Rostam Nameh 9B: Rostam obtains the Babrebiyan and Raksh

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Roj Ardibehesht Mah Ardibehesht, 1383 Yz.

The name of Rostam is forever linked with the name of Babrebiyan. What is the Babrebiyan? The literal meaning of the word is disputed, but the first part ‘babr’ means ‘tiger’ in Persian. According to old sources, the Babrebiyan was the old, hardened and preserved hide of a special animal. This hide had been carefully preserved and then endowed with magical powers which made it, as per the Shah Nameh, water-proof, weapon-proof, fire-proof, dark-coloured and ...

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Rostam Nameh 9A: Padshah Zav and Keresasp

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Roj Ashtad Mah Fravardin, 1383 Yz.

“Ba ruze homayun Zav-e nik-bakht;

Beyaamad bar-aamad bar-afraaze Takht”

It was a magnificently glorious day, when the good-fortuned Zav came and ascended the majestic throne (of Iran)!”

After the murder of Padshah Navdar by Afrasiab, the Mobed Council of Iran met, under the guidance and leadership of Zaal. How were the Kings of old appointed? Was it merely a father to son succession? No. The first and most important requisite of the Padshah was the ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life 10: Zoroastrian rituals explained

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Roj Rashne Mah Fravardin, 1383 Yz.

NOTE: This is a long, difficult but very important post. Readers are advised to go through carefully and repeatedly to understand its import. 

‘You see, Dinshaw, to properly recognize the rationale of Zoroastrian rituals, we have to understand why we are here, on earth.’

‘Arre, why are we here? Khaavo , piyo, mazaa karo! What else, we are Parsis after all!’ replied my friend. ‘Hmm, that’s one way of looking at it Dinshaw,’ I interjected, but above that ...

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The Wondrous Circle of Life 9: The meaning of Zoroastrian rituals

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Roj Meher Mah Fravardin, 1383 Yz.

We continue our series on the Wondrous Circle of Life. Readers are advised to read the last part 8 to refresh their memories before reading this post.

Readers of Frashogard, who can help the Ruvan in the state of Seshab? Who can lessen its pain and suffering? Who can lead the Ruvan out of its personal hell and deliver it into the state of Anushehi? It is the ...

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Rostam Nameh 8: The war between Iran and Turan and its horrific consequence

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“Chu dasht az peya gasht chun pernayaan;

Be-bastand gordaane Turan meyaan”

When the fields turned green with abundant jungle grass, the Turanian nobles and warriors tightened their waistbands and girded their loins!”

With this poetic verse, Firdausi begins the description of the first war between the Iranians and the Turanians. This war, as many later on which we shall see, were started without any provocation by the Turanians, in the old hope of taking revenge for the killing of ...

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What to do and pray during the Muktad – part 2

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Spendarmad, 1382.

Several readers of Frashogard have written asking for details of prayers to be recited during the Muktad days. Since the Muktad days are of special spiritual significance, it is obvious that there would be some specific prayers for these days. Our Master, Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff revealed some very potent and special prayers which, if recited during these days, not only help the person in this life, but more importantly, also after death. We shall ...

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What to do and pray during the Muktad – part 1

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Roj Ram Mah Spendarmad, 1382 Yz.

The holy days of the Muktad will soon be upon us. What are the specific prayers to say during these days? How should a Parsi conduct himself during this extremely auspicious period? What guidelines should we bear in mind, both in our day to day conduct in the house as well as at the Agiary? Are there any special points revealed by Ustad Saheb and Khshnoom regarding the Muktad?

The word Muktad is a derivation of ...

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Rostam Nameh 7: The conquest of Fort Mt. Sepand

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Roj Rashne Mah Spendarmad, 1382 Yz.

 

“Ba khune Nariman kamar-ra be-band;

Berav taaziaan taa ba Kuh-e- Sepand”

Zaal said: “Now gird your loins and tie your cummerbund to take the revenge of Nariman; and quickly march towards the fort of Mount Sepand!”

Mount Sepand was situated in a range of mountains in Iran. There existed a very old and unique fort on this mountain which had, over the years, become the residence of many sorcerers and evil followers of the ...

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How to wear the Sudreh

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Roj Khorshed Mah Spendarmad, 1382 Yz./Kadmi Khordad Sal

A Happy and resplendent Khordad Sal to all Kadmi readers of Frashogard!

A few days ago we saw the righteous thoughts (Mithra) which need to be passed while performing the Kusti ritual. Many readers may be surprised to know that there is a similar procedure to be followed even while putting on the Sudreh. Just as the Kusti ritual should be performed with devotion and mindfulness, the ...

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Happy Kadmi New Year 1383

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Roj Khordad Mah Spendarmad, 1382 Yz./Roj Hormazd Mah Fravardin (Kadmi), 1383 Yz.

On the occasion of their New Year, I wish all Kadmi readers of Frashogard a happy, prosperous and spiritually uplifting 1383 Yz. How did the Kadmi tradition start in India? Who were the main movers and establishers of this institution? For that information I would request readers of Frashogard to refer to the series of articles on the life of Dasturs Mulla ...

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