Thanksgiving Monajat


Thanksgiving Monajat, written in English, so, it  can be easily followed by younger generation.mani rao
The monajat (prayer) incorporating Zarthusti tenets , supporting principles of Zoroastrianism and building up relationship
with divine-
It expresses gratitude to Ahura Mazda. can be sung any time of the day, or month or year.
Enjoy
Mani Rao

 

O Ahura Mazda, Asho  Zarthushtra Bow down to you for ever and ever
Repeat the above 2 lines

You ARE my creator, you ARE my protector I am so thankful, you’re my great teacher
O Ahura Mazda
You hold my hand, lead me through this land

My humble request, keep me always blessed

TWO TIMES

The wisdom of Manashni Gavashni Kunashani Guide me to follow the tenets of Zarathushti
Help me understand, Khordeh Avasta message of, Humata Hukhata Huvavarasta
O Ahura Mazda
You ARE my creator, you ARE my protector I am so thankful, you’re my great teacher O Ahura Mazda
You’re omnipotent, and very kind Bless me with devotion AND peaceful mind
With heart full of gratitude, pray for, divine light Let me be at your feet, through the night
My salutation to thee, Asho Zarthushtra Make me a good, Zarathushti Ashavan
O Ahura Mazda
You ARE my creator, you ARE my protector I am so thankful, you’re my great teacher O Ahura Mazda
Two times

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The Bawa Rap


Watch this Parsi boy rap in Gujarati as he hilariously complains about a good day gone bad

The Bawa Rap takes the viewer into the world of (almost) all things Parsi.

This 21-year-old Parsi boy has 99 problems but having his head in the clouds isn’t one of them. He looks forward to spending more time with his friends and his girlfriend. But then comes a day which refuses to be good to him.

What may sound like a dry, ranting session, the Bawa Rap turns the narration in to a funny rap. In Gujarati. But language shouldn’t be a problem, for the mash up of videos and stop-motion images have a story in itself.

Within two minutes, the Bawa Rap informs the audience that Parsis take their food and leisure very seriously, and family gatherings are a must. But a light conversation always wins the day, insists Yohan Marshall, who plays the role of the confused Parsi boy in the music video. Marshall, who is a Parsi himself from Ahmedabad, is the drummer and vocalist of the band The Family Cheese.

Marshall told Scroll.in, “We wanted to keep the tone light and funny, because we as Parsis are very open to humour. We’re happy that as an indi-band we were able to give more space to the Parsi identity, which is very limited to a few dialogues in mainstream Bollywood movies.”

It’s difficult to ignore the food when Marshall is seen eating a traditional breakfast of sali par eddu – chips with eggs along with sliced onion and chicken. If there’s a lesson from the video, it’s this: when life gives you lemons, why not squeeze it on some sali par eddu and enjoy the breakfast?

http://video.scroll.in/822325/watch-this-parsi-boy-rap-in-gujarati-as-he-hilariously-complains-about-a-good-day-gone-bad

JUSTICE ROHINTON NARIMAN’S BOOK LAUNCH



Five Reasons by Mrs Nariman that perfectly explain why Parsis are a Tiny Community of Super Achievers 

For most of us, Sunday mornings are meant for waking up at a leisurely pace. But this Sunday morning, a very unusual sight would have caught most Delhiites by surprise if they had ventured out to the India International Centre.

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While welcoming the Chief Justice of India and other dignitaries, Mrs Sanaya Nariman, the wife of Justice RohintonNariman, shared some interesting insights about India’s “tiny” Parsi community.

For most of us, Sunday mornings are meant for waking up at a leisurely pace. But this Sunday morning, a very unusual sight would have caught most Delhiites by surprise if they had ventured out to the India International Centre.

A community of Parsis from across India and Supreme Court lawyers in Delhi had flocked to attend a book launch hosted by Justice Rohinton Nariman.

You would also have spotted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and many eminent personalities of the legal fraternity attending Justice Rohinton Nariman’s book launch.

While welcoming the Chief Justice of India and other dignitaries, Mrs Sanaya Nariman, the wife of Justice Rohinton Nariman, shared some interesting insights about India’s “tiny” Parsi community.

For instance, would you have known that there are 60,000 Parsis in Mumbai and only 750 Parsis in Delhi and 600 in Bengaluru?

