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Muktad – Hum Bandagi

Dear friends,

Here is the Humbandagi prayers for our Zarathushti friends who follow the Fasli calendar.

The prayer may be recited during the 10 Fasli Muktad days which start from March 11th Asman Roj to the last Gatha day which is on Tuesday March 20th.  The 5  Fasli Gatha days are from March 16th to March 20th.

I have also attached a pdf file for your convenience.

May Ahura Mazda bless us all.

Sincerely,

Rohinton K. Tarapore,

Chair, Zarathushti Association of New Orleans.

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HUM BANDAGI – Prayer in memory of the departed souls

Introduction:

When the universe was first started by Ahu, His wish which is Ahunavar (Yatha Ahu Vairyo) was sent. Then came Fravashi. This Fravashi can be imagined as the mother of entire creation. A small portion with varied level of Ashoi does exist in everything in Universe from the Human being to the smallest of small particle. This provides a Spiritual Guiding force. The following prayer is to remember the Fravashi during the days of Farvadegan, when all Fravashis come to this Gaiti (Earth).

Translation:

For all my mistakes, I repent and promise to retreat from them. I praise and worship the Fravashi that are Asho (Righteous), good, brave, and those that help in our advancement.

  1. I get attuned, remember, pray and sing in praise of the excellent, heroic and bounteous Fravashis of all Righteous beings who bring happiness and prosperity to us. We praise the Fravashis of the High Priests belonging to our homes, cities, states and countries.
  1. Among all these Fravashis of the ancient epoch we worship here, the first and foremost is that of Dadar Ahura Mazda, which is the most exalted, the most excellent, and the best, the firmest and the wisest, the most gracious and the highest in righteousness.
  1. We remember the bounteous Holy Fravashis of the Amesha Spentas, who are the rulers, energetic eyed, the exalted and the mighty, who render help and assistance, act in accord with the Law of Ahura Mazda and who are the eternal Holy-ones.
  1. Here do we extol the life-force, the conscience, the intellect, the souls and the Fravashis of the righteous men and the righteous women of the ancient Mazdayasni faith before Zarathustra, and of the righteous men and the righteous women who were the first listeners to the religious     scriptures of Zarathushtra and who embraced his religion called Mazdayasni Zarathustrish. All these people strove hard for righteousness. We adore the soul of the bounteous Mother-Earth.
  1. Amongst those who strove hard for righteousness, we respectfully remember the Fravarshi of the righteous Gaya Maretan or Gayomard; we revere here both the Holiness and the Fravashi of Holy Spitama Zarathushtra; we venerate the Fravashi of the Kyanian King Gustasp, the Righteous; we venerate the Fravashi of the righteous Isat-vaastrahe, the eldest son of Zarathushtra.
  1. Here do we praise the Life-force, the conscience, the intellect, the souls and the Fravashis of the righteous men and the righteous women among the Nabanazdishtans (i.e. people born in Zarathusti religion, descendents of those who embraced Zarathusti religion) who strove hard for righteousness. Along with all these holy Fravarshis, do we revere those of the righteous departed souls, those of the righteous who are living, those of the heroes to be born and the heralds-of-renovation, the Saoshyants yet to come – to fight the evil and re-establish the Law of Asha (righteousness) in the world.
  1. Here do we praise the souls of the departed ones who fought for Ashoi and whose Fravashis are holy. Of all the departed souls of Nabanzdishtans, the Ervads, the disciples and men and women who have gone beyond from this fold, we here invoke the Fravarshis of these righteous men and of these righteous women.
  1. Of all the Ervards (or Gurus), we revere the Fravashis of the righteous Ervards. Of all the disciples, we revere the Fravashis of the holy disciples. Of all men, we revere the Fravarshis of the righteous men. Of all women, we revere the Fravashis of the righteous women.
  1. We praise the Fravashis of all holy innocent children of tender age; we praise the Fravashis of the holy inhabitants of this country; we praise the Fravashis of the holy inhabitants of other countries.
  1. Of men, we praise the Fravashis of the righteous men; of women, we praise the Fravashis of the righteous women. All the excellent, heroic and bounteous Fravashis of the Righteous do we revere, those right from Gaya Maretan, the first man upto Saoshyant, our last victorios savior to come.
  1. We remember and praise the Fravashis of all the righteous souls; We remember and praise the excellent heroic and bounteous Fravashis of the Holy-ones. All of them bring happiness and prosperity to us. We also remember and praise all the Yazads.

