Over 500 Zarthostis Participate And Pray Together!
A Behram Yazad Jashan was performed at the ZAC (Zoroastrian Association of California) Atashkadeh / Agiary on Behram Roj, Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, to invoke divine intervention from our benevolent saviour – Behram Yazad – to help achieve Victory over the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus in India, and to bring about Health, Strength, Wealth, Longevity and Happiness amongst our community members and all human beings.
The Jashan was live streamed across the world on online Zoom platform, offering all global Zarthostis to partake of the opportunity. We are delighted to share that it received a resounding response! For the first time ever, we had over 500 community members from all across the world attending the Jashan and praying together (via Zoom).
The Humbandagi included praying the three sacred, potent and powerful Nirangs – the Vanant Yasht Nirang to remove all kinds of afflictions; the Ardibehesht Yasht Nirang to restore and bless us all with good health and well-being; and the Sarosh Yasht Vadi Nirang for complete overall protection from all things negative.
After the prayers, Ervad Bhandara thanked the ZAC committee for organizing the Jashan, thanked the community for participating, and blessed the participants with good health and long life. Furthermore, Ervad Bhandara said, “I am confident and positive that with the powerful vibrations of our prayers we will conquer this and be Victorious. With the blessings of Dadar Ahuramazda, Amesha Spentas, Yazatas, and Fravashis, within a month we will achieve 50% Victory, by next Behram Roj. On that day, we will perform a Jashan of victory and I need your help in strengthening the prayers with your participation to achieve total success.”
The conclusion of the event was marked by the playing of the video clip of our very own erudite speaker and BPP Trustee Noshir Dadrawala. He said, “I am grateful to you, Ervad Zarrir Bhandara for the opportunity that you have given me to say a few words and I thank you for the initiative that your taken to organize the Jashan to invoke the blessings of Behram Yazad, who Zarthostis across the world invoke, as the divine dispeller of all difficulties and the giver of victory.
It is said that a family that prays together stays together. In like manner, a community that prays together, stays together; and I think this is a wonderful initiative that you have taken to get the global Community together to participate in this Jashan, invoking the blessings of the victory giver – Behram Yazad. Thank you very much for that!
Thank you for this opportunity where I would like to say a few words about the importance of prayer in our life. We tend to think that as long as we lead a life walking the path of Asha, which is truth, and righteousness, that’s all that matters. Yes, that’s very important to lead the life of a good Zarthosti, walking on the part of Asha that is truth, purity, righteousness. But prayer is an important component of our day-to-day life.
Just as we need food to sustain our physical body, we also need prayers as food for our spirit or the soul. Prayers are the nourishment for our soul, and therefore it would be foolhardy to ignore the importance of prayers in our day-to-day life.
Zarathushtrian prayers are referred to as Manthra – just as the Hindus refer to them as Mantras. These are best understood as articulate sounds which unite us to the subconscious, conscious and superconscious planes. When properly recited, Mathras have the power to lift devotees to a higher state of consciousness. And this is something that all those who are deep into activity of prayers have experienced. And let’s not just being theoretical, the proof of the pudding is in the eating – once you start praying, you would know it’s efficacy!
Zarathushtra calls himself a Manthran, that is one, who composes the mathras. Prayers, in my opinion, are a purifying Force – they purify the atmosphere around you. You will notice that if you enter a home where there are prayers recited or you enter a place of worship prayers, where prayers are recited, you automatically feel a purifying sense (energy).
So, prayers are a unifying force. As we’re trying to do today, just like a family that prays together, stays together and the community that prays together, stays together. It is also a healing force. As I said earlier, just as we need food for the body, the physical body, prayers or Manthras which are energy, are needed for the soul. The energy, which human beings can vocalise, can have a major healing force on yourselves and the environment around you.
I congratulate you once again, Ervad Bhandara and your team, and our brethren all across the world.
I’m glad that we are having this Jashan to invoke the blessings not just of Behram Yazad, but also Ahura Mazda himself – the Creator, Zarathushtra who is our prophet, our guide and all the Yazatas or the Divine energies of Ahura Mazda Himself!
May the blessings of Ahura Mazda, Zarathushtra, the Yazatas including Behram Yazad, be upon our community! May we attain success in overcoming this horrible pandemic and may Ahura Mazda bless us with good health and happiness. Thank you very much,” so saying, Noshir Dadrawala concluded the global Behram Yazad Jashan, even as the participants returned to their lives with an added sense of positivity, hope and faith in the power of our glorious prayers!
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