Friday, December 31, 2010

This New Year 2011, Help Akshaya Patra feed schoolchildren in India

Happy New Year 2011 to all my readers and their families!
All the Best for the New Year.

This New Year 2011, Help Akshaya Patra feed schoolchildren and increase education in India. Your one-off donation (not a big amount) actually feeds a midday meal to 1 or more children for a full year. This is the best value we have seen, thanks to help from the government of India.

It only takes $11.50 to feed a child in India for an ENTIRE school year, to ensure that she stays in school and continues her education. If you have an Indian bank account, you can pay in Indian Rupees from your bank.

World Currency or Paypal

Indian Rupees

Their website mentions: "Realizing that a nutritious school meal is an effective means of getting underprivileged children come to school and complete their education, we formed a not-for-profit organization in June 2000 to take up this cause. Our purpose - to provide "unlimited food for education", thus freeing children from the vicious cycle of poverty and ensuring them an education.

It was only right that we named our organization Akshaya Patra – a vessel from which unlimited amounts of food may be drawn.

We started as a pilot project in five schools in Bangalore, feeding 1,500 children and have now grown into a mammoth endeavor reaching out to over a million children in 17 locations across seven states in India.

Today, we firmly believe that feeding and educating an underprivileged child is not charity; it’s our social responsibility."



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Remove thirst of some Indian families


Happy Diwali. If any of you are interested in removing the thirst of
some Indian families, here are the details.
You can pay directly by NEFT in India and all it takes is Rs5000 for a
bore well. See below for the
account details of the NGO.

This is considered a good act in all religions - be it Hinduism,
Islam, Christianity, Judaism or
Zoroastrianism. See below for the details. Please forward to your own
friends and family.

Mother Teresa said in one of her talks:
On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, "Come,
enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was
thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then
Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, "Depart from me
because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you
did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These
will ask Him, "When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did
not come to Your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you
neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do
unto Me!"



On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM, Narra Srinivasa Rao <> wrote:

> Dear Sir / Madam,
> Thank you for expressing your interest to do some help to the activities, which have been implementing by us in part of 'upliftment of the lives of rural disadvantaged people'.
> Cost of bore wells:
> Cost of Mark-I borewell + Platform = Rs. 30,000/-, which can helps about 125 families belonging to dry land areas. (This can be donated only by Option 1 & 2 since this request is yet to be listed in Option 3)
> Cost of Mark-II bore well + Platform = Rs.5,000/-, which can helps about 20 to 30 families belonging to Sea-coastal areas. (You can donate by all 3 options)
> Mode of donation transfer: Of course, you can send your donation through any one of the following three options.
> Option 1: Cheque (or) D.D in favour of 'Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society' payable at Chilakaluripet.
> Option 2: Through NEFT transaction:
> For Non-FCRA Transactions:
> a.      Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society,
> A/c No.783504256,
> Indian Bank,
> Chilakaluripet,
> IFSC Code: IDIB000C021
>              (or)
> b.      Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society,
> A/c No.630701106554,
> ICICI Bank Ltd,
> Guntur Main Branch,
> IFSC/NEFT/RTGS Code: ICIC0006307
>  For Foreign Contributions:
> Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society,
> A/c No. 400601011000941,
> IFSC/NEFT/RTGS Code: VIJB0004006
> Option 3: Through GiveIndia:
> Tax Benefits through donation Options - 1 & 2:
> You will be provided 80G certificate copy (u/s 80G of the IT Act up to 50% of your donation is deductible)
> Tax Benefits through donation Options - 3:
> Since there are lot of benefits under this options, you can follow the link to aware of the tax benefits:
> These are the options and tax benefits for your voluable contributions.
> Kindly, send your comments and feedback to us through
> Best regards,
> Srinivas.N
> Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society
> H.No: 3-68/1, 5th lane,
> Pandaripuram,
> Chilakaluripet - 522 616,
> Guntur District,
> Andhra Pradesh.
> Ph.No: +91 8647 252333
> Mobile No: +91 9666159615
> E-mail:
> Website:

Saturday, October 30, 2010


From: Karl Sahukar
Date: Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Dear Friends,


Please view the attachments and participate in the signature campaign.

