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Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

Discussion Group – Zoroastrianism outside the Box

Sunday, January 23, 2022,  at 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Topic: Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

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                        Meeting ID:  822 5506 7379            Passcode: NAMCIZS

Could non-Zoroastrians’ names be recited in Zoroastrian prayers and rituals? Are there scriptural restrictions? Are Zoroastrians prohibited from offering prayers for their dearly departed non-Zoroastrian spouse or loved ones? Do meaning of prayers make it inappropriate?  – Let us discuss.


Presenter: Ervad Poras Balsara

 Ervad Poras T. Balsara is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).    He has been actively serving the Zoroastrian community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a volunteer Mobed and in several other capacities.


This event is facilitated by the NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies to promote knowledge through free but respectful discussion and debate.  The views and opinions expressed during this discussions are those of the presenter and participants and do not reflect the official policy or position of the NAMC.

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Zoroastrian Voices at the Parliament of World’s Religions 2021

This weekend the 2021 Parliament of World’s Religions will be held completely virtually. Over 48 hours, there will be hundreds of presentations viewed by thousands of attendees who have registered and signed up.

As in past PoWR, FEZANA has taken the lead in organizing representation of Zoroastrian voices at the Parliament.

You can view a complete list of all presentations/talks/seminars/workshops and pleneries by Zoroastrians on the FEZANA website.

Note the date and time per your interest and log in to watch.

You do need to register to be a participant. Registration is still open.

Details and Full Schedule here

Zoroastrian Event Schedule at PoWR 2021

Zoroastrian Calendar with Historical Family Events

Objective of Utility:

  • To generate and merging of the Zoroastrian (Shensahi or Kadmi or Fasli) Calendar for any year, along with the family’s private historical milestones and anniversaries.
  • The anniversary details can be “exported” to any other calendar systems.

Functionality Overview:

The utility is an offline MS Excel workbook with macro which has “organically” grown over time.

The family milestones are recorded with the following attributes:

  • Event’s name, description, event’s Mah/Roj combination, Gregorian Date, etc
  • Define the event as a yearly or monthly(ie repeat for each “Roj”) event
  • Whether the event should be sent to any external calendar interface or not.

The utility generates the calendar for any year, in four different formats (as 4 separate Excel sheets).  Which can then be printed as desired?

Various miscellaneous functions have been provided.

  • Formatted printout of the inputted Milestone events.
    • Validation of the inputted milestone data. (i.e. month(Mah) and day(Roj) combination with the Event’s Gregorian date).
    • Copy of the Milestone events data for any analysis/sorting in a separate sheet. (e.g. age in days of the event, etc)


  • Excel Macro must be enabled when the Excel workbook is opened.
  • The milestone data for all different Zoroastrian Calendar systems are stored separately.

But only one is visible at any point of time.

  • All other sheets (e.g. Generated calendars, etc) are common to the system.  Thus a regeneration of the calendar system will be required if the Zoroastrian calendar system changes. There are no restrictions on how many times the calendar generation or other functions are executed.
  • Switching the Zoroastrian calendar system would show the previously stored data for the respective Zoroastrian calendar system.

Author:              Zarir Daruwalla  (

Comments/Suggestions/Enhancements/Bugs/Errors welcomed.

You may download the Utility as an Excel File – Click Here for the download link

Zarir J Daruwalla

Zarir Daruwalla is a retired Information Technology  professional with over 30 years of experience in various aspect of Information Technology.  Before retirement, he has worked in various sections of the IT department,  at the senior management level. He was involved in design,  building and running of a number of large IT systems.

He has over 20 years experience in the logistics domain.

He is passionate about mentoring others in various IT and logistics domain topics.

Parsi Calendar – 2021-22 – A Fresh New Look!

Click Here – to purchase the calendar in India

Welcome this year with a new look for the Parsi Calendar. See this new year differently, with happy illustrations and bright colors, made especially for kids and kids-at-heart!

Easy to read and understand, with gorgeous illustrations and inspirational quotes every month, this calendar helps kids familiarize themselves with the parsi months and days. Mark special days for the kids (especially birthdays of their friends and family) to help them stay connected to their roots. But most importantly, I hope this calendar brings you joy and fun with every passing month.

Delzin Choksey, Crispy Doodles

Webinar – An Evening with Yazdi Karanjia

Jiyo Parsi Friday Forum – An Evening with Yazdi Karanjia; 28 May 6 pm IST onwards
Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter and interesting insights into the life of legendary theater artist and director, educator and social worker par excellence Yazdi Karanjia in conversation with his lovely daughter Maharukh Chichgar, renowned actor, educator, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. They will take us down memory lane and discuss Parsi theater through the decades.
Meeting ID: 990 252 6711
Passcode: jiyoparsi

Behram Yazad Jashan

A Behram Yazad Jashan will be performed at the ZAC Atashkadeh/Agiyary to receive a divine intervention on  Behram roj, Sunday 2nd May at  7:30 PM IST.

