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Discrimination and Persecution in Ancient Iran

“How is it you can love the Creator but hate what He created?”
― Carlos Wallace

Once upon a time

In the land of Persia

(Now called Iran)

Lived the followers

Of Asho Zarathustra

They were a very

Hard working

Simple folk

Toiling from sunrise

To sunset

Whose needs

As well wants

Were very few

 

One morning

As the sun rose

Over the horizon

Birds chirping gaily

In the trees

Flowers swaying in the breeze

Out of nowhere

In the distance

One could hear the

Gathering of dust

Thundering sound of

the marauding hordes

As they rode through the streets

Putting our fellow Zoroastrians

To the sword

Swatting them like flies

Alas ! the land of Asho Zarathuhstra

From where we originated

Right and left

Were being decimated

 

There was raping pillaging

Raiding kidnapping

all around

All sorts of torture was

Was applied to strangle

These innocent people

What crime did they ever perpetuate?

The only sin they perpetuated

was being a Zoroastrian

 

The Zoroastrian community

Had lost of hope

In the darkness they did grope

Long last a saviour came along

His name Maneckji Limji Hataria

 

He  was a social activist

Decided to ameliorate

The conditions  of

Our fellow Zoroastrians

Free them from

The iron shackles

So that they could live

And breathe free!!

 

He toiled day and night

He left no stone unturned

Freeing every last Zoroastrian

He did not falter or cower

But had a spine and stood tall..

Cause in the end he knew

Ahura Mazda will be there

When the last tear drop falls

 

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

June 27th 2021

 

 

LOVE

In every religion
There is love
But Love has no
Religion
Neither it’s entrenched
With Hate violence
But teaches us compassion

When one is consumed
With utter Hatred
Just because they
Hold different ideologies
Or for matter are of

Different colour, caste or creed?

Negative feelings it does breeds

As I have stated before
Hatred is spread through
Ignorance which are
Accepted by fools
As well idiots.

So if one wants acceptance
Embrace diversity as well

Inclusion

Nobody has monopoly

Over wisdom

 

Lastly:

Greatness is not found in

Possession power position

Or prestige.

It is discovered in goodness

Humility service and character

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

June 16th2021

 

 

 

 

RELIGIONS

Religions are like

An orchard of different

Fruit trees awaiting your

Arrival to suck the

Pristine message within

 

All religions are

The same

Cause no single

Religion is superior

Or inferior

But on the same playing field

Religion is like a

Charter of Rights

Within it are

Carved the

Dos and don’t

To guide you safely

To the “Other side

 

We have an alter ego

Called Conscience

It pricks when

We stray from

The Path

Reminding us

To trudge the

Path of straight

And narrow

 

I am proud to

State that

I am a  Zoroastrian

Belonging to a

Religion call Zoroastrianism

Whom I have grown to

Love and Trust

An uncut clear

Crystal Diamond

A diamond in the rough

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

May the 14t 2021

 

CHAOS AND HOPE

Ever since  the  Pandemic

Raised its ugly head

For humanity it never cared

And has stuck
To us like glue
Tightly wrapping
It’s tentacles

Suffocating me and you

 

It’s swatting humanity

Like flies left right centre

Regardless of colour caste or creed

 

We are all gripped with fear

As there is nobody near

In darkness we do grope

Wondering what are

We  going  to do?

 

Please do not despair!

Cause Prayers are there

Keeping us on the Path

Of straight and narrow

Even in times of trouble

Don’t give up

Cause Prayers will

Always keep one afloat

Tagged along with  a sign

Called :HOPE”!

 

Choicest Happiness

Farida Bamji

April 8th 2021

 

Norooz Phirooze 3

It’s that time

Of year again!

