Govt budgets for dwindling Parsis

This time around, the Union budget has actually made a modest allocation of Rs 1 crore for “containing population decline of small minority communities”. Even though there is no clarity on just how the government is going to go about discharging its onerous task, its intent seems strong.

Minority affairs minister Salman Khursheed will soon meet Parsi representatives to seek definite suggestions on to help conserve the community. Khursheed told TOI, “There is no plan yet. I really cannot say how can we help. It is something the community has to do itself but we can help preserve heritage and culture which helps ease pressure on members.”

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Vispa Humata is a short prayer to be recited after completing the Khorshed and Meher Niayesh(s) and is to be recited in the Havan geh or the Biji Havan geh after the month of Avan.

Since the Avesta words used in this short prayer appear to be quite simple most philologists translate it using regular grammar. Lets look at a typical translation :

All good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds I do willingly. All evil thoughts, all evil words, all evil deeds I do unwillingly. All good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds will reach Paradise. All evil thoughts, all evil words, all evil deeds will reach Hell. And all good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds are the badge of the Ashavans for Paradise.

Is this the only meaning that the prayer wants to convey? There is more to it than meets the eye. The Yazatas are assigned specific functions in nature which they carry out diligently and accurately. The term HUMATA applies to the work carried out by the Yazatas in Hasti, the permanent spiritual world of the 7 Asmans. The term HUKHTA relates to the work carried out by the Yazatas in Nisti the temporary Evanascent world composed of 7 Dakhyus or ethereal planes and HVARASHTA is assigned to the work that they carry out on the physical world Geti. Wheras Dushmata, Duzukhta, Duzvarashta refers to evil thoughts, evil words and evil deeds committed by ordinary humans. These characteristics are the opposite of Baod or Baodhang which refers to Yazatic wisdom, consciousness of the highest order which is totally absent in humans. This is present only in Yazatas and in lesser proportions in Ashavans.

By following the examples of these Yazatic energies and by leading a righteous religious life of Ashoi, one can reach Vahishtem Ahum. By practicing bad thoughts, words, deeds one gets caught up in  Achistem Ahum an existence of pain and sorrow which paves the way for Tanasak (life-birth cycle / reincarnation) . The Yazatas are themselves living throbbing energies of Gospandi (good, sacrificing) entities. We should strive to assimilate these virtues into our daily lives. By doing this man helps Khurshed (Sun) and Meher (Eternal light) to carry out their respective duties in nature. When a strict disciplined life of Meher Patet is followed alongwith all the other tarikats man progresses towards Havrashta, then Hukhta and finally to Humata.

Humata, Hukhta, Havrashta is not the same as Manshni, Gavshni, Kunashni as most Parsis would believe. Manashni, Gavshni, Kunashni of the Yazatas are denoted as Humata, Hukhta, Havrashta as stated above. Man has to work hard to reach that ultimate goal. This can be done by maintaining a pure and benevolent mind, speak the truth and nothing but the truth, follow all Druj parhej tarikats, thereby suppressing the Khaki (earthly) charkas of the 16 total chakras in the human body. This will enable the 10th Chakra of consciousness to be free from the 11th Chakra of emotions and desires which were otherwise amalgamated. When this happens the problem of likes and dislikes get nullified and man improves relationship with everyone around him based on his heightened consciousness. This is denoted as Parganitan  in Pahlavi. When the consciousness chakra is thus freed it takes on the shape of a Tricon. Such a person walks on the path of benevolence, loving everyone and hating no one. This state of heightened consciousness is termed as Vahishta Anghuhi = benevolent nature.

The characteristic energy of Havrasht takes over such a person and he radiates lustre. As he progresses on the path of Tarikat his 10th Chakra becomes all the more powerful thus giving rise to the Hukhta energy within him. Whatever he speaks bears fruit. When he furthur progresses on the path of Tarikat, he makes way for Bahman Ahmeshaspand and Asha to reside in his 10th Chakra. This gives rise to the Humata energy within him which enables him to observe the functioning of nature’s machinery with his naked eye. Which is why it is essential to try to achieve Baodo Varashta = The energy associated with the consciousness of the Yazatas. Hacha denotes appreciation / submission to the work carried out by the Yazatas. The Asho Nars are well versed with this technique which is why they strictly adhere to the tarikats of Ashoi.

Courtesy : Behram Dhabhar

Wadias: Gujarat’s philanthropic architects

TNN, Feb 22, 2010, 03.12am IST

Masterstrokes, an exhibition of models of the iconic works of Richard Meier, was held at the Sir J J College of Architecture. The college is a fine example of Parsi philanthropy by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhai whose generosity extended to Gujarat as well.   More….

Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

World Water Day

World water Day – 22 March 2010

On this page we provide campaign materials to help create a buzz about World Water Day. Check this space often because we will keep producing fun stuff until March. Soon you will also find information material, to learn more about clean, safe water.

The success of World Water Day depends on you. Please, tell your friends and colleagues about these banners and buttons to help us spread the word about the World Water Day website

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Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Bai Jerbai Nusherwanji Wadia

Women!!!! Behind every great woman, there’s a greater WOMAN!

This is part of the history of how Parsee Baugs came about where so many Parsees live today!

Bai  Jerbai  Nusherwanji  Wadia (1852-1926)

 An ordinary lady with an extra-ordinary vision.

This is a simple story of an ordinary Zarathushti lady, who possessed an extraordinary vision…  Born in 1852, she was reared in the, then, traditional fashion, into a Zarathushti way of life.  She was well tutored in the art of knitting, stitching and sewing and adept at creating fine garments and the decorative borders on strips of canvas for the Sarees of Zarathushti ladies.  She could prepare the finest strand of wool on the spindle (for the weaving of the Kusti) with great expertise, too.  Taught at school in the medium of Gujarati, as per the norms of the times, she had the distinction of being offered the services of an English governess, arranged for by her maternal uncle, Rustomji Jamshetji Jeejeebhai. It was acknowledged this arrangement would help cultivate her mind in English literature and her stature in society with English mannerisms.  This would, thus, offer her an opportunity to lead a fairly sophisticated social life, well suited to her status and to her share of earning through the
entrepreneurial ventures of the family.

Yet, Jerbai had different thoughts…… click here to read on….. Bai Jerbai Nusherwanji Wadia 

Courtesy : K.J.Talati

Parsi Umpire

A Parsi Umpire- Mr. Shahvir Keki Tarapore is officiating in international matches as an Umpire. He has umpired the last South Africa -India Odi in Jaipur.

Could be the Last of the Parsi Umpires ro be active in International cricket. Another is Mr. Adil H. Palia umpiring in Ranji Matches. More information click the link below.

Courtesy : Burjor Daboo

Zane Dalal

Zane Dalal is an extremely gifted conductor who possesses a good command over the orchestra, as his stick technique is very clear and communicative and his musical ideas substantive and well thought out. I think he is on the verge of embarking on a good career.”

ZANE DALAL was born and educated in England.  Awarded an Organ Scholarship to the University of Oxford,  he held the position of Choirmaster and Organist at Oriel College Chapel. During his tenure the choir made several tours within the United Kingdom, notably to the cathedrals at Lichfield, Ely, Coventry and York. He holds Masters Degrees in Music from both the University of Oxford, U.K and from Indiana University, at Bloomington.

Click Here to read more from his website