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HUM BANDAGI

Kshnaothra Ahura Mazdaao. Ashem Vohu(1).

**Az hama gunah patet pashemanum,

Ashaaonaanm vanghuhish suraao

spentaao fravashayo yazamaide. Ashaone

Ashem Vohu(1).** – Recite 3 times.

Ahmai Raeshcha; Hazangrem; Jasa me avanghahe; Kerfeh mozd.

1 Ashaaonaanm vanghuhish suraao

spentaao fravashayo staomi, zbayemi,

ufyemi; yazamaide nmaanyaao vîsyaao

zañtumaao dâkhyumaao zarathushtrôtemaao.

2 Vîspanaanmcha aaonghaanm paoiryanaanm

fravashinaanm idha yazamaide, fravashîm

avaam yaam Ahurahe Mazdaao, mazishtaanmcha

vahishtaanmcha sraêshtaanmcha, khraozdishtaanmcha

khrathvishtaanmcha hukereptemaanmcha,

ashaat apanôtemaanmcha.

3 Ashaaonaanm vanguhîsh suraao

spentaao fravashayo yazamaide; yaao

ameshanaanm speñtanaanm, khshaêtanaanm,

verezi-dôithranaanm, berezataanm, aiwyaamanaanm,

takhmanaanm, aahûiryanaanm, yôi aithyejanghô ashavanô.

4 Paoiryanaanm tkêshanaanm,

paoiryanaanm saasnô-gûshaanm idha

ashaonaanm, ashaoninaanmcha ahûmcha,

daênaanmcha, baodhascha, urvaaanemcha,

fravashîmcha yazamaide, Yôi ashaai

vaonare, gêush hudhaaonghô urvaanem yazamaide.

5 Yôi ashâi vaonare, gayehe marethnô

ashaonô fravashîm yazamaide.

Zarathushtrahe Spitaamahe idha ashaonô ashîmcha

fravashîmcha yazamaide. Kavôish Vîshtaaspahe

ashaonô fravashîm yazamaide. Isat-vaastrahe

Zarathushtrôish ashaonô fravashîm yazamaide.

6 Nabaanazdishtanaanm idha ashaonaanãm

ashaoninaanmcha ahûmcha daênaanmcha baodhascha

urvaanemcha fravashîmcha yazamaide, yôi ashaai

vaonare, mat vîspaabyô ashaonibyô fravashibyô,

yaao irîrithushaanm ashaonaanm, yaaoscha jvañtaanm

ashaonaanm, yaaoscha naraanm azaatanaanm,

frashô-charethraanm saoshyañtaanm.

7 Idha iristanaanm urvaanô yazamaide.

Yaao ashaaonaanm fravashayô, vîspanaanm ahmya

nmaane nabaanazdishtanaanm para-iristanaanm,

aêthrapaitinaanm aêthryanaanm, naraanm naairinaanm

idha ashaonaanm ashaoninaanm fravashayô yazamaide.

8 Vîspanaanm aêthrapaitinaanm ashaonaanm fravashayô

yazamaide. Vîspanaanm aêthryanaanm ashaonaanm fravashayô

yazamaide. Vîspanaanm naraanm ashaonaanm fravashayô

yazamaide. Vîspanaanm naairinaanm ashaoninaanm

fravashayô yazamaide.

9 Vîspanaanm aperenaayûkanaanm dahmôkeretanaanm

ashaonaanm fravashayô yazamaide, aadakhyunaanmcha

ashaonaanm fravashayô yazamaide, uzdakhyunaanmcha

ashaonaanm fravashayô yazamaide.

10 Naraanmcha ashaonaanm fravashayô yazamaide,

naairinaanmcha ashaoninaanm fravashayô yazamaide.

Vîspaao ashaaunaanm vanguhîsh sûraao speñtaao

fravashayô yazamaide, yaao hacha gayaat marethnat

aa-saoshyañtaat verethraghnat.

