Aim of this Blog
There is something very wrong with the world that we are made to see around us. Human Society is not happy, there is
protest, discontentment, poverty, inequality, greed, corruption, Ego, Fanatics’, Agnostics’, natural calamities occurring with frightening regularity and above all Global terrorism which just does not want to call it a day.In short there is chaos everywhere. One word that can describe all this is “Qayamat”. In Jamasphi” and at many places in our Zoroastrian scriptures like“Chithrem Buyaat” prayers, it is mentioned that time is near for Shah Behram Varjawand our Saviour to come in this Qayamat and revive us and our Deen. The Saviours from other religions will also appear and will work together with a common goal for grooming mankind and his spiritual revival.
The Western Astrology call this as Aquarian age and phenomenon that we see today are occuring with lightening quickness. For we never knew that Communist USSR will disintegrate one day and fragment into many small nations, that Germany will one day be united, the revolution in Egypt, Syria, the fall of dictators, and China a sleeping giant awakening to technological boom are all an indicator that we are very much in this Aquarian age. The transition from the Age of Pisces to Aquarian Age is already taking its toll till we roll into Age of peace and calm. We are looking forward to being Optimistic and not being fatally Pessimists. Please see the link provided:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Aquarius
More than 100 years before in past when faith was at its lowest Nadir in our community without caring for deep religious significance when there was idle talks about futility of our time tested customs like Dokhmenashini, Rituals, Sudreh Kusti being only a symbol, Avesta Manthra prayers being considered as waste of time, faulty myopic thinking that offerings of sandalwood to Atash Padshah being waste of sound monetary resources which could have been better utilized for betterment of our community, lack of faith was the reason behind these ignorance’s. Ignorance coupled with arrogance was, and still is the main reason stymieing our spiritual progress.
The Zoroastrian hidden Masters in Demavand who are very much concerned about our community’s spiritual progress saw the need of sending a forerunner before the advent of Shah Behram Varjawand Saheb, and they chose Behramshah Nawroji Shroff whom his followers lovingly call him as Ustad Saheb. He brought amongst us Zoroastrian Mysticism called as Zarathosti Ilme-Khshnoom.
The word Khshnoom can be found even in our scriptures, so it is not something alien that is thrust on us. It is the revival of the lost knowledge called as Ilme-Khshnoom that our forefathers had with them that kept the flame of faith burning in their hearts, that Ustad saheb brought for us. The literature is penned down by his chosen and authorized disciples late Dr. Saheb Faramroze Sohrabji Chiniwala, and Late Jehangirji S. Chinwala.
Late Ervad Phiroze Shapurji Masani had for so many years maintained his publication “Frashogard” all under guidance of Ustad Saheb. Today we see that day by day our faith is again going downhill. The need of Saviour can only be felt when all seems to be lost towards Traditional cause. It is to rekindle that hope and faith and iron out unwarranted fear of our religion dying a premature death that this Blog will be looking forward to. The aim for starting this Blog is to translate the majority of Khshnoom literature that is in Gujarati writings of Late Chiniwala brothers and Late Phiroze Masani for the benefit of those genuinely interested in Zoroastrian Mysticism .
When there is too much of chaos nature allows it only up to a certain threshold limit, once it crosses the limits it puts a
full stop to it, for nature has its own ways of bringing Order out of Chaos.
So in mean time what are we Zarathosti Bastekustian supposed to do that will hasten the advent of Shah Behram Varjawand Saheb ? Are we supposed to look skywards and wait for him eternally ? His advent will much depend upon us also.
In nature there is a law of “Supply and Demand”. If the demand is there, supply is guaranteed. In Bible it is said that "Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find it, knock and the doors will open to you." ….. Mathew 7:7 Niv. Unfortunately the much needed knock never seems to happen and everybody is busy enjoying their fun filled moments and warns us to keep off limits of their rights and Freedom. But they seem to forget that behind every right that one asks for, there is a responsibility which is conveniently forgotten.
