Remembering Dastur Dhalla


Progress is the rule of life. Progressive movement is the law of the universe. Life presses on and onward in its incessant march. Life is progress.
Progress is the glorious unfolding of the design of Providence. The world works out its great purpose and moves towards a definite goal.The history of the world is the history of its progress. Nothing under heaven is complete and perfect. Everything moves towards completion and perfection.Progress is the prerogative of man alone. Onward by day and onward by night moves the human caravan without rest or respite. Ever on the move, it strives to reach its destiny. In natural course, progress paces with slow and steady steps. At other times, convulsions and upheavals, physical and social political and economic, precipitate its forward march. Progress may pause and halt awhile, when arrested and retarded, but ever unfailingly to resume its interrupted journey.In progress best thou ingrained, Ahura Mazda, our hope for the betterment of our future. We gather in the present the harvest prepared by the noble efforts of our ancestors in the past. Never can we let die the past.
Let not, however, grow in us the habit of always turning back to the past but guide us ever to look ahead. For when heavily weighs on us the dead hand of the past, it hampers our progress. Lead us to see that hollow is our boast that our forefathers were great and glorious, if in our turn, complacently we live on past reputation and reap and flourish on past achievements. Inspire us to dare and do what our fathers did in their days. Embolden us to face and fight obstacles and hardships. Enthuse us for hard and strenuous effort to move with the times. Progress is the most salient trait of the Zoroastrian character. Help us to further the progress of our community even by a fraction of a footstep each day that we live upon earth and keep ourselves abreast of progress, Ahura Mazda.


(Homage Unto Ahura Mazda, Dastur Dr. M.N. Dhalla, New York, 1941)


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