The letters for preserving the environs of Udvada to protect the
sanctity of Iranshah need to be sent to the following addresses either
by post, fax or email:

Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister

1st Block, 5th Floor,

New Sachivalaya,

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Fax: +91-79-2322101 (when dialing from outside India)

Fax: 079-2322101 (when dialing from within India)   PRO to Hon. CM   Secretary to Hon. CM

Shri N. P. Thaker, Collector,



Karl Sahukar

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vote for a 29-year old True Indian Hero on CNN

Forwarded by Porus


Vote on CNN for a true Indian Hero 29-year old Narayanan Krishnan here :
He has provided more than 1.2 million hot meals through his nonprofit
organization Akshaya Trust, and now hopes to extend this to shelter
for the homeless too.

Please forward this to your friends too, its a good cause.


He brings hot meals to India 's homeless

New Delhi:  If you had not heard of Narayanan Krishnan, as I had not,
it is a collective failure. This is one of the most incredible stories
of personal commitment.

Narayanan Krishnan, all of 29 years old now, does what he was
professionally trained to do as a chef. Feed people. Only Krishnan
does not do this in the swanky confines of a 5-star hotel. Every day,
he wakes up at 4 am, cooks a simple hot meal and then, along with his
team, loads it in a van and travels about 200 km feeding the homeless
in Madurai , Tamil Nadu.
Krishnan feeds, often with his hands, almost 400 destitute people
every day. And for those who need it, he provides a free haircut too.

According to CNN, eight years ago, this award-winning chef with a
five-star hotel chain was all set to go to Switzerland for a
high-profile posting. On a visit to a Madurai temple, he came across a
homeless, old man eating his own human waste. That stark sight changed
Krishnan's life.

Much to the dismay of his parents, CNN says, Krishnan abandoned his
career plans and decided to spend his life and his professional
training in looking after those who could not care for themselves. He
has provided more than 1.2 million hot meals through his nonprofit
organization Akshaya Trust, and now hopes to extend this to shelter
for the homeless too.

Krishnan is the only Indian in a list of 10 heroes that CNN has picked
worldwide to honor. One of them will be chosen CNN Hero of the Year,
selected by the public through an online poll. If many Indians get
together to vote for this inspiring man, he can win by a long mile.

If Krishnan wins he will get $100,000 in addition to the $25,000 that
he gets for being shortlisted for the Top 10. Akshaya Trust needs all
the monetary support it can get to build on Krishnan's dream. Let's
help him get there.

Vote for Krishnan here :
The poll continues through November 18 at 6 a.m. ET.


From: jolly writer
Date: Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM

   From :  Mr. Jolly. Writer.

Date: Friday, 22 October, 2010, 3:32 AM


October 21, 2010
The Udvada Samast Anjuman would like to inform community members all over the world, about the possible threat that our sacred Shreeji Pak Iranshah is presently facing.
The tenure of a huge plot of land, around 200 acres, situated directly behind our most sacred Shreeji Pak Iranshah Atashbehram is in the process of being changed from Agriculture to Non-Agriculture, after which it is proposed to set up an Industrial Estate / redevelopment of residential colonies. If this change of tenure is permitted and an Industrial Estate is allowed to be established in the vicinity of Shreeji Pak Iranshah Atashbehram it will completely destroy the sanctity of our holiest place of worship.
It is hoped that members of the community, irrespective of their ideologies will unite for the common cause of protecting our venerated Shreeji Pak Iranshah.
May Shreeji Pak Iranshah continue to reign in splendour and continue to shower His blessings on all in our community for eternity.
For & on behalf of
Udvada Samast Anjuman,
Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor

Monday, May 24, 2010



By Firdosh Sukhia

            The point of power is in the present moment. The thoughts
we have held and the words we have repeatedly used, have created our
life and experiences up to this point .Yet that is past thinking. We
have already done that. What we are choosing to think today, this
moment, will create the next day, the next week, the next month and
the next year. The point of power is always in the present moment.
This is where we begin to make changes. What a liberating idea!