21st of March

When Nature from

It’s slumber wakes

Bursting forth from

The winter harsh

 

It’s time to make

New friendships

Strengthen ones

That are old

Let’s not forget

The victims of the

Pandemic as well

The near and dear ones

We have lost

 

Let’s join in unity

As well be one with Asha

Scatter the seeds of

Hope Love truth

Message spread by

Asho Zarthushtra

 

In every pocket of the world

Wars are being fought

We see it on tv

As well we read

The havoc being caused

Too many lives are being lost

Way too much blood is being shed

Let’s being the New Year

With a simple prayer:

Hamazor Hamaa Asho Baad!

Choicest Happiness

Farida

 

Words Can Hurt Words Can Heal 2

Words of discrimination
Are sharp and piercing
As though one’s
Insides are tearing
It might just be one
Word or look that
Conveys  a word
But the memory sticks
( Ahmed Jakda)
Chew one’s words
Before one speaks
Think them over
Before they leak
People who lack
Self confidence
Are  underachievers
 Do cobwebs weave
Be deaf ears
To these naysayers
They are just balls of fluff
Discard them as they
Are upto no snuff
When we travel the
Pathways & byways
Of Life
We face lots of struggles
As well strife
We will come across
Some who will take you
Down the wrong pathway
Do not flinch or cower
But by having Faith
In one’s Prayers
As well using one’s Vohu Mano
You will be
Able to say:
“I did it My Way”!!!
Choicest Happiness
Farida

I AM A WOMAN

What is that a woman has?
That attracts men like bees?
They are on a par with men
Should be treated with
Respect as well Dignity
It doesn’t matter whether
One is royalty or a pauper
Educated or illiterate
Why they should be persecuted
Crime? To be born a woman
Happens to be their fate
Women are & have been pioneers
In each & every field
They have led the way
Shoulder to shoulder
They stand with men
As they are here to stay!
I ain’t a feminist nor a racist
I speak what I see & believe
They have been mistreated
Throughout history
Would like to speak up
‘Cause

I am a Woman

 

Farida Bam

YEAR 2020

On the stroke

Of midnight

The year 2020

Under a canopy

Of a moonlight night

Will slowly fade away

 

I have a very

Special request

Let’s sprinkle the seeds

Of Tolerance Respect Dignity

Understanding for all of humanity

 

Let’s focus on the innocent victims

Who have lost loved ones

Causing agonising excruciating pain

Wondering when will they ever see

Their loved ones again?

Wiping away their

Sun drenched tears

Or no amount of consoling

Will bring their loved

Ones back

Alas! all they have is

Precious memories

To keep the flame

Of love alive till eternity

Farida Bamji

 

 

 

Ignorance and Knowledge 2

“Where Ignorance is our Master

There is no possibility of real peace:” Dalai Lama

 

People will have opinions

On each and every subject

Whether it be politics

Science philosophy

Or  for that matter

Especially Religion

Be it true or not

With due respect

I would suggest if

One doesn’t know

Anything then please

Do not say anything

At all

 

One can never

Master knowledge

Even though

One may be

Having umpteen degrees

Tagging behind one’s name

Is the usage of knowledge

That’s whole new

Ball game

 

Do not mistake

My silence for ignorance

My Calmness for acceptance

And my kindness for weakness

 

Choicest Happiness

Farida

 

 

 

 

 

Monkey See Monkey Do 2

What is our purpose
on this Earth?
We are here to heal
Not do any harm
We are to love not hate
Our purpose is to create
At the same to time
Racism Discrimination
Bigotry War violence Rape
We can eradicate

Nobody is superior or inferior
Nobody owns the religion
Or for that matter
Dictate what to do
Nobody can coerce
Or bully anybody around
They are not going
“To “carry the cross”
Or sacrifice themselves on
The cross for you”
Wake up and smarten up
Use the power of reasoning
As you are the master of your fate
Captain of your soul

Stop having the herd mentality
Like “monkey see monkey do”
Fearful what people might say?
They will say it anyway

Society thrives on gossip
Just waiting to pounce
Have a spine & stand tall
So that Almighty will be there
When the” last Tear Drop Falls”

Choicest Happiness
Farida

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