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
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Sixteen qualities(Virtues) of an Athravan – Part 4
In our previous part we all saw how keshash is very important for one to fulfil it and till all our keshash is over and we do not keep on adding further any new Keshash, we cannot progress spiritually any further.
Statue of great Persian Bard of Iran Firdausi Tusi in Masshad- Iran, and in Rome- Italy
In great epic Shahnamah immortalized by Firdausi Tusi, he tells in his “Soliloquy” as under:-
Aagar pil ba pasheh kin aavard;
hameh rakhneh dar dado din avard
Even if there is avarice (kin) between an elephant (pil) and a mosquito (pasheh), and elephant with his mere strength tries to have his way by hurting even a mosquito
The law of Deen and Justice (dado din) is meticulous and will not allow it for these laws are based on Keshash, and retribution will follow after every bad deed.
………………….Reference:- Parsee Avaz dated 01.11.1959
Chuninast raazash nayamad pakid;
Nayabi Bakhireh che gui kalid
The law of Keshash is such that one has to go through it anyway, and key to open it is always hidden (raazash) and is to be never disclosed to us.
Dare Bastehra kas nadanad koshad;
badan Ranj umare tu gardadd babad
That which is hidden by nature for us and the doors (Dare) are shut tight (kas nadanad),
you will never be able to open those doors for it will only weaken your body(badan ranj) even if you try throughout your life (umare tu gardadd babad).
Del andar Sarayeh sepanjih maband;
Sepanji nabashad bart Sudamand
But from all these so called injustice meted to us one has to learn a lesson in your heart (Del andar) from it;
Release yourself, Let it go and stop clinging your past. Not to have any attachment to our worldly stay of few years for that will be detrimental to your spiritual progress.
Let it go:-
In other words the whole misery of life is created because of our clinging on to things. When we hold onto things we become insecure, tense, and egoistic. We do not possess any person as our own property for that matter even our own spouse, children or cousins, for all our relationship of our near and dear ones are based on law of Keshash or give and take or “Kharid Farokht”. We have to give away what we owe to others. The moment our Keshash is over we are cut off from his/her contact. In our ignorance, to guard our “possessions” we become violent and aggressive. We are then no longer in harmony with our surroundings. We harbour fear, hatred, and jealousy. We live constantly in the past. This over activity of negative response towards situations we encounter in our life drains us out. Our health deteriorates due to hatred and injustice meted out to us. So let it go, be free, release yourself from the misery.
So letting go does not mean giving up. It means accepting reality and being in the present moment. Having aspirations is not a bad thing, but having desire that keeps you enslaved is unhealthy. All our present problems are the result of past mental blocks and future expectations. Unless we make room for new ideas in a natural way, we will not progress. Letting go means embracing life as it comes.
Take your life as it comes;
and not as you would have it.
Take your life as it comes;
and try to leave it better.
Ushtan,Fasal, Keshash and Khoda
In the physical world that we live, humanity survives because of munificent energies from above. Not a minute, nor a second can pass without its continuous flow. If these munificent energies stop than we are like fish out of water gasping for air. One of its munificent energies that man can’t do without is called as “Ushtan” or the very life sustaining breath force. But it is not simply air that we breathe but the very life force that comes from above for our survival.
The other bulk lot of munificent energies that will be necessary for whole year, nature blesses this earth on Jamshedi Navroze on 21st March, which is called as Nature’s New Year when spring sets in. These munificent energies are also known as “Fasal” which is a technical name. These munificent energies get activated on this earth on specific days or occasions in a year. These occasions are called as “Gahambar”, and occur in right time in nature known as “Bar Wakhat” which is another technical term. The energy required for plants to grow, for seeds to germinate, for rainfall to occur at its own ordained time in nature or “Bar Wakhat” . We don’t have to remind nature, she does her own work at its own pace. But the physical stay of humans on this earth is only for a short time where he learns lesson so very much required for his own salvation. Hence in addition to Fasal energies, there also exists another stream of energies which bring to man the results of his own past thoughts, words, and deeds, what we call today as fate, destiny. These are reactionary energies known as Keshash set free by his own “Khoda” that exists in every human. The subservient medium of bringing down these reactionary energies to man is through Mahabokhtar Yazad signified by the Moon. That is why he is called as “Bakhtyar” or the one who gives.
