Category Archives: Mobeds

Empowering Mobeds Invites you to our first webinar of 2022 – Coping with Omicron

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Date : January 30, 2022.
Time : 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Omicron has brought with it it renewed challenges, come hear Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor uplift us with a message of hope, renowned Dr. Armaity Contractor speak of coping with Omicron and Dr Kersi Chavda  one of our leading Mental Health practitioners, give tips on handling COVID stress and anxiety.
Join our Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 962 6772 5007
Passcode: 813959

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?

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82255067379?pwd=VkI2VDlJa1hyVzdKNUZoRjFsYWxzUT09

                        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.

For more information, please visit https:/namcmobeds.org/

 

 

Vacancy for a Mobed Saheb at Nargol Agiari

Punjiaji Agiari managed by Nargol Parsi Zarathosti Anjuman needs a Mobed Saheb on permanent basis.
His duties will include Boi at the Adaran saheb in all five Gehs, Boi at two Dadgahs sahebs in Havan and Aivisruthrem Gehs, looking after the general upkeep and cleanliness of the Agiari with the help of Agiari staff, perform all Kriyakam, perform Geh-Sarnu in case of a Dokhmenashini at our Dokhma, perform Uthamana whenever required, perform Jashans and other Kriyakaam if required in residences of worshippers and generally attend to all worshippers’ needs.
Persons desiring to occupy the position may please contact the following:
1.Hoshang Havewala: 9820041374
2.Khushroo Daboo: 98204 52434
3.Rohinton Dadachanji: 89760 00982
The successful candidate will enjoy the following salary and perks:
1.Salary: Rs. 40,000 per month (negotiable upwards commensurate with ability) with the provision for increment every year
2.Spacious modern living quarters consisting of a hall, a bedroom and a kitchen with attached toilet and bath with 24 hours water supply
3.All income from Sukhad and Batti
4.All charges for Kriyakam (assistant mobed in kriya kaam to be paid from the charges received)

Wanted Priest for Karachi

1. Salary Rs.1,50,000/ per month (According To Karachi)
2. One month leave with salary.
3 Free air condition accommodation.
4. Free medical for family and free education for children.
5. Ten percent Increase in salary every year.
6. One month leave with pay every year.
7. Every two years free ticket to return to India.
Candidate should have his valid passport ready. Visa and travel arrangements will be made by the trustees.
If interested Candidates with their Bio data contact Edil Katrak
Mob: 91 98 200 33313

Our Very Own Episode 7 – Er. Darayus Bajan

 

A 6th generation practising Mobed & an excellent academic, religious & ancient Iranian History Scholar who serves Mevawala Agiary with his priestly duties. Do watch this episode to get an insight how to balance priestly and professional obligations.
Host – Ms. Azmin Mistry Vania
Guest Speaker – Er. Darayus Bajan
Location – Mazda Studios
Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla
Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla
Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla || Mazda Multimedia.

Tribute to Er. Aspandiar Dadachanji

The passing away of Ervad Apandiar Dadachanji is a tragic loss for the Parsi Zoroastrian community.
He was an authority in matters of Zoroastrian higher liturgical ceremonies and had himself performed several Vendidad and Nirangdin ceremonies.
He guided and led the shifting of the Holy Fire at Tavri near Navsari to Godrej Baug in Mumbai.
Under his guidance and supervision several young boys including from overseas have been initiated as Navar and Maratab.
He was a spiritual mentor to many. He would guide both priests and laity in matters of religious observances without being pedantic.
He was gentle, soft spoken and kind to all.
Above all he was witty and had a great sense of humor. He was also fond of cricket and going on long drives.
I was privileged and blessed to know him closely and personally. He had accompanied me and my dear friend Coovershah Mehta of SVG Pune on several tours to Iran. His presence among the pilgrims had a serene and spiritual effect on all including fellow Zoroastrians residing in Iran. In the bus he would patiently answer queries on what to pray and how to live a pious Zoroastrian life. In fact when Coovershah and I met him recently, which happened to be his Roj Birthday, he expressed a desire to visit Iran one more time. Zoroastrian religious texts say the soul goes to the other word via the Albroze mountain range in Northern Iran. He will now travel to Iran in spirit.
With his flowing white beard and radiant face, he exuded rare piety and simply being in his presence was humbling and awe inspiring.
May his pious soul progress in the spiritual world and continue to bless us all.
Noshir H Dadrawala

Jashan to Welcome Positivity at ZAC Athashkadeh

It was the first time in recent times that all of the 5 High Priests/Vada Dasturs came together to give blessings and a message of love, peace, joy health, long life, and prosperity. They addressed the Global community after the Behram Yazad Jashan performed by Ervads Jal Birdy, Zerkxis & Zarrir Bhandara at the ZAC LA Atash Kadeh on Saturday, September 4th, 2021.

