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, October 25, 2013
Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds.- Part 7
I have further added burning questions that is puzzling our community. I would like you to read with patience for this so called abstract subject on Series of Cosmo-genesis is not at all drab, and abstract, but it can answer so many questions tormenting so called rationalist minds, the answer of all these puzzles will slowly unfold in the end of this series. The questions are :-
1) Why there are different religions ? Why not one universal religion for everybody, when the goal of all religion is same and lead to one almighty God ?
2) How to overcome temptations in our day to day life?
3) Are our rituals, and all religions merely man or God Made ?
4) What about Karmic relations with our near and dear ones ?
5) Can we renounce our responsibilities in life and head for a “Sanyas”, when we are fed-up of this cruel world we are living in ?
6) Can we follow other religious Customs and prayers side by side with our religious Tarikats ?
7) What is aim and purpose of our coming to this earth ?
8) Why there is so much of injustice in this world, when not even a leaf of a tree can move without HIS Consent ? How can God be mere spectator of all this injustice If at all he is there ?
9) Why some people who are dishonest thrive and lead a luxurious life, where as those who try to lead a honest life have to suffer ?
10) Can we intermarry and yet preserve our Parsi Panu and thus solve our problem of dwindling of our race and religion ?
11) Can we convert ?
12) Can we take short cuts by praying only part of Avesta and truncate lengthy prayers for lack of time ?
13) Is Sadro Kusti, Agiary mere symbols ?
14) Is praying Avesta Manthra without understanding any word of it mere waste of time ?
15) What lessons can we learn from life when we don’t know our past, who we are and from where we have come from ?
16) Can we change to different mode of disposal of dead namely cremation, burial when there are no vultures left ?
17) Can we believe in what we cannot see with our three dimensional physical eyes ? Is blind belief good or belief with full faith in Mysticism in our religion by understanding its higher intricacies ? Which one is better of the two kind of belief ?
18) Is it possible to develop our inner spiritual vision by following our Tarikats ?
19) How can Dadar AhuraMazda be Just and yet Merciful both at same time ? How does HE maintain balance between these two Paradoxes side by side?
Now we revise a bit what we have read in the past:-
In the first Kaal 9th and 10th Minoi Asmans were created. Refer the link:- Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds- Part 4 (The Cosmo-Genesis)
In the Second Kaal Immortal world of 7 Asmans of Hasti, Yazats, Ameshaspand etc were created. Refer the Link:- Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds - Part 5
In the Third Kaal Mundane Universe of Nisti world and Earth was created…………. ( As explained in previous release of Part 6 itself)
Everything from our globe to dust particles on this globe and all the entities which live on it present nine fold bodies made up of three trios:-
First Trio of Ruvan, Baodang, Fravashi of Nurani substance.
Second Trio of Keherp, Tevishi, Ushtan of refined elements.
Third Trio of Azd, Getha and Tanu infested with Sins.
Of these, first and second Trios are emancipated. The third Trio is not so emancipated. The first two Trios want to work with nature to elevate the third Trio, which is full of faults. Such was the position of the creation worked out by third Zarvaneh Akarneh epoch with the help of Spenta-Mino, Angra-Mino and Yazats. It thus finished its work and handed the power over to fourth Epoch(Kaal) of Zarvaneh Akarneh which is current now.
The Fourth Zarvane Akarne – The Present of the Present Tense.
Reference Parsee Avaz dated 23.12.1973
The fourth Kaal of Zarvane Akarne which is also known as “Daedoisht Kaal” starts from now, which will be different from the other three kaals of the past. The fourth Kaal is divided into twelve parts also known as “Twelve Hazaras” as referred before. Click on the link to know in details about 12 Hazaras:- Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds-Part 1
Revision in brief
Note:- Out of total Seven Kaals, in the first three Kaals Ghenamino and Spenamino worked together, but from fourth Kaal, Ghenamino treated Spenamino as its sworn enemy.
“In first three Hazaras “Angrah” that is lacking or shortcomings of “Angrahmino” is well kept in check, and the earth is free from clutches of Daev which is also known in Dinkard Volume 13 Chapter 1, Para 15th as “Un Aeb Dadig”. But such is not the case after the end of it (3 Hazaras) and the beginning of fourth Hazara.