            Both, the good and the bad in our lives are the results of
our mental thought patterns which form our experiences. We all have
many thought patterns that produce good positive experiences which we
enjoy. It is the negative thought patterns (which generally out-number
our positive thought patterns) that produce uncomfortable, unrewarding
experiences with which we are afflicted.

            We have learnt that for every aspect of our lives, there
is a constant thought pattern that precedes and maintains it. Our
consistent thought patterns create our experiences. Therefore, by
changing our thinking patterns we can change ourselves for a happy and
better life.

            If we understand the true meaning of metaphysical
causations, and how our beliefs and ideas are often the cause of our
illness, then we can be aware of the connection between the thoughts
and different parts of our body which create our physical ailments.

Replacing Old Patterns:

            For every condition in our lives, we have created a need,
a sort of bondage, for it. The symptom is only an outer effect. We
must go within to dissolve the inner cause. This is why mere will
power and discipline cannot work in isolation. They are only battling
the outer effects. It is like cutting off the weeds instead of pulling
the roots out. So, before you begin the new thought patterns, in
addition to will power, and discipline, work on the eradication of the
root cause to release the bondage of your obsessions like smoking,
alcohol, addictions or whatever vices associated with them. When the
need is gone, the outer effect must die. No plant can live if the root
is cut off!

            The mental thought patterns that cause most diseases are
criticism, anger, resentment and guilt. For instance, criticism
indulged long enough will often lead to the physical ailment of
arthritis. Anger turns into matters that burn our body. Resentment can
lead to tumors and cancer. Guilt always seeks punishment and leads to
aches and pain. It is easier to get rid of negative attitudes by
positive thinking when we are healthy than to try to dig them out when
we are in a state of ill health. When cancer or any other illness
returns, it is because the patient has made no mental changes and thus
recreates the illness.


            "Affirmations are anything we say or think. Our thoughts
create our feelings, beliefs and experiences. Too often they are
negative. We say: "I do not want this in my life", or "I hate my job."
If we want to change or manifest something in our life, we must state
what we do want. Instead of the negative thinking, we must affirm that
we are determined to see ourselves in a different perspective. We can
change our life only by first getting out of the rut and changing our
thoughts with a positive attitude.

 Mental exercise:

            Take a little time to listen to the words you say. If you
hear yourself saying something quite often, write it down. It has
become a pattern for you. At the end of a certain period, say a month
or so, look at the list you have made and you will see how your words
fit your experiences. Be willing to change your words and thoughts and
watch your life change. The way to control your life is to control the
choice of words and thoughts. You can put right thoughts in your mind
only by your persistent efforts.          Thoughts can make or break
you.  Freedom of choice is given to us and it is in our hands to
maneuver our thoughts in the right direction, or allow it to meander
into dark crevices which 'Ahriman' has cunningly dug for us. You take
your pick, and pay for it!

            The 'Patet Pashemani' prayer compiled by our last Rainidar
Adarbad Marespand has exhaustive list of sins wherein penance is
possible only if there is a change of heart. In other words, by
changing our way of thinking we can repent for the wrongs committed by
us and turn on the path of righteousness.

            If we carefully study the pattern of wrongs committed by
us, we would be surprised to find that the root cause is UNTRUTH.
Hence, truth and penance (Meher Patet) are stressed in our religion
for our spiritual progress.

            Our Manashni, Gavashni, and Kunashni can only lead us to
Humata, Hukhata and Huvarashta. .The prefix Hu suggests qualities
equivalent to those of Ahu (i.e.God). In Vendidad Pargard 22 it has
been stated that the ailments were cast upon humanity by 'Ahriman'
through the implantation of wrong thoughts in human beings. "Manthra
Baeshasz" (i.e. healing with the Manthra Spenta prayers) along with
'Ashoi' and observation of 'Tarikats' are considered the highest form
of healing.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Help Akshaya Patra feed schoolchildren and increase education in India

Help Akshaya Patra feed schoolchildren and increase education in India

Help Akshaya Patra feed schoolchildren and increase education in India

World Currency

Indian Rupees

Their website mentions: "Realizing that a nutritious school meal is an effective means of getting underprivileged children come to school and complete their education, we formed a not-for-profit organization in June 2000 to take up this cause. Our purpose - to provide "unlimited food for education", thus freeing children from the vicious cycle of poverty and ensuring them an education.

