20130310 All NA Z Tele Class 12 – Cyrus Cylinder

North American Zoroastrian Religious Tele – Class  – Sunday March 10th 2013 11 AM EDST

Background, History and content of Cyrus Cylinder and its Universal Appeal in present day!

Ervad Soli P. Dastur

            A Zoroastrian Religion Class was held by Telephone on March 10th 2013 by Jo Ann Dastur & Ervad Soli P. Dastur from their home, Hira Villa, in       Sarasota,          Florida.

There were about 33 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.

In this class, by popular demand starting with Behram Pastakia’s suggestion, we covered in details the ancient Iranian history and culture surrounding the Cylinder of Cyrus the Great!
As you all may know, in the spring of 2010, the British Museum, which has possession of the original Cylinder of Cyrus, had a very successfulshowing of this artifact from antiquity in Tehran, Iran and now it has decided to bring it to the United States.
A five city tour will commence on 9th March 2013 starting with the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and will then go to various museums in San Francisco, Houston, New York and end up in October 2013 in Los Angeles.
After that, the Cylinder will be displayed in Mumbai, India, at the famous Cowasjee Jehangir Art Gallery, to coincide with the World Zoroastrian Congress to be held in Mumbai from December 27th through 31st.
The tour of the cylinder is likely to be in the media and the children of the Zarathushtri diaspora would be well served if they were armed with knowledge to talk about it in their own schools and colleges.
FEZANA is planning to bring out a special edition of FEZANA Journal in 2013 to commemorate this tour.

So, the topic for this Tele Class was:

Background, History and content of Cyrus Cylinder and its Universal Appeal in present day!

This Tele Class discussed What is the Cyrus Cylinder, When was it discovered, What is its contents, How it corroborates the ancient Old Testaments accounts of the liberation of Jews by him from Babylon, a short account of Cyrus The Great – his life, lineage, conquests, death and his Pasargadae Tomb, reverence for him throughout ages in terms of his biography Cyropaedia by Xenophon which was used by Julius Caesar, Alexander The Great, and even our US 3rd President Thomas Jefferson who even owned two copies of the book, the Belshazzar oratorio composed by Handel, the famous Rembrandt painting, Belshazzar’s Feast with the “writing on the wall” and the famous poem – Vision of Belshazzar by Lord Byron, and the possibility that the figure Dhul-Quarnayn mentioned in Qur’an may be referring to Cyrus The Great. It also points out absolutely no mention of him or the whole Hakhaminian Dynasty by none other than the famous Firdausi in his Shah Nameh!

Finally we covered the upcoming USA Tour of 5 cities of the Cyrus Cylinder.

Soli started the class off by thanking all the participants especially FEZANA President Katayun Kapadia who took time of their busy schedule to attend and support our Tele Classes.

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:


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!

first slide

Agenda Slide with Discussed Topics

second slide

Soli and Jo Ann performing Hama Zor in the the Tele Class

third slide

Cyrus Cylinder corroborating the Old Testaments Prophesies

The PowerPoint Presentation slides and three associated material documents are attached to this message. In most homes, families gathered in front of their computers following slides of this presentation as I spoke about them from my home.

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

20130310 All NA Tele Class 12 Cyrus Cylinder

UN Press Release

20130310 NA Tele Class 12 Prayer Dhalla Homage Unto Ahura Mazda Jamshed i Nauruz

20130310 NA Tele Class 12 Prayer Dhalla Homage Unto Ahura Mazda Jamshed i Nauruz

And here are the videos……………

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