Ervad Zarrir Bhandara on Good Thoughts, Words and Deeds


November 19, 2020

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Here is an Interesting Sermon Delivered by Ervad Zarrir Bhandara on Good Thoughts, Words and Deeds after the Bui and Hum Bandagi to the Zoroastrians of California and Houston.


We always tout that we believe in GT GW, GD, but do we apply the same in our daily lives?

It says GT GW GD lead the doer to heaven – good, but what is good?

Explanation: In Ashem Vohu it says when you follow Asha- righteousness- for the sake of righteousness, without any expectations then you receive Ushta- the eternal bliss.

What are good thoughts? Here’s an example: You hear about someone not doing so well and start praying for that person. Then you go a step further and ask the whole community to pray for that person.

Of course, wanting to pray for & asking others to pray for someone in need is a good thought, but what is being focused mentally, when we hear someone is unwell & we pray for them? Now you & a multitude of people have started to dwell on the thought that Ms./Mr. So, & so is NOT DOING WELL. What myriad of thoughts are we projecting? Are those thoughts good or bad? I would say those are unintentional bad thoughts as the focus is on “not doing well”, and we are praying for him or her, the thoughts are further magnified exponentially with the power of our prayers. Hence, it is extremely important that we have positive thoughts, such as that of the person healing.

We can project the same by uttering similar words focusing on the situation already improving in the present tense.

The Application: This is how we can apply power of Manthra and Mithra- prayers and thoughts, to generate impact. When your focus is on good that is what you will achieve with the power of our prayers. Our prayers, whether you know the meaning or not, have incredible power just by the vibration created when reciting, so it is important to recite loudly. Knowing the meaning helps, but it is not necessary for efficacy. What is needed, however, is reciting with 100% mindfulness and devotion with proper pronunciation.

Let’s now draw our attention to the prayer we just recited- Vispa Humata. Part of the prayer states that all good thoughts, good words, and good deeds lead the practitioner to heaven. I would go a step further and say by practicing GT GW GD, you will be able to make heaven on earth by consciously thinking benevolent thoughts, uttering our Mathravani prayers and performing compassionate action that would bring about happiness and progress for all.

Therefore, I urge you to be more conscientious of your daily thoughts, words, & actions (even when praying) and how they affect the environment and other people. Let’s try to implement our Zarthosti values daily by practicing GT, GW, and GD.