………. Reference:- Vicharashne e Vidaevodat Mat Ajanteesh (Vandidad) by Dr. Faramroze S. Chiniwala Page 21
In the third Hazara Souls belonged to “Naman” (Garothman or Garden of Eden) and descended on earth for soul cleansing purpose. They were supposed to be of lesser “Huviyat” or spiritual Dross than the souls who will descend in fourth Hazara later. They did not succumb to Satan’s temptation and thus this earth at that time was not under influence of Satan. But was almost as univewrse of Hasti hence that period was called as “Hastishna”, or similar to that of Hasti. In short souls descending in 3rd Hazara were purely Burjishi souls pertaining to Jupiter Jirum or classification of souls, and “Garonaman” of Hasti was directly related to “Garodeman” of Geti (Earth). Ref:- Vendidad Dr Saheb F.S.Chiniwala Page 22
In the fourth Hazara souls belonging to “Deman” and of other Jirum having more spiritual Dross started reincarnating, more inclined to succumbing to Satan’s temptation, thus this earth became now known as Drujo-Deman.
This planet Earth also known as “Geti” where human being resides is destined to be destroyed and change itself. This planet Earth which is gross and earthy in nature is situated at the end of Mortal world of Nisti.
Initially Adam and Eve were residing in Garden of Eden (Garothman). They were forbidden to taste certain fruits. Satan in form of Snake tempted them into eating that fruit. The moment Adam tasted the forbidden fruit offered by Eve they realized of their nakedness and their folly, this earth now became known as Drujo-Deman”. Mankind succumbing to temptation of Ahriman marked the downfall of him, and thus started his long and hard journey to perfection.
In this fourth Kaal Angra-mino’s dwelling place was not in Hasti or Nisti but a place known as “Zof-Paya” also known as “Patal” or the “Under World”. It does not literally mean the earth hidden from us whom we can excavate by digging it, or proceeding towards Centre of the earth. But it is actually Spiritual Station subtle to human eyes situated at last of the seven Dakhyus that is the “Aipi Dakhyu”. As now in fourth Kaal the method of cleansing the Primeval Ego from the fragmented parts of the Urvan took a new shape. That method is through dealings with one another also known as “Bhogwato”, with men interacting with one another through Thoughts, Words and Deeds following the path of Truth and Righteousness. Hence the work of Angra-Mainyu is completed. He was therefore sent to the lowest region of the Mundane World in “Patal” or “Hades”. Now his innate evil tendencies of disobedience, arising from limited intellect due to lack of “Fravashi” within it when he was projected from Spena-Mino were fully awake and aroused. Angra-Mino now instead of becoming co-worker of Spena-Mino worked against him as his sworn enemy. He now worked with a different goal in mind. He said that he will antagonize the daev and tempt him surely but in his own way and not as instructed by Spena-Mino, for he had no wish of becoming a faithful servant of Spena-Mino as he was before. He did not want Spena-Mino to succeed but was now on warpath against Spena-Mino himself and wished his total annihilation, and siding totally with Daev. The above drama and its reference can be found in Fravadin Yasht Kardo 22 Para 78.
Reference:- Significance and Philosophy of Vendidad by Ervad Marzban Hathiram Page 13
The underworld is in “Aipi Dakhyu” but not to be taken literally as Centre of the Earth.
In Fourth Hazara of the fourth epoch(Kaal) of Zarvaneh Akereneh, when Ruvan of other four Genera(group of souls not belonging to pure Berjish grade) began to descend on the globe with heavy satanic proclivities in their bodies, and men become sinful. Paegambar Zarathustra Saheb had to descend on this Earth for this planet earth had become unbearable to habitat with evil forces of Daev became stronger by the day, and hence need for Him to rescue this earth with “Ve-daevodat” or Laws to fight Daev(Daev Ve datu) or in short Vendidad. In short Daev Ve datu = Daev who oppose Dat or Nature’s laws and goes against it, in order to compensate it put them back on track Zarathustra’s Ve-Daev-Dat=or laws that oppose Daev= Vendidad was necessary.
