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The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project

The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project – Frashogard blog

The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project

 Roj Khorshed Mah Ardibehesht, 1380 Yz.

A great hurdle to the serious student of our religion and its mystic side has been the acute shortage of good and reliable books. The great surge of printing books happened at the beginning of the 20th century. However, these books have been long out of print or stored in libraries inaccessible to the normal student.

In case of Khshnoom, the experience was no better. Despite a huge output of books, magazines, newspapers and articles, many students found it difficult to obtain the books or were swindled by book dealers who used to charge in the thousands for rare copies of Dr. Framroze Chiniwalla’s books.

Fortunately, the era of digitization has come to our help. A few of us serious students felt the need to scan and digitize all the Khshnoom books for future generations, as the paper on which these books had been printed was slowly decaying and there was a real danger of losing out on this valuable heritage.

Thanks to the singular effort of one such very young volunteer (despite my appeals, he refuses to reveal his name to the general public), whom we shall call Mr. N, it is my very happy duty to announce to readers of Frashogard that the vast majority of Khshnoom literature has been scanned, digitized and saved as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files. This huge effort has been done patiently and lovingly by Mr. N, without any reward or expectation. He has scanned thousands of pages, collated the files, optimized them for on-screen viewing or printing, reduced their image size to lower the file size and basically handed over everything to me on a platter to put up on the Frashogard blog.

 To say that I am deeply indebted to Mr. N is an understatement of the highest magnitude.

In order to make this treasure trove of information available to all students of our religion and readers of this blog, I have set up the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive, with 10GB of space. Beginning today, I will slowly start uploading a few of these books on to the SkyDrive, and providing a link to download these books on the Frashogard website. Each book can be either downloaded on to your computer or read on screen. Along with the link, I will write a very short synopsis of the book and trace its history.

The vast majority of the Khshnoom literature is in Gujarati. However, there are a few very good books in English too. I have therefore divided the SkyDrive into English and Gujarati sections and then provided links to the various books.

 This digitization project is a great step forward in making the real information about our religion accessible to all. I am indeed very grateful to Mr. N and others who may have helped him in compiling this treasure. He will surely receive his just reward from Nature.

I hope readers of Frashogard blog will make active use of this service and download, read and study the books which have been put up.

 Please visit to have a look at the books available.

Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

Arms Down – Religion for Peace

Dear Zarathushties,
Your voice for peace is critical as a person of faith.

Today, the world’s governments collectively spend USD$1.6 trillion on their military budgets. By contrast billions of people continue to live in abject poverty.

The Religions for Peace Global Youth Network has responded to this disparity with the Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security.  Arms Down! calls on all governments to reduce their military expenditure by 10% at a rate of 1% per annum and then to re-allocate those funds toward development. 

Over 12 million people around the world have already given their support to Arms Down! in the past year.
Your voice matters.  Sign the petition today, and, if you have signed, encourage your networks – friends, family, and colleagues – to sign too. 

There are just 5 days left for the Campaign.  Help us reach our signature goal before the Campaign is presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on 4 October, 2010.

Thanking you for your support

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Nergis Mavalvala 2010 MacArthur Fellow

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Surti built oldest surviving UK warship

AHMEDABAD: India has been shamed in front of the world, thanks to crumbling bridges and cracking ceilings at the Common Wealth village. But, about 200 years ago the same Indian hands built for the
British empire a warship which still stands tall. The oldest surviving British warship — HMS Trincomalee
— was built by Surti boat builders, the Wadia family, in Mumbai

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Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

Dr.Ramiyar’s Book on BAJ-DHARNA



The K R Cama Oriental Institute organised a function on 15th September 2010 at the Palamkote Hall in Dadar which 150 people attended to witness the release of the book “Baj-dharna (Dron Yasht)” authored by Ervad Dr Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia.

Dasturji Dr. Peshotan H Mirza released the book and Dasturji Khurshedji Kekobad Dastur graced the occasion.

Whilst welcoming the guests, Mr. Muncherji N M Cama, President of the K R Cama Oriental Institute expressed his pleasure over being associated with the publication of this book. Such books he emphasised, were the need of the day and expressed the hope that this book may be used not only as a text book for Madressas in India, as a reference book for foreign scholars, but also by all those wanting to learn more about this very important religious ritual. 

Thereafter, Ervad Dr Ramiyar P Karanjia addressed the gathering. He expressed gratitude to the K R Cama Oriental Institute for publishing this book. He also acknowledged with gratitude the contribution of all those who helped in the making of this book at various levels like financial, scholastic as well as ideas. 

He then briefly spoke about the book “Baj-dharna (Dron Yasht)”, which contains the history, performance, text and translation of this ancient Zoroastrian ritual for consecration and commemoration. He especially thanked Dr Michael Stausberg who had put the germ of the book in his mind almost 12 years back and then assisted him at every step till the publication of his work. The major part of the work of this book was done as a research fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden and Heidelberg ground-breaking in Germany. Thereafter Dr Karanjia gave a preview of the 5 chapters of the book by speaking about the unique and ground-breaking ideas expressed in the book. 

Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastur, while addressing the gathering, said that there was a lot of ignorance about our rituals among the laity and it is for this reason that the rituals are often mocked at and the finer points to be observed vis-a-vis the rituals and ritual requisites are not being observed. As an instance he cited that the sacred and consecrated Darun does not get the ritualistic respect it deserves. People often bite it instead of breaking and eating it. He expressed pleasure at the publishing of this book and hoped that it will fill the long felt need among the priests and the laity of the community by educating them about the salient points of the ritual. 