And there’s the often-asked question about the Parsi community in India – What makes them the best at whatever they do?

Mrs. Sanaya Nariman blends in logic and humor in her response as she stated, “The Parsis of India are a tiny community but 1) we are a very hard working community – and of course, 2) we are eccentric too.”

The second part about “eccentric” drew laughter from the dais including the Chief Justice of India and the audience, who were mostly Parsis.

In her welcome note, Mrs. Nariman threw light on what makes the Parsis of India a very distinguished and highly respected community in Indian society.

She stated, “The Parsis have always been an 3) outrageously open community in their thinking and actions – which is why you all saw the Tata-Mistry fighting very openly.”

On a more serious note, Mrs. Nariman stated, “How and why did the Parsis flourish the way they did in India and become a community of high achievers? Because of 4) our culture and 5) our faith in our prophet – which forms the kernel of the Gathas that Rohinton Nariman has translated in his book.”

Justice Rohinton Nariman’s book launch was graced by a holy priest who blessed the gathering by chanting holy prayers from the Zoroastrian religion and it was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.

By:  | The Financial Express, Updated: November 20, 2016 5:38 PM

Chief Justice of India TS Thakur hails Parsi community, explains why Justice Rohinton Nariman studied the Bhagawad Gita

It is a rare occasion to hear the Chief Justice of India talk about the need to integrate a spirit of oneness among religions and cite the Bhagawad Gita at a function which celebrates a book release on the Zoroastrian religion.

By:  | The Financial Express, Published: November 20, 2016 5:29 PM

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hief Justice of India TS Thakur emphasized that religion is an individual’s personal affair and should not be interfered with by anyone else.
 

It is a rare occasion to hear the Chief Justice of India talk about the need to integrate a spirit of oneness among religions and cite the Bhagawad Gita at a function which celebrates a book release on the Zoroastrian religion.

What is even more interesting is that the author of the book – Justice Rohinton Nariman – is a Parsi priest who first studied the Bhagawad Gita, and in his own words, says, “In the Gita, I found a direct philosophy dealing with duty, action and detachment including renunciation of the fruits of action. As a result, I devoured the book quite easily and was able to appreciate it.”

Chief Justice of India TS Thakur emphasized that religion is an individual’s personal affair and should not be interfered with by anyone else. He also that people of all religions should live in a spirit of oneness and harmony, saying, “Fundamentals are common to all religions. All religions believe in the existence of one God. Lord Krishna, in the Gita, says that all paths lead eventually to Him,”

Referring to the contribution of the Parsi community, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said, “Industry, science, commerce, law – the Parsis have made great contributions to the nation in all these fields but I have not known any spiritual contribution as such and therefore, I recommend Rohinton Nariman’s book.”

Chief Justice of India TS Thakur further stated, “The Gathas are written in Rig Vedic Sanskrit – it has come to us in a pristine form. This establishes a deep relationship between the Hindu religion and Zoroastrian religion. Rohington Nariman started by studying Bhagwad Gita and followed the underlying philosophy of Karma elucidated by Lord Krishna, then he went to study the Bible and Koran. It is after studying and understanding these religions that Justice Nariman began to write about the Gathas. In my opinion, Rohinton Nariman has done a great service to humanity by writing this book.”

Several eminent persons attended Justice Rohinton Nariman’s book launch at the India International Centre. The gathering including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and many others.

Edward Theatre is seeking a cultural revival


Edward Theatre is seeking a cultural revival after surviving a dark tunnel of the single screen’s demise

Slated to open towards the end of the month, the Goethe Institut’s ambitious Poets Translating Poets Festival, which will be staged across the city, brings to spotlight one of the oldest gems in the city –The Edward Theatre -located in bustling Kalbadevi. In December, a Bangalore-based performance arts company will present Christmas Shoot Out at the heritage theatre. Its 55-year-old owner Fred Poonawala is quite thrilled about hosting two back-to-back events at a space “which has barely five people in the audience right now“, he says, referring to the screening of a B-grade matinee Yudh ­ Ek Jung, which was playing at the cinema on Saturday.“The plan is to repurpose, refurbish and reimagine the space, without changing its structure, its look and its feel.“Four years ago, the British Council had brought to the theatre a live cinema performance, Light Surgeons.Two years later, two Swiss bands, Eric Trufaiz and Plaistow, performed here.There was even a charity auction conducted by the Mumbai Art Room.“And we thought a well-educated audience would love the space and start bringing in shows. Though there hasn’t been any sort of consistent pro gramming,“ he says, adding. “I have been speaking with people such as Dev Benegal, Ramu Ramanathan, Sanjna Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor, who think it’s a nice place, but needs to be done up.“

