“Vignettes from Parsi History & Prospect – and the What IF? … Factor!”
As it’s a collection of articles from Parsi annals; It should be wildly circulated to family & friends as a FYI set of articles of Parsis’ Historical Happenings & Fuzzy Future.
For the Diaspora ‘Y-Gen’ Zhamdins, who should have known, but were . . . . .
Too busy! (weren’t bothered?) To ask about their heritage.
Edul Kanga. GTA-CA.
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By Adil F. Rangoonwalla
(Courtesy Jame Jamshed)
We have just entered the second month of the Parsi year 1380, namely ‘Ardibehesht’ and we may reflect upon some thoughts pertaining to ‘Ardibehesht Ameshaspand’, called ‘Asha Vahishta’ in ‘Avesta’, one of the most celebrated ‘Ameshaspands’. The Holy Immortals, who are seven in all, stand next to Ahura Mazda. The ‘Gathas’ are replete with their invocations. When their holy names are recited as a part of prayers, they are ‘manthras’ of great spiritual power and efficacy. ‘Asha Vahishta’ literally means best righteousness.
Some beauty of expression is always lost in translation. Almost no word exists in any language, which can do full justice to the profound concept of ‘Asha’. We have the five ‘Gathas’ of which ‘Ahunavaiti’ is the first and longest. Right from the start of this ‘Gatha’, Prophet Zarathushtra invokes ‘Vohumana’ and ‘Asha’ together for being in communion with Ahura Mazda:
“…Through deeds inspired-by-Asha (I pray) for all (Knowledge)
(and) for Wisdom of Vohu Mano (do I pray)
thus, I-shall-bring-solace to the Soul of Mother Earth as well.”
[From: ‘The Religion of Zarathushtra’ by I. J .S. Taraporevala].
These two ‘Amesha Spentas’ are invoked by the Prophet to be victorious in his mission, that is, to bring peace on Earth. ‘Vohumana’ is good mind and ‘Asha’ stands for truth, order and righteousness. An important aspect connected to ‘Vohumana’ is kindness and compassion towards all living beings especially to small animals over which he presides and truth is intimately related to purity. Read more