All NA Z Tele Class 11 – Zarathushtri Core Beliefs 2 December 2012

North American Zoroastrian Religious Tele – Class  –

Sunday December 2nd 2012 11 AM EST                       


Soli and Jo Ann presenting the Tele Class

A Zoroastrian Religion Class was held by Telephone on December 2nd 2012 by Jo Ann Dastur & Ervad Soli P. Dastur from their home, Hira Villa, in Sarasota, Florida. There were about 38 callers with multiple people listening together in some homes by calling a Tele-meeting phone number. The people were from both Canada and USA, from NY to Dallas and Los Angeles, Montreal to Miami. The class material was a PowerPoint Presentation sent ahead of time to all participants in PDF format.

This Tele Class covered the basic Zarathushtri Religion Core Beliefs. Ervad Dastur was asked to present an interactive discussion of the same subject by North American Zoroastrian Congress (NAZC) held in Rye NY under the auspices of Zoroastrian Association of Greater NY (ZAGNY) and FEZANA. In this 30 minute presentation, Ervad Dastur used a question/answer approach between 6 young Zarathushtris, 3 male and 3 female, representing 6 Amesha Spentas. They were: representing three female Amesha Spentas – Ms. Freya Motafram, Ms. Behrose Taraporewalla, Ms. Monaz Mistry, and representing three male Amesha Spentas – Ervad Viraf Nariman, Ervad Karl Khambatta and Mr. Sam Merchant. I am truly grateful for their help and I am grateful to ZAGNY and NAZC for giving me this opportunity to discuss this important subject.

This Tele Class is an expanded version of this talk to cover one hour. Soli started the class off by thanking all the participants especially FEZANA President Katayun Kapadia and Vice President Homi Gandhi who took time of their busy schedule to attend and support our Tele Classes.


Agenda Slide with Discussed Topics

The agenda covered the topics: Who do we profess to be?; The statement: Our Core Beliefs are the original teachings of Zarathushtra; What are our basic Core Beliefs of today?; Core Beliefs and Amesha Spentas; and a few verses from Zarathushtra’s Gathas and later scriptures. Soli explained why Zarathushtra was brought to the earth by Dadar Ahura Mazda, what were his basic teachings, how did he communicated with Ahura Mazda, How do Amesha Spentas point to our Core Beliefs, how do we attain Wholeness and Deathlessness using his teachings and the Amesha Spentas attributes of Ahura Mazda, How did Parsi Thy Name Is Charity came about, etc. In the end, Soli pointed out how Zarathushtra wanted to work in harmony with his people to follow the Zarathushtri Religion (Hoshbam Prayer). In order to explain the origin of our Hama Zor Greeting, he explained the first few Paras of Ardafravash Afrin which teaches us to work in harmony with all Mazdayasnian Zarathushtrians!

Finally, as it is becoming our custom, the permanent question: “We do not understand what we are praying in our daily prayers” was answered by suggesting some alternatives. The final prayer in English, from Dr. Dhalla’s book: Homage Unto Ahura Mazda:

We pray for unity, communal, national and international,

was recited by all together ending with our signature Zoroastrian greeting of: “Hamaa Zor, Hamaa Asho Bade” (May we be united in righteousness) performed by all attending the Class, a cyber Hamaa Zor all over North America!


Did Zarathushtra communicated with Ahura Mazda? How?!

We also request all of you to suggest what topics we should cover in the next Tele Classes.

Jo Ann and I will be visiting Mumbai from December 17th thru February 4th. Hence our next Tele Class will be sometime in March 2013. We would like to hear from you suggestions for our next Tele Class.

Many of the interested Humdins want us to place this one hour class as an Internet video. We have done that already and placed it in 6 segments on YouTube as given below.

May the Flame of Fellowship, Love, Charity and Tolerance burn ever eternal in our hearts so we can do HIS work with humility, diligence and eternal enthusiasm!
Atha Jamyaat, Yatha Aafrinaamahi! (May it be so as we wish?)

Love and Tandoorasti, Soli

Here are the attachments :

Dhalla Homage Unto Ahura Mazda background

20121202 All NA Tele Class Z Core Beliefs

20121202 NA Tele Class 11 Prayer Dhalla Homage Unto Ahura Mazda We Pray for Unity

Ava Padho Visperad Zoroastrian Creed

And Here are the informative videos :


  • How wonderful it is to have such lectures and use the latest technology ! Soli Dastoor and Jo Ann blessed my home stay in Coonoor by doing a full jassan by sheer providence and I shall remember it till the day I die . all my friends especially the non Parsis were so impressed and by the grace of God my place it is doing pretty well now.

    I would love to meet them in Mumbai as I am there for a navjote on the 12 Jan. I will also keep track and may participate in future lectures . Warm wishes to all, Diana Bharucha Bangalore / Coonoor

    On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis – ALL Under One Roof wrote:

    > ** > yazdi posted: “North American Zoroastrian Religious Tele – Class – > Sunday December 2nd 2012 11 AM EST A > Zoroastrian Religion Class was held by Telephone on December 2nd 2012 by Jo > Ann Dastur & Ervad S”

    • Hello Diana: Jo Ann and I were so stunned to read your kind message to our Tele Class announcement. As you say, it was just providence that we happened to be there in Coonoor on the day of the inauguration of your grand fathers renovated home! I have performed hundreds of Jashans all over the world but the one in Coonoor will always be in our memories for the coincidence and the way we managed it without too many utensils, fruits, etc. Thank you so much for the message.
      Jo Ann and I would really love to see you in Mumbai. My nephew Kurush Dastoor lives in the H Block of Godrej Baug where your brother Mehlli The Magician also lives. Please let him know when you will be in Mumbai and please ask him to convey that message to Kurush. They know each other very well. Love and Tandoorasti, Jo Ann and Soli Dastur

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