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, December 4, 2012
Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds - Part 1
As explained before, Arvahi are of two kinds. 1) Ulvi Arvahi 2) Sephali Arvahi. Ulvi Arvahi do not harm or interfere with anybody. Sephli Arvahi means lowly hovering Spirits who are invisible to us, but yet can show their appearance if they want to be seen by us and can change into any form. They are prone to deceive humans into committing sins and thereby getting sadistic pleasure of misleading them.
We Zarathusti Bastekustians are forbidden to have any contact or enter into any sort of Karmic obligations with any kind of above mentioned Arvahi’s. In our holy Avesta Manthra itself we can find many references. The daily Kusti prayers that we pray every day mention in Ahuramazda Khudai Pazend Nirang prayers as under:-
Ahuramazda Khodai Ahreeman Avadshan dur avaz dashtar Zad Shekasteh Baad, Ahreeman devan Darujan, jadooan darvandan, keekan, karfan, sastaran, gunehgaran, ashmogaan, darvandan, dushmana, freeyan, Zad Shekasteh Baad.Zad Shekasteh Baad= may the evil intentions of evil persons meet failure and defeat. Such Mithra in Kusti prayers are for those with evil intent. The male Arvahi is called as Jinn and the female Arvahi is called as Pari. But the word “Freeyan” is more relevant to low natured Seephli Arvahi group who are very evil in nature and especially belonging to female “Pari” category. There is no offence meant here, as this has got nothing to do with gender bashing or any show of Chauvinism but what we are discussing here are the truths in nature.
As per explanation in ilme-khshnoom given by Ustad Saheb Behramshah Shroff, Zarathosti Deen has explained in Bundahesh, can also can be known as Zoroastrian Cosmology or “Shrusti Rachna”, there is mention of 12 Hazara. Hazara should not be taken as thousand years or literally as 12 x 1,000 years. Detailed explanation is given later about Hazara. Where it is mentioned that in First Hazara Hasti or Immortal world was created – (Emanations). In the second Hazara Nisti or mortal world was created – (Creation). This planet Earth also known as “Geti” where we human being reside 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. It can be said that planet Earth is small part of Nisti. That Nisti is represented by vast sea, and in comparison to that vast sea our Earth is like a drop of water in the Sea of vast space known as Nisti.
On that earth where humans reside with their gross body is passing now through evolutionary stage of earthy Ushi. Before that earth and humanity along with it has already passed through Firey, Airey, and Watery stages of Ushi or Orbs. During evolutionary stage of humanity from Earthy Ushi his physical body is now composed of Fravashi+Ruvan+Baodangh+ Keherp+Tevishi+Ushta+Tanu+Azda+Gaetha or nine seams of Divine, Ultra Physical and Physical bodies. He was divided into Male and female parts and finally for his Cataclysmic journey towards attaining perfection was made ready to descend on this earth for his necessary evolution.
Zarathosti Deen Literature we have mention of many “Technical Terms” also known in Khshnoomic parlance as “Loghat”. The terms that concern our understanding of this subject better will be taken now. They are:- 1) Garo-Naman 2) Garo-Deman 3) Drujo-Deman. It is very important for us to understand these three words and its true meaning.
1) Garo-Naman:- a)The dwelling place of Yazats in immortal world of Hasti……..(Ref:- Yajasneh ni Buland Kriya Page 254)
b) A part of heaven in Minoi Asman ……………………………(Ref:- Dr Saheb F.S. Chiniwala Khordeh Avesta Page 173 footnote)
c) Burjisi or 6th Asman of immortal world of Hasti, where Hormuzd works as Spenamino and has “Khales” Adare Froba. (Khales= Ungraded Atash energy on 6th plane, found in its purest form) ……………….(Ref:- Nikiz 2 page 41K)
2)Garo-Deman or Garothman:- The dwelling place Earth or Geti similar to heavens when Ahriman had not yet been able to enter. (In time frame of 3rd Hazara period as explained below).