It was only right that we named our organization Akshaya Patra – a vessel from which unlimited amounts of food may be drawn.

We started as a pilot project in five schools in Bangalore, feeding 1,500 children and have now grown into a mammoth endeavor reaching out to over a million children in 17 locations across seven states in India.

Today, we firmly believe that feeding and educating an underprivileged child is not charity; it's our social responsibility." 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Famous Quotations about India

In Praise of India: Famous Quotations about India - I  

Will Durant, American historian: "India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all".

Mark Twain, American author: "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

Albert Einstein, American scientist: "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Max Mueller, German scholar: If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. 

Romain Rolland, French scholar : "If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India." 

Henry David Thoreau, American Thinker & Author: Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night. 

R.W. Emerson, American Author: In the great books of India, an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence, which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the questions that exercise us. 

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA: "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border." 

Dr Arnold Toynbee, British Historian: "It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way." 

Keith Bellows, National Geographic Society : "There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds... I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.

A Rough Guide to India: "It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else.

Mark Twain: "So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked." 

Will Durant, American Historian: "India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings.

William James, American Author: "From the Vedas we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included. They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology." 

Max Muller, German Scholar: "There is no book in the world that is so thrilling, stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads." ('Sacred Books of the East') 

Sir William Jones, British Orientalist: "The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity is of wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either." 

P. Johnstone: "Gravitation was known to the Hindus (Indians) before the birth of Newton. The system of blood circulation was discovered by them centuries before Harvey was heard of." 

Lancelot Hogben: "There has been no more revolutionary contribution than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented ZERO." ('Mathematics for the Millions') 

Wheeler Wilcox: "India - The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas." 

W. Heisenberg, German Physicist: "After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense." 

Emmelin Plunret: "They were very advanced Hindu astronomers in 6000 BC. Vedas contain an account of the dimension of Earth, Sun, Moon, Planets and Galaxies." ('Calendars and Constellations') 

Sylvia Levi: "She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim ... her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!" 

Schopenhauer: "Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world." (Works VI p.427) 

Mark Twain: "India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire." 

Colonel James Todd: "Where can we look for sages like those whose systems of philosophy were prototypes of those of Greece: to whose works Plato, Thales and Pythagorus were disciples? Where do I find astronomers whose knowledge of planetary systems yet excites wonder in Europe as well as the architects and sculptors whose works claim our admiration, and the musicians who could make the mind oscillate from joy to sorrow, from tears to smile with the change of modes and varied intonation?" 

Sir W. Hunter, British Surgeon: "The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. A special branch of surgery was dedicated to rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now borrowed.

Sir John Woodroffe: "An examination of Indian Vedic doctrines shows that it is in tune with the most advanced scientific and philosophical thought of the West." 

B.G. Rele: "Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine." ('The Vedic Gods') 

Adolf Seilachar & P.K. Bose, scientists: "One Billion-Year-Old fossil prove life began in India: AFP Washington reports in Science Magazine that German Scientist Adolf Seilachar and Indian Scientist P.K. Bose have unearthed fossil in Churhat a town in Madhya Pradesh, India which is 1.1 billion years old and has rolled back the evolutionary clock by more than 500 million years." 

Will Durant, American Historian: "It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Firdosh K Sukhia
Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM
To: ilm-e-Khshnoom <>


This essay was written by a 15 years old student as a class assignment. The teacher had asked all her students to write about their individual religion.

Full credit goes to the parents of the child who right from such an impressionable age inculculate faith and teach them to be faithful towards its own religion in which one is born.

You may photocopy this essay and circulate it among all Zarathushtris.