"RTI" also known as "Right to information"is blatantly misused in today's world of so called Freedom . Some want Freedom to enjoy whatever is appealing to them, but is considered as Taboo in Society. Not before all these false ideology will be swept away by fury of nature and realization of folly will dawn naturally aftermath,nevertheless too late by then, but the road will be paved for introducing Shah Behram Varjawand to the world.
In middle of face-off between two warring sides and Chaos, we will come to know the time of Varjawand Saheb's arrival automatically. As a Mother knows intuitively the time of delivery of the baby, we will feel the desperate pangs of labour like a Mother feels before her delivery.
Right now only a few are longing for his arrival but just as "A lone sparrow does not herald a spring" similarly one requires a collective thought force to set everything in motion. For that I had started a short exercise every 7.30 a.m. in morning but unfortunately we don’t seem to realize its importance. Till we are all vibrating with one frequency, other word is called as Hum Mithra, Varjawand Saheb’s advent will be a distant dream only. The exercise is as under to be followed by a Mithra every 7 a.m. or around that time frame. No need to be very rigid about time. The Mithra is as under:-
What is Hum Mithra:-
Man proposes and God disposes. Hence we requires Dadar Ahura Mazda’s blessings all the time for success and that is known as “Daham Afriti”. Without it we cannot move forward even an inch. But for his Daham Afriti to be assessable to us we require to think with one vibration in Hamoi, only then can we succeed in our purpose. Dadar Ahura Mazda is not happy when there is infighting so how can we receive his Daham Afreeti. This one thought force having selfless single pure vibration is known as Hum Mithra. The Law of cause and effect governs this universe so whatever incidents we see bad or good its cause has to be there. Every action has its reaction. The bad precedent that we are facing now after a crematorium is announced in Worli where innocent public are falling prey to it. Those encouraging Aramgah and such ashmogi are themselves the victims of their own deeds so we have to pity them instead of contempt for them and a calming thought has to be passed by us at a particular time collectively. If love is the language of angels then why should we be harsh to even our so called enemies. For in life there are no enemies, and everything is Karmic. The Bhali Dua is as under:-
Bhali Dua at 0730 am every morning:-
2 Yatha , 1 Ashem Vohu.
Those ignorant brothers and sisters opposing our age old customs of Dokhmenashini and believe in universality of our religion by inviting all to our holy places and Iranshah need our pity and not contempt for they are bitten by the demon of ignorance and arrogance. O Paak Dadar Ahura Mazda shower your choicest blessings upon them that they regain their lost faith and begin realizing that the true nature of religion is humility.
"Let no harm come upon the Traditional Zoroastrian flag and its values which are so dear to us. Let the reformists agenda and their nefarious plans never succeed. Let no harm befall upon Pavmahal of India that is - our Iranshah of Udwada and all Atash Behram, Atash Adran and Dadgah of India. Let not one day pass without Atash Parasti and our reverence towards Holy consecrated Fire(Pavmahal),Dokhmas, Sudreh Kusti, Mathravani which acts as a weapon to thwart evil. Enable us to protect our racial traits of Parsi Panu through Boonak Pasbani. Enable us to maintain our true “Zarathosti Khandani” by not intermarrying and continue with our Aryan Lineage intact. May the advent of Shah Behram Varjawand come soon, and before him may his forerunners arrive at the earliest and grant us spiritual strength to withstand evil around us. Let my Kusti Padiav and my Tarikats be helpful to nature to fight for the cause of righteousness against the evil negative forces of Drujis, and may it protect us all Zarathustis and entire humanity who live by their religion and its tenets. "Phiroj baad Khureh avizeh Vehdin e Mazdiyasnan" - Let the Khoreh of Mazdiyasni Zarathosti deen protect its faithful followers"
1 Yatha, 2 Ashem Vohu
Firdosh K Sukhia
Friday, November 5, 2010
Ignorance of our Deen and its Repercussions
Ignorance of our Deen and its Repercussions By Late Jehangirji Sohrabji Chiniwala
Reformists advocating mixed marriage and Navjote of offspring from mixed marriage and in favour of crematorium display scant respect for the tenets and Farmans of our Zarathusti Deen and their ignorance is apparently visible.
