Celebrating the Salgreh of our Padshah Sahebs

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Roh Sarosh Mah Ardibehsht, 1385 Yz.

Navsari Atash Behram

Today the Navsari Bhagarsath Anjuman Atash Behram completes 250 years of glorious existence. Any birthday is a cause for celebration and 250 years of the existence of a spiritual institution in these days of rampant materialism is cause for even more celebration. Since early morning, emails and Whatsapp messages have been flying with photographs ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 6: Prophet Mohammad & Dastur Dinyar

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Roj Mohor Mah Ardibehesht, 1385 Yz.

We continue our series on the migration of Parsis to India.

In part 1 of the series we introduced the topic

In part 2 we gave the prelude to the happenings of Sassanian Iran

In part 3 we saw the terrible fall of Dastur Dinyar and his exile from Iran

In part 4 we saw the troubles faced by the Sassanian empire from the Armenians

In part 5 we analyzed ...

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The day of the Gospand

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Roj Bahman Mah Shehrevar, 1384 Yz.

Fasli Roj Bahman Mah Bahman

 

Today is Fasli Roj Bahman, Mah Bahman – the Zoroastrian Day of respect for Gospands. Generally speaking, Gospand – derived from Avesta Gao Spenta, is translated as beneficent cattle. This superficial translation, however, does no justice to the important role played by one of the most important types of Ahura Mazda’s creations, which occupies a place of respect throughout the Avesta scriptures. The Gathas are replete with references to Gao Spenta, ...

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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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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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Is the Navjote an initiation ceremony – audio and video recording

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Avan 1382 Yz.

On the occasion of the 13th Salgreh of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff Daremeher, I gave a talk on the significance of the Navjote ceremony. I am uploading both the audio as well as the video recording of the talk.

The video recording has been uploaded on to the Frashogard YouTube Channel whereas the audio recording is stored on the Ilm-e-Khshnoom Sky Drive. Please click the icons below to either listen to the audio or ...

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13th Salgreh of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Shroff Daremeher celebrated

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Roj Dae-pa-Meher Mah Avan, 1384 Yz.

Yesterday, 29th March 2014 was the 13th Salgreh of the founding of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher at Behram Buag Jogeshwari.

From early morning a steady stream of devotees visited the Daremeher, both colony residents and Parsis from around Mumbai. The Salgreh Jashan was perfromed at 11 am in the presence of the Trustees of the Zoroastrian Radih Society – the owners of the Behram Baug complex.

Later in the evening, the north side grounds ...

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