In 1903 the very learned and respected, late Vada Dasturji Kaikhushroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa of the Anjuman Atash Behram Mumbai, had performed the Navjote of a French Lady and had also solemnized her marriage with Mr. Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (parents of Mr. JRD Tata) according to the Zoroastrian rites. This great Vada Dasturji was Dasturji K. M. Jamaspasa’s own grand father !!
The late Vada Dasturji Kaikhushroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa was a highly learned, religious and pious High Priest of the Anjuman Atash Behram. He was certainly not “religiously ignorant”, he was not “a misguided individual with no proper scholastic training”, he also did not “exhibit complete ignorance of Imperial Zoroastrian history”, he was not indulging in “misrepresentation of scriptures” and last but not the least, he certainly did not try to “re-mould the religion”. Would you both, very learned gentlemen, agree with us at least on this count?
The late Vada Dasturji Kaikhushroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa had also made his views very clear with regard to “Acceptance / Conversion in Zoroastrian Faith”, vide his letter of 1903 addressed to the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP).
The learned and respected Vada Dasturji Kaikushroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa very clearly states in his letter that “there is no bar in our religion, to accept non-Zoroastrian converts”. In his letter the late Vada Dasturji also mentions about Ervad Tehmurasp Anklesaria’s book titled “Treatise on the Conversion of Juddins into Mazdayasni Religion”.
In this book, the Ervad Saheb has quoted examples from Avesta, Pahlavi, & Persian Texts, and has also mentioned about the book by Vada Dasturji Jamspji (Great Grandfather of the current Vada Dasturji K. M. JamaspAsa) published in 1883 titled “Passoxi Nirangi Javit Dinan” in which further examples / quotations have been given concerning the acceptance / conversion of juddins into the Zoroastrian faith.
Were these learned and respected Dasturji Jamaspji, Dasturji Kaikushroo Jamsapji JamaspAsa and Ervad Tehmurasp Anklesaria ‘religiously ignorant’, or were they “misguided individuals with no proper scholastic training” or were they “exhibiting complete ignorance of Imperial Zoroastrian history” or were they “misrepresenting scriptures” or were they trying to “re-mould the religion”?
Dasturji Dr. K. M. Jamaspasa, your forefathers have always stood for the cause that we stand for today. If the allegations made on us by you are correct, the same allegations could be levied on your very own grandfather and great grandfather. Are you willing to make the same allegations on them?
Dasturji Dr. Firoz Kotwal, are you too willing to make similar allegations on Dasturji Dr. K.M. Jamaspasa’s forefathers ?
ARZ would like to inform both of you worthy high priests that we at ARZ have been working strictly according to what has been opined and written by the fore fathers of Vada Dasturji Dr. K. M. Jamaspasa. In our opinion these highly learned and noble Dasturjis were doing and saying the right thing, as is mentioned in our holy scriptures. We would like to have your learned and valued opinion on the above referred religious dignitaries.
We are attaching herewith, for your ready reference and perusal, a copy of the letter written in 1903 by learned and respected Vada Dasturji Kaikhushroo Jamaspji JamaspAsa addressed to the BPP.