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
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The first five days of farvardegan starts from Spendarmard Mah Astad roj till five days upto Roj Aneran and is called as "Panjeh Keh" meaning first five small days of Farvardegan. On those days in addition to your regular Farjyat prayers one should pray "Framarot no Ha". Other five days are actual 5 Gatha days and are called as "Panjeh Meh" where appropriate pertaining Gathas are prayed on respective gatha days of Ahunvad Gatha, Ushtavad Gatha, Spentomad Gatha , Vohukhsahtra Gatha, & Vahishtoisht Gatha. So these ten days consists of "Panjeh Keh" and "Panjeh meh".
Apart from the above mentioned prayers during these ten days of Farvardegan commensing from Astad roj and ending on Vahishtoisht Gatha one should pray Lakh nu Bhantar. It has not to be taken in literal sense of reciting yatha, ashem, and Yeangeh hatham lakh times, but during those ten days 5700 Yatha, 2100 Yengeh Hatham, and 1200 Asem Vohu has to be recited and equally distributed in those ten days. Hence within those ten days you can pray every day 570 Yatha, 210 Yengeh hatham, and 120 Ashem after finishing your Faramarot Ha in first 5 days , and later on respective Gathas on other five days.
If due to some unavoidable circumstances one misses out one day than he can complete it other day. In the sense that during those ten days totally 5700 Yatha, 2100 Yengeh Hatham, and 1200 Asem Vohu has to be recited . This Lakh nu Bhantar has to be recited with sarosh Ni Khshnuman as shown below:-
Refer Sarosh baaj as given in our Khordeh Avesta Book:-
Khshnaothra Ahurahe Mazdao.
Ashem Vohu (3)
Farvarnane Mazdayasno zarthushtrish Vidaevo Ahra takaesho, (recite appropriate geh here)
Saroshe ashyahe, takhmahe tanu mathrahe, darshi- draosh ahuriyehe, khsnaothra yasnaicha wahamaicha khsnothraicha frastaecha, yatha ahu vairyo Zaota fra me mruteh, atha ratush ashatchit hacha, fra ashva vidvao mraotu.
Saroshem ashim hurodhem verethragnem..................................................Ahunem vairim tanu paiti (3)
Yatha Ahu Vairyo (1)
Recite over here (in place of kemna Mazda as in sarosh Baaj) -- lakh nu Bhantar i.e. 570 Yatha, 210 Yengeh hatham, and 120 Ashem
Then complete balance Sarosh Baaj
Yatha (2). Yasnemcha vahmaemcha aojascha Zavarecha afrinami, Sraoshahe ashyehe takhmeahe, tanu- manthrahe darshi- drash ahuiryehe.Ashem Vohu (1)
Ahmai Raescha, Hazangharem, jasme avanghe Mazda, Kerfeh Mozd.
On the last day of Vahistoisht Gatha do not forget to pray Patet Pashemani as that day is also called as Pateti or last day of the year which will herald next day Nouroz or our New year.
We should also pray for dear departed souls satoom no Kardo but during Gatha days we have to recite special Satoom no Kardo- "Gatha ni Khsnuman no" which can be found in Union press tamam Khordeh avesta.
For further reading on Farvardegan days please click on the link provided below for article by Mr Noshir Dadrawala :-
Nowruz Mubarak to all readers of this Blog.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Reference (old) Parsee Avaz 06.12.1959 page 4 & 6 “Porso- Pasokh va Nuktechini” column or Question and Answer Column
14) Padiyav-Sajashneh:- The term Kusti Padiyav has been used loosely by us, but the exact etymology of the word “Paad” can mean the immediate area surrounding our earthy physical body also known as “Aipi”. As per ilme-Khshnoom the area surrounding our “Aipi” can be measured by extending our folded Arms at level of our shoulder and finger tips of both Arms touching each other. The circle drawn from centre of our body till tip of our elbow as radius of circle can be stated to be our “Aipi”. Refer to the hand drawn diagram as shown below:-
Above Diagram is prepared using Reference:- Parsee Avaz 06.12.1959 page 4
We have to maintain a “Karsh” or a protective circle around our Aipi with help of Sudreh Kusti which acts as an Alaat or weapon/ shield and that is known as “Padiyav”. The shield of Sudreh does not function alone all by itself, but it works in Tandem along with Kusti on our waist and hence the word Kusti Padiyav is coined with the above explanation. But an ordinary Athornan having developed Padiyav-Sajashneh quality can make his Aipi Druji proof with amal of his Sundreh Kusti and remove impurities from his Aipi ,thus make place for good Akherater Khoreh to flow smoothly. The ceremony for donning Sudreh Kusti is called as Navjote and if it is done properly Sudreh Kusti as Alaat can protect every Bastekustian from outer impurities by locking our Aipi and we become a co-worker of Paav Mahal. When an Ashwan Athornan develops this quality into power than he becomes receptacle for Gaav to flow in his system, and his Aipi becomes eligible for contact with Yazatic forces. Nay! He now becomes Semi Yazat himself.
