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Zoroastrian Studies Seminar Series At University of Toronto

Zoroastrian Studies Seminar Series Winter-Spring 2023
University of Toronto
The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies in
collaboration with the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation
& the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America present

Zoroastrian Studies Seminar Series
Winter-Spring 2023

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Friday, January 20, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
“Conception and representation of the Zoroastrian Rituals”
Professor Alberto Cantera
Freie Universität BerlinFriday, February 17, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
“On the Transmission of the Zoroastrian Texts”
Professor Almut Hintze
University of LondonFriday, April 14, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
“Zoroastrian Norms in Sasanian Law”
Professor Maria Macuch
Freie Universität BerlinFriday, May 12, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
“Happiness in the Zoroastrian Traditions of Iran and India”
Professor Jamsheed K. Choksy
Indiana University
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If humanity had no deadly weapons

What a peaceful world it would be

There would be no wars anti tank missiles

No Racism Discrimination Exclusion Bigotry

But Peace Happiness as well prosperity


As they say:

“Idle mind is a devil’s workshop”

Humanity does need weapons

Of Mass destruction to settle differences


Why kill murder rape? if one cannot agree

With people’s thoughts words or ideologies

Settle them peacefully

By creating an hateful atmosphere

One’s conscience will catch up

With you eventually.


Keep meeting, keep talking

That’s why we have the

United Nations which

Consists of  every race caste creed

Including religions like

Hindus Muslins Christians Sikhs

Bahais as well Zoroastrians


The reminder is the

Charter of Rights

Etched on a clay tablet

By our Cyrus the Persian King

Proudly displayed at the U.N

Reminding humanity

“How one should treat

Or be treated not like

A slave who is being humiliated

Poked prodded waiting to be bought

Humans don’t need to be discriminated

Because of their color  caste or creed

But,treated with self respect tolerance

Equality as well dignity”

Need I say more?

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

April 7th 2022





The Zoroastrian Shahenshahi (Parsi) calendar 2023-2024 is here!

Looking for a fun and colorful way to follow the roj each day? Do you enjoy adorable illustrations that brighten up your day? Then you need the new calendar from Crispy Doodles!
This calendar features 13 original and charming illustrations of Zoroastrian kids and scenes that will make you smile every month.
Whether you are a kid or an adult, you will enjoy this calendar’s playful design and practical layout. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones this Navroze.
Order yours today and get ready for a year of happiness!
This calendar features roj’s for each day, hamkaras and important dates like Khordad Saal and Navroze. The calendar also has 13 months (August 2023- August 2024) for an easy transition from one year to the next.
Link to order in the US :
Link to order in India :
For all other countries please contact :
Dear Sunday school / Religious Class teachers,
If you have a class or a dar-e-mehr you meet at please send me your address and I would be happy to send you a complimentary copy so you can use it in class.
Bulk order discounts are available.
Limited copies! Order early to avoid disappointment.
Reviews from last year’s Zoroastrian Shahenshahi calendar :

Khurshed Batliwala’s webinars on Happiness and Well-being continue to wow the Parsi community!   



Khurshed Batliwala’s webinars on Happiness and Well-being continue to wow the Parsi community! 

Khurshed holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the prestigious IIT Bombay. He chose the unconventional path of becoming a teacher of Meditation with the Art of Living Foundation immediately after graduation.  The inspiring speaker has worked with the Foundation for 27 years and travelled across the world teaching people how to lead happy, productive, creative lives by harnessing the power of meditation.

Khurshed, an Author, Personal Coach , Senior  Mentor and a renowned Speaker addressed the Parsi community in his second webinar on 19th July, 2020, facilitated by Jehangir Bisney of Hyderabad.

Watch his webinar with the Parsi community

Viewers enjoyed the simple, practical yet powerful principles of well-being and happiness professed by the speaker after which they were led into meditative bliss. People commented that this was the first time they really understood what meditation is, and how profound an effect it can have in their lives. Khurshed`s  charming, articulate style and wisdom are greatly appreciated by the Parsi community, who have requested him to conduct more such inspiring interactions.

With his colleague Dinesh Ghodke, he has co-authored two books – Ready, Study, Go! published by Harper Collins and Happiness Express published by Amazon-Westland. Ready, Study, Go! is for anyone who wants to figure out how to use their brain effectively and efficiently and has helped countless students excel in their work. Happiness Express is a an all-inclusive life instruction manual on well-being. It has amazing tips and easy to follow guidelines and manages to tickle the brain and touch the heart at the same time.

With his team, Khurshed Batliwala has created hundreds of YouTube videos for his 100,000+ subscriber base there. You can subscribe to his channel and watch them on

He has more than 1,64,000 followers on FaceBook – his handle there and on Instagram is @khurshedbatliwala

The Spiritualist`s  posts on LinkedIn trend quite often under various Hashtags – his profile is on

You will find his website and blog on
Khurshid Batliwala brings to the table a smooth blend of technology and ancient Indian Spirituality. He is an articulate and forthright Zoroastrian  who is known for his warmth, wit and wisdom.

Nothing Lasts Forever

We are all like
A grain of sand
That’s get washed
Away when there
Is high tide
So too the misdeeds
Of humanity from the
Creator one can never hide
Ruining people’s lives
Through whatever means
Be it through thought
Word or Deed
Never escapes the
Creator as He will
Get His hands on
Them by whatever means
Every human has a right
Live and breath free
Whatever colour caste
Religion or creed
So please do realise
And stop playing these
Deadly games
Before the whole of humanity
Goes up in flames
Choicest Happiness


“Martini Shaken Not Stirred

Feelings of love & hatred
Is like a ” martini
Shaken not stirred”
But where humanity
Is concerned
Line between them
Is totally blurred

Mixing vodka and
Orange juice in society
Is Totally acceptable
But, mixing hate
As well love
Is totally combustible

Hatred is like a Tsunami
Destroying everything
In its path through
War violence murder rape
Destroying lives of innocent people
Like having a chokehold over them
Till they have breathed
Their last

Love is like a
Bottle of perfume
When we spray
A scented misty
Aroma fills the room
Dispelling the
Gloom & the doom

Lastly, I would
Like to state
Let’s cross the street
By trading Hate
For Love

Choicest Happiness
Farida Bamji
Feb 16th 2022


Nobody owns the religion

So dictating someone

What one can & do

Goes against the very thread

Of Tenets of Zoroastrianism

Cause we have No Rules


Equality as well Universality

Is the very core of our

Religion so by preventing

Someone to follow the religion

Smacks of Racism discrimination

Bigotry as well Exclusion


Zoroastrianism is shifting

Into quicksand

So trying to make the

Blue blood understand

Is like  breaking one’s head

Against the  Stone Wall

Only when the catastrophe strikes

They will understand that He

Won’t be there when the last

Tear drop falls like the

(Omicron Virus alive and kicking)


Acts like these do not

Go unpunished

Cause there is a consequence

One will only realize it

And gives  the punishment

He see fit


One can pay cash

Or credit card

To secure a place

In “Heaven

That’s not how

Ahura Mazda operates

He Believes in

Equal Justice for all

No matter who you be

Colour Caste religion or creed

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

17th Jan 2022


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