This Behram Yazad Jashan is performed to achieve Victory over the virus in India and to bring about Health,  Strength, Wealth, Longevity, and Happiness amongst our community members and all human beings. Please participate in this Jashan, Humbandagi, and a brief talk to bring the powerful vibrations of our prayers into your homes by clicking on the following Zoom link

Topic: Behram Yazad Jashan to Achieve Victory over the virus in India & to Bring about Good Times

Time: Sunday, May 2, 2021, 07:30 PM IST

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Mazdayasni Calendar – The Nature’s Calendar

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies
Lecture Series

Sunday April 25th, 2021 at 2 pm Eastern Time / 11 AM Pacific Time

Topic:       Mazdayasni Calendar – The Nature’s Calendar

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                        Meeting ID: 998 6156 3810        Passcode: NAMC

Due to limited capacity of getting on the ZOOM call, the ZOOM call will be broadcasted live on the YouTube link below. There will 30 seconds delay between what is on the live ZOOM call and YouTube. We will also use the chat on YouTube for taking any questions.


We would not hold winter Olympics in mid-June nor would we expect flowers to bloom in mid-January.  Wouldn’t it be ridiculous to look for fall colors in April, or spring thaw in August?  Then, why do we celebrate Maidyozarem (Mid-Spring) Gâhambâr in early fall? and Navrooz (first day of spring) in mid-Summer? Let us explore and appreciate “Mazdayasni Calendar”; a Perfect Calendar, as revealed to us in Bundahishn. Get in tune with nature – follow Nature’s calendar.

Presenter:   Fariborz Rahnamoon

Born in Yazd and educated in Mumbai, Fariborz has gained a unique perspective on Zoroastrianism through 40 years of research. Since 2015, he has compiled and published the Mazdayasni Calendarbased on the Bundashshn. This unique calendar is available at Learn more at his website at

This event is facilitated by the NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies to promote knowledge through free but respectful discussion and debate.  The views and opinions expressed during the discussions are those of the presenter and participants and do not reflect the official policy or position of the NAMC.


Nowruz: The Iranian New Year from Myth to History

The Jalinous Lecture Series

Nowruz: The Iranian New Year from Myth to History

Monday, March 15, 2021
2:00PM EST via Zoom

Featuring a presentation and discussion with:

Dr. Touraj Daryaee
Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies & Culture,
Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
University of California, Irvine

Q&A to follow with questions from the audience

RSVP to receive the Zoom link via email

Funded in Part by the Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Studies



Rejuvenation Through Manifestation

Parsi Khabar is happy to present it’s first ever online program this Navroze.
We will anchor a Nowruz 2021 Parenting Special titled

Rejuvenation Through Manifestation

with Dr. Mickey Mehta from Mumbai, India & Meher Amalsad from California, USA.
Saturday, March 13, 2020  07:00 PM Pacific,  10:00 PM Easterm
Sunday March 14, 2020  08:30 AM IST,  3:00 AM GMT
Host & Moderator: Arzan Sam Wadia, Founder of Parsi Khabar
This Special M&M Show Is Dedicated To Mickey and Meher’s Daughters Karishma And Anahita, as well as to All The Daughters Of Humanity.
Join us for this enlightened session on the joys of parenting, as they share their special Father-Daughter relationship of unconditional love and spirituality with humanity.

About Dr. Mickey Mehta

Global Leading Holistic Health Guru And Corporate Life Coach
Dr. Mickey Mehta completed 50 years of yoga with 39 years of Pioneering experience  in the Health And Wellness industry.
Dr. Mickey Mehta is a leading global holistic health guru and a corporate life coach to Bollywood superstars, top politicians, India Inc. and several Miss Worlds and Miss Universes. The recipient of ‘The Health and Wellness Icon of India’ award by Economic Times and is among the ‘100 Most Impactful Wellness Leaders of the World’ as announced at the Global Wellness Conclave 2018.
He is considered the first personal trainer of India, the first fitness columnist and the first fitness TV and radio presenter in India. He has trained police, army, navy and air force personnel.
An honorary double doctorate in Holistic Health and Life Sciences, from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines. He is author of best sellers ‘The Shoonyam Quotient’ and ‘Lose weight gain shape’. Also, a speaker at Harvard University, IIMs, IIT and held holistic health workshops globally.
The author, poet, philosopher, the brand, the institution, the legendary – DR. MICKEY MEHTA who gets you Energized, Naturalized, Optimized, Maximized, Wellness Revolutionized and gets you IMMUNIZED and MICKEYMIZED!!!
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About Meher Amalsad

Professional Speaker And Author Of  Bread for the Head ™
Meher Amalsad is an Engineer, Educator, Inventor, Professional Speaker and published Author of Bread for the Head ™
This gift book is filled with thoughts, ideas and affirmations that inspires the heart, motivates the mind and transforms the soul, with prime focus on Parenting, Unconditional Love, Spiritual Consciousness, Success, and Excellence. This work which is rooted in ‘ROLE MODELING rather than RULE MODELING’ has been used by corporations, schools, children, parents, teachers, hospitals, wellness centers as well as healing and rehabilitation centers. His work has been showcased to over hundred million people across the globe through his appearance on numerous Radio, Cable, Satellite and Television Talk Shows nationwide. His philosophies are simple yet applicable in each and every aspect of life. (
His purpose is to help others excel academically, discover and maximize their true passions, and become their authentic best selves.
His work is focused on EMPOWERING PEOPLE to create a footprint of success, in them.
Meher has served as the Founding Chair of the North American And World Zoroastrian Youth Congresses since 1985.
He has worked as a Program Manager for Hughes Aircraft Company, which is one of the top Aerospace Defense Companies in the world.
His life’s work has been focused on creating UNITY WITHIN DIVERSITY IN HUMANITY.
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