Taking a cue from his friends in the performance arts and film industry, the Pali Hill resident is in talks with a few realty experts to spruce the 500-seater again. “We have an idea of what we want to do. But nothing is signed, sealed and delivered,“ he says.“For years, it has been a chicken-andegg situation for me. You think, if you do something, people will come, or wonder when people come should you do something.“ If all goes as Poonawala has planned, Edward Theatre joins the ranks of the Royal Opera House and the Liberty Theatre, which have transformed into performance venues in the city. Poonawala points out, “This space actually was meant for plays and performances before it turned into a single screen theatre. It was meant for entertaining British expats who came to Bombay during the war.“

Built in 1800s, the theatre belonged to Poonawala’s grand-uncle Bejan Bharucha, “who was a man of many tastes. He loved his horses, cars and theatres. In fact, he had shares in 40 theatres across India,“ says Poonawala. “As a kid, I would often drop in at Edward to watch old American cowboy movies, and my grand-uncle would be very happy. I remember there used to be a staff of 63 -today, we are only 10 -because it was buzzing with people and we needed manpower to control them.“

Bejan later passed on the legacy to his German wife Gertrude. “The theatre was already not doing well when my aunt passed away in 2005. Single screen theatres were not doing well as multiplexes already sprung up,“ he says. “Besides, my grand-aunt was very determined to keep the prices of tickets low because she wanted the poor to watch cinema and get away from their lives for those few hours.The most expensive ticket was Rs 24,“ he says, pointing, “Today, the most expensive ticket is Rs 35, which isn’t much anyway in these times of inflation. I continue putting my own money to maintain this place; it’s not a profit-making endeavour. I am looking for generous donors who will help this cause.“

A collector in his own right, arts have a special place in Poonawala’s life: he also runs a lithography firm and is the go-to man for leading contemporary artists, and top gallerists such as Shireen Gandhy, Usha Mirchandani and Dadiba Pundole to print limited editions, reproductions of artworks and exhibition brochures.Working with artists is a different experience, he says. “(MF) Husain would land up twice a week at our office when his projects were going on. He was an easy-going person. He knew what he painted could never be reproduced the same way in print and didn’t keep any big expectations,“ says Poonawala, “He was experimental and would oblige us with his impromptu drawings and canvases.He painted a Ganesha for me, which I still count as my favourite.“

Preserving a Collector’s Dream


An 18-year-old has raised over Rs 4 lakh to restore rare 19th century antiques from Mumbai’s only Parsi museum
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Lesson 12 – Kerfeh Mozd


E-Course on Zarathushti Religion

Lesson – Kerfeh Mozd

In Kerfeh Mozd, I ask for blessings of goodness from Ahura Mazda. As in all our prayers, I do not ask for these blessings just for myself. I seek them for all virtuous souls who have dedicated his/her life for the good of others. All our prayers are universal in that sense. This is to impress upon my mind, that to qualify and earn all these blessings, I need to live a dedicated life for the good of others just as other good souls do.

As I understand the meanings of the prayers, reciting the prayers should evoke my conscience and help remind me that I need to be part of the other virtuous souls who lead an honest and morally right life. I should begin to ponder and question myself: Do I consistently help others? Am I truly living a life of self-sacrifice? Have I shared my good fortune with others who are not as well off as me? What good deeds have I done? What good deeds can I do that would help my soul to evolve and become better day by day?

When I recite my prayers regularly and with full understanding, it reinforces my intellect, vigor and moral stamina to do the right things in my daily life. By saying my prayers with full understanding, I achieve a complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit. This gives me my unshakable strength and faith in Ahura Mazda. It is through prayers that I can attain the fullest development of my personality — the ultimate integration of my highest faculties.

Our prayers contain various aspects. The most important of these are devotion to Ahura Mazda and the spiritual and ethical laws of righteous living. What we affirm in our daily prayers must be confirmed in our daily life and in our actions.

