Sunday, September 9, 2007

Dastooorji Kokadaroo Baj (Death Anniversary) on Behram roj, Farvardin mah

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla
Date: Sep 8, 2007 12:12 PM
Subject: Re: Dastooorji Kokadaroo Baj (Death Anniversary) on Behram
roj, Farvardin mah
To: TZML <>

Baname Khuda!

Dear Zarathushtis,

today on Behram roj, Farvardin mah is the Baj (death anniversary) of
Dasturji Kookadaroo (a very recent Zoroastrian "saint" )

The full name of Dasturji Kookadaroo is Dastur Jamshid Sohrabji Kookadaroo.

Please find below the life and teachings of Dasturji Kookadaroo.

Tehemton B. Adenwalla
(please see below)


We respect Dasturji Kookadaru as a great spiritual personage of our
religion. Our religion askes us to pay homage to the righteous
Fravashis of men and women of all races around the world. Since
Dasturji was a true righteous Zoroastrian, we pay homage to his

A TZML member says:

"I for one, am a firm believer of Dasturji Kookadaru and on a personal
level I have experienced his divine help several times, whenever I am
in great difficulty all I do is take his name silently (Dastur Jamshed
Ervad Sohrab) and the difficulty just vanishes, like magic! Many
devout zoroastrians will bear me out on this."

Here is a brief life sketch of Dastur Kookadaru from the book "Galaxy
of Parsi Saints" by Ervad Erach D. Daboo for the benefit of our TZML

Dastoor Kookana of the Blessed Soul

Dastoorji Jamshedji Sohrabji Kookana was also known as Dastoorji
Kookadaru, daroo being derived from the original word "Andhyaroo"
meaning priest. Mobed sahibs performing "Paav Mahel" i.e. Yazashne,
Vendidad, Nirangdin ceremonies have the honorific epithet "daroo"
attached to their names e.g. Rustomdaroo, Darabdaroo, Nalladaroo
prevalent even today.

Kookadaroo's dasturship was not hereditary, however he was assigned
the Gaadi of dasturship in view of his Ashoi (holiness) and pure,
simple and abstentious life and perfect sound knowledge of and grasp
of overall Hoshmordi (non paav-mahel or ordinary ceremonies). This
title was thus given to him out of respect, adoration and veneration
for him. His opinions were held authoritative and binding in all
matters connected with religion, customs, tradition and ceremonies and
the ancient Iranian history as they were based on testimonies from
religious books. His advice and opinions were thus treated as final.
His life was very simple and in conformity with his glorious title of
a Dastoor (pehlavi Dast-hand-bar= leader). It is said that he cooked
his own food and put on clothes after rewashing them after they were
washed by the washerman. Whenever he had to go from one agiari to
another to perform ceremonies he used to go by foot and never used any

It is said about his holiness and "Amal" (power) acquired from Paav
Mahel ceremonies that when the Anjuman Atashbehram in Bombay was going
to be newly established the managers began to experience paucity of
funds. They could not collect the necessary amount and were
disheartened. On coming to know of this Dasturji Kookadaru prayed in
the fire temple the whole night, performed various religious
ceremonies and through his power and expertise in Alchemy, he produced
the requisite quantity of gold which on being given the next day to
the managers could fetch the exact amount of shortfall necessary in
the funds. Thus like former Dastoors such as Ardaviraf, Tansar,
Adarbad Marespand, Nairyosang Dhaval and Meherji Rana, Dastoorji
Kookadaru was an equally holy Dastoor possessing Amal. (power of

He was born on Roj Jamyad Mah Avan Shahenshahi and paased away at a
ripe age on Roj Behram Mah Fravadin. He had the power to foretell
anyone's future events, behaviour, nature etc. only by looking at
his/her face.

His name with those of other dastoors is recited with respect as
"Ayderyadbad Anoshe raven ravani" i.e. the immortal soul of Dastur
Jamshed Ervad Sohrab is remembered here with due respect.

- from the book "Galaxy of Parsi Saints" by Ervad Erach D. Daboo

[As reproduced from ]