The Mahatma and his miracle – part 4

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Roj Mohor Mah Meher, 1381 Yz.

After some time, we moved on from the cattle rearing area and began to walk further into the orchard. As we passed through the shade of very large trees, we saw a large building further on. As we entered, we realized that it was a kind of gymnasium where students and their teachers were seen moving around. The head of the gymnasium came up to receive us warmly and began explaining the different types of ...

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The Mahatma and his miracle – part 3

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Roj Khordad Mah Meher, 1381 Yz.

The next day, I went to see Seth Rustomji and narrated the previous day’s incidents to him. Rustomji was surprised that despite being a senior official of the area, he had no idea that such a person existed. I conveyed the Mahatma’s invitation to visit his orchard to Rustomji and together we decided to fix a date to go meet him. On the appointed day, we woke up at 4 am, and set off for ...

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The Mahatma and his miracle – part 2

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Roj Ashtad Mah Sherevar, 1381 Yz.

I was most surprised and shocked to hear this statement. But at least I realized that this garden was the residence of some great advanced soul. Now I am a traditional minded person and have great faith in religious men of all faiths. As a believer, it was easy for me to accept that an advanced soul would know that I would be coming here. My mind was therefore a little relieved, though still asking ...

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The Mahatma and his miracle

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Roj Govad Mah Sherevar, 1381 Yz.

[Editor’s Note: This fascinating episode took place in 1909, in the town of Lyallpur (modern day Faisalabad in Pakistan). Although today many would be hard pressed to believe the most astonishing miracle which occurred, the inherent honesty of the Parsi narrating this incident comes through in his simplistic language and total lack of ego. Pirojshah Dadabhai Gotlaseth was the father of noted Khshnoom student Dr. Cawas P. Gotlaseth. As a young Parsi settled in Karachi ...

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The Parsi Avaz digitization project

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Roj Gosh Mah Sherevar, 1381 Yz.

In one of my earlier posts, I had talked about the great hope and desire in my mind to completely digitize and make available to our community the most valuable religious knowledge present in the Parsi Avaz newspapers. As readers of Frashogard are aware, the Parsi Avaz newspaper was started by late Jehangirji Chiniwalla in 1947. Till a few years before that, Jehangirji used to write regularly in community newspapers like the Jame Jamshed, which ...

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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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How to put Loban

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Roj Khordad Mah Tir, 1381 Yz.

In my interaction with devotees at our Daremeher and outside I have noticed that there is a great deal of ignorance about the correct procedures to be followed when visiting our spiritual institutions. One such case in point is the procedure to be followed by a devotee after the prayers for a deceased member of the family have been done.

When a family member passes away, the relatives of the deceased generally have prayers said with ...

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Remembering Shah Behram Varzavand

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Roj Ram Mah Khordad, 1381 Yz.

Today, Fasli Mah Ava Roj Govad, is a day of great spiritual connotation for Parsis, because it is the birthday of the promised saviour, Shah Behram Varzavand. How do we know this? This fact is mentioned in the Zand-i-Vohuman Yasht, more popularly known as Bahman Yasht. As you may be aware, our existing Avesta scriptures have Yashts for many of the Yazatas and Amesha Spentas. However, due to the destruction of the scriptures over the ...

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The wondrous powers of water

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Roj Adar Mah Khordad, 1381 Yz.

Fasli Ava Parab

Of all the many creations God put on this earth, water occupies a preeminent place. Man can live without many things, but cannot survive without water. In a sense, the history of man and his civilization is also a history of water. Space probes sent by man to other planets primarily look first for water. Modern science explains water as a combination of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. But science ...

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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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