Date: Feb 8, 2008 2:07 PM
Subject: Fw: Antia
To: Tannaz Parakh
A message from one of our Traditionals.
This is in response to the article entitled "Liberal Parsis take on
the Orthodox" penned by Sweta Ramanujan, which appeared in the HT
edition dated February 1, 2008.
The proverb "Ignorance Is Bliss" applies to these so-called Liberals
/ Radicals, who give one the impression of absurdity colouring their
thought patterns, apropos. These Rebels have donned the garb of a
Saviour or a Messiah of Zoroastrianism who seem to "know" the hows
and whys of this pristine religion without making an attempt to study
and cognize it.
To quote the co-founder of ARZ, Kersi Wadia : "Injustice is meted out
to inter-married Parsis….but the scriptures do not say anything like
this…They say the religion is universal…" This response from Kersi
Wadia sounds akin to a dialogue between two nursery kids fighting for
a lollipop !
I would like to ask Kersi Wadia apropos his "knowledge" of one of the
oldest religions of India - Zoroastrianism.
The opinions of these liberals are coloured with naivete and indicate
that they seem to be blissfully unaware of the VENDIDAD – details of
which are available on the internet, interalia, regarding
They have either not heard of or comprehended the meaning of
"jzirhum" , which is one of the main reasons why intermarriage cannot
be accepted, not only in Zoroastrianism, but in all religions, per se.
This concept applies to each and every religion. Man is not endowed
with cosmic powers to enable him to alter the message of the Prophets
of the religion of his birth.
A string of fancy degrees attached to names alongwith with pots full
of money and worldly luxuries do not bestow divine knowledge on
anybody and man has no authority whatsoever to modify either the text
or the meaning of the scriptures of ANY RELIGION ON EARTH MERELY TO
SUIT HIS WHIM & FANCY.
These "Liberals" are merely "refined idiots who lack commonsense"
and they are trying to woo the community members with loads of
FREEBIES merely to attend their meeting and witness them making total
fools of themselves. That if people decide to attend this meeting,
it will only be to procure "the FREEBIES", unlike community meetings
held by our High Priests in tandem with noted scholars of
Zoroastrianism, like Mr Adi Doctor and others, which are attended by
fellow Zoroastrians in L A R G E N U M B E R S WITHOUT ANY
FREE SNACKS OR BEVERAGES BEING GIVEN TO THEM MERELY TO ENTICE
THEM TO ATTEND SUCH MEETINGS.
That pamphlets enticing them with these FREEBIES have been dispatched
to all Parsi colonies / buildings in Bombay, pleading with them to
attend their "glorified" meeting.
In contrast, it would be advised that they thoroughly cognize
"Zoroastrianism" before worrying about our "dwindling numbers", for
purity is always preferred to adulteration, indubitably.
Here is an excerpt from the November 2005 edition of Parsee Voice,
which is self-explanatory:-
"In a section of the Hindu community in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, which
are an eye-opener for the Parsee community and, particularly, for
those pernickety Parsees, like the trustees of ARZ or a panthaky or
two of certain Agiaries of Mumbai, In the month of November, certain
events took place who, because of ignorance, take pride in allowing a
non-Parsee spouse of a Parsee woman to attend the Zoroastrian
prayers/rituals performed in a temple or elsewhere.
It should be remembered that idols in a few Hindu temples only, are
consecrated. Therefore, non-Hindus are non-permitted there.
In the case of Parsee fire-temples, all of them having any or all of
the three categories of fires – Atash Behram, Adaran and Dadgah – are
consecrated and non-Parsees are not allowed inside.
Coming back to the Bhubaneshwar temples, where the incidents occurred
in November, we find that an American lady, Pamela Fleig and her
husband, Anil Kumar Yadav of U.P. whom she had married, after
"becoming a Hindu" under the Arya Samaj rites in June 2005, at
Varanasi, went to the 11th century Lingaraj temple, but were denied
entry, as the temple has never allowed a foreigner to enter in the
past. Twice the couple was denied entry, after which they lodged a
police complaint. All that the police could do, was register a case.
"It is a religious matter and we cannot help the couple enter the
temple. It is the temple authorities that can grant them the
permission," said the police officer.
The more important factor is that though the Shankaracharya of Puri
intervened later, the temple priests would not relent.:
An object lesson for some of our buzdil priests, who, even if they
don't encourage entry by aliens, do not have the guts to stop wrong
persons from entering the sacred Fire Temple! Thai Princess, Too!
As if this was not enough, a little later, the other famous temple in
Orissa, the Jagannath temple of Puri, also refused permission to the
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace winner, the Princess of Thailand, Mahee
A senior temple official told the Time of India News Network: "This
has been a practice for centuries".
In this case, the Central Government itself had sought a clarification
from the Orissa government, whether the Princess would be allowed
entry into the 12th century temple. Said the official, "We consulted
the temple's body of priests and
pundits, who did not agree." Bravo!
Converted Hindus, Buddhists and Jains from other countries are not
allowed inside this temple!! Champions of "World Body of Zoroastrians"
should take careful note!
Non-Hindus Not Welcome In Guruvayur Temple In Kerala.
As if all this was not enough, the DNA. Sunday edition of 20th
November, 2005, reported that the famed Shree Krishna temple in
Guruvayur, in Thiruvananthapuram, performed repeated 15 pujas for a
marathon six and a half hour session on Saturday, 19th November.
Why ? Because the priests found that a non-Hindu had been present in
the temple for five days!............................"
The Parsee Voice
Trust that this missive is taken in the right spirit and that
commonsense prevails on the Zuwaks / Radicals of Zoroastrianism whose
adage seems to be "DIVIDE AND RULE WITH VITRIOL, FOR WE HAVE
BEEN ORDAINED WITH MIRACULOUS POWERS TO INTRODUCE SWEEPING CHANGES IN
ZOROASTRIANISM BY VIRTUE OF OUR IMPURE AURA, INCORRECT KNOWLEDGE OF
ZOROASTRIANISM AND OUR FALSE BELIEFS" TO "BENEFIT ALL ZOROASTRIANS".
THAT HEDONISM IS PREFERRED TO A RELIGIOUS WAY OF LIFE....
Mrs PERVIN R KAVARANA