381 Yz.

In order to understand the longest night of the Ruvan, we need to revise the Zoroastrian concept of goodness and sin. We have explained earlier that every thought, word and deed that a person originates, leaves an imprint at three different places: the first imprint in is the Aipi or personal aura of the individual; the second imprint is left on the ground where the thought, word or deed originated; the third imprint gathers far ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 6

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Roj Avan Mah Ardibehesht, 1381 Yz.

Having understood the cosmography of Nisti, we can now continue with the Ruvan’s journey.

As the period of dawn starts and the priests begin the performance of the Daham Yazad ceremony, the Baodangh and Fravashi awaken the Ruvan. They all climb together in to the special vehicle fashioned out of the remnants of the Keherp body, which is now shaped like the outstretched wings of a bird, with a capsule in the middle, where the Ruvan, ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 5

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Roj Meher Mah Bahman, 1380 Yz.

Where does the Ruvan fly to on the dawn of the fourth day? What and where is Chinvat? To be able to answer these questions satisfactorily, we need to have a look at the cosmography of the universe. The Zoroastrian mystic revelation of Khshnoom teaches us that there are two main Cosmoses. One is immortal, divine and perfect. In this cosmos, time and space are united. This cosmos is called Hasti. We shall leave Hasti ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 4

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Roj Din Mah Adar, 1380 Yz.

Let us briefly understand the esoteric meaning behind the Tana ceremony.

The hammering of the 301 nails, and the passing of the consecrated Tana thread through these nails results in the creation of a gigantic circuit. The entire process of the Tana ceremony is to make a supercharged powerhouse, called Talesam – or Talisman, within the boundaries of the Dakhma. It is important to note that the number 4 and its multiples play a central role ...

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