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Navroze - A Time for Reflection

Here are the learning from The Gathas (hymns) – the core of the Zoroastrian liturgy – may be summarized as follows:

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The past couple of days have been a time for reflection, as we mark one year of the pandemic and emerge beyond the shadows of COVID -19 while we move ahead.

Being a Parsi, I am also at the dawn of Navroz, the Parsi New Year. The word “Navroz” is derived from the two Persian words – Nav and roz, meaning New and Day. The festival falls every year around the Spring Equinox – the 21st March.

Though the celebrations were a bit muted this year, lacking the customary grandeur, sumptuous food and unending bonhomie, the milestone feast had me musing on the profound impact the last year has had on each one of us.

It made me pause and reflect on how my religion and culture have strongly influenced the way I deal with life’s challenges, which are largely beyond human control.

My learning from The Gathas (hymns) – the core of the Zoroastrian liturgy – may be summarized as follows:

  1. Asha, the first principle and embodiment of Truth - there is no path other than that of Truth; all other paths are false.
  2. The next divine principle is the “vohu mana”, which literally means the “good mind” or the “pure mind”.
  3. The third guiding virtue is Armaiti – which, literally translated, means right-mindedness (for lack of a better word).

My journey through the uncertainties of the pandemic year was eased by my ingrained bond with prayer – the Ashem Vohu, in simple words, Truth is God; Indeed it is the Best; It is Happiness. Which means Happiness comes to him for the sake of Truth by following the path of Truth.

As we step into the New Year, I wish every one of you a year of Truth and Mindfulness, a year that is the harbinger of Happiness- Ushta Te – May Happiness be with you.

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Hufrish Aibara

The author is experienced payment technology and financial services professional with over 17 years of experience in Payments, Information Technology & Retail Banking with the largest payment company worldwide and two leading Commercial Banks of India.

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