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
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Spiritual Intelligence and how to develop it by Ashoi ( Zoroastrian Yoga) - Part 4
The under mentioned article has been written in a condensed form from the Magnum Opus Master piece Book "Khordeh Avesta Ba Kshnoom" written by Dr. Faramroz S. Chiniwala Pages 5 to 20. I have tried to correlate his works ( Dr. Saheb's) with that of Shakespeare, because truth is truth after all, and we can have a glimse of it in every masterpiece of Literature, or in our time tested eternal truths as mentioned in our religion, and as expounded by Dr Saheb Faramroz Sohrabji Chiniwala. Surely Dr Saheb F.S.Chiniwala's Khordeh Avesta Ba Kshnoom written in Gujarati is worth its weight in gold and is must for every true student of our noble religion. Even if we have to learn Gujarati from scratch, the efforts are worth it.
Mithra, Manthra, Yasna - The inseperable bond between them
The human mind is limited and incapable of grasping the truths existing in nature. This is because there is an inheritant defect called as Dravao in him. To convert it into "Gao" this universe has been made, where man is the most enchanting manifestation formed by Dadar Ahura Mazda. This Dravao has within it a bit of Gao enmeshed in it due to which this physical life can be sustained. From the combination of Gav and Dravao the final result is known as Vohun - or material temperament which has a tendency of behaving in "Kharfastry" manner of mind inclined to ignorance or deception to self- i.e. -"Khud parasti", or "Taromaity" -i.e. ignorance, selfishness, which is opposite of Armaity
The common curse of mankind - folly and ignorance be thine in great revenue !, heaven bless thee from a tutor, and discipline comes not near thee.
......... Troilus and Cressida – 2.3.26
Due to this short comings a human mind is always at unrest and has lots of wants and desires, likes and dislikes which is hard to fulfilled. The more you get the more we want. There is no end to greed. This shortcoming is called as "Tabaesh" or an illness. To calm our agitated mind we require an appropriate medicine or remedy to the illness. Manthra acts as a medicine and is called as "Baeshaj". In Ardibehest yasht Mantra spenta prayers is called as........ baeshajanam, baeshajayotemo, yat mantrem spentem baeshajyo...... which means Manthra is superlatively best form of spiritual healing.
Hence our not so perfect minds cannot compose our own prayers and pray in any language. A Bastekustian should pray Manthra in Avesta only with Mithra. When we start praying Avesta the static efficacy of avesta stoat actually act like medicine and tries to negate our vagrant dynamic mind which revolts by having fleeting thoughts. These negative thoughts which are hidden normally within us and remain unnoticed are challenged by efficacious stoat of avesta manthra whilst praying. This is the common problem encountered by everybody. It is not something to be afraid of, as prayers can be prayed in three different ways. Only thing we have to be careful is whilst praying we cannot make our mind vacuum and like a closed compartment block our mind from thinking as done in Hindu type of Meditation.
Ashoi Tarikats and not Meditation is meant for us Zarathostis
Many of us are under impression that there is no harm in following Hindu system of Meditation, but Meditation is not meant for us because it requires us to clear our mind or blank it off completely which is very dangerous for us Zarathostis to attempt. There are every chances of something else entering our mind, or may be some restless spirit may take charge of our mind. It may be alright for a Hindu to follow Meditation and that too under supervision of a Guru, but for us there is only one path, that of Righteousness (Ashoi); as all others are non-paths.
"Aevo pantaao yo Ashahay, veespay anyaeshaanm apantaanm"
Isn’t it apparent for us to see that what is one man’s meat may be poison for others. Meditation is a tarikat for our Hindu brothers and sisters but for us Ashoi tarikats is the only path.
The spiritual status of a Zarathusti Ruvan is very high in nature and greater the status greater are the responsibilities attached to it. A zarathusti Soul after evolving through many incarnations has come to state where in he has got within him a special quality known as "Guun e Parvar". It is a Khastar "Khathra" or electromagnetic energy in a Z soul that can transmute Druj to Gaav within our elements known as "Anasaar". Guun or Gaon means stoat or vibrations within us that always are attracted towards hasti which is immortal universe existing in nature. Parvar means that energy which nourishes (parvarish) within us. This Guun e Parvar is still in dormant state in spiritual constitution of humans of other four religions but will take much longer for them to develop it. That is why tarikaats of ashoi are given for us zarathostis and we have got everything to lose if we do not follow it owing to our developed Gune Parvar, where as there are no ashoi Tarikaats for souls of other religions as it does not make any difference to them owing to their dormant state of Gune Parvar Reference: (1). Where as in a Zarathusti Ruvan this Gune e Parvar can be developed in one life time only. That is why in Atash Niyaesh Reference: (2) it is said :-
Dayaome atash Puthra ahureh mazdao, Asu Khathrem, Asu thraitim, Asu Jitim, Pouru Khathrem, Pouru thraitim, Pouru Jitim...........