“The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future, all these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite”. ……… Abraham Lincoln.
“In nature there is no blemish but the mind” … (Shakespeare Twelfth Night 3.4.379). We and others are all flawed and have yet to become complete. In this life of ours that we live for few days and years, we all think differently and there is dissent, hence there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies. The real enemy is within us consisting of all our shortcomings. Thus the abnormalities and outrageous activities that we see around our world today is law of Keshash operating. That is the truth in this illusory world of “Maya”, rest is all illusion and is just a mirage. These technical words or terms known as “Lohgat” are so very important for our better understanding that they are indispensable and so very much necessary.
As explained previously, today all Athornan as well as Behdin have Karmic debts to be settled and comes in Hutox category only, Today an Athornan also carries his duties like Behdin and even whilst following his profession as an Athornan after observing ashoi Tarikats is still considered as in Hutox category because he has still to earn his livelihood like others. Such Athornan of Hutox grade can only cultivate 16 qualities of Athornan but not transform any of these qualities into a force to be reckoned with, or into any supernatural powers. The sixteen qualities of an Athravan as explained in Zarthoshti Deen one does not develop it one at a time but all qualities can be developed simultaneously, but in different stages. The first and foremost quality of Athornan is known as Avizee-Heem and it means clear conscience “Heem” or “ahem” = conscience, and avizeh=clear. When one looks beyond own selfishness, comparison, avarice, craving for monetary luxury and false showmanship than he can start concentrating of developing Avizeh-heem quality which is based on sacrifice for the others, or selflessness.
Apart from leading an ideal life as per our deen one should besides observing ashoi Tarikats try to keep our thoughts pure. That rule which is also called as “Mithreh-Shad ba ashoi” ………… Reference Dharmik Jindagi gujarvana Zarathusti Kaydao by Behest behreh(Late) Bomanji Barjorji Rivetna Page 119
Paigambar Asho Zarathustra saheb has given priceless gifts to us Bastekustian. During his short stay on this earth he has built Pav Mahal with Talesam in it for our protection. It all depends upon us whether we are able to make use of that talesam for our protection by leading an ideal Zoroastrian life. In absence of good foundation for cultivating high morals, it has become very difficult for Athornan class to even get readymade benefits from Talesam built by our paigambar saheb. This is so because Athornan class along with Avesta Mathravani that they recite daily are lacking in developing conducive atmosphere within their personal Keherp and making it eligible for receiving beneficial currents and thus fortifying their keherp. This is so because even elementary Tarikats are not observed today. Today “Abezar” is considered as dirty and filthy practice even by some of ignorant mobeds, and there is no scope for improvement when one of basic tarikat is not observed. No care is taken during intake of food and water and clothes which he wears and no ashoi Tarikats are observed. In such a condition the Avesta Manthra that they are supposed to pray daily do not give cent per cent benefit but on contrary indigestion occurs when they are unable to absorb heavy manthra stoat vibrations. These observations were told by Ustad saheb Behramshah to Late Jehangirji Chiniwala. He lamented further that Haom shrub which is to be used in Yajasne is not readily available due to which Mobed class has lost their true purpose and balance. Above all clear conscience or “Khales Antakaran” is very much required here as basic for developing Avizeh-heem quality. As per Late Jehangirji Chiniwala observation he says that those special qualities so very much essential to be seen in an Athornan was to be seen in Late Dastur Faramroze Kutar. Whoever fortunate enough to have come in contact with him will agree unanimously about his humility. If anybody went with a query to him and if one did not agree upon his explanation or was difficult to be understood then he would with great humility beam with his radiant smile and his aura. He would not hesitate to correct himself and would readily accept his mistake even in a crowd. He had complete mastery over his Ego and did not allow it to have an upper hand of him. The more you bend down with humility more exalted you become, and so it is true vice versa too. More you inflate yourself with pride or ego, greater is your fall southwards, thereby deflating and falling flat on his face. South direction denotes fall downwards.
Let us see what Sheikh Sadi in his Persian poetry “Bostan” says about humilty:-
Frutan Buvad Husmande Guzin;
Nehad Shakhe Pur Miveh Sar bar Zamin.
Translation:- Just as a fruit (Frutan) laden branch of a tree hangs down towards earth by its mere weight,
So a wisdom laden person with great humility bows down his head towards earth(Sar bar Zamin).