At the end of 12 Hazaras Ghenamino would have done his job well, there will be no need of him then, for at the end of 12 Hazaras whatever evil present in humanity will be destroyed and alchemized and justice will be given to it by destroying it completely. By that time, Mankind will have developed his “Kherad” and learnt his lessons well. Man will be free by then and thus no need of Ghenamino, and he will merge in Spena-mino. …………..Reference:- Nikhiz Volume 2 Page 362
Presently we are in Fourth Kaal of Zarvane Akerneh inbetween 8th and 9th Hazara out of total 12 Hazaras of fourth Kaal … Ref:- Dr Saheb Vendidad Page 22
Work of 12 Hazaras will be done the Sinful nature of the third Triad of Human body namely Azda, Gaetha, and Tanu will have transmuted-
The Calculation of these 12 Hazaras indicates that the third Trio of Azda, Gaetha, and Tanu which is very sinful in nature will remain entangled in Sin for such a long time. In order to get idea of how the third Trio is being led to redemption we have to take help of vast period of Time which is explained in Part 3, three time frames of Zarvan known as 1) Zarvane Akarneh 2) Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh 3) Zarvaneh Thwashe Khadateh and its division are taken into consideration.
In short 1 Zarvaneh Akarneh or “ZA” = Countless Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh or ZDK.
1 Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh or “ZDK” = 81,000 years’ time cycle.
1 Zarvaneh Thwasheh Khadat or “ZTK” = the beginning and end of a human cycle marked by its birth and physical death and actual death that happens at Chinvat later.
(is called as one life time of a human).
Human brains are not given the capacity to count the number of Hazaras.
Reference:- Sequel to Essentials of Zoroastrianism by Dr. Saheb FS Chiniwala Page 54
The Fifth Zarvane Akarne – The Future.
In this fifth Z.A. whole of humanity will have evolved through Sixth Gahambar after having passed through fifth Gahambar. Now let us know something more about Gahambars as shown below:-
Daev and the 6 Gahambars:-
In the Zoroastrian scriptures and literature, it is stated that the biggest enemy of the entire universe is dravao/daeva. Dravao is the Nominative singular of dravant or dregvant. The root in these words is important. It is Avesta dru = run away, to attack, to be callous, etc. Thus, dravao has the meaning of "to run away from the command of the Lord", "to revolt against the Almighty", etc. How does this trait of rebelling, revolting come about? The answer lies in the term, daeva. This word has two sources or roots: "dub" = to deceive, and to be deceived, and "deev" = to shine.
Thus, the word daeva means to be deceived because of ignorance and in that ignorance lies that knowledge (paradoxically as it may seem) which leads its owner astray. A daeva is, therefore, deceived and, in turn, deceives another. That's why it has been allegorically said that a daeva has knowledge of only 4 of the 6 Gahambars (the stages of evolution of the Universe beginning with (a) the seed of Creation; (b) the sprout of Creation that grows from the seed; (c) the growing of that sprout; (d) the 'fruits' that come up from the grown-up sprouts. These knowledge (of 4 Gahambars) the daevas are aware of. Because of this knowledge of the 4 Gahambars, the daeva shines, i.e. he is illuminated by the knowledge.
But, he just does not know how to eat the 'fruits', i.e. how to tackle destiny, whom to give what in life, what to take from others (the Law of Cause & Effect or Karma). The Gahambar or the evolutionary stage of the Universe, which has this mystery buried in it, is the 5th Gahambar, that of Kharid-Frokht, lit, buying and selling, i.e. fulfilling one's Karmic obligations. The 'dev' has no knowledge of this Gahambar. All he knows and believes in is to steal the fruit that’s why in Avesta, he is described variously as Hazangha = dacoit, Tayu = thief and Un-Ashava = one away from law and order. He is also dubbed a Saasta = tormentor, i.e. an enemy of truth and justice. Because of these highly adverse traits in them, the daevas throw hurdles in the way of Nature, whose final goal is Frasho- Kareiti or the glorious Renovation. That is why the 6th Gahambar of Ereto Keretan cannot take place, or is postponed. To have the 6th Gahambar, one should cross the 5th Gahambar. These things the 'Devs' are ignorant of.