Courtesy: Parsi Times

Webinar – Challenges faced by full-time practicing Parsi Priests

Challenges faced by full time practicing Parsi Priests
Jiyo Parsi invites the community to witness the narrative of our priests. The Empowering Mobeds programme aims to develop priests as leaders, counsellors and teachers. Resilience is built in the DNA of a Zoroastrian priest by virtue of performance of liturgical ceremonies. Their courage has been amply displayed through the tough pandemic. The positive outcome of lockdown has been uniting priests and behdins on digital platforms, a first in the history of our community.
Meeting ID: 990 252 6711
Passcode: jiyoparsi

Fire Retardant Attire For Mobeds

Teams – Empowering Mobeds & WZO Trusts

Saturday October 24, 2020 was indeed a dark day, not only on account of the Pandemic but more so that Er. Zahan Meherzad Turel, all of 14 years young, a shining star of our Mobedi clan, suffered severe (48.5%) burns injuries whilst performing the ‘boi’ ceremony at Goti Adarian, Surat.

After being administered basic treatment young Zahan was rushed to Masina Hospital at Byculla, Mumbai, where he was given treatment for an extended period of time and thereafter discharged on Monday, January 04, 2021.

Fortunately for Er. Zahan Turel, he received excellent treatment at the Burns Unit of Masina Hospital and is well on his way to recovery.

Such a grisly mishap is not the first such incident that our Mobeds have had to contend with whilst tending to our revered fires. It is beyond imagination that in this day and age our Mobeds continue to perform religious ceremonies without a modicum of protection.

The incident triggered off intense discussions amongst the core group of Team Empowering Mobeds (a joint initiative of WZO Trust Funds and Athornan Mandal). After proactive discussions where various options were considered it was finally decided to have ‘Jamas, Padan & Hand Pockets (for Boiwala Mobeds to wear when inside the kebla) made from fire retardant fabric that would provide reasonable safety to our Mobeds whilst carrying out various religious ceremonies.

Over the last few months, experiments were undertaken to test fire retardant fabrics that would provide safety to Mobeds in case of embers landing on their ‘Jamas, Padan & Hand Pockets’.

Trials have been conducted, where Mobed Volunteers have worn Jamas made from different fabrics of thickness comparable to existing Jamas (on which the fire retardant process would be added later on) to test the comfort levels.

A well wisher Mr. Viraf Sohrabji Mehta who was keenly interested in the project coordinated the exercise with Ms. Firoza Karani, Director of Casablanca Apparels Pvt. Ltd., in having samples made and trials done for which we are most grateful to both of them.

It has now been decided to place an order for manufacturing 800 sets each of ‘Jamas & Padans and 200 sets of hand pockets with Casablanca Apparels Pvt. Ltd., a well known garment manufacturing unit established in 1993 that manufactures a variety of garments for both domestic and export markets.

As fire retardant fabric is not available off the shelves, Casablanca Apparels have placed an order with Arvind Mills, Ltd., to produce the minimum quantity required. The fire-retardant fabric is expected to be ready by mid-June 2021, and the final product ready for distribution sometime between mid to end July 2021. A set each will be offered gratis to practicing Mobeds for their use, should they be interested.

After the fabric has been manufactured, appropriate certificates of the fabric having Fire retardant properties will be obtained from Arvind Mills, the manufacturers of the fabric, as well as Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) an international inspection agency that inspects Apparels, Machinery, Medicines etc, before shipments.

High Priests, Dasturji Dr. Firoze M. Kotwal, Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor, Dasturji Keki P. Ravji Meherjirana, Senior Mobed Aspandiar Dadachanji, have all been informed about the initiative and their approval received.

After using the initial set, if Mobeds are satisfied in all respects, it will be for them, or their Agiary Trustees / Panthaki’s to procure additional sets from the manufacturers against payment. A suitable system will be put into place that will make it convenient to procure future supplies.

The ever-generous Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao have committed to make funds available for this initiative through WZO Trust Funds which will facilitate the initial production from fire retardant fabric of 800 Jamas 800 Padans and 200 pairs of Hand Pockets.

Mobeds, Panthakies and Trustees of Agiarys wishing to accept sets of Jamas & Padans and Hand Pockets made from fire retardant fabric are requested to contact and coordinate with:

Er. Hormuz A. Dadachanji,
D. E. Mithaiwala Agiary,
Opp. Grant Road Station (West),
Mumbai 400007
Telephone Contact (+91) 9820493812

Disclaimer:

It is clearly understood, implicitly agreed to and accepted by the Mobeds using attire made from Fire Retardant fabric that the initiative taken by Empowering Mobeds & WZO Trusts and funded by Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao has been undertaken solely with the intent of providing safety to our Mobeds.

 

Empowering Mobeds, WZO Trusts or The Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao, their Trustees and members will under no circumstances be held responsible or liable should the product malfunction / is found ineffective / does not offer protection / or causes any other complications.

 

It is also reiterated that The Trustees / Members of Empowering Mobeds, WZO Trusts or The Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao have no commercial / pecuniary benefit from this project. 

Dinshaw K. Tamboly;

Chairman.

C – 1 Hermes House, 3rd Floor,

Mama Parmanand Marg,

Opera House,

Mumbai 400 004

Tel. Nos: 91 – 22 – 23684451 / 52 / 53

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