15) Khube-Nirang:- An ordinary Athornan having developed this quality can make use of Manthra / Nirang Prayer or incantations for relief of sick and suffering. His Druj Parhej Tarikats makes him eligible to establish such a quality of Khube-Nirang within him. He now functions as a true Hakim taking into consideration karmic liability of the patient and remains well within his limits who give relief to the sick with his Manthra prayers, and by preparing Talismatic Taviz.
When an Ashwan Athornan having developed this quality into power can decimate Saen Druji elementals and with his Yasna give relief to Mankind from hazards and perils of Saen Druji. To know more about Saen Druji and how it is formed, one can refer to the article from archives on same topic. Follow the link of Saen Daruji and Saen Baaj as its remedy:- http://ilme-khshnoom.blogspot.in/2010/10/saen-daruji-and-saen-baaj-as-its-remedy.html
16)Nehvar-Jivam:- The word Nehvar means Nine Ameshaspands or Nine Gehnas and its Keherps formed in “Hasti” also known as immortal world, and word Jivam means milk of a goat that is made use of in kriya and mixed in pure well water. By undergoing through this process there is transmutation of Goat’s milk from Vohun to Gaav which in simple language means milk getting converted from grossness to Gaav signifying selfless quality in it. When an Ordinary Athornan develops this quality he makes sure of never doing any kriyas half-heartedly or in hurry and thus invite undesirable result of Yasna- Daruji. He tries to do to best of his capacity all Husmordi Kriyas whether Zindeh Ruvan or Anushe Ravan kriyas painstakingly in totality without overlooking any minute details and from start to finish. Whereas an Ashwan Athornan develops this quality into power and he can actually see in Urvisgah of Pav mahal any anomaly or deficiency arisen whilst performing Kriyas. He takes corrective measures and repairs Yasna Daruji or the disorder in Staot or vibrations formed from Kriyas done haphazardly knowingly or unknowingly by any Athornan. He does not allow ill effects of Yasna Daruji to further weaken Pav mahal. He delivers the keherps that have formed by kriyas to its rightful place which helps nature in its relentless service to mankind and universe.
Today we cannot say that present Athornans have all 16 qualities of Athornan but some of them may have managed to develop at least some of the qualities as per their own destiny and their efforts, but the Yasna Daruji that comes into play by careless attitude of some of Athornans can play havoc to our Pavmahal, if not repaired and discreetly taken care of by Sayar Abed saheb who come periodically practically every 6 months from Iran by maintaining their Bareshnoom and with help of special power of Nehvar-Jivam reduce negative effects of Yasna Druji and repair Pavmahal of Hindustan in which we Parsis thrive in its protection today and have survived for so many years. There is no doubt that today if Talesam of Pavmahal in India has been taken care of we have to salute the Sayar Abed Saheb who selflessly serve Pavmahal and does their job without any fanfare or expecting anything in return.
Asho Mobed Nairyosang Dhaval who came to India with chosen Anjuman was a chosen leader being guided by Demavand Koh Abed Sahebs. Even when Athornan groups in India started showing their spiritual lacking, then also proper care was taken by Asho Abed Sahebs at nick of time to protect Pavmahal in Hindustan, and are even offering their selfless services presently. When Islamic zealots began their quest to spread their tentacles in India a need was felt by Caretakers Sanjana Tola of Sacred Iranshah to shift from its original Kash to a safer place This was very unfortunate and undesirable as Iranshah is capable of looking after its own safety in emergency. But this fact was overlooked by Sanjana Tola and thus the history of long and arduous journey of Iranshah for many years from Sanjan to different places till he was finally settled in Udwada till date. But the moment Iranshah was disturbed from its Kash and taken to different places, the hidden Saiyar Abed Sahebs worked in their own mysterious ways to protect sacred flame of Iranshah from extinction. Ustad Saheb has narrated many amazing facts on this topic to his disciples. Finally at last when Iranshah was settled in Udwada since last 200 years and is so even today, the time had come for Iranshah’s sacred fire under its belly which was till now burning on its own without any offerings of Sandalwood to cool down. Just as humans have horoscope describing its destiny, similarly Iranshah’s Horoscope too describe different time frames of its Birth, Childhood, Teenage, Maturity, oldage and finally death. The time period of Iranshah was nearing its end which is technically known as “Samandar”. We are living in past Samandar Period now. Iranshah and its Talismanic powers are active even now although not as vivified as it was during its youth but its effects and protection more than sufficient enough to last till advent of ShahBehram Varjawand. When augury sign for Samandar was indicating, it was then that the hidden Abed sahebs gave timely guidance to Sanjana Tola responsible for tending sacred fire of Iranshah. They guided Sanjana Mobeds and showed them way of transforming the sacred Atash burning on its own, to physical Atash by having connection or “Paivand” with Sandalwood logs. Thus today we have with us Physical Atash of Iranshah which was transferred from divine atash of Iranshah burning on its own in past without any help of Sandalwood as fuel for fire.