3) Drujo- Deman:- The dwelling place Earth or Geti when Ahriman managed to tempt human and thus was able to enter. (In time frame of 4th Hazara period as explained below)
Starting from third Hazara till the end of it, the initial Souls that had started descending for their soul-cleansing process on the dwelling place of earth were Souls or Ruvan belonging to “Naman” and had lesser drossiness or “Hoviyat” in comparison to those souls that will follow later on in 4th Hazara. The ignorance varies from soul to soul and those souls having lesser ignorance were send first for their necessary evolution. During that time frame of third Hazara, Yazats themselves would descend this earth, and guide those souls towards path of perfection. During the time frame of third Hazara no need for Paegambar Saheb Zarathustra to descend on this earth with Vendidad or Vedeavodat- law for redemption of Daev as Daevs and Satan had not yet arrived on this earth. The souls in question on the surface of earth did not require much effort, and they were known as original Burjisi Ruvans and for their salvation Yazats themselves stepped on this earth. Although Satan had surrounded the planet Earth but they were unable to step inside. The reason being, original Burjisi Souls having very little “Huviyat” within them were almost on the road to Salvation and were well within their limits and did not heed to the temptation of Satan and hence Satan’s inability to enter Earth. It will be very difficult for us to comprehend the time frame at that time. The Oceans at that time was of sweet water whereas now we have salty Oceans.
At the end of Third Hazara and beginning of Fourth Hazara, Souls belonging to “Deman” having grosser “Hoviyat” than souls of “Naman” of previous Third Hazara started Reincarnating on the earth. These souls having more Hoviyat or Druj within their physical body were more inclined to temptation of Satan. Their weakness was exploited immediately by Satan and he managed to infiltrate on this earth. The “Deman” souls were prone to succumbing to carnal Passions and temptation of Ahriman worked effortlessly like a hot knife melting and cutting the butter with ease. This is allegorically explained in other scriptures as well as our Zoroastrian School of Thought of “Ilme-Khshnoom ni Maktab” as below:-
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.
Adam & Eve succumbing to Satan’s temptation in Garden of Eden
King Zohak with 2 snakes on his shoulders
It was from beginning of fourth Hazara that this planet Earth became Drujo-Deman literally meaning dwelling place of Druj. Except for one third of earth which in Avesta is called as “Aivithrishwa” remained free from Druji pollution on earth. Even today we all are residing on this earth known as Drujo-Deman.
In Shahnamah another allegory of King Zohak who had two serpents growing on his shoulder, which represented in-satiated greed. Every day victims brain was offered to satiate snakes hunger, and snakes refused to die even though their head was cut off. Mankind was now in total control of Azidahak the evil Satan.Rule of Zohak marked the beginning of Drujo-Deman world and Self-gratification, sensuousness and depriving others from their rightful share became order of the day.
During the time frame of Third Hazara when Satan was unable to enter this earth because the Original Burjisi souls of “Naman” did not take heed to Satan’s temptations and Yazats resided and guided them on earth. Their rule extended to“HaftaKeshwar” and covered whole of Nisti. With their righteous powers they were respected even by “Pari’, who were so infatuated, obsessed and attracted towards man of “Naman”. But the original Burjis “Naman” Souls had complete control over the passions and they did not take heed to temptation of Satan who had surrounded the earth but were unable to enter it so far.
At commencement of Fourth Hazara when weak minded “Deman” souls having grosser “Hoviyat” and deficiency of divine knowledge thus sinful, started descending this earth Although they were descendants from Original Burjisi Souls of third Hazara, they succumbed to temptations of Satan which Arvahi Pari offered to them. The “Ishaq-bazi” or Romantic Rendezvous between Humans and Sephli Arvahi Pari remained unhindered and humanity was now in complete clutches of Satan. It is for the above mentioned reason that in our Pazand Kusti prayers says “Zad Shekasteh Baad” or defeat to “Freeyan” which applies to “Sephli Arvahi” and particularly “Pari” or female counterpart of Arvahi souls. That is how humanity did succumb to the Satan’s temptations.
