The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 6

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Roj Gosh Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

In the meanwhile, the deposed king passed the one month cleansing his soul, offering payers to the Almighty who had raised him so high and now broken him. Despite all the luxuries and servants available to him, Khosrau Parvez remained closeted with his wife Shirin, only eating the food that was lovingly cooked by her.

As this sorry state of events continued, there were a few members of the court of Khosrau Parvez who still remembered ...

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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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Mixing money with sandalwood

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Roj Asman Mah Fravardin, 1381 Yz.

Devotees carrying sticks of sandalwood as offering to the Padshah Saheb is a common sight in our Agiaries and Atash Behrams. Behdins having prayers for their dear departed also carry sticks of sandalwood to handover to the priest before he begins the ceremony. This is a good practice, much recommended. Offering good quality sandalwood is the prime method of approaching the Padshah Saheb.

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But a disturbing trend is seen in all our ...

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Becoming a better Parsi in 1381 Yz.

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Roj Khorshed Mah Fravardin, 1381 Yz.

I wish all readers of Frashogard a happy, prosperous and spiritually enriching new year!

Our special sacred guests have departed after their 18 day stay, the tables have been cleared and stowed away, the hall cleaned and empty once again. After the intense activities of the Muktad days, it feels very quiet in the Agiary. On one hand is the relief that the heavy days are over, that we were able to serve our sacred visitors ...

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Zoroastrian Earth Day

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Spendarmad, 1380 Yz.

Today is Roj Spendarmad, Mah Spendarmad, a spiritually vital and important day of the Zoroastrian calendar. Long before the shrill cries of the eco-brigade began to be heard, the practices and precepts of our ancient faith were already attuned to green living, carbonless footprint and eco-sensitiveness.

Spendarmad (Avesta Spenta Armaiti) is the Amesha Spenta specifically designated to look after Mother Earth. Through her associates and co-workers, Geush Urva and Geush Tashan, Spenta Armaiti patiently bears the ...

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10th Anniversary of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff Daremeher

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Ava, 1380 Yz; Fasli Roj Hormazd Mah Fravardin, 1380 Yz, JAMSHEDI NAVROZE

Heartiest Jamshedi Navroze greetings to all readers of Frashogard! May the coming year be one of great success and spiritual enrichment. May you witness a life-changing and momentous event which will reveal to you the true beauty and inner depth of our religion!

I am happy to announce the programme to mark the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher at ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 3

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Meher, 1380 Yz.

After the Padruz Uthamna gets over the priests take a break, waiting for the exact time when the Zoroastrian day changes, 36 minutes before sunrise. As soon as this time is reached, the priests perform a fresh Kusti, recite the Sarosh Baj and Havan Gah and then begin the very important ceremony, generally called the Daham Yazad Jashan or Afringan. Not many Parsis are aware of this very essential Zoroastrian Divinity called Daham Yazad, since ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 2

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Roj Sarosh Mah Meher, 1380 Yz.

The Bhoi prayers performed during the first four days provide protection and sustenance to the Ruvan, Baodangh and Fravashi (now collectively called Ruvan), as they take their seat near the head of the physical body. The Keherp, Ushtan and Tevishi bodies (collectively called Keherp from now on) coalesce to form a small receptacle, in the shape of the Farohar image which is commonly seen today, in which the Ruvan sits. The lighted Divo, the Sachkar ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 1

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Roj Khorshed Mah Meher, 1380 Yz.

Where do we come from? Why are we here? What do we need to do here? Where will we go? These are the essential and existential questions asked by all at some point or other in our life. Great philosophers and thinkers have applied their immense intellect to come up with answers that may satisfy our urge to know the reality behind this earth. A famous musician and singer wrote eloquently:

From the day we arrive ...

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