Even after considering the definition of daeva, one is not able to imagine what a daeva is like. To comprehend the daevas, one has to consider their four phases or aspects.
1. The first deals with the Dark Forces of the Dark or Black side of Nature. These forces govern and rule the Dark side of Nature. Vendidad Chapter 19, paragraphs 43, 44 and 45 mention these Blacks. They are called, “Daevanam Daevo” (devil of devils) and their names are also mentioned.
2. The 2nd phase of daeva comprises the sprites and the spirits called “Arvahi” - the evil fairies, the wicked jinn, etc.
3. This phase concerns all of us who have physical, corporeal bodies! Our bodies and minds are full of passions (greed, envy, anger, lust, etc.)
4. The sum of the above three phases combine to form the 4th phase, which in Yasna 29.2 (Gatha Ahunavaiti) is called “Dregwodebish Aeshemem”, which takes the form of, say, “Turbra-tur”, the gigantically monstrous cloud of the Dark Side.
Of the above 4 phases, the first two always go together. They were kept in check and control by our most exalted Prophet. Today, we, who are mostly concerned with the 3rd phase and about which our questioner wants to know in the second part of this question, can keep the 'dev' or 'druj' at bay, by strictly following the practices and procedures given by holy Prophet Zarthosht. They are: Follow always the path of Righteousness (practice truth for the sake of truth); practice druj-parhez (abstinence from druj) every minute of the day, by not only wearing a valid Sudreh and Kushti but performing the Paadiav-Kushti as and when they should be performed; recite the Avesta and Pazend Manthra regularly, particularly the Farajyat prayers; and do all you can to preserve and protect the sacred institutions of the Zarthoshti Deen, like Atash Behrams, Agiaries and their alaats and the Dakhmas.
Reference:- 101 Question Answer book published by Dini Avaz Committee. Answer to question No 31 by Mr Adi Doctor. Page 53 see article When the “Devs” come marching home.
In this 5th Kaal of Z.A. when whole of humanity has evolved through 6th Gahambar then there will be no need of Nisti as its purpose has been served in nature. There will be no Kharfastari left and no mine or thine (Hu Tu Teh) in consciousness of Humanity, and souls will gain mastery of the five senses, whereby Urvans (Ruvan) will be exalted to the level of their respective Baodangahs (Yasna 55.1) and Khetvodat takes place where male and female couterparts merge with one another and become whole asexual soul known as Magavan which constitutes individual Frashokereti (Yasna 13.58). It will be in this fifth Kaal that Lion (Kharfastar), and the Sheep (Gaav) will sit and eat together for Kharfastari and Gaav will have become one, where Primeval Ego will have dissolved, and thus thereby not glorifying self but Thine and Thine alone. Side by side with the individual Farshokereti the last infinitesimal tinge of imperfection in the immortal souls of Zodiacal Heavens (hasti) and of planetary heavens (Nisti). This will constitute the final and total collective Farsho-kereti the total spiritual Renovation whereby the whole Universe will only be of Baodangah or having acquired total Divine Wisdom.
The Sixth Zarvaneh Akarneh or the Future of Futures
In the Sixth kaal of Zarvaneh Akarneh Baodangah will have merged into Paorva Fravashi, the supermost and sublimest light indivisible and ineffable. This will constitute the “Roshan Rooz” or the Glorious day. The one great event to which all the creation moves.
The Seventh Zarvaneh Akarneh or the remotest Future
Finally in the seventh Kaal of Zarvaneh Akarneh Pourva Fravashi will merge through Niru, the screen of Lights, into Ahu, the un-nameable light of Lights, the supreme Diety over Ohrmazd and Ahriman.
Such is the crude yet glorious concept of Zurvan, the Ultima Thule of our existence as taught in Khshnoom, the heart rejoicing commentary knowledge of the Zoroastrian Religion itself.
Reference:- A Manual of Kshnoom, Mr P. N. Tavaria,page.200 -201
In our next Part and hopefully the last Part 8 of this series we will iron out few cosmological terms which require to be grasped correctly.Why is it so very essential for us to understand Cosmogenesis will be explained in our next part.
Please refer to the Bird’s Eye Chart of 7 Kaal in Excel format below.
Firdosh K Sukhia