The present academic studies does not give full justice in understanding our religion as it is unable to grasp the microscopic fundamentals teachings of our deen which are subtler than a width of thinnest hair.
The key of ilmeKhshnoom is required for deciphering our Zarathusti deen. Ustad saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff who brought the fountain of ImeKhshnoom for the Parsi community had said in Gujarati that " More nachi nachi ne potana pag taraf joi ne chevateh rade" translates that a peacock keeps on dancing admiring its feet and ultimately cries in the end. Similarly the reformists who take pleasure in denigrating our long held traditions of our deen are on path of imminent destruction.
Whatever is the destiny of our Parsi community will happen in future evidently and there is no stopping to it, but our Parsi Community who remains true to its religion and Zarathosti deen itself will remain protected by unseen hand. Whenever a Community, a Country and its population is collectively destined to make progress than several means appear at their disposal for achieving its goal. Similarly when a Community, Country and its population are destined to digress than such means or Marefat appears as an obstacle to them. These are the laws governing nature and are immutable. The planetary movement depends upon the Manashni and karma of humans and the planets thereby move in a manner which affects humans accordingly. This is the nature's "Law of Justice and limit".
Ustad saheb had disclosed that Karma or Keshash are of two kinds 1) Individual Keshash 2) Collective Keshash of a community and he had right from beginning impressed upon the minds of its pupils that karma or keshahsh is a closed chapter and he cannot disclose what kind of retribution befalls upon a person for the nature of his past deeds. But he had disclosed that in Patet Pashemani prayers there are four kinds of Sins mentioned and they are as under:- 1) Margarzan Gunah 2) Farodmanad Gunah 3) Maninad gunah 4) Ajeh Gunah. As per philological translation Margarjan Gunah means type of Sins committed requiring Capital punishment, but as per ilmekhshnoom it means Sins which requires a soul to reincarnate again on this earth.
Some of our scholars who have done their studies as per western studies refuse to accept this vital basic truth of Reincarnation and believe that there is no Reincarnation in our Zarathusti deen. But this is considered as blasphemous and an insult to our religion and its true teachings. As per our religion if a Zarathusti follows and treads upon golden path of Tarikaats than there is no Reincarnation further for us as all our Keshash is finished in one Reincarnation.
There is reference in our scriptures which say that Chinvaat Pool becomes broad or narrow depending upon the karma of that soul who passes it. Narrowing of bridge will not allow the soul to cross it and thus he falls back or reincarnates back on this earth. Where as if a soul easily passes a broad bridge for him no reincarnation is required. A soul who has to reincarnate is due to his Margarzan Sins which literally means to fall prey to death (Marg + ar-zan).
As per Ustad saheb we today's Parsee Zarathostis comes in the category of the "Masdiyasni Zarathosti Dravand" which means that although we are followers of Masdiyasni Zarathosti deen but we are Dravands who do not understand path of Ashoi as shown in our religion, or even if one understands it at all, still are unable to put tarikaats of Ashoi in practice due to us entangled in our own web of Keshash which we have ourselves created.
Ustad Saheb has further said that a Mazdiyasni Zarathosti can lead his life in three ways and the least way or the third way of leading it is by practicing Ashoi and side by side paying its dues of our Margarzan life honestly. For him there is no reincarnation. This is the mercy shown by the almighty to us. There are other lower stages of leading our life and they are called as "Khuri" and "Daeye" and there is no reincarnation if we follow it. The other Gunah called as Farodmanand , Manideh and Azeh Gunah can be taken care of in present life incarnation or it can extend up to next incarnation which is the last incarnation for us.
Translated by Firdosh K. Sukhia