In other words “As your Knowledge increases, the more humble you become, and you ought to be, otherwise that knowledge is of no use to you.”
Neh bini keh Az khakeh oftadeh khar;
Beruyad Gul khud Buzorgi Namayad Basi.
Translation:- Are you blind that you can’t see ( Neh bini) that (keh) it is from deep down the earth (Az Khakeh),
That the Garden full of flowers (Gul) obtains its nutrition and greatness (Khud Buzorgi).
In other words “By being down to earth with humility you will command respect automatically, you having no desire for any showmanship”.
More on Avizeh-Heem:-
Avizeh-Heem quality has no scope of developing any further into supernatural power till 10th chakra of heart rules on 11th Chakra which is the baser gross chakra of Intestines. When a Athornan develops Supernatural powers he becomes Druji proof. He is now called as “Gav-avo-Mand” or “Gavomand” meaning one who lives for others.
2)Asneh-Kherad:- The second quality of an Athravan is called as Asneh-Kherad. In Zoroastrain deen we have four types of “Asna”= mind= wisdom=intelligence. 1) Asho Paigambar Saheb possessed ”Asneh-Veer” intelligence, which is unique in nature and highest form of Intelligence which is also called as “Baodangh”. 2) The great “Poryotakesh” Nar/Nari or “Nabha-najdisht”Nar or Nari( Male/female) who possess mind of divine wisdom is called as “Asneh-Nar” 3) “Asneh-Kherad” is divine personal wisdom possessed within a person which he has built after many incarnations and it keeps on increasing. In short asneh-kherad is compact essence of complete overall Spiritual intelligence possessed by a soul. The ruvan or soul has inbuilt Kherad within but due to dravao or ignorance his kherad is foggy but as the dravao or druj is transmuted into Gaav his “Kherad” or divine realization keeps on increasing……….. Reference:- Yajashne ni buland kriya Page 160, & page 496. 4) “Asneh- Gusho Srutaheh Kherad” is wisdom which any human can cultivate by hearing sermons from wise man.
When an Athrawan is on path of Ashoi Traikats, Druji inside begins to transmute to Gaav and thus his Kherad increases. But all these will happen provided he is able to keep his passions in check and under control, and he sincerely starts believing that passions are hindrance on his spiritual journey to perfection. That is reason why an Athornan of Hutox grade, excluding Magav class are supposed to lead a married life. That is the only way he can keep his passions in check. His thoughts do not wander off when he leads a married life even though he has much Keshash pending that is of Masavati Keshash. Hence marriage is a sacrament and not convenience invented by man. When an Hutox Athrawan leads a family life, side by side with his Tarikats intact, he now aspires for Minoi wisdom.. But when Asneh-Kherad quality of Athornan becomes a supernatural power, then he can with his acquired Divine wisdom establish contact with wisdom of Fravashis. He can now transform the thoughts of a man into goodness, at least for some time.
Note:- Masavati Keshash = Complicated convoluted karma like a fly caught in web spun by a spider. The deeper you go in and try to free yourself, the more you get entangled in it.
How to have complete control over our Passions and emotions the Zoroastrian way:- by Bohman H. Kutar. ……………………..Reference:- Parsee Avaz dated 15.11.1959 Page No.3
Man is hounded throughout his life with cardinal sins and is tempted towards it. Namely Passions, Anger, Avarice or greed, Disillusion or Maya, Jealousy, Pride……….. Unless and until he is free from all vices he will never attain salvation which is our consummate goal to be immaculate. The most potent vice is that of Passions. If he is able to have control over it, he can control rest of his shortcomings. But how to have control over passions is question tormenting even most powerful persons. Passions is selfish, meant for self-gratification only, and is of lower basic instinct plunging one into abyss of lowness. Whereas Love is holy, selfless and is unconditional, not asking anything in return, ever ready for sacrifice, which will connect you to heavenly father. Passions induces illness, whereas love gives you glowing healthy body, and a cheerful nature.
