A tribute to Adi F. Doctor

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Roj Rashne Mah Ardibehesht, 1384 Yz.

It is my solemn duty to write a few words in memory of my senior colleague and profound Ilm-e-Khshnoom scholar Adi F. Doctor who passed away on Saturday, 27th September 2014 after nearly a year of illness.

Adi bhai or Adi uncle, as we used to fondly call him, was a living example of the saying ‘appearances can be deceptive.’ A short, thin man with a slightly unkempt appearance, hardly someone who would be noticed twice. ...

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Is the worship of Paria Mai allowed in Zoroastrianism – part 3

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Roj Khordad Mah Ardibehsht, 1384 Yz.

Those who may still not believe in what is written above or who may still be drawn to these sprites can try one more test. The Sefli Arvahi always impress humans by being able to answer any query about anyone in the past. However, ask any specific question regarding the future – the headlines in next Sunday’s newspaper, the winning numbers of the next big lottery, or any other such query which can have only ...

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Is the worship of Paria Mai allowed in our religion – part 2

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Roj Hormazd Mah Ardibehesht, 1384 Yz.

Readers may question as to why Abed Sahebs and other advanced souls can take the help of the Ulvi Arvahi but not normal Parsis. The answer is that the advanced souls have methods by which they can repay the favour owed to the Arvahi by enhancing their (the Arvahi’s) spiritual development whereas the normal Parsi has no way or method of repaying the obligation to the Arvahi and hence gets trapped on the journey towards ...

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Is the worship of Paria Mai and other Sprites & Fairies allowed in Zoroastrianism? – part 1

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Roj Jamyad Mah Fravardin, 1384 Yz.

The internet is a wonderful thing in the sense that sharing of information about almost any subject has become instantaneous and easy. But the flip side of this ease of access is that almost any information is passed around and believed as reality. Due to the inherent nature of man, conspiracy theories, alleged cures for many chronic and deadly diseases, miracle workers and their wondrous acts, and of course anything relating to religion – all ...

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More and Less for 1384 Yz

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Roj Hormuz Mah Fravardin, 1384 Yz.

A very happy, prosperous and spiritually resplendent 1384 to all readers of Frashogard!

As we step into 1384 Yezdezardi, it’s an apt time to once again take stock of our lives, draw up the spiritual balance sheet and plan for the year ahead. What kind of guidance can we draw from our religion and its teachings? How should we spend the coming year as true Zoroastrians?

Zoroastrianism always talks of the fight between good and evil. This ...

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How to take the name of a deceased in any prayer

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Roj Behram Mah Spendarmad, 1383 Yz.

Several readers of Frashogard have asked the question as to how should the name of a deceased person be taken while doing any prayer for them. Certain prayers, like the Stum no Kardo or the Patet Ruvan ni, have specific places where the name of the deceased is recited. But the question arises in other normal prayers which one may wish to recite in the memory of our deceased persons.

For example, many readers of Frashogard ...

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Remembering Dr. Framroze on his 52nd Baj

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Roj Khorshed Mah Spendarmad, 1383 Yz.

Kadmi Khordad Sal

Today, Kadmi Khordad Sal is also the 52nd death anniversary of Dr. Saheb Framroze Sorabji Chiniwalla. A few years ago, I had written a series of articles on the amazing life of Dr. Saheb.

Today we, his students, remembered him with prayers, ceremonies, readings and great longing, I wish to share with readers of Frashogard a beautiful poem, in Persian, written by late Ervad Dosabhai Desai, the ...

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87th Baj of Ustad Saheb and release of the Khshnoom Digital Library

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Roj Asman Mah Bahman, 1383 Yz.

Monday, 7th July 2014 marked the 87th Baj of Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff. The day’s observances started with a Machi in memory of the Master at the Daremeher named after him at Behram Baug, Jogeshwari by the trustees of the Zoroastrian Radih Society.

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Thereafter, Afringan, Farokshi, Stum and Baj ...

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Rostam Nameh 13c: Rostam and Tahmina

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Roj Rashne Mah Bahman, 1383 Yz.

As the soldiers hunted for Raksh, Rostam was plied with wine and the best of dishes by a bevy of beauties from the King’s court. Having had the fine wine and food and tired by the day’s exertions, Rostam soon drifted off to sleep in his guest quarters.

Now it so happened that the King of Samangan had a most beautiful daughter by the name of Tahmina. Tahmina’s beauty was not just physical but she was ...

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Rostam Nameh 13b: Rostam loses Raksh

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Roj Ava Mah Bahman, 1383 Yz.

Ze Mubed baraangunah bardaasht yaad

Ke Rostam baraaraast az baamdaad

Ghami bud delash saze nakchir kard

Kamar basto tarkash puraz tir kard!

He remembered the saying of an old Mobed:

That one dawn Rostam awoke

He did not feel very good, so decided to go hunting

He tightened his waist and filled the quiver with arrows 

 

With these lines of foreboding, Firdausi begins the episode of Rostam and Sohrab. Readers of Frashogard, there are many times we ...

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