Comments on: When to visit the Agiary The definitive blog on Zarathushtrian Mysticism - Ilm-e-Khshnoom Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:40:57 +0000 hourly 1 By: horrmuz.minoo.bulsara Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:40:57 +0000 dear ervad hathiram most of our community people do not know the prayers or do not go to agairy

By: Tamboli Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:36:59 +0000 Dear K.F.Keravala,
I have certain questions, please tell me how can I contact you, its a query regarding a article that I have just encountered.

By: Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram Tue, 24 Nov 2009 06:49:37 +0000 Hi Ruby

For all our prayers we MUST use the LOCAL time, not the standard time. Local time in Mumbai is 39 minutes behind IST. That is why in Mumbai, Rapithwin changes at 12:39 and not at 12 noon, and Uzirin changes at 3:39 and not at 3. The priest obviously does not know much.

Trust the matter is clear. To the time in the papers add 39 minutes to arrive at Mumbai time.

Best regards,
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

By: Nazneen Sun, 20 Sep 2009 09:16:39 +0000 Dear All,
Firstly i would want to thank you Dastoorji, for putting so much effort in enlighting us Zarthostis/ Pasrsis ( I feel we are all children of Ahura Mazda) Secondly, I agree with all that you write on your Blog regarding religious adultry & trying to visit Agyaris & Atash Behrams daily. I ask you all that if Ahura Mazda blesses us with a good life daily, why cant we show some respect & gratitude towards him? Why can’t we say a thank you prayer to him in our institutions of faith (agyari of Atash Behrams). We should have blind faith in our religion and our powerful prayers.
Dastoorji, can you please explain to me why our religion does not allow us to marry outside the community? Did our ancestors in Iran only marry within our community/ or was there only one religion back then? Did our Prophet only profess Mazdayasni preachings to all or only to Mazdayasnis? I feel very sad to say that I do not have much knowledge about my lovely religion. but want to know more. I like this website wherelearn more about my religion. I intend to keep reading it.
Thank you again for your time & imparting knowledge with us .

By: Mehernosh Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:05:32 +0000 Daturji Saheb,

Thank you for the information,
The article is wonderfull, some other time when time permits please explain the importance of all the hamkars in some detail.

Thanks for your hard work and information sharing.

By: Ruby Mon, 07 Sep 2009 20:16:51 +0000 Can you tell us something about Hakikat e roza ie it is to do a certain work on each roz.

By: Nazneen Sun, 06 Sep 2009 08:55:26 +0000 Dear Ervad Saheb,

You have answered this question when to visit Agiary in the most beautiful & best way possible.

I had a big wide smile when i read it because the underlying meaning of it was there is no day when you should not visit Agiary.

Due to fast paced life we cannot expect or impose on all to attend daily. But the ones who frequent visit our Padshah Sahebs and pray out of love and humility and no other selfish means knows the divine feeling which cannot be felt anywhere else in the world.

When we develop a bond by our frequent visits to a particular Agiary or Atashbehram, it gives a heavenly feeling like that of being an infant in its mothers arms protected & loved like no one else can.

Thank you Dadar Ahura Mazda for this precious gift to us mankind.

Thank you Ervad Saheb for bringing us more closer to our Lord & our roots by your ever insightful and pure knowledge.

By: Meher Daruwala Sun, 06 Sep 2009 06:17:47 +0000 Dear all!
It is sad to know that main issue that needs to be adressed today is not tought by religious sects which should be to be a good human being and do your duty towards mankind and the world by bringing in peace and humanity iby ones deeds by avoiding any kind of adultery.

Religious fanaticism only spreads hatred that is why the world has become so cruel.
My God or your God only spreads communal hatered when with so much of violence in the world, we need onesness of mankind.

And Ms Shezarine Fulwadiwala, bring positivity in your life by removing things one does not get peace, it is the purity of heart and thoughts that do.

I was in India in Dec and saw so much of hatreded and narrowminded approach of my relatives that I decided not to go back to India for sometime.

By: Farzaan Sat, 05 Sep 2009 17:03:54 +0000 I feel that ‘en em’ is this Artemis dude from orkut(not sure though).He had written some blah blah in a community and I had told him to get some ‘REAL’ knowledge.

Maybe he stumbled upon the Frashogard blog while searching for some REAL knowledge :p :p

Ahuramazda knows best!!!!!

By: Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram Sat, 05 Sep 2009 03:27:29 +0000 Dear En Em (I would have loved to know your real name),

Thanks for writing in.

1. If you have seen my previous blog entry you would have realized the great difference between praying at home and praying in the sanctified and rarefied atmosphere of a consecrated and properly maintained Agiary. No one said anything about getting closer to heaven, but would you not accept that merely visiting an Agiary or Atash Behram makes us feel closer to divinity, rather than standing in our own house?

2. Your news is not news to me. I ALWAYS specifically mention Parsis in my post because I know that it irritates people like you, who would rather have us use Zoroastrians. Your research is spurious, as another blogger has pointed out.

3. By the way, I HAVE been to Iran, at the invitation of their own Anjuman! I have seen the sorry state of affairs of the so-called Agiaries in Tehran which are open to all and sundry and where the traditional Fire has been replaced by LPG piped Fires! I have also had the good fortune to visit real Zoroastrian strongholds of Yazd like Sharifabad and Kuchebiyog and have myself experienced the Divinity of those Fires.

4. As far as your comment on mixing goes, I totally accept that some Parsis over the long period of 1300 years of their stay in India have intermarried, for whatever reasons. We are not claiming to be all pure. But THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of the community has maintained its unique and distinct ethnic identity which is why a Parsi always stands out in a crowd of Indians (or atleast used to about 50 years ago.) Now with increasing “acceptance” and dubious “research” like the one you have pointed out, that scenario is changing.

5. Your suggestion to discontinue to use a Gujarati word is not maintainable or acceptable. When we came to India we made a promise to the King that we would give up our native language and use the local language. Unlike those who have migrated to other countries for the love of money and an easy life, those who have stayed around the area where we first landed have kept that promise and hence we use Gujarati, and will continue to do so. I have great love and respect for Persian too, but my primary audience understands the words I use and I do not like to show off my knowledge of Persian (or Avesta, Pahlavi, Pazend, Old Persian cuneiform, old Gujarati and Sanskrit) by using words which most of my readers would not understand. We have pride in our adopted language and our adopted country.

Do keep visiting and reading our Blog, which is for Real, True and Authentic Parsis, who would like to know more of what their religion really stands for, and not the dubious mish mash and so called ‘scientific’ ‘research’ handed out by some in the West.

Thanks and best regards,
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram