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
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
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
At the end of every yasht/Niyaesh there is common prayer which is repeated. Whenever there is repitition it means that it is a powerful nirang in its own sense. That common para is as below;-
”Man ano avayad shudan” which means that one has to go there at Dadareh-Gehan. A Bastekustian Zarathosti after death provided during his obsequies has received four basic pillars of Sachkar, Sagdid, Gehsarna and Dokhmenashini, then that ruvan of even Margarjan Gunah is destined to reach threshhold of Chinvat Bridge or Pool on its own. If the ruvan has not lead life according to given tenets of our deen than the pool becomes narrow and he is unable to pass the pool. He comes tumbling down to foul smelling Apakhtar or North, spends some time over there and later on when that soul is ready to be reborn again after many years, he according to his Keshash is alloted parents as per his fixed destiny and descends in mother’s womb. Such souls are known as ”Saja na Ruvan” (punishment region)are destined to be reborn. We all come in that category because we are Mazdiyasni Dravands still not on path of Ashoi.
The second Category of souls called as ”Jaza na Ruvan” (Reward region) are on path of Ashoi who need not come back on this earth. He after corporeal death reaches threshold of Chinvat Pool where the pool becomes broad and he is able to pass it comfortably and reaches sweet smelling Dadareh-Gehan but does not enter it. He leaves this earth also known as ”Khanirath Bami” (or Golden Shore is the seventh Keshwar) for ever and progress near ”Varjamkard’ ‘ which is another station and dissolves his past kerdar. He than proceeds towards station of six Keshvars and reaches first keshvar of ”Vourubareshta’ ‘ from where he will proceed further to Dadareh-Gehan, which is considered as heaven of bliss for the soul. Such ”Jaza na Ruvan” although has lead life of Tarikat but has unknowingly made some mistakes whilst following it. Such a Ruvan although is fit to enter Dadareh-Gehan but yet stays at Varajami and tries to dissolve his slightly gross kerdar. He need not return back to Khanirath Bami or this earth and for him there is no reincarnation.
Note:-1) Kerdar means elemental forces that we have created during our stay on this earth. Kerdars can be good or bad also, depending on our deeds.
2) Chinvat Bridge consists of Var-i-Jam-Kard, Kang-Daeza, Gang-Daeza, Ganjesh (Portal)
3) Arezahi, Savahi, Fradadfash, Vidadfash, Vorubareshta, Vouruzareshta are six Keshwars, the seventh Keshwar is Khanirath Bami meaning ”Golden Shore” our Earth.
The third Category of souls called as ”Daham na Ruvan” are of higher category than the above two Saja & Jaza na Ruvan. Such souls have during their earthly stay meticulously practiced very high Tarikats and have substantially developed Ashoi so that his kerdar has become very subtle now, and there is no need for him to stay at Ganjishi, Kangdez or Varjamkard stations of Chinvat pool, but straight away reaches Dadareh-Gehan which is considered as entrance to station of six Keshwars.
In Bible it is said ”In my father’s house there are many Mansions”. The above mentioned stations are called as Mansions in Bible.
Reference:- 1) Dharmik jindagi gujarvana zarathosti kayda by late Bomanji Rivetna page 151
2) Mazdyasni Zarathosti Daen mujab Zarathosti Tarabyat ni asal rudhi page 15
3) Manual of Khshnoom by Phiroze Tavadia – Chart on page no 142 .
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Firdosh K Sukhia
Sunday, June 10, 2012
More about Dregu Mard, Riyazat mand, Daham-nar, and Ashwan:-
If a man is Riyazatmand or a Drigumard or a Daham-nar or a Ashwan then he has inner strength to face any misfortunes that comes his way because he considers them to be transitory and knows they are in the divine scheme of things and thus accepts them without getting affected. Above mentioned four classes of men indicate their stage of spiritual evolution.
Riyazatmand is he who leads a normal family life but follows religious codes and practices the prescribed rules of Druj-Parhej Tarikats. Such a man does not have supernatural spiritual powers. Dregumard is an advanced stage. He has developed such a mental frame, that if someone slaps him, he offers the other cheek. He sticks to truth no matter come what may. He too has no supernatural spiritual powers.
Daham-nar is a more advanced stage. This man has such a power that whatever he speaks always transpires. The Muslim Sufis, and Hindu saints like Raman Maharshi are example of men who have reached this spiritual stage.
Above all there is Aswan. He has developed powers of Ashoi and is able to attune with the forces of Nature. There are three grades of Ashwans namely those who have developed power to the third degree, sixth degree, or nineth degree.
…………………….Reference Parsi Avaz(new) Volume 3-4, July Aug, Sept 2011 Page 9
We had seen previously in Part 2 as to how an Ordinary Athravan of Hutox category can cultivate 16 qualities of Athravan, but only when these qualities are cultivated further into power then it will show its strength. The above mentioned four karmic professions namely Athornan, Rathestar,Vastriyosh and Hutox grades are not to be literally taken as earthly professions but is the collective gradation of all souls that can be subtly distributed in its respective professions. When a soul reaches stage of Khetvodat and gradually cultivate his four Atashes namely Atashe Dara, Atashe Naryosang, Atashe Khoreh and Atashe Frah then only can he reach the three karmic grades of Athornan, Rathestar, & Vastriyosh. Till lower karmic debts are not repaid back and his convoluted Karma= Masavati Keshash is not taken care of, he will remain in group of Hutox Category only, and can never came in karmic grades of Athornan, Rathestar, & Vastriyosh. Such is the importance given to Keshash in our religion. As per philology Hutox can be split into two roots. “Hu”=that which takes us towards Ahu the personification of goodness in nature, and “Tasht”= that which gives anything a shape. The word Hutox can mean further as the one who moulds his Karma into goodness for better. Behind the worldly sense of Hutox indicating as craftsmanship it can also subtly mean as craftsman moulding his Karma into a better shape inclined towards “Ahu” Today our Parsi community can be classified as coming in Karmic group of Hutox only having complicated Karma but yet are faithful followers of Zarathustra Saheb and are called as “Mazdiyasni Dravand”. In today’s world even a King, or a wealthy man, or a soldier, or a Dharma Guru priest can all safely come in category of karmic grade of Hutox, because all these Professions have become only means of earning our livelihood. But he remains in Hutox category till his complicated Karma remains unfinished. 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 after taking all painstaking efforts for following Tarikats of Ashoi is still doing it for sake of earning 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 other thing to be noted is that the above mentioned 16 qualities of Athornan need not develop in symmetrical order one by one but are developed simultaneously. But when these 16 qualities develop into supernatural Powers of an Ashwan then it need not develop in symmetrical order but spiritual progress of an Ashwan varies as per its own set of rules.
Who is a Yozdathregar, and meaning of Havyaon :-
That Zarathosti deen is based on Talesam of Pavmahal is a known fact. Defination of Yozdathregar:- A Yozdathregar is one who has within him force of Yozdah due to which his Atash is directly attuned with Adare Froba of “Garonaman” which is prevalent on 6th Heavenly orb of Hasti the eternal world. Garonaman which is Ahura’s and Zarathustra Gatha’s eternal house of “Havyaon”. A Yozdathregar having developed Yozda force within him is recognized by Ahura and Zarathustra Gatha force themselves which is prevalent in Garonaman 6th Asman of Hasti. Thus a Yozdathregar has to develop “Yozda” force after graduating from Navar and Marateb ceremony and by conducting “Khupe Ruvan” ceremony on himself. By “Khup Ruvan” the Ruvan which is normally dormant in each and every one of us becomes active by this ceremony.
…………….Reference:- Footnote Page 108 Yajashne ni Buland Kriya
Basics of Pre- Cosmogenesis:- The purpose of this universe is to alchemize Dravao from Ruvan. Alchemy starts right from top realms and Ruvan gets divided and further divided. Dross is separated from Original Ruvan, and that part of Ruvan which is dross free stays in higher realms of Hasti or eternal world. The Cosmic dross represented by ignorance which has been separated before from original Ruvan with Dravao is sent further down in Nisti or Non eternal world. After several decimalizations or division of one tenth a process known in Gatha Avesta as “Dasemestutam”, the Ruvan is broken further after many further decimalisation and reaches final destination of earth as individual Souls bounded in Physical body in each and every human beings. Depending upon Drossness of souls or Ruvan they are further classified in 5 Jirum represented by five religions. It is further divided into Male and female. The Cosmic Alchemy now begins on humans and with trials and tribulations, and passing through countless reincarnations the soul learns a lesson one at a time by undergoing many hardships and is gradually proceeding on to path of Salvation or Frashogard.
Just as in gold mining, Gold which is mixed with dirt flows in a stream of a river starting from high mountain top. Gold Panning is mostly a manual technique of separating gold from other materials. Wide, shallow pans are filled with sand and gravel that may contain gold. The pan is submerged in water and shaken, sorting the gold from the gravel and other material. As gold is much denser than rock, it quickly settles to the bottom of the pan. The panning material is usually removed from stream beds, often at the inside turn in the stream, or from the bedrock shelf of the stream, where the density of gold allows it to concentrate.
Meaning of Havyaon:- The seven eternal orbs or heavens of Hasti are manifested by Yazats for sake of souls- Ruvans who have not yet reached the stage of Yazats. Yazats themselves dwell in certain region of Hasti, and in Ahura himself, hence Ahura dwell in certain region of Hasti which is called as Havyaon. Hav= Region which is free from Druj, Dravao, ignorance, Yaon= to meet, unite.
…………….Reference:- Footnote Page 21 Yajashne ni Buland Kriya
A Yozdathregar who has descended from Airichithra lineage of Aryan Race belonging to Mazdiaysni Buniyad (seed) and whose forefathers were practicing Yozdathrergari, through Yasna Ceremony when he initially undergoes Navar and Maratab he attunes his own Breath force with Ushtan (breath force) of Pav-Mahal’s Talesam. As a gift inherited from our Paigambar saheb Yozdathregar start receiving Akheretar Khoreh after all sincere efforts being made by them in following Ashoi Tarikats. Their Kriyas and Manthras repeated by them make a mark in nature with the help of Pavmahal Talesam. The promise given by our Pagambar saheb assure us that whomsoever who follows footsteps of their ancestors by observing Tarikats sincerely, observes rules of Bareshnoom, and maintain Amal of “Khupe Ruvan” then he gets relief gradually from burden of his old Keshash. His complicated Keshash changes to lesser Keshash called as Keshashe Sade.
Greatness of Athornan lies in his practice of Ashoi, Tarikats, maintain Barsehnoom and Khup e Ruvan. One has to cleanse one’s soul of all impurities and that includes Bad Karma also. An Athornan who has yet complicated Karma left to be settled then he is of Hutox category and such a Athornan if he sincerely follows ashoi and Tarikats, Bareshnoom etc., he can develop “Avizeh-Heem” which is first quality out of 16 qualities of an Athravan but cannot go any further into developing it as Supernatural powers which only an Ashwan with no Karma can progress further. Such is importance given to Keshash or karma in our religion. Such a Athornan of Hutox category can still by following above procedures of Ashoi keep his “Aipi” clean. Aipi =immediate surrounding space around a person, and Akheratar Khoreh starts slowly flowing in his Aipi. Further detailed explanation of Aipi is given later in other part.
The 16 Qualties of an Athravan:-
1) Avizeh-Heem:- An Athravan of Hutox category if he sincerely follows all laws of Ashoi, Bareshnoom, amal of Khupe Ruvan and doing Yajashne of his Ruvan, having immaculate clean heart holding no malice for anybody, and free from worldly attraction of wealth then such a Athravan proceed very fast in developing this quality of Athravan. As per Ustad Saheb Behramshah Shroff the real reason why an Athornan cannot make any further progress is due to them being greedy and holding malice, avarice for his colleagues and not having “Khales Jigar” or clean heart like “Dil Kushad, Dil Azad” . It is very important for an Athornan to have a clean heart for him to progress very fast, towards developing this first quality of Athornan known as Avizeh-Heem. The other fifteen qualities of Athornan also starts developing simultaneously along with Avizeh-Heem quality. An Athornan having clear conscience and having no malice for others its positive impression can be prominently noticed immediately by others. Such an Athornan listens to his inner voice and is sensitive to prick of his conscience. He immediately stops short of being a victim of sin by listening to his inner voice. Even if he has faulted than he will never fail to visualize the consequences he has to endure of divine justice at Chahram, or his judgement day of the reckoning. He takes care of never committing even a small mistake also and is ever ready for retribution and sincerely does Patet for it. As per the law of duality very few such Athornans were to be found in our midst in beginning of this century who could be counted at the tips of our fingers. Late Jehangirji S. Chiniwala further narrates a short episode of a very pious Athornan saheb that was told to him by one of very close disciples of Ustad Saheb late Kaikhusroo Choksi and which is as follows:-
This was in beginning when Later Kaikhushru Choksi managed to persuade a very hesitant Ustad saheb staying in Surat to come all over to Mumbai for spreading ilme Khshnoom by delivering lectures. That was the beginning when Ustad saheb began his lectures in Mumbai. By that time Ustad saheb was a well known personality and community used to know of him as a pious man who has brought ilum directly from hidden Masters of Demavand Koh. An Athornan Saheb who was very Tarikat baaz being a Panthaky residing at Narialwala agiary at Dadar Naigam cross Road came to know by word of mouth of Ustad saheb. So the Athornan Panthaky saheb was on horns of dilemma that was tormenting his mental peace and decided to meet Ustad saheb by writing a letter to him and try to find a solution from his mental agony. The Panthaky Athornan saheb rarely came out from his agiary and stayed within kash of Narielwala agiary only. The Athornan saheb with great humility wrote a letter to Ustad saheb to come and meet him as there was something that was disturbing him very much and he wanted some solution from Ustad saheb. Ustad saheb asked Kaikushroo Choksi saheb that he wanted to meet Panthaky saheb of Narielwala agairy and to take him over there. On their meeting together the Panthaky saheb lamented sadly that a nearby landlord “Bhaiya” from U.P. was harassing him for extracting rent of Chawl adjacent to compound of Narielwala agairy. The Athornan Panthaky saheb was disgusted with the landlord’s harassment and out of frustration whilst performing Buoy ceremony wished sincerely from his heart that O Atash Padshah saheb just as you burn to ashes the sandalwood which I am offering to you, similarly you burn that “Bhaiya” also who is harassing me. Incidentally on the very next day that Bhaiya who was staying in hut nearby caught fire and he got burnt and killed in it.
The Sin committed by him in fit of anger was too burdensome for him to handle and requested some solution from Ustad saheb. Ustad saheb accepted the difficult situation the Panthaky saheb was in and gave him assurance. Ustad saheb later told Kaikhusroo Choksi saheb in private that this Athornan saheb had “Khales Jigar” and will progress very fast spiritually. Khales Jigar means whatever is in his heart he will bring it on his toungue and not say something else and do something else. The Athornan saheb accepted the wrong that he had done in fit of anger and was doing Patet in his Mithra, by making Ustad saheb as a “Gavah” or witness to his deeds. At the cost of his own humiliation and by accepting the wrong done by him the Athornan is killing his Ego by acknowledging his fault to third party who acts as Gavah or witness to his deeds. “Avizeh Heem” is the basic quality that requires to be developed first by an Athornan. But an Athornan having very less Keshash = “Keshash e Sadeh”, or is very near perfection= “Ankareeb ul Bokhtagi”, in short if he is spiritually well advanced, then this avizeh-heem quality no longer remains a mere quality but becomes a supernatural power within him which can do many miracles. A Miracle is one that an ordinary human being is unable to see the hidden nature and its laws which operate invisibly behind the very act which we call it as Miracle. An Athornan with supernatural power having developed the first quality of an Athravan is Druji proof and no druji can contaminate him, neither will he become a victim of any sickness. He is immune to any poison if he takes it orally in his system. His mentality and mind is now “Gaspandi” which means he lives for others, and he will not become a victim of carnal passions and able to have control over it.
More on Avizeh-Heem quality:- A person who is on path of tarikat, reciting regularly Avesta Manthra, then slowly some changes occur in him. He notices that passions are now more pronounced in him then in the past and now raises its ugly head often. It can be similarly compared to just as a sewage gutter when exposed to sun’s rays emanates more foul smell than when that gutter is not exposed to sun’s rays. But the person on path of Tarikat if he continues his efforts without losing hope becomes of “Resigned Will” which is characteristic of Avizeh-heem quality the first and the very basic quality which is foundation for all other qualities that will follow. He even with such an onslaught of passionate thoughts coming so often will think with a resigned will that if such is your wish then let it be so or “Ya khuda, jehvi tari marji”. Such a stage of consciousness is applicable to a Dregu mard only, which is before stage of Ashwan. The word Dregu means poor. Poor in what ? poor in ashoi. He has yet to reach ashoi of an Ashwan. With his resigned will he is able to bring passions under control.
………………Reference:- Dini gyan na thoda abdar Gohar Part 1 Series No 3 by Late Dr Cawas Gotlaseth Page 34-35
More on Resigned Will:- It means complete surrender to your destiny. Old Persian saying is:- “Raza Be Hokame Kaza” or “Sapehre Raza be Tireh kaza” which means “What cannot be cured must be endured”
Dastan of Rustam and Sohrab in Shahnamah of Firduasi:- A small narration from Shahnamah classic and tragic battle between Rustam and his son Sohrab where father son and son clash with each other without knowing identity of each other. Finally Rustam being unconquerable Manage to plunge dagger in Sohrab’s chest. His wife Tehmina arrives late and tells Rustam that Sohrab is his own son. Rustam in his desperation asks from King Kaykaus having Kyan Khoreh for “Anosh Daru” in his possession which is Elixir that can revive a dead man from his sleep. But the king refused to give the elixir to Rustam because he having Kyan Khoreh was wise and knew about keshash between father and son. He did not want to interfere with Keshash or destiny. Hence he adopted “resigned will” policy by refusing to give Rustam the elixir. What cannot be cured has to be endured. Such is chapter of Keshash, so who are we puny darvand Bastekustian Zarathostis to challenge Karma.