The book was then released at the hands of Dasturji Dr. Peshotan Mirza. Dasturji Mirza thereafter spoke eloquently and in depth about the Baj-dharna ritual. He started with the idea of prayer and ritual as mentioned in the Avesta and Pahlavi texts. He then explained the performance of the Baj-dharna ritual often comparing aspects of it with other rituals like the Yasna and Vendidad. He spoke at length about certain ritual implements like the Barsom and requisites like the Darun. He expressed the desire that the book get wide publicity in the community, that its author be successful in his life, and may go on to write many such useful books.

The book priced at Rs. 800/- is available from the K R Cama Oriental Institute, 136, Bombay Samachar Marg, Fort, Bombay 400023 (email idkrcamaoi@hotmail. com

Courtesy : Cy Bulsara

Epic artwork of the Persian Book of Kings

By Vincent Dowd Arts reporter, BBC News

The Epic of the Persian Kings exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge features illustrations inspired by the Shahnameh – poet Ferdowsi’s Book of Kings – on its 1,000th anniversary.

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Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh”

The book of kings

A new exhibition shows Persian miniatures at their finest

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The Epic of the Persian Kings exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge runs until 9 January 2011.

 Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

An Emperor Comes for a Visit

An Emperor Comes for a Visit
Friday 17 September 2010
By Amir Taheri

‘Forty years of waiting is over,’ announced a headline in the daily Tehran Emruz this week. The story under the headline, however, was not about the return of ‘The Hidden Imam’ or anyone associated with him. It was about Cyrus the Great, the Achaemenid King of Kings who founded the Persian Empire 2569 years ago.

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Courtesy : K.F.Kerawala

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HOMI BHABHA NATIONAL INSTITUTE (HBNI) invites applications from Engineering post-graduates (M. E.I M. Tech./Equivalent Degree) for its Ph.D. programme commencing in January 2011.

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Salient Features :

  • The amount of Fellowship payable under the scheme is Rs.18000/- (likely to be increased) per month besides house rent allowance and medical benefits as per rules
  • After the award of the Ph.D., the DGFS-Ph.D. fellows will have the option to appear for selection under K.S.Krishnan Research Associateship  (KSKRA) programme without going through further process of screening. KSKRAs are selected every year and paid a stipend of Rs.20,000/- (likely to be revised) + benefits for a maximum period of 2 years. Anytime during the 2nd year of associateship, subject to satisfactory performance, the KSKRAs will be
    absorbed in one of the R&D centres of DAE as above and appointed in the Grade Scientific Officer (D/E).
  • Eligibility :
    a. Qualifying Degree and other academic qualifications: Candidates should possess M. E. / M. Tech. or equivalent degree in Mechanical /
    Chemical/Metallurgicall Electrical/Electronics /Instrumentation or
    Computer engineering disciplines with minimum 60% Marks in B. E. /B. Tech. and minimum of 60% marks in M. E. / M. Tech. or equivalent degree as per the Ordinance of the respective degree awarding University OR equivalent CGPI (converted to % Marks by multiplying with 100/x if the CGPA is on x points scale).
    b. Age limit: The candidates desirous of availing DGFS-Ph.D. Fellowship should have been born on or after January 1, 1983. Age limit is relaxable by three years for OBC and by five years for SC/ST applicants. The age limit for the candidates working as faculty in Engineering Colleges desirous of doing Ph.D. without the fellowship grant is 40 years.
    c. Nationality: Applicant should be an Indian citizen.

The Birthday of Truth

Never let darkness engulf the eternal luminosity and bliss of the mind. May ‘Ardibehesht Roj’ / ‘Ardibehesht Mah’, coming tomorrow, bring light, lustre and eternal joy

By Adil F. Rangoonwalla

(Courtesy Jame Jamshed)

We have just entered the second month of the Parsi year 1380, namely ‘Ardibehesht’ and we may reflect upon some thoughts pertaining to ‘Ardibehesht Ameshaspand’, called ‘Asha Vahishta’ in ‘Avesta’, one of the most celebrated ‘Ameshaspands’. The Holy Immortals, who are seven in all, stand next to Ahura Mazda. The ‘Gathas’ are replete with their invocations. When their holy names are recited as a part of prayers, they are ‘manthras’ of great spiritual power and efficacy. ‘Asha Vahishta’ literally means best righteousness.

Some beauty of expression is always lost in translation. Almost no word exists in any language, which can do full justice to the profound concept of ‘Asha’. We have the five ‘Gathas’ of which ‘Ahunavaiti’ is the first and longest. Right from the start of this ‘Gatha’, Prophet Zarathushtra invokes ‘Vohumana’ and ‘Asha’ together for being in communion with Ahura Mazda:

“…Through deeds inspired-by-Asha (I pray) for all (Knowledge)

(and) for Wisdom of Vohu Mano (do I pray)

thus, I-shall-bring-solace to the Soul of Mother Earth as well.”

[From: ‘The Religion of Zarathushtra’ by I. J .S. Taraporevala].

These two ‘Amesha Spentas’ are invoked by the Prophet to be victorious in his mission, that is, to bring peace on Earth. ‘Vohumana’ is good mind and ‘Asha’ stands for truth, order and righteousness. An important aspect connected to ‘Vohumana’ is kindness and compassion towards all living beings especially to small animals over which he presides and truth is intimately related to purity. Read more

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