Are They Mentioned In The Pak Avesta?
The word ‘sacrifice’ means giving up or forsaking of a thing, a quality, and it could also mean the killing of an animal.
Our Mazdayasni Zarathushti Religion is fundamentally based on the purity of body, mind and soul. It emphasizes Universal Brotherhood (Ardafravash) and extends it to all the Kingdoms of Nature which include, most importantly, the animal kingdom, and the plants, minerals as well as the elements that are within us and without us such as the elements of fire, water, air and earth. Subsequently, great care and importance is given to the preservation of the sacred elements of Nature, namely, fire, water, air and earth. These elements are to be safeguarded from being polluted because their care and purity is responsible for the physical as well as the spiritual good health of mankind. All the kingdoms of Nature are interdependent and all must progress towards the Divine Event, called Frashogard, when all creations will be once again united with Ahura Mazda. For this reason, great emphasis is paid to the Universal Brotherhood of Ardafravash over which mankind is appointed as the custodian. Life on Earth is holistic and therefore we need the other kingdoms of Nature to sustain Life on Earth and in return, these kingdoms need us to look after their well-being. It follows that by not conserving the mineral, plant and the animal kingdom, we harm ourselves.
Pervin J. Mistry
October 8, 1989
(This article was posted repeatedly on the networks. An edited version appeared in an issue of the Jam-e Weekly previously.)
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Mr Muncherji N M Cama
Yesterday evening UN/DPI NGO community had organized a Holiday Concert “Ambassadors Sing for Peace”, where five sitting Permanent Representatives from Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Nauru, and Romania were to sing for peace. The news of the death of former South African President Mandela came just before the concert began and so after a moment of silence the concert began. This could not have been more than a fitting event to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.
KHURSHID MISTRY WINS THE GOA RIVER MARATHON-2013 IN FIRST PLACE
Khurshid has won the Goa River Marathon- 2013 in First Position under the Veteran Category which was held on December 8, 2013. She completed 21 kms in 1 hour 54 minutes.
On October 27,2013, Khurshid also won the Vasai Half Marathon-2013 in First Position.
She is basically a Sprinter who has won a number of accolades in 100 mts, 200mts and 400mts in various competitions in State, National and International level during the last 6 years. Since the past 3 years she has also started running the Marathons.
As the child of a female Zoroastrian I cannot follow the religion, even if I wanted to. Yet if it does not survive, the traditions of my Parsi ethnicity go with it
As the child of a female Zoroastrian, I was not permitted to follow in my mother’s footsteps and undertake the Navjote; whether I am even allowed to call myself Parsi is debatable, although as it is an ethnicity, it is hard to know what else to term myself. And, as a non-Zoroastrian, I am not allowed into the fire temples.
The faith is inextricably linked to the Parsi and Irani communities – you don’t find Zoroastrians of any other ethnicity. Although historical evidence suggests that many left ancient Persia for economic reasons, my late maternal grandfather gave me the traditional Parsi version of events. He stated that the Zoroastrians’ exclusivity dates back to the seventh century, when Arab Muslims invaded ancient Persia and gave them the choice of converting to Islam or fleeing the country. Many chose the latter, and sailed to India in a fleet of ships. On arrival, the king of the Gujarat sent out a (possibly apocryphal) cup of milk filled to the brim, to signify that the country was overflowing with residents and couldn’t accept any more.
Why, as an atheist, should I feel sadness at the decline of a faith that was never mine to begin with? Perhaps for the same reason that many people who don’t believe in God have a soft spot for the religion of their ethnicity: nostalgia for my childhood, family ties, the memory of my beloved grandfather praying quietly in his sedreh and kushti. But I think it is more than that: Zoroastrianism and being a Parsi are intertwined, so much so that the terms are often used interchangeably. If the religion dies, all the traditions of the ethnicity will go with it.
Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara invites applications from Parsi / Irani Zoroastrians Students Sports persons of India for scholarships for performance in the academic year 2012-13.
Prof Sorab Manchershaw Wadia Scholarship One Scholarship of Rs.20,000/- would be awarded to a student for pursuing Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate or Research Studies at prestigious Institution / Universities. Only students with consistently excellent academic record will be considered. The student must be pursuing studies in the academic year 2013-14.
Dr Rustom B. Cama Scholarship One scholarship of Rs 5,000 would be awarded to a student studying in first, second or third M.B.B.S. Course at any Government Recognized Medical College in India. Applications are also invited from Parsi / Irani Zorastrians for the under-mentioned award for Excellent performance during the calendar year 2012-13.
Late Adi Hakim, Rustom Bhamgara and Jal Bapasola Award The First Parsi’s World Cyclist Award One award of Rs. 11,000/- will be be given for outstanding performance in any International / National recognized Sports.
Applications Forms for above may be obtained by sending self-addressed envelope (4″x9″) to – The Secretary, Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara, Hira Baug, Post Office Road, Fatehgunj, Vadodara-390 002 Last date for receipt of completed form at our Panchayat Office is 2nd January, 2014.
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THE J.N. TATA ENDOWMENT
for the Higher Education of Indians
Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the J. N. TATA ENDOWMENT LOAN SCHOLARSHIPS for the academic year 2014-2015
for higher studies abroad in all disciplines and subjects.
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Applicants who are :
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December 7, 2013