Shirin J. Mistry on October 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm It always makes me laugh when those who know so little about the religion set out to teach others all about it, as selfishly and self-centredly as possible of course – YET, the biggest blunder would have to be the female stating that 30 years ago when they realised that the fire temples would be empty that they allowed Parsi intermarried men to come in to them and that 20 years hence they will use the same reason for allowing intermarried Parsi women to do so too! Who do they think they are kidding? I would also ask her to check out the inclinations and even intermarried status of her supporters and their families – throwing names around of the rich and famous doesn’t mean that those people themselves are learned authorities of the Zoroastrian religion! We are not following a religion to please individual tastes but one that is based on time tested tenets and traditions! As to fire temples in Iran being open to all communities, please go there and check it out for yourselves! Even the Shahbanou Empress Farah Diba herself was not allowed to go beyond a certain point at the Yazd Atash Behram and could only view the blazing fire via a thick glass pane (and that too only thanks to tremendous politically correct pressures!) and when the boi ceremony is going on, they shut the outsiders’ view of the same, via wooden window shutters! Needless to say that the cacophony from non-Zoroastrians shatters the peace that we know in any agiyari in India, where communicating with Ahura Mazda is not a tourist attraction. Is that what these smart females want for the Parsees too? I guess we will internally bleed to death by stab wounds delivered by our own!