Here is a link to the twelfth lesson,

Kerfeh Mozd

Enjoy!

With best wishes for an enlightened community,

Kayomarsh P. Mehta

Jall’s Film Needs Your Support


Hi everyone!jall

In a few days, my immensely talented brother Jall will be directing a short film that he is deeply passionate about. It’s called “Man of The House”, and it tells the story of a young father warring against his insubordinate child, of their striking similarities, damaged egos, and unspoken love. It unveils the drama, comedy, and ultimate tragedy of a family that cannot co-exist without compromise. Though a work of fiction, the film feels incredibly real to us because it lives in the world of our youth, taking Jall (and an entire cast and crew) back to the home where he first picked up a camera. This feels very emotional, like coming full circle.

Unfortunately, it’s just one of those facts of life that filmmaking is an expensive art form. Thus, Jall is here to ask for your support in raising funds for the film and in spreading the campaign. Please take a moment to watch the campaign video:

If you wish to make a contribution, visit the campaign page: igg.me/at/jall and hit “Back It”, after which you may enter an amount and your payment details. It’s all very secure. Plus, there’s a series of wonderful perks for contributors, including special credits and original DVDs. https://vimeo.com/jall

Thank you so much for taking the time to go through all of this.

Take care,
Divya

divyacowasji@gmail.com

Jimmy Engineer Conferred The Peace Ambassador Medal In Beijing


APP57-02 BEIJING: November 02 - Renowned Artist and Social Worker Jimmy Engineer receiving The Peace Ambassador's Medal by Li Ruo Hong, Chairman China World Peace Foundation at the Peace Garden Museum. APP
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BEIJING: November 02 – Renowned Artist and Social Worker Jimmy Engineer receiving The Peace Ambassador’s Medal by Li Ruo Hong, Chairman China World Peace Foundation at the Peace Garden Museum. APP

Jimmy, as readers of Parsi Khabar know, paints a variety of themes, and has done landscapes, still life paintings, cultural paintings, religious paintings seascapes, calligraphy, philosophy of colors, miniatures, abstracts, historical paintings and self-portraits. His recent exhibitions feature art from his architecture, civilization and abstract series.

Jimmy was born in a Parsi family. However his family could not have known that he would grow up to break all barriers of caste and creed and define multi-ethnicity through his art and altruism. He is a peace activist and is known for his crusades on behalf of the oppressed, disabled, mentally

handicapped and the impoverished. He has also had a march for peace in Pakistan and walked with both the India and Pakistan flag on his chest, at great risk to personal safety. He has met with President Bill Clinton and with Mother Teresa on his altruistic missions. Thus his significance has gone beyond the art and his art work to become expressions of truth and peace.

An exhibition of his art work is scheduled on March 23, 2017, on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

The above was reported to us by our regular reader and friend Dara Acidwalla, with inputs from Fali Engineer, father of Jimmy.

https://parsikhabar.net/art/jimmy-engineer-conferred-the-peace-ambassador-medal-in-beijing/14668/

 

LOS ANGELES WELCOMES A NEW ATASH KADEH


A new Atash Kadeh is born in the world ! Los Angeles welcomes its second Dar-E-Mehr as the Zoroastrian Association of California inaugurated a brand new ground-up Atash Kadeh at their center in Orange, California.

The opening ceremony for the Atash Kadeh began on Sunday, November 13 at 9:00 am. The first Boi was offered followed by a Machi and a jashan in the Atash Kadeh. Other Boi ceremonies coninued during the day.

The pictures below were posted by the California Zoroastrian Center on their social media feed.

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By arZan on Nov 14, 2016 07:36 am

https://parsikhabar.net/fire-temple/los-angeles-welcomes-a-new-atash-kadeh/14649/

Videos and Photos from the amazing ZAGNY Fundraiser – Jamva Chaloji 2016


ZAGNY just had it’s famous “Jamva Chaloji” Event. We were not able to make it from Boston, but I feel it deserves to be shared on this blog. Jamva Chaloji literally means “Come Eat Please” – what a generous and warm welcoming set of words to say and hear anytime. Of couse at $100 a pop this was an event not for the faint hearted, but all for a good cause for the newly opened Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY.

Here are some highlights of the event:

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