Remembering Ervad Behramji Unwalla

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Roj Ashtad Mah Fravardin, 1382 Yz.

Today, Roj Ashtad Mah Fravardin is the 57th death anniversary of an extraordinary Mobed Saheb who is hardly known to the community today. Ervad Behramji Jamshedji Unwalla was a remarkable Yaozdathregar priest of Udvada, who gave his whole life to the service of the Holy Iranshah, the community and his vocation. It is an apt day to go over his life and see what lessons we can learn from this outstanding person. [I apologize for ...

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Remembering Nariman papa – part 3

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Roj Gosh Mah Fravardin, 1382 Yz.

Read the first part of my tribute to my grandfather here.

Read the second part of my tribute to my grandfather here. We now continue further.

A short time later, my mother became pregnant and I was born in October 1970, the first grandchild in the Vagchhipawalla family. I was got to Valsad when I was only a few days old as per ...

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An example of simple devotion

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Sometimes, it is the simple things that impact the most. Every year, during the holy Muktad days, thousands of devotees crowd our Agiaries and Atash Behrams. Some come to have the prayers said for their dear departed, some make it a point to visit the Agiary on these holy days and witness the miracle of the Muktad.  There is great devotional fervour amongst the many Parsis that come to our Agiaries and Atash Behrams. Sometimes the fervour verges on idol ...

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12 months to a better Parsi in 1382 Yz. – part 2

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Gatha Vahishtoisht, 1381 Yz.

Sherevar is followed by Meher, the Divine Being who looks after Justice and Truth. Dear readers, there is a great Divine Symphony which is playing all the time. But our ears are incapable of hearing it, since they are only attuned to the material. The best sound in the universe is the Sound of Silence. Have you ever experienced it? We haven’t because rather than controlling our physical senses, we are totally in their control. But when ...

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12 months to a better Parsi in 1382 Yz.

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Gatha Ahunavad, 1381 Yz.

As we step into the Zoroastrian new year, it is an apt time to reflect on the scheme of the 30 Rojs and 12 Mah that make up our year. The Zoroastrian calendar is unique in that each day of the month and every month of the year is named after a Divine Being. Many times, when devotees come to finalize dates for a Jashan or a Navjote, the question is often asked: ‘Dasturji, is ...

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How long should we do the Muktad?

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Roj Dae-pa-Din, Mah Spendarmad, 1381 Yz.

The question is often put to me by many devotees: ‘Dasturji, for how long should we do the Muktad prayers?’ There is really no easy answer to this question. But I generally drive the conversation in the following manner.

Me: It’s all a question of feeling, what we call ‘laagni’ in Gujarati.

Devotee: What do you ...

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Being a good Parsi, even in hospital – part 2

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Spendarmad, 1381 Yz.

Another issue which arises in these times of crisis is our inability to properly understand the cause and nature of human suffering. I remember an article in the Times of India which was very critical of a modern day Godman. The reporter found it perplexing that hundreds of thousands of believers came to him to get rid of their ills, yet the Baba himself was confined to a wheelchair. But the nature of suffering endured ...

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Being a good Parsi, even in the hospital – part 1

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Roj Bahman Mah Spendarmad, 1381 Yz.

Rare is the person who has not, at some point in his life, had to be admitted to a hospital. It can be one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives. The Zoroastrian religion emphasizes that each trial and tribulation must be faced calmly and firmly. We must strive to learn something new from every experience, whether good or bad. I recently underwent surgery to repair a spinal injury and spent one week in ...

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Remembering Nariman papa – part 2

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Roj Marespand Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

Today, 12th June is the English death anniversary of Nariman Vaghchhipawala.

Sometime later the rented house had to be vacated. There was no way Nariman could afford a new house. By a stroke of luck, a plot of land at the end of Parsiwad, with a thatched hut belonging to one of his regular clients was spotted. After some discussions, the plot was taken and the family shifted to the small thatched hut, with no flooring ...

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Remembering Nariman papa – part 1

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Roj Ashishvangh Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

Yesterday, Roj Din Mah Dae was the 20th death anniversary of my maternal grandfather, Nariman Dinshahji Vagchhipawala. It is an apt occasion to remember him and present before readers of Frashogard some insights in to his life and the influence he had on shaping me into what I am today.

Nariman papa was born on Roj Khorshed Mah Amardad, 1917 in to a large, but poor family in Valsad, Gujarat. One of many siblings, Nariman was ...

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