Other one of very interesting narration in Shahnamah stressing on Keshash is battle and clash between two giant personalities of Rustam and Rohinton also called as Tehemton who was invincible except for his eyes, and who was blessed by Paigambar saheb himself, but that’s another story. So what is stressed in our religion is that till we are free from all our keshash we cannot progress further spiritually.
The Law of Keshash and Atash Padshah:- There is a difference between Persian word “Keshash” and Karma. Karma is action or deed done by a person and he gets rewarded or reattributed as per his deeds. But Keshash is of 144 types, with each 12 signs of Zodiacs working in 12 different ways(12x12=144), but the chapter of Keshash is a closed book which cannot be discussed freely by us and not much is disclosed any further about it by the Ustad Saheb, as he has been cautioned by his Masters. Not even King Kaykaus having Kyan Khoreh can interfere with Keshash of a Rathestar like Rustam. Consecrated Atash Padshah of Adaran, Dadgah, Atash Behram can guide us Darvand Bastekustian Zarathostis and show us right path when we are helpless with our Keshash.
Atash Padshah how he helps us from relieving us from its Shackles of Keshash:- Although Atash Padshah can guide us in removing the shackles of Keshash, the ultimate initiative should come from us from within. A three pronged strategy is shown below that will help us
1) First let us be true to ourselves and acknowledge and accept the wrong if any committed by us. There should be no shame in accepting our mistake even in front of others, by brushing aside our ego, arrogance= Taromaiti, and stop being selfish. That is your first step.
2) The second step is after knowing and acknowledging your faults try to improve upon it by not repeating it again.
3) If you are unable to improve upon your faults and shortcomings, take help of Dadar Ahuramazda, and Avesta Manthravani given to us by our Asho Paigambar Zarathustra saheb.
. ………………………Reference:- from article in Jame Jamshed dated 29.04.2012 by Ms. Mahrukh Faredun Adajania.
It is Avesta Manthravani that will give us salvation. Two references from Avesta are enough to support the said statement.
1) From Sarosh yasht hadokht = “Manthrospento mainyavim drujem Nijbairishto; Ahunovairyo vacham verethrojastemo; arshukhdho-vakhsha yahi verethrajastemo.”
Translation:- The Manthraspenta prayers removes Mino druj which is very subtle passion body hidden in a subtle way in our body, and ahunovairyo prayers which is a very potent prayers successfully removes thre hidden enemy within. Hoshbam prayers =“Ahunem Vairi tanum paiti” = Ahunavar brings peity to our body.
2) Ahunavad Gatha Ha 29: 7-8 states that AhuraMazda with help of Ardibehest Ameshaspand created Manthra, and Asho Zarathustra saheb was the only one who was taught to bring those Manthras on this earth for our benefit, which will remove evil that has been spread by the daevs on this earth.
Dadar Ahura Mazda and his representatives give us solace in our troubled times. Khorshed & Meher Yazad spreads light from Sunrise to sunset. In night time Moon or Mahabokhtar yazad with his waxing and waning properties give us calming effect in times of happiness or sorrow which descends upon us depending on our Bakht or destiny which we have made it ourselves, and reminds us that nothing is permanent and we are all the time on move and we improve daily even though we do not see it ourselves, thus our life on this earth can never go to waste. Avan Yazad teaches us to tread with caution the long journey from river that will ultimately merge us into ocean of Dadar AhuraMazda. The most potent prayers that will help us in understanding confused events happening in our life that we are unable to find answers to it, is prayers of Atash Niyaesh. The “Oos moi ujareshwa ahura” stanza of atash Niyaesh means O Ahura ! cleanse me of my faults of flesh, “Armaiti tevishi dasva”= give me humility, and remove arrogance = Taromaiti. Atash who is also called as Son of Ahura Mazda – Athro Ahureh Mazdao Puthra is also known as “Adar Kebretum” the 67th name of 101 names of Dadar Ahura Mazda. “Adar Kebretum” = Atash who moulds one into a jewel. In other words Atash Alchemizes the dross within us and converts it into a jewel. Atash along with Manthra alchemizes our soul which is tainted with ignorance of Ego, which is the reason why we have been born and this universe has been made.
……………………Reference :- “Khordeh Avesta Shudh Ucchar Ni” (PVTS) page 13k
Next we will take the second quality of an Athornan known as Asneh-Kherad describing it first as a quality of an Athornan and which can be later turned into a supernatural power capable of miracles. We will take systematically each quality of an Athornan one by one later.
………………………….. to be continued