11 Vispaao Fravashyo ashaaonaanm yazamaide,

ashaaonaanm vanghuish suraao spentaao fravashayo

yazamaide. Vispe ashavano yazata yazamaide.

Ashem Vohu(1).

 

 

https://sites.google.com/site/zarathushtiprayers/Muktad%20Humbandagi.pdf

Muktad Humbandagi

Vacancies for a Parsi Organization

I am looking for good candidates for following jobs

Accountant – one who has excellent grasp of accounting and finance. Knows accounting softwares such as Tally and Quickbooks, is extremely honest and capable, can manage a team and be admin head. Should be able to do finalisation of accounts, well versed with VAT, GST and IT laws. In mumbai at our Mahim office.

Accounts assistant – with excellent knowledge of accounting and accounting softwares like Tally and Quickbooks. Should be extremely honest. Based in Mahim, Mumbai.

Sales – need sales officers to national level managers at all levels and all over India.

Marketing – one who is business savvy and will bring successful marketing campaigns. Based in Mahim, Mumbai but will have to travel.

Art work and Web Designer – one who can make compelling websites and newsletters. Must have excellent knowledge of web design and art work design softwares including e commerce website. Should have good visualisation skills. Based in Mahim, Mumbai.

Warehouse Manager – one who knows inventory management and logistics. Based in Mahim, Mumbai.

Sincerely
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LifeCare Devices Private Limited
9820044440

XYZ initiates “Each One, Feed One” Program

An initiative to nourish the underprivileged children, Xtremely Young Zoroastrians’ (XYZ) Each One, Feed One’ program pledges to raise funds and provide meals to the underprivileged.  Conceptualized by Tehmurasp’s Titans (TT) volunteer, Yasmin Bhadha along with the team of XYZ Foundation the program will feed one mid-day meal to around five hundred children for a period of one year.

Speaking to Parsi Times Yasmin Bhadha said,  “As a mother, I understand the importance of good nourishment for growing children and that set me thinking about the numerous less fortunate children. How do they get access to good nutrition which their parents cannot provide? I came in contact with the Annamrita Program of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, which provides nutritious and wholesome mid-day meals to 1.2 million children across 7 States of  India. Just the guarantee of one meal in a day, brings so many children to school daily, thus boosting classroom attendance and liberating them from the vicious circle of malnutrition and illiteracy.”

TT President, Avan Bhadha said, “When I talked to my mother, it amazed me to hear that it only takes Rs.450/- to feed one child, a nutritious meal for a full year, while these children attend school because of the promise of one meal. I realized how privileged we are and decided to talk to my friends on how we could contribute for this amazing cause.” Adding value to this, President Elect, Benafsha Vaid, said, “We are 500 XYZ members in Mumbai. So we decided each one of us can raise funds to support at least one nutritious meal for an underprivileged child, for a period of one year.”

“Social responsibility is one of the fundamental activities of XYZ. We decided that for every  donation that comes through for the Annamrita program from our XYZ  volunteers/members/or  their families,  XYZ Foundation will make a matching donation and a consolidated amount will be handed over to ISKCON   Food Relief Foundation. Every donation is eligible for 80G certificate as well,” says XYZ Founder, Hoshaang Gotla.

With a target to feed five hundred children for the next one year, XYZ needs to raise Rs. 2,25,000/-.  Since the launch of the campaign on 30th January, 2018, the team has already raised 50% of the target amount.

XYZ Appeals to the readers to contribute to this noble cause via the following:

Make an online donation through the link https://bitgiving.com/eachonefeedone

Or issue a cheque in the name of ISKCON Food Relief the Annamrita program from our Foundation

Or issue a cheque in the name of XYZ Foundation and hand it over to your group volunteer. The Tr team will manage the collections of the same.

Or the cheques can be mailed to XYZ Foundation, Thakker Building, 1st floor, Champsi Bhimji Road, Mazgaon,  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Do send in your contributions launch of the campaign on latest by 30th March, 2018 and make a big difference in the lives of the children of our country.

