No Discrimination Whatsoever Is Permitted In Zoroastrianism
Learned religious opinion of Vada Dasturji Kaikhusroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa of Anjuman Atash Behram, (Grandfather of the current Vada Dasturji K. M. JamaspAsa), who had performed the Navjote of a French lady and also solemnized her marriage with Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (parents of JRD Tata), as per the Zoroastrian rites in 1903.
Dear Shams-Ulema Ervad Jivanji Jamshedji Modi
You have requested me to give my opinion on whether or not to allow non-Zoroastrians to convert to Zoroastrianism.
In reply, I have to state that there is no bar in our religion, to accept non-Zoroastrian converts. Every Zoroastrian reciting his obligatory daily prayers, such as Khorshed & Meher Yashts, prays that our Mazdayasni religion may spread to all the Haftekeshwar Zamin. (i.e. the seven regions of the world).
The athornans of days gone by did not just sit around wishing this (spread of religion) to come true, but traveled to distant lands to spread the Zoroastrian religion (Refer to Yasna 41.6). Such athornans met with opposition from many people (see Yasna 9.24). We have referred to only two passages from the innumerable in the Zoroastrian Scriptures confirming that the conversion of juddins to Zoroastrianism is permitted.
The second edition of Ervad Tehmurasp Dinshahji Anklesaria’s “ Treatise on the Conversion of Juddins into Mazdayasni Religion ” has just been published, in which this able Ervad Saheb has quoted examples from Avesta, Pahlavi, & Persian Texts and we totally agree with quotation / examples. In the second edition of “ PassoxiNirangi Javit Dinan ” published in 1252 Y.Z. (1883 A.D) by our dear departed Dastur Jamaspji, further examples / quotations have been given concerning the conversion / acceptance of juddins into the Zoroastrian religion.
From the writings of Ervad Tehmurasp Anklesaria and our departed Dastur Jamaspji, it can be said that there is hardly any material left on this matter for further research by any scholar. Therefore rather than state more quotations / examples it is best that we give to your Sub-Committee these books referred to above.