ABCs for Zarathushtis

An alphabetic introduction to the concepts, teachings and customs of the Zoroastrian religion.

This book is an alphabetic introduction to the Zoroastrian religion, it’s teachings, customs and significance. Everything a Zoroastrian should aspire to learn about, and 26 reasons to be proud to be called one! From basic concepts of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, to the Gathas, Cyrus the Great, Persepolis, Haft-seen table, Navjote, Sudreh-Pushi and Sudreh Kusti. I hope you enjoy reading this book, and cherish it with your family.  Copies can be purchased through this website, and all major credit cards are accepted. Nominal shipping at $4 for 1 to 4 books. Paperback, $15.

Click here to see a preview of the book!

2017 Shahenshahi New Year

Photos of 2017 Shahenshahi New Year Function

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Service on Zoroastrianism at the Winchester Unitarian Church

Last Sunday, 20th August 2017, Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz was invited to conduct the entire Service on Zoroastrianism at the Winchester Unitarian Church.
The Service was very well received. The focus of the sermon was: Happiness to those, who bring Happiness to others. There were Readings on the Law of Asha, read by Phyllis Preston, and pieces on the meaning of Fire in Zoroastrianism, read by Asst.Minister Deb Morgan-Bennett.
The choir sang Chayye Hame Zarthushti, conducted and accompanied on the piano by thee Music Director John Kramer. John also played a Monajat. There was a silent meditation after Zareen recited the Ashem Vohu.
The Service ended with the Hamazor greeting and hand sliding among all. The sermon included a background of our religion, the philosophical and ethical concepts of Zoroastrianism, our tenets and beliefs, and were explained in a powerful, but lucid way.
Copies of the sermon or CD’s of the service may be requested directly from Zareen at zareen@managingcultures.com

ZAGBA Summer Picnic

 

Picnic Photos

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Dear Members:

It’s time to have some Summer fun!!

ZAGBA is organizing its annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 15th.

So let’s get together and have some good times with great food, drinks, games, swimming & water sports. Feel free to bring your friends/family visiting you.

Note: Please come to the park latest by 11am to ensure you get parking and space availability.

(Rain Date: following Sat-July 22nd (same time)

Website and Directions for the Hopkinton State Parkhopkinton.park@state.ma.us

Parking is approx. $5 per car. Once you come in from the Main Entrance, continue straight on the main road (do not take any of the right turns) and you should end up at the main swimming area parking lot. 

Phone No. for the Park is 508-435-4303

Boating: You can rent Boats for boating for a nominal fee.  Please note that Boating is in a  different area of the park.  Once you enter the park, you can ask the Park Attendant for details if you are interested.

ZAGBA will provide the followingPizza and paper products.

Please bring any food (such as sandwiches, fruits, chips) that you and your family enjoy with some extra to share, along with condiments, such as ketchup/mustard.  ZAGBA will not be providing with any beverages, so please bring your own water and juices (such as Lemonade) for your family and some to share.

Items you may bring along to the picnic:  Frisbees, badminton, kites, board games, cards, bathing-suits, hats, sunscreen lotion, bug spray, towels, folding chairs and blankets to sit on.

Hope to see many of you on Saturday, July 15th.  Please RSVP at your earliest.

Warm regards,

ZAGBA Board

Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani passes away

Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY) announces with great sorrow that our beloved Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani (KD and Keku to his associates and close friends) passed away on June 29, 2017 at the age of 95.

Condolences may be sent to his niece Zarine Weil, zbweil@comcast.com and Zarine’s son Darius Weil, darius.weil@gmail.com.

At Prof. Irani’s request the funeral will be very simple and private, ZAGNY will have a memorial meeting at the Dar-e-Mehr, the date and time will be announced shortly.

O B I T U A R Y
By Dr. Lovji Cama

Kaikhosrov Dinshah Irani, born on May 1, 1922 in Bombay, India, was the eldest son of Dinshah Jijibhoy Irani and Banu Mithibai Sethna. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College in Bombay and obtaining a Law Degree from Bombay University. He met his future wife Piroja who was a fellow clerk in the law firm where they worked. He came to the United States and worked on the Manhattan Project at the Univ. of Chicago and then at the Princeton Institute of Physics, where he had the opportunity to have many interactions with Albert Einstein. So impressed was Einstein with him that he wrote a letter of recommendation for a teaching position in Philosophy at City College in New York which helped him to obtain the position. He returned to Bombay to marry Piroja.

Prof. Irani became Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, after teaching there for 41 years. He was Chairman of the Department for nine years; and the Director, and Executive Director of the Program for the History and Philosophy of Science and was responsible for the development of the Program and its execution and teaching. He was also the Director of the Academy of Humanities and Sciences for 12 Years. He retired from teaching at the age of 90 and had a teaching record at City University in New York for 60 years. Here is a quote from one of his students: “Irani is an amazing professor; knows almost every major figure alive during his incredibly long lifetime; is lucid, precise, w/ fantastic memory. Be prepared for old, European pre-war teaching style. Take the class to learn, not to get a grade; he will not grade your work at all, but will give you a final grade from the gestalt or your performance.”

