81st death anniversary of Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff

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Roj Daepdin, Mah Bahman 1377 Yz.

Today is the 81st death anniversary or Baj of the Master, Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff, who passed away on 7th July, 1927 in Surat. In an age where the dead are forgotten within a few months or years at the most, the memory of the Ustad lingers on today as fresh as the bloom of a new rose even after three quarters of a century. It is a testament to his unique position within ...

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Gems from the sayings of the Spirit of Wisdom – part 3

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Roj Fravardin, Mah Dae 1377 Yz.

Continuing our series of beautiful sayings from the Pahlavi word “Datistan i Menog i Khrad”, here is another priceless gem:

The Wise One asked the Spirit of Wisdom: “is Wisdom better, or skill or goodness?”

The Spirit of Wisdom replied: “That Wisdom, with which there is no goodness, should not be regarded as wisdom.

And skill, with which there is no wisdom, should not be regarded as skill.”

A man may have multiple degrees or doctorates, but still be ...

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Does the Zarathushtrian religion teach only Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds?

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Roj Fravardin, Mah Adar, 1377 Yz.

Very often we hear anybody and everybody repeating this line: ‘Our religion is very simple – Good Thoughts, good words and good deeds’. But how many Parsis have stopped to wonder on what these words really mean? Is religion only about this? Does the Zarathushtrian religion have a monopoly on good thoughts, words and deeds? Do other religions not teach the same thing said in maybe a different manner? Then why do we harp on ...

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Are the Padshahs in our Fire Temples mere “Fire”?

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Roj Avan, Mah Adar, 1377 Yz.

Recently, it has come to my notice that certain “enlightened” and “concerned” members of our community who live abroad have suggested that the “pollution” created by the Sacred Fires burning in our various Agiaries and Atash Behrams increases the “carbon footprint”. These have asked whether we can explore the use of “alternative means” (whatever that might mean).

This is an amazing debate – amazing because the parties involved have no idea of what they are speaking ...

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Gems from the sayings of the Spirit of Wisdom – part 2

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Roj Amardad, Mah Adar 1377 Yz.

Continuing our series of beautiful sayings from the Pahlavi word “Datistan i Menog i Khrad”, here is another priceless gem:

The Wise One asked the Spirit of Wisdom: “is charity better or truthfulness? Or thanksgiving or wisdom? Or perfect mindedness or contentment?”

The Spirit of Wisdom replied: “For the Soul, charity is better; and for the entire world – truthfulness. And unto the Yazads – thanksgiving; and for the body of man – wisdom. And for all ...

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Frashogard offers Encyclopaedia Britannica!

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Roj Khordad Mah Adar, 1377 Yz.

In a unique offering to its readers, the Frashogard blog has been authorised by Encyclopaedia Britannica to offer its readers unlimited access to its premium content. The premium content of Britannica Online is generally a paid for service. However, Britannica has started offering free access to those Blogs who choose to apply for the same and fall under certain criteria. Frashogard applied and was approved to offer the content. Readers of this Blog will now ...

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Greetings on Nowruz

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Roj Sherevar, Mah Avan, 1377 Yz.

The joyous and auspicious occasion of Nowruz will be celebrated all over the world tomorrow. It marks the beginning of the Fasli year 1377 and takes us one step closer to the time of the advent of the Promised Saviour, Shah Behram Varzavand.

The first seven days of the new year are specially dedicated to ...

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Gems from the sayings of the Spirit of Wisdom – part 1

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Roj Khorshed, Mah Meher, 1377 Yz.

I had written about the Pahlavi work Datistan-i-Menog-i-Khrad or “Opinions of the Spirit of Wisdom” in my last post. This is a catechism (question and answer session) written by an unknown author, who identifies himself only as ‘danag’, meaning ‘wise one or sage’, possibly a scholar-Dastur somewhere around the 5 th century AD. Unfortunately, we do not have the complete book with us. The existing manuscripts end abruptly after the 62nd question. The format of ...

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A Priceless Gem from the Avesta

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Roj Ava, Mah Meher, 1377 Yz.

Among the various Avesta scriptures that survived the repeated rounds of destruction, first at the hands of Alexander, then the Arabs and Mongols and the ever flowing abrasions of time; most were classified and arranged into the Yasna, Vispered, Vandidad, Yashts, other Khordeh Avesta prayers etc. However, amongst the survivors were also pieces of Avesta that were once part of some larger prayer lost in entirety. Some fragments were found as remains of manuscripts thrown ...

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What is the Avesta?

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Roj Adar, Mah Meher, 1377 Yz.

Many Parsis are in the dark about the exact extent and depth of the Avesta scriptures we had. Perhaps many are unaware that today we have not more than about 7% of the entire original Avesta scripture. The rest has been lost in a series of tragedies. Perhaps, looking at the way we fight over the mere 7%, it is better we don’t have the rest! One wonders what the situation might have been then?

The ...

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