What's in Your Pocket? | parliamentofreligions.org
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What's in Your Pocket?

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The Zoroastrian religion is an ancient monotheistic faith that asks followers to follow one simple tenet to live by: In the ancient laungage, Avesta HUMATA, HUKHATA, HUVARASHTA which translates as Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds. Zoroastrian children, between the ages of 7 to 11, are invested with a Sacred Shirt "Sudreh" and Sacred Thread "Kusti" at an initiation ceremony, a ritual called Sudreh Pushi or Navjote. The Sudreh is made of soft muslin and the Kusti is made of 72 strands of wool. The Sudreh has a V neck at the bottom of which there is a small 'pocket' or "Gereban". It is incumbent upon every wearer of the Sudreh to fill this pocket with good deeds. Today each child coming to the Zoroastrian patch at the Interfaith Garden will go home with a replica of the Gereban - My Pocket of Good Deeds, and strive to fill it with their own good deeds. Think good thoughts, they will formulate good words, and the good words are then put into action or deeds.