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The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project

The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project – Frashogard blog

The Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive digitization project

 Roj Khorshed Mah Ardibehesht, 1380 Yz.

A great hurdle to the serious student of our religion and its mystic side has been the acute shortage of good and reliable books. The great surge of printing books happened at the beginning of the 20th century. However, these books have been long out of print or stored in libraries inaccessible to the normal student.

In case of Khshnoom, the experience was no better. Despite a huge output of books, magazines, newspapers and articles, many students found it difficult to obtain the books or were swindled by book dealers who used to charge in the thousands for rare copies of Dr. Framroze Chiniwalla’s books.

Fortunately, the era of digitization has come to our help. A few of us serious students felt the need to scan and digitize all the Khshnoom books for future generations, as the paper on which these books had been printed was slowly decaying and there was a real danger of losing out on this valuable heritage.

Thanks to the singular effort of one such very young volunteer (despite my appeals, he refuses to reveal his name to the general public), whom we shall call Mr. N, it is my very happy duty to announce to readers of Frashogard that the vast majority of Khshnoom literature has been scanned, digitized and saved as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files. This huge effort has been done patiently and lovingly by Mr. N, without any reward or expectation. He has scanned thousands of pages, collated the files, optimized them for on-screen viewing or printing, reduced their image size to lower the file size and basically handed over everything to me on a platter to put up on the Frashogard blog.

 To say that I am deeply indebted to Mr. N is an understatement of the highest magnitude.

In order to make this treasure trove of information available to all students of our religion and readers of this blog, I have set up the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive, with 10GB of space. Beginning today, I will slowly start uploading a few of these books on to the SkyDrive, and providing a link to download these books on the Frashogard website. Each book can be either downloaded on to your computer or read on screen. Along with the link, I will write a very short synopsis of the book and trace its history.

The vast majority of the Khshnoom literature is in Gujarati. However, there are a few very good books in English too. I have therefore divided the SkyDrive into English and Gujarati sections and then provided links to the various books.

 This digitization project is a great step forward in making the real information about our religion accessible to all. I am indeed very grateful to Mr. N and others who may have helped him in compiling this treasure. He will surely receive his just reward from Nature.

I hope readers of Frashogard blog will make active use of this service and download, read and study the books which have been put up.

 Please visit http://www.frashogard.com/ilm-e-khshnoom-skydrive to have a look at the books available.

Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

  http://www.frashogard.com/the-ilm-e-khshnoom-skydrive-digitization-project

The right way to dispose our old religious items

 

Archaeology findings on Zoroastrian/Aryan sites in Turkmenistan

Some recent (+2009) archaeology findings on Zoroastrian/Aryan sites in Turkmenistan

On a recent BBC documentary series “The Story of India,” on Documentary channel here in NZ, Michael Wood, the host, in the course of his narrative, took his ‘story’ of the possible origins of the Aryans, or their migration from, to the region in Turkmenistan now known as Gonur Tepe, a few miles from the Turkmenistan city of Merv.

There, in the midst of very extensive excavations, that show the remains of a large city, he interviewed archaeologist Viktor Sarainidi, who, when asked to say a few words about this site and their link to Aryans, waved his hands around, and very emphatically stressed, that all around, in this excavated city, and in many other sites in this region of Margush, were signs of vast settlements by Zoroastrians from the late 3rd millennium B.C. to the 2nd millennium. 

He said the excavations have found the remains of three fire temple complexes in Gonur Tepe itself, and several rooms where hoama, or Soma, was brewed. He seemed to stress, these sites are more predominantly Zoroastrian, as the accompanying people, the Vedic Aryans have no history of setting up Fire alters. The latter used fire for their sacred rituals and then ‘extinguished’ it, whereas only Zoroastrians would set up alters in the open, or within a temple.

