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Specific prayers for specific needs

Are there any specific prayers linked to various needs like seeking help in sickness etc.?

  • by Ramiyar Karanjia

* The primary aim of prayer in any religion is to elevate the mind and awaken the soul. This automatically gives rise to other beneficial effects like peace, health and happiness.
* Zoroastrian prayers are also a great source of health and healing. In the Ardibahesht Yasht, where five types of healings are mentioned, healing by prayers is listed as the highest type of healing since it heals from within. Apart from health and healing, prayers are helpful for other aspects of life too, for instance there are prayers for success, courage and confidence.
* The following are some main prayers for specific purposes:

  • Khorshed and Meher Nyash for intellect and spiritual energy;
  • Mah Bokhtar Nyash for peace of mind, psychological problems, depression, lunacy, at the time of surgery and for recovery after surgery;
  • Atash Nyash for seeking help from the sacred fire;
  • Hormazd Yasht for positive energy and wellbeing;
  • Haptan Yasht for any general planetary problems and afflictions;
  • Ardibahesht Yasht for general health, wellbeing, immunity and recovery from fever and other general illnesses;
  • Khordad Yasht for employment, job and career;
  • Avan Ardvisur Nyash and Avan Yasht for issues related to conception, child birth, menstruation and urinary tract problems;
  • Tir Yasht for eye strength and eye related problems.

Courtesy : Jame Jamshed – 261221

Hum Bandagi (communal prayer) and Bui (offerings to sacred fire) ceremonies

Zoroastrian Association of California

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies – Lecture Series

Sunday, November 14, 2021,  at 2 pm Eastern Time,11 am Pacific Time, 7 pm London time, India time: Sunday night/Monday morning 12:30 am

Topic: Hum Bandagi (communal prayer) and Bui (offerings to sacred fire) ceremonies

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Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448 Passcode: NAMCIZS

Participate in a unique Zoroastrian Hum Bandagi (communal prayer) over Zoom led by our renowned Mobed Zarrir Bhandara. Understand why the potency of Prayers multiplies when said in a communal setting. Next, learn the significance of the Bui ceremony. Explore how and when prayers and Machis are offered to various grades of consecrated fires. Also, know how Mobeds tend the sacred fires 24/7 to keep them perpetually burning.

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Presenter: Ervad Zarrir Bhandara

The American Red Cross has felicitated Ervad Zarrir Bhandara for saving over 1,400 lives by his more than 480 blood, plasma, and platelets donations. He is a devout vegetarian and internationally recognized 5th-degree Karate Black Belt. He is the recipient of the prestigious “Best Student Award” presented by the Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University for the 4 years post-graduate Advanced Priestly Training course conducted by Athravan Educational Trust under Dasturji Dr. Firoze M. Kotwal. He has volunteered his services for the religious and spiritual needs of Zoroastrians throughout North America, has led prayers, and given lectures on Zoroastrianism worldwide for the past 49 years.

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Aṣ̌əm Vohū – Kahan Taraporevala – 2021


Aṣ̌əm Vohū Aṣ̌əm vohū vahištəm astī uštā astī uštā ahmāi hyat̰ aṣ̌āi vahištāi aṣ̌əm Truth is best (of all that is) good. True, as desired, as desired, truth is for her who (represents) best truth.

– Ancient Zoroastrian Prayer

The Ashem is one of three ancient prayers in our religion. Its theme is that Virtue or Righteousness is the basis of a good life of purity of thoughts, purity of speech and purity of actions. This text is from the religion I grew up in, Zoroastrianism. Large numbers of our people migrated to India from Ancient Persia. The central pillarstone to this religion is a path of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Writing this piece has been a great joy as it has been a very personal piece for me. This piece was written without an audience in mind – solely for the performers in the ensemble. It is an attempt at a reflection on our own sense of self.

Choral ensemble: Wynton Gage, Marcus Peterson, Sergey Tkachenko, Nolan Synder, Madeline McCarthy, Miggi Angangco, Ashlyn Brown, Catarine Hancock, Anthony Josep, Jason Edelstein, Charlie Banta, Elijah Bowen, Jake Cozza, Sophia Romaine, Lara Van Vuuren, Sami Copeland, Perri Smith, Zac Leung, Howell Petty, Carmela D’Agostino.

Conductor: Kahan Taraporevala

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