Zoroastrians (Parsis) in India-Like Sugar in Milk
Posted by The Mindset on February 14, 2011
Parsis (Zoroastrians) arrived in India fleeing the persecutions by Muslim leaving their Motherland Iran. The account of arrival and settlement of Parsis in India is depicted in “Qissa-i-Sanjan” (The Story of Sanjan). Parsis beleive that Qissa-i-Sanjan is an accurate account of their ancestors.
The account begins in Greater Khorasan, and narrates the travel of the emigrants to Gujarat, on the west coast of present-day India. The first chapter, which is the longest, ends with the establishment of a Fire Temple at Sanjan (Gujarat), and the later dispersion of their descendants. In later chapters, the Qissa narrates the success in repelling Islamic invaders, then the failure in the same, and the subsequent flight of the Zoroastrians. The account closes with a chapter on the conveyance of the “Fire of the Warharan” to Navsari.
After the fall of Sassanid Empire the persecution of Parsis at the hands of terrorists Muslims started at rapid rate. The neo-converted Muslims also helped in this. The Parsis were regarded impure and unclean and were not allowed to touch anything in the market. The murderer of Parsi was not punished ( read more – Zoroastrians in Islamic Iran )
To avoid persecution the Parsis came to India. The Qissa narrates that here they arrived at the port of Diu (Div) in southern Saurashtra, where they stayed for another 19 years. From Div, they sailed along the coast, weathered a severe storm at sea, and finally landed in Gujarat. Some accounts state that about 18,000 Parsis came in seven junks, five of them landing in Div, one at Variav near Surat and one at Cambay in Gujarat.
There, they approached the local king, Jadi Rana, and requested asylum. The ruler, fearing for his kingdom, asked them to explain their beliefs, and made four other stipulations for granting asylum:
- they were to adopt the local language (Gujarati)
- their women were to wear the garments of the local women (the Sari)
- they were to cease to carry weapons
- marriages were only to be performed in the evenings (as the Hindus do)
The refugees, accepting the demands, expounded on the teachings of their faith, and “when the Hindu Raja heard the oration, his mind regained perfect ease.” Having been granted asylum, the emigrants established the settlement of Sanjan (Gujarat), which was soon flourishing.
“Like sugar in milk”
One interesting, perhaps apocryphal Parsi legend relates the course of the initial meeting between Jadi Rana and the newly landed emigrants: When the Zoroastrians requested asylum, Jadi Rana motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim to signify that his kingdom was already full and could not accept refugees. In response, one of the Zoroastrian priests added a pinch of sugar to the milk, thus indicating that they would not bring the vessel to overflowing and indeed make the lives of the citizens sweeter. Jadi Rana gave shelter to the emigrants and permitted them to practice their religion and traditions freely.
Parsis are still adding “sugar” to our lives. Parsis have produced great people in nearly every field – Sience and Technology, Arts, Business ans Sports. For a complete list of Parsis click here.
Parsis have shown that two communities who both want peace and progress can live side-by-side and flourish. Hindus can live with anybody with peace and help to progress. Parsis have saved their religion and customs in India while they were persecuted and driven out from Iran by terrorists. Parsis have set an example that it is not necessary to remain isolated and backward to retain ones cultural and religious identity.
Sadly Parsis have a very low birth rate, nearly 100,000 Parsis are there in India and their population is declining. India certainly needs more Parsis.
Unfortunately what we are getting are these egoistic, lazy, stupid, arrogant, pervert, violent, savage, barbaric, vicious, embarrassing, ignorant, backward, primitive, lying and women-hating lot.