Subsequently, I have found several links, confirming Sarianidi believes these are Zoroastrain sites before Iranians settled in western Iran,  which might be of interest to our members:

Link 1 

 Link 2 

 Link 3 

 This also brings to mind some reading I have done earlier that led me to finding  the Yaz culture in the Central Asian steppes. Excavations there found no traces of burials, and conclusions were made this might be exclusively a Zoroastrian region, because they practiced  exposure to the sun, our dokhmaneshi (but without dokhmas?)

 Link 4

 Link 5     – Yaz culture briefly described in wikipedia

 Courtesy : Geve Narielwalla   

How Iran’s Ancient Zoroastrianism Funerals and Burials are Green

Tower of Silence, a “green” and ancient burial site in the West of Yazd, Iran.

The west – eager to learn about greener burial and holiday traditions – doesn’t need to invent the wheel. If you are looking for a FuneralGuide to help you make an environmentally conscious decision, head over to Iran and see the religious ceremonies and traditions in the Zoroastrian religion and culture that are linked to nature –– like the well-known and popular Zoroastrian spring festival Nowruz.

More…. 

Courtesy K.F.Keravala

New Book-Decline & Fall of the Sasanian Empire …….

Friends,
A new book, Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire, by Parvaneh Pourshariati, professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Ohio State University, throws new light on reasons for the fall of the Sassanian Empire.

The new book breaks some old theories that used to attribute the Fall of the empire to strict Zoroastrian religious rule, caste system, etc..

As mentioned in the book review, “Pourshariati’s theories demystify our long-standing beliefs, shaped, primarily, by the Danish scholar Arthur Christensen’s magnum opus seven decades ago, which portrayed the Sasanian polity as a highly centralized state in which the ruling monarch governed as the supreme figure of the Persian empire, with the help of an “orthodox” and dogmatic Zoroastrian clergy.”

Following is an article reviewing the book, from Irandokht News. The URL is
http://www.irandokht.com/editorial/index4.php?area=org&sectionID=14&editorialID=3764

Regards,
Maneck Bhujwala

Zoroastrian Heritage & Healing

Just updated is the page on Haoma under ancient healing: http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/haoma/index.htm

If you are interested in healing plants, many of which were used by the Yazdi Iranis as part of the making of haoma extracts,

there is a downloadable text available:
 

In addition, for the sake of simplicity, I have two web addresses and will also take you to my Zoroastrian Heritage home page:

 

Best regards

K. E. Eduljee

Hearty welcome to the 17th Dasturji Meherjirana

Roj Avan Mah Sherevar, 1379 Yz.

I am happy to inform readers that the Bhagarsath Anjuman has elected Ervad Kaikhushroo Navroze Dastoor (more popularly known as K. N. Dastoor, or KND) as the 17th Dastur Meherjirana in place of Dastur Meherji Dastur Kekobad, who expired on 23rd January as reported earlier.

It was the written wish of Dasturji Meherji that in case of his death, the Anjuman should consider his request to nominate Ervad. K. N. Dastoor. This morning, the Bhagarsath Anjuman met under the leadership of Dasturji Firoze M. Kotwal and Dasturji Meherji’s last wish was put forward and discussed at the meeting. After deliberations, Ervad K. N. Dastoor was offered the post and he accepted.

Click to read the entire article.

Courtesy : Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

“Dini Avaz” Articles Online

This is to infrom all Mailing Group members that “Dini Avaz” magazine english articles are online on the Traditional Zoroastrism Web Page.The URL for the home page is given below.[1]

Reference:
[1] Articles from “DINI-AVAZ” – “THE VOICE OF THE RELIGION

Instructions to view the Pdf files:

If the links do not directly open in the web browser they should be downloaded/saved to the computer and then opened. To do this, first right-click on the link and select “Save Target As” (Internet Explorer users) or “Save Link As” (Mozilla Firefox users) or “Save File As” (Netscape users) and then save the file to the desired location on your computer.

If the pdf files still do not open, download the latest version of the Adobe Reader (which is completely free) from the internet, to view the pdf files.
http://tenets. zoroastrianism. com/

Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

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