We have but to take help of Khshnoom to know the hidden truths in our Deen, and thus apart from applying grammatical translations to Avesta, one requires to be familiar with “Tavil” which is really key to decipher Avesta as propounded by Khshnoom. By merely externally knowing names of 16 qualities of Athornan one cannot grasp its true hidden meaning but when we apply Khshnoom and its Tavil then we realize the hidden power that goes behind the making of these 16 qualities of an Athravan which never fails us to look at this subject with awe and respect that it rightly deserves.
Today our Athornan class can only take care of our community and its religious institutions of fire temples. If an Athornan today takes care to develop 16 qualities of Athravan and thus maintain Mithra, Manthra, Yasna of Zarathosti Deen then there should not be any complains about our community going downhill. Today knowingly and unknowingly we create all sort of Yasna Daruji and increase load upon shoulders of Pavmahal of Iranshah, even then Pavmahal of Iranshah can retain spiritual powers till advent of our future Rainidar Saheb Shah Behram Varjawand Saheb and 2/3rd of our community who will staunchly follow Zarthosti tenets will be taken care of and saved in troubled times.
An Athornan having developed last three qualities of Athravan namely 13) Rast-Avesta, 14) Padiyav-Sajashneh, 15) Khubeh-Nirang reaches the “Atravax” grade of Zoroastrian Priesthood. He now becomes a Dharma guru capable of protecting holy fire and is called as “Atash Pasbaan”. He thus alchemizes his own fire within his physical body and maintains all earthly fires. He is able to provide connecting link between the immortal world of “Hasti” with mortal world known as “Nisti” and whose final result is nothing less than Salvation for the Soul or “Ravaan Bhokhtagi”
An Athornan having developed last sixteenth quality of Athravan namely 16) Nehwar-Jiwam reaches the “Zaota” grade of Zoroastrian Preisthood. He thus becomes protector of our religion and is known as “Deen Pasbaan” In the past, the Anjuman of ordinary Athornan belonging to second grade who lead a family life in Iran and belonging to “Zaota” class of Preisthood were solely eligible for the post of “Dastur” and that too after he reaches age of 52 years. If he is underage he has to wait till he reaches age of 52 years and definitely not before that. Today the Parsees of India can be termed as those belonging to “Mashya” grade “Baste- Kustian”, and if they remain faithful to practicing all prescribed Tarikats, and maintain high moral code and above all following rules of Bareshnoom Nahan then he can cultivate some/ any of the above mentioned 16 qualities of an Athravan. But without Bareshnoom expecting any favourable results is likened to tilling and watering the earth but forgetting to sow any seeds and expecting bumper harvest in return, which does not make any sense to it.
From the above we can see that Ashwan Athravan remain hidden in Demavand Koh and takes care of our religious institutions at all time and thus are known as Deen Pasban. They untiringly fight against Druj by remaining engrossed in Avesta prayers and thus keep Druj in check within its limits, and never allow Ahriman to remain unchecked. Thus in “Afrin e Haft Ameshaspand” 8th para says “Hamazor Raevand Koh, Hamazor Mehparsin Koh, Hamazor Daemavand koh ke Dravand Bivrasp andar oy bast Aaested” which means that various mountains like Raevand koh, Mehparsin koh and particularly Daemavand mountain where Darvand of ten thousand horses are bonded here. …………..….. Reference :- Pazend Afrin Ba Maeni by Ervad Phiroze S Masani Page no 28 to 30
Even in Shahnamah we come across narration of how King Zohak remains chained in Demavand and keeps on sucking his chains whole night in which he is bounded and makes it thin. He is thus ready to escape before crack of dawn. But the auspicious crowing of Cock which is symbol of Sarosh Yazad prevents him from imminent escape and his chains becomes strong once again and Zohak cannot escape. Zohak means Azi Dohak or personification of ten shortcomings which makes him totally evil. Numerically number ten denotes complete or being whole. So ten denotes evil in its totality at its peak. The Srosah-Varez saheb in Demavand Koh who is personification of Sarosh Yazad himself keeps evil in check by constantly meditating and keeping druj in limits with Avesta prayers and Mithra.
Shahnamah a mere Myth ?
So are we to brush off Shahnamah as mere Myth ?????? . Let us know definition of Myth as is given below by late Dr. Saheb Faramroze Chiniwala in his own words:- “But what is Myth ???? A Myth is that which is difficult to understand, being extraordinary not apropos to present age still having existence in the distant remote past. Human understanding is far too limited to measure nature and her working. Hence it is that one has to live upon faith. This faith will lead one, one day to the actual “Kherad” sense to measure Nature.” ………………….Reference :- A Sequel to Essentials of Zoroastrianism by Dr. Faramroze Chiniwala Page 42
Firdosh K. Sukhia
Above Serialisation from (1) Parsee Avaz in “Porsopasokh” Column dated from
25.10.1959 to 6.12.1959
(2) Chart in Parsee Avaz dated 6.9.1970
(3) Yajashne ni Buland Kriya by Dr. F S Chiniwala Page 54-65
Note:- Concluded all 16 qualities of Athravan will continue further with Notes and Chart on Eight stages of Athravan to practice Yozdathegari.