O mino Atash give me quickly ( Asu) Khathra that Khastar of Gune Parvar that can convert my Druj to Gav. That is why A Zarathosti Ruvan can in one "Thwashe" of life time only by following tarikaats of Ashoi can liberate his soul from cycle of incarnations........
Different methods of praying
To be more precise we have three ways of praying Avesta Reference:(3) and they are as under:-
3) Sravi Gathavya Vacha.
In Drenajya method the devotee who prays avesta like a free flowing water rivulet does so, and in a standing position without any interruption or making any swinging movements . Only one thought goes on in the mind, that may these prayers which i am praying be an offering as my service to Dadar Ahura Mazda and assist him in running the nature's machinery in whatever small way as per my humble capacity. It is OK even if we do not know the tavil of the prayers, but if after purifying our body and proper Sudreh Kushti, even a Gunehgar can obtain beneficiary effects of Avesta prayers with a certain level. It gives us 50 % benefit.
The second method of Mur is slightly different where the devotee sits in a position of "Do Zanu" i.e not sit in cross legged manner like a yogi does, but fold both legs on right side if male, and on left side if female and continues praying repetively certain number of times.This type of prayers gives us 70 % benefit.
The third method of prayers is that of Sravi Gathavya Vacha and is of highest order, by applying high degree of concentration and attuning with "the minds eye" to the almighty, understanding the meaning of each and every avesta word uttered. This gives us 100 % benefit.
If due to oversight we are careless and are unable to recite in any one of the above mentioned 3 ways than nature steps in and corrects the Kriya, and delivers it to Dadar Ahura Mazda Palace, by making necessary amends, taking care that avesta does not go in waste. Though the careless devotee has to bear karmic debt if avesta prayers are recited haphazardly .
My father!--methinks I see my father.
Where, my lord?
In my mind's eye, Horatio
Firdausi Tusi in his epic Shahnamah says:-
Ma Gooee- ke- Atash Parastan Boodend
Parastand-e- Pak yazdan Boodend
Translation:- "Say thou not, that they are the fire-worshippers, or idolaters. They are the worshippers of Paak holy Yazdaan, who is worthy of worship, (because Atash is the best medium through which we can pay homage to the Almighty.) "
Hence we should not get discouraged if our mind strays away whilst praying because Manthra prayers acts as medicine - Baeshasz to Tabaesha -our illness. For a medicine to have its favorable effect it takes time and we should be patient. The best way of concentration is focusing our attention on Qebla afarganyu fire flame which has got the hypnotizing effect and also stress on every avesta word uttered with right pronunciations, for fire is focal point and helps us to concentrate in front of Qebla. If at home we can pray before a divo.
Fire in Kebla room is the Alchemical pot of Gold
The consecrated fire Kebla which acts as a focal point of concentration also alchemizes our subtle druj that is why in 101 names of Dadar Ahra Mazda he is called as "Adar Kibritum",( which is the 67th name).The consecrated Atash acts as a philosophers stone called as "Paras Mani" or "Kibrit-Ahmar" and changes base metal of iron in our body to gold, whilst reciting Avesta Manthra. The reason of using 16 types of fire from iron smith, gold smith, kitchen fire etc and purifying it has got deep significance and requires separate attention to it.
What is Bandagi:- Ref: (4)
The word Bandagi has been derived from the persian word "Bandeh" meaning "Ibadat", Bhakti, devotion to the almighty.
There are three types of Prayers:-
1) Tan ni Bandagi- Prayers of body. :- Keeping our physical body and our sourrounding Aipi clean, paak.
2) Man ni Bandagi - Prayers of mind :-Trying to keep our innermost hidden thoughts true and a heart ever ready to resign to the will of god. Bearing it in our mind that what ever comes to us in form of happiness or misery is our own creation, and our salvation lies only by truthfully facing the encountered situation. Heavy emphasis is laid on speaking the Truth and nothing but the truth.
3) Ruvan ni Bandagi- Prayers for our Ruvan:- Chanting avesta prayers with its mithra, and understanding its meaning whilst praying.
Thus Bandagi can be summarized into three things which are indispensable for us Bastekustiyan Parsees
1) Meher- speaking Truth and a resigned will.
2) Druj Parhej Tarikats -keeping our aipi clean
3) Avesta Manthra prayers.
There is a saying in persian that "Bandagi do Bakht" which means by praying we can remake our second destiny or change our destiny to our advantage, such is the power of prayers.By being truthful, and enduring the difficulties with a resigned will and totally in acceptance to the almighty's will, we invite the divine mercy, and we can eradicate 2/3rd of our bad Karma. The remaining 1/3 rd Karma we can endure with a smiling face. and as the saying goes in Gujarati "Suli ni Vighan, Katey jay". In the Bible it is written "The meek and humble shall inherit the kingdom of Heaven." When we are true to our own self we realize our mistakes and make a resolution not to commit the same mistakes again. That is what is called as "Patet" or Penitence. Along with Meher Patet and Druj Parhej Tarikaats, we have to recite Avesta Mantra. When we lie and evade the challenges encountered by us we create Duz Manthra, which is opposite to good effects of Manthra, and is as good as self abuse.
