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How we can become an instrument of education
In Dinkard Book 3 it states that: “Be it known that, whatever wisdom and happiness exist now, are owing to the principles that give strength of wisdom and the power of happiness. Among these, by means of the proper power appertaining to the soul, Ohrmazd reaches into the heart of the acquirer of wisdom, and the power of obtaining the wishes, reaches into the heart of the acquirer of wisdom. And on that wisdom reaching into the mind, a path is found by the mind that is obedient to Ohrmazd and is pure, to see what relates to the invisible; and so, man becomes worthy of fresh and superior happiness.”
May You Continue To Shine The Light Of Knowledge And Wisdom With Joy And Happiness.
Please continue to challenge us with your deep, probing and insightful questions.
Using these learning opportunities, we need to stimulate and enrich our environment at a personal, communal and global level.
This means that we need to harness and use every form and facet of our environment to provide these opportunities and it also means that we need to use the enablers (of this platform) to truly become ‘enablers’ of happiness!
We are featuring this article since FEZANA has been instrumental in procuring donations
For The IranShah Initiative along with other Global Zarathushti Leaders.
The IranShah Initiative – Donation With Vision 2020 (Part 1 of 2)
From: Homi D. Gandhi, Immediate Past President, FEZANA
“There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, and no justice outside of the common imagination of human beings,” says Yuval Noah Harari in his book Sapiens. Harari argues that humanity functions cooperatively because human beings created religions and belief systems, political societies, financial markets, judicial systems etc. That these common imagined realities “exert force in the world” because everyone believes in them.
When a community has a strong belief system it seeks to institutionalize it as a religion and pass it down to future generations. For millennia, our Zoroastrian forefathers did this by way of an oral tradition, formalized with prayer and rituals performed around the powerful symbol of Ahura Mazda – fire, the giver of light and life in open surroundings.
Then seeing the temples in Greece and Rome, our Zoroastrian kings began to build temple structures where the revered fire was enthroned for worship. Such is the longing of mere mortals to leave behind unforgettable monuments to their beliefs that future generations can never cast aside.
Our Zoroastrian ancestors who fled Iran and arrived in India did much the same: they established the first Atash Behram, meaning Victorious Fire, in Sanjan. So revered and important was this sacred flame, so potent was its ability to will the refugees to not just survive, but to thrive, in their new homeland, secure in their faith, that they moved it from place to place to protect it from the vagaries of fate for almost a millennium, until it was re-enthroned in 1742 in Udvada. This is our IranShah.
For centuries, the Zoroastrian communities of India thrived in the vicinity of Udvada, and supported it physically and financially. But during the last century a large number of Zoroastrians have moved all over Haft Keshvar Zameen. Today, more Zoroastrians live outside India than in India. So many in India and the diaspora believe that they owe their prosperity and wellbeing – in all senses of the word – to the blessings of our IranShah.
IranShah lives in our hearts and mind as a testament to the continuity of our faith. Words are inadequate to truly describe what it means to so many individual Zoroastrians who have prayed before it and experienced the Divine Grace of Ahura Mazda. So, it is now up to all of us in India and around the world to participate in the IranShah Initiative to support this treasured institution spirituality, physically, financially in every possible manner. May Ahura Mazda bless our IranShah and our Zoroastrian community for all times to come!
Homi D Gandhi
Welcome to The Iranshah Initiative Video Time Capsule
- Have you had a chance to visit IranShah and experience the bounty of its Sacredness?
- What is your fondest experience of visiting Iranshah and Udvada?
- What emotions, sensations and feelings rush through you while standing in front of Iranshah?
- How did you learn about IranShah; was it at home, school or through self learning?
- What emotions, sensations and feelings did you experience after building that special connection with Iranshah?
- What do we aspire to give for our beloved Iranshah and Udvada in the next 10 years?
- How are we going to achieve this?
- What can you do in an individual or collective capacity?
The concept is simple. We want to know and hear from you!
This inspirational platform has been developed to create a VIDEO TIME CAPSULE regarding your thoughts, aspirations, feelings and experiences about our Dear Iranshah.
To share them simply log on to our website…https://iranshahinitiative.com/capsule/ Record your video, upload and submit. Eventually, we will create a VIDEO MONTAGE and share this in due course.
Perhaps a year or two from now, we will get the opportunity to see, how our individual or family relationships with Iranshah have grown, what we have achieved for Iranshah’s Glory, how we have achieved it and what we will continue to do, to keep this Holy Flame of Faith and Fortitude burning eternally.
GLOBAL 1299th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION PRAYER TODAY
EACH ONE REACH ONE
AND TEACH ONE
TO LIGHT THE LIFE OF EVERYONE
The Flame Goes Higher
When Your Heart Is On Fire
May The Flame Of IranShah
Shine Near And Afar
IranShah’s Birthday Celebration:
TODAY April 21, 2020
All devotes who are unable to visit Udvada for Iranshah’s Salgirah this year on Adar Mahino Adar Roj YZ 1389, ie. Tuesday, 21st April 2020,
a Jashan will be performed at 9:30am and 8:15pm IST.
Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor has sent us a rendition of the
Atash Niyash and Tandarosti for all of us to listen to and pray along during the Jashan time and be spiritually aligned with Iranshah…
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS
Global Virtual Congregational HumBandagi:
Morning Jashan Ceremony:
(APRIL 21, 2020)
9:30 AM IST
5:00 AM London, 12:00 PM Hong Kong,
8:00 AM Dubai, Pakistan: 9:00 AM
In United States And Canada
9:00 PM PST, 12:00 MIDNIGHT EST
(APRIL 20, 2020)
Evening Maachi Prayers:
8:00 PM IST, 7:30 AM PST, 10:30 AM EST
3:30 PM London, 10:30 PM Hong Kong,
6:30 PM Dubai, Pakistan: 7:30 PM
Evening Jashan Ceremony:
8:15 PM IST,
7:45 AM PST, 10:45 AM EST
3:45 PM London, 10:45 PM Hong Kong,
6:45 PM Dubai, Pakistan: 7:45 PM
To Play This Special Celebration Prayers
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
FOR THE EVENING MACHI PRAYER
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
FOR THE MORNING AND EVENING JASHAN PRAYER
As Your Birthday Gift To IranShah
We Ask You To Lift, Shift And Uplift – Someone’s Life
Happy Birthday Our Revered Iranshah –
May the radiance of your light fill our lives with life.
May your warmth kindle love, hope and joy
Amid current tribulations this world is going through.
With Our Love, Light,
Appreciation And Gratitude
Meher Amalsad, California, USA
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Please Share This Email Within The Circle Of Your Family,Friends And Local Associations On December 27, 2019The Flame Goes HigherWhen Your Heart Is On FireMay The Flame Of IranShahShine On You And Your FamilyIranShah Global Initiative 2020A Celebration WithEducation, Inspiration and DonationBaNaMeh Ahura MazdaMy dear Global Zarathushti Leaders:With Immense Joy and Pride, coupled…With the blessing of our High Priest of IranShah Udvada, Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor,as well as unanimous support from all our Global Zarathushti Adult and Youth Leaders…We would like to announce this very special Global launch ofThe IranShah InitiativeAt the 2019 Udvada Ustav on Dec 27.Under the guidance of FEZANA VP Arzan Wadia, this interactive website has been created by our very own IranShah Initiative Ambassador Tinaz Karbhari from Hong Kong, for our Future Generation across the globe to get involved through Education, Inspiration and Donation.On this website, we have a Special Icon titled: ASK NOSHIR for our future generation to liaise directly with him for any specific queries pertaining to IranShah.Our immense gratitude to our BPP Trustee, Noshir Dadrawalla for his scholastic guidance and kind support towards this first step on promoting Global Education about Iranshah.This website will be launched at the opening ceremony after the iconic presentation of our very own FEZANA President Homi Gandhi.For more details, please visit…Furthermore, for the first time in the history of Iranshah…We are also planning for a Global Birthday Celebration in honor of IranShah on April 21, 2020.And would like to get you all involved as an integral part of this unifying Global Initiative in honor of our Sacred IranShah.More information about this Celebration to follow in January 2020.In the meantime…Here is some exciting news at a Global Level:1. FOZYA under the Leadership of President Mabrin Nanavatti, is committed to mobilize our Zoroastrian Youth of India by promoting this launch via a special session organized by FOZYA on December 27, at the28th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet, Panchgani December 27-29, 20192. Jehaan Kotwal, our Global Youth Director of World Zarathushti Chamber Of Commerce, has graciously offered to promote this initiative among our Global Zarthushti Youth Entrepreneurs and inspire them to participate actively.3. Mojdeh Hamavand, Chair of the Zoroastrian Youth Of North America, ZYNA (FEZANA) has graciously offered to reach out to our Zoroastrian Youth Of North America.4. Sherri Kapadia, Chair of the 2023 8th World Zoroastrian Youth in United Kingdom and Chair of the Young Zoroastrian Group of ZTFE, has offered to reach out to our Zoroastrian Youth of United Kingdom.5. IranShah Initiative Representatives from our Motherland IranFrom Tehran: Kaveh GheibiFrom Kerman: Arash KhosropourFrom Yazd: Sasan ForoodiFrom Shiraz: Behnam Khodadadi6. IranShah Initiative Representatives from PakistanA. Kermin Parakh, PrincipalBVS Parsi Boys High SchoolB. Furengeez Tampal, PrincipalMama Parsi Girls High SchoolC. Natasha Mavalvala, Joint SecretaryYoung Men Zoroastrian Association7. IranShah Initiative Representative from SingaporeXerxes Ghista [Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Singapore (PZAS)]8. IranShah Initiative Ambassador and Representative from Hong KongTinaz Karbhari (The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao)9. IranShah Initiative Representative from New ZealandDelshad Sidhwa [Zarathushtrian Association of New Zealand (ZANZ)]10. IranShah Initiative Representatives from AustraliaAdil Bodhanwalla [Zoroastrian Association Of Victoria (ZAV)]
Bravo To All Of Them For Their Unconditional Support.Let’s Join Hands With Each OtherAnd Walk TogetherAs Torch Bearers ofThe Light Of IranShahBe Blessed and Stay Blessed.Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2020To You And Your Respective Families.With Love, Light, Appreciation and GratitudeFromMeher Amalsad, Westminster, California, USA
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