Anahita Irani – Sweet Annu

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Food : Authentic Bhakra Recipe – Click Here

I can proudly proclaim to be married into a bhakra loving family as l clearly remember my mother-in-law making bhakras in her Dahanu home every Sunday, cooling them and packing them in a big stainless steel box for her son. It was a ritual every Sunday evening, once all the other household work was done it was time to make Bhakras. A big thali was taken and all the ingredients were mixed with a heavy hand. My mother-in-law would instruct the maid to knead with a heavy hand and add according to the recipe in her head. She never used measured proportions yet the bhakras turned out delicious every time.

Travel : Visit Deolali – Click Here

The Bhadhurji Sanatorium

Just opposite the Netarwalla Sanitorium and Agyari compound is the Dr.K.N. Bahadurji Memorial Sanatorium. The  Sanatorium was inaugurated on 15th August 1902  and is specifically for  Parsi/Irani community. It is spread over 12.5 acres of land, such a picturesque and sprawling property, once I enter I feel like Alice in Wonderland.

 

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Part 1 : The Rise of the Parsis

The Parsis are one of Indias most well-known business communities. Catch the story of their journey from a predominantly agrarian beginning to the pioneers of Indian industry.

Part 2 :

Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshal, shares his thoughts on his family legacy , the Parsi way of doing business and the way ahead .

 

Gathas : Songs my father taught me

The Alliance Française de Pune 

and 

Poona Music Society

presents 

concert called 

“Gathas : Songs my father taught me.” 

by 

Ariana Vafadari 

under the label of 

Bonjour India 2017-18. 

http://pune.afindia.org/events/bonjour-india-gathas-with-ariana-vafadari/ 

Thursday, 22nd February | 7 PM
Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Camp
FREE ENTRANCE

The Gathas are the prayers of Zoroastrianism, the monotheistic religion of Ancient Persia. These poems from philosopher and prophet Zarathustra date from about 3700 years. They are surprisingly modern, expressing the life, doubts and choices of a man. As there are no records of the way they were sung originnally, Franco-Iranian Ariana Vafadari composed every song according to radifs or oriental scales. It results in music that constantly vibrates between its Oriental mystic foundations and their matching Western opera. Ariana Vafadari and her musicians have a common trait, they unremittingly stretch musical boundaries. In perfect continuity with their cultural and musical backgrounds, they were trained by traditional Iranian, Ottoman and Moroccan music, jazz, Western classical music or opera, in their improvisations and the practice of their instruments, they travel freely from one world to the next.

The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries.

 

 

This concert is organised in association with Poona Music Society.

World Zoroastrian Congress – Early bird closes on 21 February 2018

Just Informing everyone that the 11th WZC speakers & programme has been uploaded on website. There will be new & innovative subjects & speakers.
Do check it out!

Early bird closes on 21 February 2018. Price for the normal registration will be $575 from 22 February 2018 (early bird is $499).

Please do inform your family and friends also. Thanks and hope to see you there!!

https://www.11wzcperth.com.au/

ETHNIC CLEANSING

Years ago

There was a blood bath

Where we Zoroastrians were

Too victims of Ethnic Cleansing
Slaughtered & butchered  like goats.

Fast forward a few

Hundred years

Landed on the

Shores of Sanjan

Pleading with

Requesting Hindu king

For assylum

Who apparently

Was a true human

Did not believe in

Ethnic Cleansing!

He saved us from

A catastrophe

For Zoroastrians from

Being totally annihilated

But, alas we haven’t

Learn’t from past mistakes

 

Zoroastrian is a religion

Preaches  tolerance

Respect Dignity & Equality

Unfortunately there is still

Practice of systematic

Racism Discrimination

And Bigotry

In other words

Ethnic Cleansing!

Look around &

One will see

World wide

People are marching

In protest to demand

Freedom & Equality

So what are we

Doing about it?

Encouraging “Ethnic Cleansing”

It takes “Two to Tango”

As I have said

No one Owns the Religion”

So wake up & smell the roses

Before it’s too late

Please don’t encourage

“Ethnic Cleansing

If one is a True Zoroastrian

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tata Centre for Development Announces 14 New Research Projects

The Tata Centre for Development Announces 14 New Research Projects, New Affiliation with Becker Friedman Institute

The projects, led by nearly two dozen UChicago faculty and researchers across six schools and divisions, will add to TCD’s robust research agenda.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

With tremendous excitement, I am writing to share that the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) has selected 14 new research projects to launch in 2018. The projects represent a total of $1.6 million in funding directed to outstanding research projects and will be led by nearly two dozen UChicago faculty and graduate students from six different schools and divisions.
 