To overcome Passions we require to love everybody, and to obtain love we need to have childlike nature of “Khalesh Jigar” or clear conscience having no malice towards anybody and of innocence. Initially we start this seemingly easy exercise by remembering our dear loved ones with who we are very close to, projecting selfless love towards him/her. Then try same exercise even to the one whom you consider has hurt you, and wish him well that he too receives your unconditional love and happiness. Besides we continue with our Manthrawani every day. We Bastekustian Parsees are fire worshippers, Nay we worship AhuraMazda through Atash who is son of AhuraMazda, so remember Atash Padshah in our minds eye even though we do not get chance of visiting Agiary or Atash Behram pray Atash Niyaesh daily, along with other Avesta prayers.
If we continue this practice for 3 to 4 months then we should be getting favourable results and we will experience a peculiar but very happy feeling coming from our heart. Initially we will experience spurts of feeling of love towards humanity but later on each and every atom of our body will reach out and declare love for all humanity, and we won’t harbour malice even to those who have wronged us. Total unconditional love flowing from us will make each and every minute of our life worth living for we are living in present tense only. We will slowly but surely have control on our passions for it is being converted to selfless love. There are chances that a Sadhu who has practised mastery over his passions for many years through Yoga is merely able to subside his passions by his mind control. But a human mind can go awry any moment and there is no Guarantee of full control over passions that way, for a rubber ball will rebound back with equal and opposite force as it has been smashed on ground. But as we pray Atash Niyaesh prayers and other Avesta manthra we transmute our Druj to Gav, and in our religion we are supposed to observe ashoi Tarikats and it is through Ashoi Tarikats only that we will be able to have control on our passions, and side by side leading a lawful family married life is also indispensable Tarikat, using sex for only procreating off springs and never for self-appeasement.
Ahunavad Gatha – Yasna Ha 34.8:-
“Yoi Noit Ashem Mainyanta Aebyo Dooirevohu Asa Mano”
Translation:- Those who do not practice Ashoi Tarikats, will never receive Vohumano or good mind of Universal Love ……………………Reference :- “Shudh Ucchar Ni Khordeh Avesta” (PVTS) page 31k
3)Din-Aspanargan:- This third quality if developed properly by an Athornan who comes in category of Hutox (servant of deen) even in today’s times can earn him a spiritual Master or Guru, Ustad who will give his disciple much needed spiritual guidance that will relieve him from further re-births. Such an Athrawan with developed senses can explain with great humility and convincingly the complex subjects of our religion to the laity and thereby instil unflinching faith to even an Atheist who will now be convinced from his explanations, and he is known as Deen-Aspanargan= those knowledgeable with deen and its Farman can with quickness of a horse display with ease complex subjects convincingly. Deen+ Aspa ( Horse) + Nargan ( free flow of wisdom of Nikhiz).
But a highly advanced Athrawan of Ashwan category who is very near to salvation if he develops the above mentioned quality of an Athrawan can become a unimaginable powerhouse of spiritual strength who can with his developed 10th Chakra of Daena that is his heart, see through his inner eye nature's secrets unlocked before him. He with his developed Mithra and Manthra can perform miracles as proof and in support of Farman of our deen. With his extra ordinary powers he is now known as “Nar Aiviyasto Daenam” and can be classified in group belonging to and known as “Daenabish Abyasta” meaning the one who has obtained mastery over many Amals of Deen. He has now sharpened his powers of “Aspa” likened to keen swiftness of a horse. His Sudreh Kusti and his Daena Chakra of heart are now interconnected. He can convincingly explain to faithless the importance of Khurshed Nagirashni and Dokhmenashini in “Sezdah”= cinematographical display in trance, and change his drastic irreligious views.( We are badly in need of such an Athornan in today’s world for there are too many smart alecs who think we should change our deen for their convenience and liking).
An Athornan of Hutox grade having developed the above mentioned three qualities of Athravan namely Avizeh-Heem, Asneh-Kherad, and Din-Aspanargan has reached the Zoroastrian Priesthood class of “Fraberetar”. For Zoroastrian Priesthood Refer “The sixteen qualities of an Athravan Part 2”. He is now eligible to be of service and daily needs such as food and sleeping facilities of “Herbud” and Magavs.
An Athornan of Ashwan grade having developed the above mentioned three qualities of Athravan namely Avizeh-Heem, Asneh-Kherad, and Din-Aspanargan into supernatural power is now eligible for higher liturgical intricacies of “Kriyas” or “Yasnas” in its minute details.
Firdosh K. Sukhia
.......to be continued further