What is Ashoi


What is Ashoi – Dill, Demaag, Zaban its interconnectivityand unity required

Dear Friends,

The under mentioned article can be found in Nikhiz Volume 2 Page No 530 written by Dr. Faramroze Sohrabji Chiniwalla which was reprinted in Dini Avaz Vol 6/4 April May June 2001. Please see the scanned pdf attachement, which i have translated the same in english below. Also refer to the Chart of 16 Chakras in excel format which will help you better in understanding the Zoroastrian Yoga – Science of 16 Chakras.

The very first step of Ashoi of an Ashwan is a very important tarikaat and has to be fully understood here. Although it looks simple here but is very difficult to put it in practice here.  Dill, Demaag and Zaban should work in unision.That is, whatever is in our heart (Dill), should be in our mind (Demaag) and whatever is in our mind should come out through our speech (Zaban). If we do otherwise than hypocrisy arises for what is in our heart something else will be in our mind and we say absolutely opposite of what is in our heart and mind. If Dill, Demaag, Zaban are not in unision than tarikaats followed fails to give its promised results, and Tarikaat merely becomes a show or Akrikaat. The science of our Sudreh Kusti is based on this science of 16 Chakras only and wearing sleevless sudreh with tiri or Girdo or Gireban missing is only Akrikaat and nothing else.

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Dallas Cancer Patient

A plea for help!

A fellow Zartushti needs your prayers and help.   An Iranian Zartushti family residing in the Dallas area has been dealt a major life challenge and needs your financial help. The young wife and mother of an 11 year old has been diagnosed with a bad case of Meningioma, which is a brain tumor and needs a complex operation to have it removed.  This operation requires a team of experts and will be very costly.   Her operation has been scheduled for the day before Christmas. She will be spending Christmas and  New Year away from her family in a hospital and will not be able to work for a minimum of six weeks.  She will also require extensive post surgery medical follow-up.

This family had left Iran thru the refugee program; they have partial medical coverage but will not have any stable source of income for the next several months. Additionally, their extensive “out of pocket”, “deductibles” and “uncovered” medical bills are piling up.

Zoroastrians are world renowned for their charity and love of mankind. Let’s maintain our philanthropist reputation and help this family in their hour of need.  FEZANA and ZANT have worked an arrangement whereby donors can conveniently donate online to “FEZANA welfare fund”.

Please enter “Dallas Cancer Patient” in the comments area, which will benefit this family. Click on http://www.fezana.org or use the following URL:

http://www.fezana. org/cart/ index.php? main_page= index&cPath=11_10&zenid=4318d81d1572b d4d433a8fe222fe4 253

Or alternatively make out your check payable to “FEZANA welfare fund” and in the memo indicate: for the benefit of the “Dallas Cancer Patient” and mail it out to:  

FEZANA 33 Preamble Drive,
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Please help, no amount is too small. 

Rustom Faramna Agiyari


This is the story of Rustom Faramna, who gave us the Rustom Faramna Agiyari at Dadar, Mumbai.

Contributed by Sam M.Billimoria

Rustam, was a poor youth, who had lost his father, when he was very young, and was staying with his ailing mother, in Pandey Chawl, at Karelwadi, Thakurwad, Mumbai. Due to poverty he was not properly educated. He was dark skinned, thin and very tall, and had a very shrill voice. Finding employment was a problem for him, due to all his drawbacks.

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Zoroastrian Youth for the Next Generation

The Official Youth Group of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP)
ZYNG aims to:

•  Connect the Parsi Irani Zoroastrian Youth of Mumbai
•  Provide the Youth of the community with a voice and an identity
•  Inspire the Youth to be a force within our community
•  To unite them under the common aim of social, cultural and religious interaction

ZYNG’s social events and social service programs intend to build a sustainable youth movement for the Parsi Irani Zoroastrian Youth. ZYNG will provide:

•  Fun and exciting events that increase interaction
•  Hands-on training and professional development
•  Leadership opportunities
•  Social service programs aimed at addressing the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

ZYNG will function under the auspices of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) & will function as an apolitical group.

The ZYNG Team is dedicated to raising awareness, encouraging participation and getting YOU involved with your community.