By Farishte Parekh


            My Mazdayasni Zarathushtri religion was established thousands of years ago, may be over 15,000 years in recent history.

            From time immemorial certain highly evolved souls took incarnation on this planet earth. They were known as 'MAGHAVS' who laid down divine laws which were attributable to God and proclaimed them as 'MAZDAYASNI DAEN'. The creator of the universe was termed: 'MAZDA'.  'YASNA' means: Attuned to. And 'DAEN' is the word for Divine Laws (Religion). Thus the full connotation of the word 'MAZDAYASNI' is: Attuned to the Creator (Mazda).

            On studying the ancient history of Persia we learn that Maghavs were in existence     even before the lost continent of Atlantis. Two of the three islands in which the continent of Atlantis was fragmented due to the shifting of earth's north-south poles were called 'ARYANA' and 'POSEIDION'. The Aryan and Poseidon civilizations were very advanced. Maghavs who inhabited these islands have preserved the occult knowledge of the Mazdayasni Daen for posterity which is, of course, esoteric.

            King Jamsheed, Shah Fareidoon of the PESHDADIAN dynasty; the immortal Kai Khshroo, Kai Lohrasp, Kai Vishtasp, Kai Kobad, Kai Kaus and all monarchs of the KAYANIAN dynasty belonged to the Maghav groups. The monarchs were thus not only temporal rulers but also spiritual ones. The great Athravan ASHO SPITMAN ZARATHUSHTRA was a Maghav born of a long line of Maghavs whose family genealogy can be traced to nine generations. The Kayanian dynasty began in about 9,000 B.C. and Paegumber Saheb (Prophet) Asho Spitman Zarathushtra made his advent during the reign of Kai Vishtasp (About 7,500 B.C.).

            From the above synopsis it may be noted that Lord Zarathushtra was himself a Mazdayasni born in a family practising Masdayasni religion. He revived the ancient Mazdayasni religion by bringing back to mankind the occult knowledge and popularizing it by moral precepts through his 'GATHAS', and 21 Nasks of Frashusho Manthra. The people thereafter from the time of Kai Vishtasp began to call themselves 'MAZDAYASNI ZARATHUSHTRIANS' and the religion became known as 'MAZDAYASNI ZARATHUSHTRI' which is practiced hitherto.  

            According to the ancient scriptures of my religion, conversion and inter-marriages are specifically prohibited. I shall briefly deal with these two in the following paragraphs.

            We Mazdayasni Zarathushtris believe that every religion is sent by God to mankind with its respective divine fields which MUST be adhered to. It is ordained and we humans have no authority to alienate the religion of our birth or convert one born in a particular religion to other. It is our firm understanding that prophets, from time to time, have given us perfect directions through the respective religions they have established in this world. There are proper guidelines laying down the disciplines for each individual born under a particular religion to follow and be governed by the specific divine fields.

According to 'BUNDHISHIN', one of the ancient Pahlavi works of our Mazdayasni Zarathushtri religion, our souls themselves have volunteered to take incarnation on this earth, undergo suffering, meet with the good and evil and gain experience for their progress in the spiritual world. For this purpose, in which religion a soul will be born and which body it will inhabit is predetermined. Just as a soul cannot change the body in which it has taken inhabitation, it cannot change the religion with the particular inbedded divine fields it has chosen. Thus one is here to gain experience of the good and evil for his soul's spiritual progress. This is what we regard as a definition of 'life' and its very purpose. Accordingly, we Mazdayasni Zarathushtrian firmly believe that this is the very reason why different souls take birth in different religions and inhabit different bodies to gain the comprehensive experience. One birth in one particular religion is not enough. Births from time to time in different religions fore, ordained until perfection is attained. Moral precepts certainly help; but it is the disciplines of each religion the individual has to faithfully follow on every birth, that leads to the perfection our souls crave for the ultimate union with the Divine.                                                                                         

            It may be realised that religion is something more than a mere course in moral science. It is a complete spiritual system comprising of ALL the four integrated and inseparable elements viz GATHAS (moral precepts), TARIKATS (disciplines), MANTRAS (prayers in a particular language) and KRIYAS (ceremonies) for furthering our evolution and the progress of our souls in the spiritual world.