Dr Saheb's Khordeh Avesta Ba Khshnoom - (K.A.B.K) Page 16 explains a very important Para repeated oft and on in every Niyaesh and Yasht as under:-
Haom yo Gav beresman, Hijvo Dangahagha, Manthracha, vachacha, shyothanacha arsukhadebyascha vaghzibyo
Shakespeare explains what is will of God:-
The means that Heaven yields
Must be embraced and not neglected;
Else, if Heaven would and we will not,
Heaven's offer we refuse,
The proferred means of succour and redress
......... Richard 2.3.2
Meaning:- We should never let go any opportunity offered by nature which gives us a chance to amend and redress ourselves, nor try to oppose the will of the god.
But Heaven hath a hand in these events,
To whose high will, we bound our calm contents
.......... Richard 2.5.2
Meaning:- Heaven's high will, is the will of "Ahunavar".
The will of heaven be done in this and all things!
...........Henry VIII, 2.1
Meaning:- Being true to oneself means coming to term with the fact that every thing happens with a reason, and there is a lesson to be learnt from every small thing. In shakespeare's play - "As you like it", the Duke's kingdom is usurped by his brother and he roams in cold jungles like Robinhood, and betrayed by his brother. When the cold winds of winter made the Duke feel the change of fortune, he would bear it, and say these cold winds which blow upon me are like true friends, they tell me my condition truly: and though they bite sharply, their tooth is nothing like so keen as that of the unkind and unthankful. In this manner the duke draw a useful lesson from everything he saw. He could find tongue in trees, books in running streams, sermons in stones, and good in everything. It all depends on how you tackle the situation. - As you like it.
Duke :- Now my co-mates and brothers in exile, Hath not old custom made this life more sweet. Than that painted pomp ? Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious court ? here feel we not the penalt of Adam,The seasons' difference; as the icy fang, and churlish chiding of the winter's wind, which when it bites and blow upon my body, Even till i shrunk with cold, i smile and say "This is no flatery; these are councillors That feelingly persuade me what i am" Sweet are the users of adversity; which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet precious jewel in his head;
And this our life exempt from public haunt, Finds tongue in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.
....... As you like it – 2.1.1- (in the forest of Arden.)
Blow, Blow, thou winter wind ! Thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude.Thy tooth is not so keen, because thou art not seen. Although thy breath be rude, Heigh-ho ! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly. Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly. Then heigh-ho, the holly! This life is most jolly. Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky, thou dost not bite so nigh. As benefits forgot; Though thou the waters warp, Thy sting is not so sharp. As friend rememb'red not. Heigh-ho ! sing & C.
............ As you like it – 2.7.174- (in the forest of Arden.)
Bond of Manthra, Mithra and Truth
There is an inseparable bond between Manthra and Mithra as told by Dr. Faramroz S Chiniwala in his Khordeh Avesta ba Khshnoom Page 12. A prayer or Bandagi is said to be complete if the Avesta stoat of Manthra is prayed with appropriate Mithra. If we pray Atashi stoats of avesta applying appropriate Mithra than it can be compared to Sukhad, kathi, loban, spreading sweet fragrance if offered to consecrated fire. The flame of a fire can be used as medium of concentration. In other words if the seeds of Manthra, are properly nourished with waters of Mithra, we can grow a spiritual tree on firm earth of Spenta Armaity earth by tackling the daily situations by being true to own self and with Meher.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Shakespeare in Hamlet - 1.3.78
Character can be developed by keeping in check your Batein Mithra or inner thoughts, and side by side following Tarikaats of our deen. This is finely described by Shakespeare below:-
See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any un-proportioned thought his act.
Afterall what is Character ? It is nothing else but a state of mind developed by our righteous inner thoughts which is now our second nature,after practicing Ashoi tarikats, wherein we do not fall for temptations when there is nobody to warn us of perils of temptations.
How our inner thoughts "Batein Mithra" are connected with our destiny ?
Sow a thought and reap an act,
Sow an act and reap a habit,
Sow a habit and reap a Character,
Sow a Character and reap a Destiny.
...... Thackeray (an englishman)
Covering our head with a Head Gear(ScullCap/scarf) - or Sar bandi
Last but not the least in Zarathusti Yoga the upper four chakras has to be developed first, and the first step in developing our first Chakra or the crowning glory of our scalp is to keep our head covered all the time with 2 layered Scullcap of cotton only. This is a very important tarikat although I have mentioned it in the end, but this tarikat is indispensable for us Zarathostis.
Firdosh K. Sukhia
Reference: 1) Daruji e Booji by Ustad saheb Page 61
2) Khordeh Avesta Ba Khshnoom by Dr. Faramroze Chiniwala Page 348
3) Khordeh Avesta Ba Khshnoom by Dr. Faramroze Chiniwala Page 27
4) Khordeh Avesta Ba Khshnoom by Dr. Faramroze Chiniwala Page 20