REGISTER immediately at www.zyng.org

A fully functional EVENTS CALENDAR will provide you with all the upcoming Youth events in the community, whether you live in a colony or not.

• Feel free to Suggest an Event @ info@zyng.org
• Utilize our CAREER and MATRIMONY Portals

What are you waiting for – SIGN UP asap and check out our EVENTS CALENDAR.
We hope to see you at our next EVENT! Contact: info@zyng.org

All Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian in accordance with BPP definition of Parsi Irani Zoroastrian. Age 15 – 40 years.

The Forgotten Ancient Fire Temples of Iran.

The Forgotten Ancient Fire Temples of Iran.

 Compiled by Phil Masters

Read all about :

 – Koosan Fire Temple in the heart of Tabarestan mountains

 – Natanz Fire Temple

 – Karkouyeh, an extinct fire temple of Zabol

 – Mitra Dehmobed

 – Eyvan Ghadamgah

 – Shiyan Fire Temple

 – Espakhu Fire temple

by clicking here …. The Forgotten Ancient Fire Temples of Iran

8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010

8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010
Indian Govt plans to woo Overseas Indians to be partners in economic growth
Assurances for protecting investment and private property will be given
 By: ASHOK B SHARMA on: Wed 23 of Dec, 2009 13:34 UTC
New Delhi, Dec 23 : At the beginning of the year 2010, the Indian government has planned to woo its diaspora spread across to globe into the mainstream of its emerging economy. A three-day redesigned gala event – 8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – is being organised by the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in partnership with the Delhi government and the Confederation of Indian Industry from January 7.

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Coming Together Roundtable Agenda – Dec.2009

We look forward to your participation at the 3 sessions of the “Coming Together Roundtable”:

   Session 1:       Sunday, December 27, 2009, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
   Session 2:     Wednesday Dec 30th, 10 am to 11:00 am at the Crowne Plaza, Room 3.
   Session 3:     Thursday Dec 31st, 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Crowne Plaza, Room 1

Attached is a Powerpoint file showing the Agenda for each of the three sessions, and the list of Items/Projects to be discussed.  Additional items may be added upon request from the floor.


Best Regards
Rohinton and Roshan Rivetna

Adil Writer

SIMIN RISHAHR spends two days in the quaint town of Pondicherry, and visits the studio of architect-turned-ceramist, ADIL WRITER in Auroville. She saw an image of a Farohar sculpture of his on a webpage, which led her to this meeting. Discovering that he has visited Iran led to this interview.


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Parsis Award Young Entrepreneurs

How Parsis Promote New Businesses.

At a glittering Awards Night held on Sunday 20th December, 18 Parsi about to become businessmen were felicitated and of which, six were awarded with cash prizes. The cash would come handy for them. The World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce – India whose Mission is to encourage Entrepreneurship recently conducted its first all-India Business Plan Contest. Applications were invited from Parsi / Irani who wished to start to start their own business. After an initial response of 40 entries, training and coaching in writing a business plan, and presenting it to group of investors was provided. Many went through it for the first time in their life and so had lot to gain from it. 18 finalists were shortlisted, who presented their Business Plans to a group of Investors. Nearly 25 investors, many of whom are experienced professionals and businessmen, evinced keen interest to invest in the several proposed ventures. Several Parsi professionals in areas of HR, Legal, Finance offered free services for web hosting, company registration and finding right people. Cyrus Bagwadia, ex-M.D. and CEO of Essel Propack who conceived and led the program said “The Contest intended to encourage those with business ideas to develop their Business Plans in a professional way and be able to interact directly with Investors for funding of their projects. There are angel group funds in India, but none offers the kind of coaching and mentoring that we did. Also, this is the first one in India which is promoted and run by a community. The whole program took 6 months but the results and outcome are terrific.” All youngsters were unanimous to say that it was a great learning experience and are much more confident now than ever before. Parsis are known to be entrepreneurial and have been worried about the recent trend in drop of new companies being registered by community members. So they came up with this very innovative method. Dr. J. J. Irani was the Chief Guest for the function and he gave away the prizes.

Click Here for the details and Videos of the Final Presentations

Click Here for the Pictures of the Function