            According to our religious scriptures developed from time to time, we believe that the five religions established on this earth have been spiritually classified under these 'JZHIRUMS':  BURJISH Jzhirum - The Mazdayasni Zarathushtri faith, TARAD Jzhirum - The Hindu faith, HASHEM  Jzhirum - The Muslim faith, NAHID Jzhirum - The Jewish faith, KAIWAN  Jzhirum - The Christian faith.                

            To preserve this spiritual classification, inter-marriages are considered as against the above established format. In fact, to preserve the characteristics of creatures living on this earth, intercourse between different breeds is not encouraged in nature. According to all religions including mine, inter-marriages are specifically prohibited. The ancient divine laws contained in our holy scripture 'VANDIDAD' clearly state that mixing the Mazdayasni genetic pool with the genes of individuals born under a different religion is a sin. This quotation is from Vandidad (Faragard 18 Para 62): "Then Ahura Mazda replied: 'O Holy Zarathushtra! Those Mazdayasnis who are mixing their seeds with nonMazdayasnis are committing sin."

            We are further enlightened by the scriptures that God, the Omnipotent, one without an equal, has appointed by contract his own agent we call 'Satan' (The destructive and ephemeral principle of Cosmos) for a fixed period. During the licensed regime, Satan is permitted to test all souls by spreading his malevolent and deceitful influence over all beings. Accordingly, Satan is not an adversary of God. The evil aspect has been specifically assigned to him by God. It is all according to the plan of the Lord to enable our souls to undergo the experience for their perfection which alone can lead to salvation.

            A question of moral philosophy arises from the aspect of 'Duality' – the dual aspect of good and evil. One may wonder how evil could emanate from God. At the outset, it has to be borne in mind that there is no such thing as absolute evil. It is only a relative mental concept. Shakespeare has very rightly put it: 'There is some soul of goodness in things evil; would men diligently try it to distill?' What we specifically consider as evil is due to that part in us which we have derived during the evolutionary process from our earthly nature and body of an animal ancestry. When spirit and matter are in two different spheres, we learn that whatever thwarts the growth of spirit (soul) is evil. Whatever is against the Will of God is regarded as evil even though pleasures of senses may temporarily appear pleasant. We Mazdayasnis are, therefore, directed to fight the evil within us. 'All evil thoughts, words or deeds will lead us to most unpleasant plight' is an admonition form 'VISPA HUMATA'. Hence, our fervent prayer is always: 'Grant me, O Ahura Mazda! In thy rank to stand; a valiant soldier to the end!'

            It may be reiterated that 'good' and 'evil' are twins that are contrary in every respect, so that we can learn to distinguish between the real natures of the both. Evil may thus be considered as an outer layer which has to be shed to liberate the soul in the inner sanctum. The interplay of these two elements - the 'good' and the 'evil' - can only make the manifestation on the physical plain possible. Accordingly, 'Satan' does the unpleasant work assigned to him under the supreme authority of God for us to gain victory over the flesh.  This is why we have the concept of 'Soul' and 'Body' (A gross matter devoid of eternal life). The body passes through the various stages of evolution and the human body is the present ultimate product of that evolution, the soul within which is trying to merge with Ahura Mazda.            

            According to my religion, this earth is considered as a battle field.  There is no 'WANVAS' (Detachment from our day to day existence with the worldly attachments and to go away in a jungle to become a recluse) for us. We are required to lead a virtuous life, marry and have children, thereby fulfill our worldly moral responsibilities from birth till death. We have to fight the 'evil' like a soldier in a battle field. Our 'SUDREH' (The sacred white cotton garment) is considered as an armour and 'KUSHTI' (The white coloured woolen chord) as 'KAMARBANDH' (army belt). Every Mazdayasni Zarathushtri MUST wear these two next to his or her body at all times for all twenty four hours. Both these are considered as our weapons to help us to fight the 'evil'. They generate within us the spiritual energy to tread on the path of our Mazayasni Zarathushtri Daen.              

