A murderer, but a true Parsi to the end!

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Roj Marespand Mah Amardad, 1379 Yz.

It was a hot and sultry afternoon, that 21st day of April, 1844 as Mr. Mancherji Hormuzdiar Chanddaru left the offices of the popular Parsi periodical ‘Chabuk’ (lit. Whip) near Gunbow Street in the busy Fort area of Bombay. As he walked down passing the well on the main street and entered a small lane, a group of some Parsi boys suddenly emerged and one of them swiftly unsheathed a long knife and dealt a ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 26

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Roj Gosh Mah Amardad, 1379 Yz.

In order to properly understand the events which took place on 1st April, 1923, it is necessary to explain the motivation behind the gigantic task undertaken by Ustad Saheb. We have seen how the original Fasal Pav Mahel was established in India by Dasturan Dastur Nairyosangh Dhaval at the time of the consecration of Pak Iranshah Atash Behram. For a period of nearly three hundred years, capable priests were available who could undertake the very ...

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The miraculous life of the Master – part 25

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Roj Hormazd Mah Amardad, 1379 Yz.

Despite the severe setback of the loss of young Ervad Sorab Panthaki, the work of the Society progressed. In 1918, the Fasli Takchian ceremony was once again conducted under the supervision of Ustad Saheb at the bungalow of Mr. Captain. There were a larger number of persons who submitted the names of their deceased for the 18 day prayers and more priests were requisitioned for the same. Not satisfied at this progress, the members of ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 24

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Roj Marespand Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

Ustad Saheb explained that in the absence of the Fasli calendar and the Fasli Alat, it was not correct or even possible to do the complete Fasli Muktad. He also cautioned that the act of inviting the Ashaunam Fravashinam along with the Ruvan of our deceased relatives was no easy matter and should not be taken lightly at all. These spiritually advanced entities do not and cannot come down in an area where strict rules ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 23

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Roj Ashishvangh Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

The beginning of the observance of the Fasli Hingams by the Societies brought out one important question: what about the Muktad? Many queries regarding the Muktad and its observance were put to Ustad Saheb. Ustad Saheb revealed in quite some detail the way in which these observances were practiced both in ancient Iran as well as in Demavand.

In the times of the monarchy, Ustad Saheb explained, the entire functioning of the priestly order was entirely ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 22

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Roj Khorshed Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

At the beginning of the 20th century, under the influence of the western studies of our religion and the so-called advances of science and technology, some Parsi reformers advocated that the community should give up the Shahenshahi calendar and instead adopt the Fasli calendar – that based on the seasons, wherein the New Year fell on 21st March (popularly called Jamshedi Navroze) and the other months fell correctly as per the seasons. This was a ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 21

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

Fasli Roj Adar Mah Adar, Salgreh of Iranshah Atash Behram.

 

Meanwhile the work of disseminating the knowledge of Khshnoom was going ahead full steam. Before the seminal article of Ustad Saheb on the meaning of Frashogard in volume 5, issue 1 of Frashogard magazine, the previous issue carried an even more important article by Ustad Saheb on the role of Sarosh Yazad in the progress of man and this earth. This article explained for the first ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 20

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Roj Khordad Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

Over time, the bond between Bahmanshah and Ustad Saheb grew. Bahmanshah used to go everyday to the Master’s house and do whatever work or errands were given to him by Behramshah. We have seen earlier that Behramshah’s children did not live very long. A few days before the first birthday of his girl, Tehmina, the child fell ill and soon developed pneumonia. At this time of crisis, Bahmanshah was at the side of his Ustad, ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 19

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Roj Ardibehest Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

 

Bahmanshah Dosabhai Hakim belonged to the famous Bhogiji Hakim family of Surat. Sometime in the 18th century, a famous Armenian Hakim (traditional doctor) called Khwajah Avanes Saheb had come to Surat. One of the ancestors of Bahmanshah had given the Khwajah a place to stay in his own residence in Surat. As a favour, Khwajah Avanes imparted his deep knowledge of traditional medicine to this ancestor of Bahmanshah. After the Khwajah passed away (his grave ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 18

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Roj Hormazd Mah Tir, 1379 Yz.

 

All this made no difference to Ustad Saheb, who had right from the beginning insisted that the knowledge he had got could not be mass propagated. Seth Choksi requested Behramshah to take the class for the priests on a regular basis. In addition, it was arranged for Ustad Saheb to give regular talks in the Contractor Hall of the Anjuman Atash Behram in Mumbai and in March 1910 the Master gave a series of talks ...

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