How to attend a Paidust – part 3

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Roj Jamyad Mah Sherevar, 1378 Yz.

In our earlier two posts we have covered the aspects of attending a Paidust up to the stage where the two priests begin the recitation of the Ahunavaiti Gatha which is known as the Geh Sarna ritual.

The person attending the Paidust has already ‘taken’ his Baj of Sarosh and is therefore in the ‘no-talk’ phase. This is a good time to closely listen to the priests and manner in which they recite this particular prayer. ...

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How to attend a Paidust – part 2

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Roj Khordad Mah Sherevar, 1378 Yz.

We have seen in the earlier post that attending the Paidust is more of a spiritual responsibility rather than a social chore. After examining the correct attire for a Paidust let us now proceed further.

The Dungerwadi premises comprise of a number of Bunglis or small bungalow cottages where the four days’ ceremonies of Parsis are performed. After ascertaining which Bungli is hosting the prayers for the deceased person concerned, Parsi attendees to the ...

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How to attend a Paidust – part 1

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Roj Jamyad Mah Amardad, 1378 Yz.

On my numerous visits to Dungerwadi to attend the Paidust (Parsi funeral service) of relatives, friends and clients, I have observed widely divergent types of behaviour on the part other Parsis who come there for a similar purpose. There seems to be a general level of ignorance as to what needs to be done at a Paidust. But over the years I have seen a general deterioration in the conduct of Parsis at Doongerwadi. I ...

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Jame Jamshed’s un-journalistic tactics!

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Roj Ava Mah Amardad, 1378 Yz.

Several of my friends have called me to ask whether I was going to respond to a couple of articles published in Jame Jamshed weekly over the last two weeks, attacking my article on prohibition of donation of body parts after death.

I strongly believe that every individual has the right to hold an opinion, specially if it does not correspond to my own views on the subject. In an age where religious learning is almost ...

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The miracle of Dastur Pesuji

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How the power of our Manthra prayers and the Amal of a revered priest conquered the toughest of evil spirits

Roj Govad Mah Tir, 1378 Yz.

In my earlier post on Bhulki Daakan, we saw how the Parsis of Navsari used the services of a Hindu exorcist to rid the possession of a young Parsi maiden from the clutches of an evil witch. Many readers wrote back to ask as to why the Parsis did not use the services of the many ...

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Bhulki Daakan:

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The strange incident of mind and body possession in the life of Bai Dhunmai Merwanji Katrak, nee Hathiram

Roj Sarosh Mah Tir, 1378 Yz.

The remembrance of our grandparents and family elders telling us strange and almost impossible to believe stories of the past often form the most fond memories of our childhood and days of innocence. How we used to sit at their feet and listen in awe at the most outlandish of tales and imbibe the deep lessons of morality ...

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The Jindeh Ruvan Ceremony – a brief explanation

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar, Mah Khordad 1378 Yz.

Some friends have inquired about the Jindeh Ruvan ceremony that was recently conducted in our Daremeher by an overseas Parsi. I have prepared a small write up explaining the same.

The practice of Jindeh Ruvan ceremonies is very old and finds a mention in the Revayats. A learned paper by Ervad Jivanji Modi on the “Disa Pothi” (book containing the names of the deceased of a particular family, such as used today in Agiaries) of Navsari ...

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Wadiaji Atash Behram incident – some queries answered

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Roj Jamyad, Mah Fravardin 1378 Yz.

I have received some queries from a Parsi gentleman regarding my write up on the incident at Wadiaji Atash Behram. My answers are as under:

Qtn: You mention about certain care that we need to take before we enter the hall of the Padshah Saheb, particularly, that of the dress code. This is a bit confusing to me. Just that I don’t make a mistake, I would appreciate if you could highlight what a proper dress ...

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Unfortunate incident at Wadiaji Atash Behram

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Roj Ashtad, Mah Fravardin, 1378 Yz.

About one week ago, a young Irani man, living together with a Christian woman, not wearing the Sudreh and Kusti, walked into the Wadiaji Atash Behram in the afternoon. His behaviour aroused suspicion but before he could be stopped, he entered the Sanctum Sanctorum – the Kebla room where the Atash Behram Fire is enthroned, and began looking for money and other valuables. He was seen and caught by some people and taken to the ...

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The strange story of Mr. Kavasji P. Sarkari

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Roj Ashishvangh, Mah Bahman 1377 Yz.

In my last post on the Baj of our Master, Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff, I had mentioned the existence of some close disciples of the Master who were touched by him in very mysterious ways. The episode I am about to describe was recounted by Mr. Kavasji Pestonji Sarkari in the Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff memorial volume printed in 1930, three years after the passing away of the Master.

Mr. Sarkari was an engineer ...

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