Among the awards he received, are: The City College citation for distinguished teaching in 1960, the Outstanding Teachers Award in 1984, the Award of the Society of Indian Academics in America in 1991, for service to the cause of Education. He also received the award for service to the cause of Zoroastrianism from the World Zoroastrian Organization in 1991. The Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994. One of his greatest honors was the establishment of the K D. Irani Chair of Philosophy, at The City College of New York, through an anonymous contribution of $2,000,000, by one of his students in 1999.

His original field of teaching and research, was Philosophy of Science. Prof. Irani was one of those rare individuals whose unique background and interests allowed him to understand the works of both Albert Einstein and Emanuel Kant and to successfully apply this kind of knowledge to his chosen field of the Philosophy of Science. In the last thirty years he worked in the area of History and Philosophy of Ancient Thought — Religious, Moral, Mythic, and Technological. He was a contributor on the Seminar for Ancient Ethics, presenting a paper on the Dawn of Conscience. He applied these philosophical analyses to Zoroastrian Scriptures. His original analysis of forms of religiosity was applied to Zoroastrianism and the Indo-Iranian religions and the work was published in the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute Journal (1986) as part of the Government Fellowship Lectures in Bombay in 1981.

Prof Irani arrived in New York in 1947, long before ZAGNY. Over the long years of his association with ZAGNY and indeed the entire North American Zoroastrian community, he was our teacher and advisor and made us think what Zarathushtra really meant by our belief in Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds. His wisdom and guidance benefited us all. His lectures on Zoroastrianism and Philosophy instructed and guided us to be good Zarthushtis. His standing within academia helped with the recognition of the Zarathushti religion in North America.

As a philosopher one may have expected him to be an ivory tower type. Far from this, he as a true Zoroastrian, involved himself in the life of the community. During 1993-95 Prof. Irani served as the President of ZAGNY and was on numerous Boards of ZAGNY. He arranged seminars and conferences under the ZAGNY umbrella. He also arranged the first and second Gatha Conferences held in the UK and Los Angeles and the first Yasht Conference in New Rochelle, NY. From the time of the inception of the Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-e- Mehr in New York, Prof. Irani conducted classes for adults on the subject of Zoroastrianism. His common sense and ethical approach to problems helped him shed light on many complex problems that arise within the North American Zoroastrian community.

He has given lectures on Zoroastrianism throughout North America, Europe, India and Pakistan. His knowledge of Zoroastrianism, especially the Gathas, his wit and sense of humor, and his ability to fit the subject of Zoroastrianism in the broader field of Philosophy makes him an engaging speaker and a great teacher. Prof. Irani is a person of great honesty and integrity, he has a firm belief in the teachings of Zarathushtra and was dedicated to these teachings. He had often trouble reconciling the social practices of Zoroastrianism when they were in conflict with these teachings.

Prof. Irani’s academic standing and respect gave him the ability to successfully represent and explain Zoroastrianism convincingly at many interfaith meetings. He was a unique treasure to the Zoroastrian community. His connections into the academic world provided the community access to some of the best minds who work in the field of religion and Zoroastrianism in particular. We were indeed fortunate to have amidst us this great philosopher, teacher and friend of our community and one of its finest members.

Navroze March 2017 Photos

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES!! 2017-18 UPCOMING ZAGBA EVENTS

 

  • September 16-NY’s Dar-e-Mehr Trip: On popular demand, we are again organizing a trip to NY’s Dar-e-Mehr.  The Evite will be going out in August. We will be taking this trip by bus and for those who want to travel by their car, can meet the ZAGBA group straight at the Dar-e-Mehr. ZAGBA has already booked a bus again for this year and as most of you know from last year’s trip, the seats on the bus are limited to approx. 50-52 seats.  So reservations will be strictly on first come basis (no favors), and hence with respect to your responses, please make sure you RSVP straight on the Evite in a timely manner.  Sending your RSVP to ZAGBA by email or telling a board member will not be counted as an RSVP. It has to be on the Evite. Families with young kids, please note that if coming by bus, this trip is only for kids 4 years and above.
Only a confirmed R​SVP along with your check mailed by the set deadline to the treasurer, will finalize your place on the bus.
​Please lookout for more details in the Evite, when sent.​

 

  • October 14, 2017—Jashan & Gahambar Dinner

 

  • February 10, 2018—Game Night

 

  • March 24, 2018—Navroze/Nowruz Celebration

 

Please pencil in these dates in your calendars.

(Note: these dates are tentative, depending on weather conditions.  All events will be confirmed prior to the date by way of an Evite.)

 

Warm regards,​

 

ZAGBA Board