Category Archives: Religion
Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448 Passcode: NAMCIZS
Discussion Group Presentation – Zoroastrianism Outside the Box: Mazda is not God – It is the Foundation of Creation – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, 2:00 pm EST, 11 am PST
Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448 Passcode: NAMCIZS
Just as Zoroastrians in Iran have adopted a secularized form of pre-Islamic culture with duality of Iraniyat and Zoroastrianism, Parsis of India too have encouraged themselves towards India’s heritage and culture and they are following their Zoroastrian religion with joy of India’s proudful culture and history.”
Rayoman S. Ilavia
Surat (Gujarat) India.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago
proudly hosts the
2023 Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) Conference
Theme: “Zoroastrian Religious Texts and Manuscripts –
Ancient times to Recent Discoveries”
Chair and Keynote Speaker: Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo,
FEZANA Professor of Zoroastrian Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto.
(Followed by a traditional community thanksgiving meal – “patra nu bhonu”)
Rustam Guiv Dar-e-Mehr
8615 Meadowbrook Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Saturday November 18, 2023
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)
FEZANA Information Research Educational System (FIRES)
World Zoroastrian Organization
All community members, students, scholars and members of interfaith communities are invited and encouraged to participate. Your presence gives support to the speakers, and your feedback is invaluable so that future research efforts may be directed in a constructive manner for the benefit of both the academicians as well as the community.
Conference Chair: Prof. Miguel Angel Andrés–Toledo
Morning Session –Session Chair: Eruch Rustomji
10:30 — 12:00 Academic Symposium (online on ZOOM), conducted by Prof. Andrés-Toledo, Zal Taleyarkhan and Noshir Contractor. In person participation at the dar-e-mehr is available.
Prof. Andrés-Toledo — Few Means a Lot: The Recent Discovery of Zoroastrian Manuscripts in
Prof. Enrico Raffaelli — The Structure of the Zoroastrian Month and its Impact on Ritual Practices.
Dr. Ted Goods — The Effusive Soul: The Theory of Emotion in Denkard III.
12:30 Dastur Dr. Kersey Antia — Prayers
1:00 Lunch & Reflection on Morning Session.
Afternoon Session – Session Chair: Afshan Barshan
2:00 Tea and Registration for Afternoon Session
2:15 Benediction – Mobedyar Boman Damkevala
Monajat – Mani Rao
Welcome — Jamshed Rivetna (ZAC President)
Welcome, Intro to SSZ, and Annual Report – Zal Taleyarkhan (SSZ President) & Rohinton Rivetna
2:45 Prof Andrés-Toledo – Historical Review of the Corpus of Zoroastrian Religious Texts and
3:45 Kamal Saher, Meheryar Rivetna and Vispi Karkaria – Quiz: Sharpen Your Knowledge of
Zoroastrian History and Scriptures
4:45 Tea break
Session Chair: Vispi Karkaria
5:00 Persis Driver and ZAMC Youth – Oral History Research Project.
6:00 Hors d’oevres and Drinks
6:30 Traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner – “Patra nu Bhonu” served by ZAMC Youth.
All day: $35 per person, each additional adult family member will be $25; children 12-18 will be $10, children under 12 free. Includes breakfast, lunch, tea and a traditional community thanks-giving dinner (“Patra-nu-bhonu”).
Morning Session only: The morning session will be online on ZOOM. For those participating online only there is no registration fee. For those participating in person at the dar-e-mehr, registration is $10 per person; children under 12 free. Includes breakfast and lunch.
Afternoon Session only: $30 per person, each additional adult family member will be $20; children 12-18 will be $10, children under 12 free. Includes tea and a traditional community thanks-giving dinner (“Patra-nu-bhonu”).
Please RSVP by November 10th (specify “All Day”, “Morning Only” or “Afternoon only”) to Zarin Karanjia (Zarin.Karanjia@yahoo.com). For further information contact Rohinton Rivetna (Rivetna@aol.com, 630 248 4387).
To register and find out more about the Morning Academic Symposium on ZOOM, click here.
The Hymns of Atharvan Zarathushtra – Jatindra Mohan Chaterji
With a Foreword by S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India
We all know these are called GODHAS. But not many know the left and the right have a separate name. Anyone ?
The one on the left is known as SAROSH and on the right is called BURGIS.
We have done a few episodes on Hinduism and our spiritual history, going ahead we do want to understand about other religions from the experts. We have Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia with us who is one of the foremost spokesperson on Zoroastrianism and a researcher on ancient Iranian languages. Dr. Karanjia is a M.A., Ph. D. in Avesta-Pahlavi from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, and serves as the Principal of Dadar Athornan Institute. In this podcast we spoke about the history of Zoroastrianism, where and how the religion began, the great flood which wiped out the human race. We also discussed about the Parsi community, their declining population. We tried to understand Zoroastrian belief when it comes to god, meditation, spirits and procreation.
Courtesy: Australian Zoroastrian Association (AZA)
Monday, August 21, 2023, Shahenshahi Roj Khordad Mah Fravardin, will be observed by Parsis as ‘Khordad Sal‘.
On this day, after your daily (farajyat) prayers, recite the line below (from the Fravardin Yasht) 101, 303, 505, 707 or 909 times:
“Ushta no zāto āthrava yo Spitāmo Zarathushtro.”
“Rejoice! (Thanks to Thee, O Ahura, that) the savior Spitama Zarathushtra is born.”
May the Asho Farohar of Vakshure Vakshuran (Prophet of Prophets) Asho Spitaman Zarathushtra shower His blessings on our troubled community on this day of great spiritual remembrance!
On this auspicious occasion, we present some not-so-well-known facts about the most exalted spiritual status and powers of Prophet Asho Spitaman Zarathushtra as revealed in the Avesta scriptures (Gatha, Yasna and Yashts) and Pahlavi writings.