The Mahatma and his miracle

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Roj Govad Mah Sherevar, 1381 Yz.

[Editor’s Note: This fascinating episode took place in 1909, in the town of Lyallpur (modern day Faisalabad in Pakistan). Although today many would be hard pressed to believe the most astonishing miracle which occurred, the inherent honesty of the Parsi narrating this incident comes through in his simplistic language and total lack of ego. Pirojshah Dadabhai Gotlaseth was the father of noted Khshnoom student Dr. Cawas P. Gotlaseth. As a young Parsi settled in Karachi ...

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Remembering Dr. Framroze S. Chiniwalla – part 3

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Roj Rashne Mah Spendarmad, 1380 Yz.

Doctor Saheb wrote a very Persianized style of Gujarati, which is not easy for everyone to read. But after some time, his language grows on you, to such an extent that it can slowly invade your own style. In his numerous books, Doctor Saheb comes across as a gentle, kind, teacher, but when provoked could scar anyone who dared to cross the path of the Good Religion. His compassionate words can often move one to ...

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Remembering Dr. Saheb Framroze S. Chiniwalla – part 2

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Roj Gosh Mah Spendarmad, 1380 Yz.

In around 1931, Doctor Saheb received a large sum of money from the proceeds of a life insurance policy. He used this money to publish his first work, the Khshnoom Nikeez-e-Veh Din, a mammoth volume of 1400 pages. Those who were wondering what would happen after Ustad Saheb passed away in 1927 had their reply. This book firmly established the credentials of Doctor ...

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Remembering Dr.Saheb Framroze Sorabji Chiniwalla – part 1

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Roj Khorshed Mah Spendarmad, 1380 Yz.

Today is Kadmi Khordad Sal, a day of great happiness and religious significance for the Kadmi families of our community. But for many Khshnoom lovers it is also a day of remembrance and great solemnity. For it is on this day, 49 years ago, that our beloved Doctor Saheb Framroze Sorabji Chiniwalla left this earth. I have written earlier on the miraculous ...

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Secret treasures in Hindu temples & Ustad Saheb’s prophecy

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Roj Govad Mah Bahman, 1380 Yz.

Recent news reports have emerged of the finding of a fabulous treasure in the Hindu temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. With each passing day, the estimated figure of the treasure seems to keep on increasing, the latest amount being placed close to Rs. 100,000 crores (about $23 billion). The treasure was unearthed from secret chambers located within the temple complex following a Supreme Court order to make an inventory of the various precious ...

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Was Prophet Zarathushtra murdered?

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Roj Avan Mah Dae, 1380 Yz.

I still vividly remember that evening more than 20 years ago. I was 18 years old and sitting at Batliwalla Agiary in the evening after saying the Uzirin Gah prayers when a lady walked in and requested for a ceremony. I went to the Panthaky’s desk, opened the big daily prayer list book and asked the lady for the name of the deceased and the day. She told me, ‘Khorshed Roj’. As I waited for ...

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The mystery of Gustad Merwanji Hathiram

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Roj Amardad Mah Tir, 1380 Yz.

The three men knelt before Pope Pius XI, thanking God for their luck so far, and asking for blessings from the pontiff for their onward travails. It was 15th October, 1924. Dressed in khakis, Gustad Hathiram, Keki Pochkhanawala and Adi Hakim were once again at the outset of a dare – one in a series of adventures that had started off exactly one year ago, from the dusty streets of Gowalia Tank, Mumbai, from where ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 4

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Roj Mohor Mah Khordad, 1380 Yz.

Meanwhile, when Dastur Mulla Kaus proceeded to Hyderabad, Seth Dadibhai Nosherwanji appointed his son Mulla Feroze as the second Dastur of the Kadmis in Mumbai in 1794. Mulla Feroze was destined to have a career even more illustrious than his late father. He immersed himself in deep study of Avesta, Pahlavi, Persian and wrote many books and treatises, gathering in the process a library full of priceless manuscripts. His habits and living style were in ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 3

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Roj Sherevar Mah Khordad, 1380 Yz.

Thanks to spiritually ignorant Trustees and the glare of modernity, the work of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Feroze was undone, when, in order to make the Kebla “more aesthetic and modern”, the sacred Padshah Saheb was shifted for the first time in 1916. As the Mobed Sahebs lifted the Afarganyu from the Khuan, the cotton thread holding the Taaveez under the Khuan broke and seven coins, made of copper and inscribed in a script which ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 2

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Roj Jamyad Mah Ardibehest, 1380 Yz.

Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze returned to Surat on 9th February, 1780. Their sponsor and benefactor, Dhunjishah Manjishah was in Mumbai at that time, meeting with an old friend Seth Dadibhai Nosherwanji, later to become famous as “the Great Dadyseth”. Dadibhai was a prosperous landlord and a ship chandler. In addition he had a huge trading business with China, for which he had constructed 5 sailing ships called Shah Ardeshir, King George, Friendship, Brig. William ...

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