It is also my pleasure to announce that TCD has joined the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) as an affiliated center, strengthening TCD’s partnership with the Chicago Economics community. As the faculty director for both TCD and BFI, I look forward to expanding the depth and scope of work by UChicago scholars to leverage evidence-driven research to help address economic and social challenges in India. TCD is supported by Tata Trusts and we look forward to an ongoing partnership around this important work.

Learn More about Tata Trusts 

“Rigorous, economic research has always been the foundation of TCD’s work to address development challenges in India. Through our relationship with the Becker Friedman Institute and the exciting portfolio of new projects, we aim to achieve significant impact by translating new research into actionable policy insights.”

– Manoj Kumar, Senior Advisor and Head of Innovation, Tata Trusts

TATA CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT

New Grants and Expanded Research Agenda

TCD’s affiliation with BFI will strengthen the University’s long-standing commitment to India, which also includes the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, the Energy Policy Institute’s India office (EPIC-India), and the South Asian Languages and Civilizations DepartmentTCD utilizes cutting edge research from across the Chicago economics community, coupled with resources to translate and disseminate rigorous ideas, to improves lives throughout India.
 
TCD has selected 14 new research projects to launch in 2018. The projects were selected as part of a months-long process that began with an open call to Chicago faculty and researchers in October, and culminated with selection by a majority-independent review committee and the Tata Trusts. The projects represent a total of $1.6 million in funding and will involve a multi-disciplinary mix of UChicago faculty and graduate students from six different schools and divisions.

View the 2018-2019 Research Grants
 
The new grants will expand TCD’s research portfolio to include a wide range of issue areas: water pollution and measurement, climate change, education, air pollution, fiscal policy, human capital, land policy and more. In the tradition of Chicago economics, much of this research extends beyond the conventional boundaries of the economics profession and into areas where economics can lend new insights. Across all of this work, TCD will work with researchers to connect new ideas to policymakers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to ensure that research and pilot projects have real-world impact.

The TCD has been partnering with UChicago faculty and centers since its founding in 2016. More information on existing research projects can be found here
 

From Our Grantees

Anjali Adukia, Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and the College, and 2018 TCD grant recipient


“This exciting partnership will not only enable scholars at the University of Chicago to conduct high-quality, deeply grounded research in India, but it will also facilitate the translation of that work such that it can inform and influence real-world policy and practice.” 

Dr. Nishant Agrawal, Chief of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UChicago Medicine, and 2018 TCD grant recipient 


“The need for low-cost, non-invasive scalable interventions for diseases like cancer and diabetes is becoming increasingly urgent worldwide, including in India. For researchers like me, a key challenge is finding partners who can help lay the groundwork and connect research ideas to practical ideas for implementation.This grant provides a unique opportunity to translate research insights for early diagnosis of oral cancer into interventions that can benefit people’s lives.” 

John List, The Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Chairman, Department of Economics, and 2018 TCD grant recipient


“TCD will provide me a unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers and innovators in India and across the world to identify promising solutions for addressing India’s most pressing educational challenges.”

From left: Nicole Anderson and Michael Greenstone

TATA CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT

Staff & Leadership

TCD’s professional staff is located in Chicago and Delhi. We are delighted that Nicole Anderson has joined the Chicago team as U.S. Director of Programs. In this position, she will facilitate TCD research and activities within the University of Chicago community. Nicole brings energy and experience to the position, having previously served as interim TCD Country Director and as Associate Director of Talent and Program Operations at the International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago, where she led the development of the strategy for recruiting top young professionals from around the world.

Ammon Johnson will remain with TCD’s Chicago team as Finance Manager. Aalia Khan leads financial operations in India, and Priyam Pandey leads our efforts related to training and education. Anant Sudarshancurrently serves as TCD’s Interim Country Director. I am happy to share that a search is underway for a permanent Country Director based in Delhi.

We will keep you updated on new developments as we undertake this exciting work.

Regards,

Michael Greenstone
Director, Tata Centre for Development and Becker Friedman Institute for Economics; Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School

Learn more at tcd.uchicago.edu
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