            A Mazdayasni Zarathushtri child is initiated in our religion before attaining puberty by the performance of a religious ceremony called 'NAVJOT'. The child at this ceremony affirms to abide by the Mazdayasni Zarathushtri Daen and is accordingly initiated in the fold. The priest performing the Navjot invests the child with a Sudreh and Kushti, makes him or her recite the Kushti prayers and the child thereafter declares  allegiance to our religion, promises to remain a Mazdayasni Zarathushtri and wear Sudreh and Kushti for all times to come.

            According to our religious scriptures, burial or cremation on death is considered as improper. What we believe in is 'KHURSHED NIGHARASHNI' (Exposure of the dead body to the rays of sun). Nature claims its own by such exposure without defiling its elements - earth and fire. This is the reason why, wherever possible, 'DOKHMAS' (Towers of Silence – Towers surrounded all around by high walls open to sky) are built for the disposal of the dead. It is believed that the soul remains with the body for four days after death to sever its earthly ties and starts its heavenly journey thereafter on the morning of the fourth day. A special religious ceremony is performed in the morning on this day which we call 'CHAHRUM'    

            It is incorrect to say that we Mazdayasni Zarathushtrian are 'Fire Worshippers'. Firdausi Toosi who wrote the epic 'SHAHNAMAH' (History of the Persian Masdayasni Dynasties) very aptly puts it: 'M pendar ke aatash parastan boodi; Perestandeh Pak Yazdan boodi' (Don't say that they are 'Fire Worshippers'. They pray to 'PAK YAZDAN' (Almighty God) through the medium of fire.)

            We regard fire as the most sacred creation of Dadar Ahuramazda and hence we build 'ATASH BEHRAMS and AGIYARIS' (Fire temples) for Mazdayasnis to offer prayers to the Almighty God. We also keep live fires and symbols of fire in our households for worshiping Him. We revere fire and consider it as an 'AALAAT' (Meaning: A thing or material in which certain high level spiritual energies are awakened). Our 'Sudreh' and 'Kushti' are also regarded as 'Aalaat'.

            An 'Aalaat' generates subtle waves and vibrations of spiritual energy within it and becomes attuned with similar waves and vibrations flowing in nature. A circuit is thus formed which enables the 'Aalaat" to absorb the streams of Ahura Mazda's divine light and then emanate and transmit all around.

            The reason why we do not allow nonMazdayasnis to enter our sacred fire temples is due to this very science of vibrations. We believe that all God's creations vibrate at their individual frequencies allotted to them. Only when the frequencies are compatible, harmony is created for the elements to get in tune with one another. It is just like the principle of radio transmission. The audio frequencies transmitted from the broadcasting station by means of the amplitude or frequency modulated radio waves (A.M. and F.M.) are received by the radio through its aerial and they are then matched with the frequencies generated by the radio with the means of its large air condenser to enable its speaker to vibrate and reproduce those audio frequencies in the form of music, song or speech. If any waves of noncompatible frequencies are picked up by the aerial, for instance the frequencies of an electrical spark emitting from a nearby defective electric switch, there will be disturbance in the audio reception. The same principle applies when a Mazdayasni prays before the holy fire in the fire temple. The frequency of the Maznayasni is compatible with the frequency of the holy fire which has been consecrated by ceremonies and prayers to specially match his or her frequency. It may be pertinent to note that people born in different religions vibrate on different frequencies as each religion has different divine fields embedded in it. Accordingly, a nonMazdayasni, because of being on a different frequency than that of the consecrated fire in the fire temple, would not match for the communion with the Divine through the medium of the sacred fire in the Mazdayasni fire temple.

Above are the salient features of my religion and our inherent beliefs.


Either get involved or stop criticizing the system. - By Shiv Khera
"Aevo pantaao yo Ashahay, veespay anyaeshaanm apantaanm"
There is only  one path, that of Righteousness (Ashoi); all others are non-paths.