In Nisti also called as Mortal World, evolution of an Arvahi is completely different from that of a human being. The unlawful union or “Ishaq-bazi” between Pari belonging to “Arvahi Alam” or other planes where Arvahi dwell, and humans with earthy physical body dwelling on this earth reached to such proportion that there was faceoff or Wars between them, and humanity had to accept defeat from Arvahi. This is narration and events that happened during fourth Hazara.
Reverting to Zarvan, we are in the fourth Zarvane Akarneh Boundless cycle of Time. As per “Zarvane Daregho-khadat Tavil” taught in Khshnoom it may be stated that the boundless time frame known as Zarvane Akarneh consists of innumerable Zarvaneh Dareghokhadateh ( Siroza 21) of 81,000 years each. According to nature’s curriculum every cycle of 81,000 years of a Zarvaneh Daegha is followed by a World Deluge caused by glaciers due to a slight rise in temperature over the freezing point towards the North Pole. This deluge while it submerges the whole of known material world, opens up the Aivithrishwa ( Yt. 13,3) the holy one-third of the earth globe(unknown to scholars) which has been buried under the mountain deep snow (Vendidad 2,22) in the Arctic region. In this Paragraph of Vendidad the falling of this snow was foretold to King Jamshid by AhuraMazda. “Yim” which is the “Humkar” or Co-worker of Khurshed Yazat revive this planet earth before Gayomard and his Anjuman come down on this earth.
Here in Aivithrishwa is “Airyana Vaeja” (literally land bearing noble seeds engendering righteousness etc) where holy Zarathustra was born. After an average period of some 27,000 years there is intense cold on “Airyana Vaeja” owing to which the population moves down to the plains from “Mount Alborz” and Airyana Vaeja is again buried under the snow, and the known material world becomes active again.
During each of the 81,000 years within the current 4th Zarvana Akarana (literally meaning Zarvan or time frame without any end or beginning akar neh=without any “Kinara” or border, boundary),souls with deficiency of divine knowledge and hence sinful, pass through the processes of spiritual Reformation, in which they are bifurcated into sexes, and 1/10th of both sexes is sub-divided into animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms, and then they take birth on this earth, benighted by the Veil of Darkness and governed by the laws of Akem-akai (Ysn. 43,5) evil to evil. On the earth they undergo condign punishments, which may be as severe as the pouring of burning, ore (Ysn. 51,9) over the body. Then at death they go to the sky (Thwasha), the Veil of Darkness disappears, and there gradually develop their Rae, inward divine knowledge, and come to the earth again with the Veil of Darkness -- and so the story repeats and repeats automatically (khadata), till Druj, which is the objective point in all these come-and-go is transmuted into Gao, blissfulness (as of cow-kind). This automatic shuttling between the sky and the earth is called in Avesta “Thwasha-khadata” (Vd. 19,13). Thwasha is the cycle of one human life-time, which is the smallest among Zurvans.
Reference:- Manual of Khshnoom by P.N. Tavaria Page 199
Parallel to above mentioned narration as disclosed by Ilme-Khshnoom we can find such references also available in other holy scriptures such as Bible in Chapter of “Genesis” mentioning Noah’s Arch.
So coming back to our main topic that this earth becomes fit for habitation after the previous deluge. In the beginning of latest 81,000 years’ time cycle of Zarvaneh Daregho-Khadateh (ZDK) that we are living in, after the waters of previous deluge recedes and after a lull of 27,000 years period of time the righteous souls that had lived together in Airyana Vaeja in “Mount Alborz” starts descending down under able leadership of “Gayomard”. As previously explained this world is now called as Drujo-Deman since Satan has already entered this planet earth because of weakness shown by humans in 4th Zarvaneh Akerneh as mentioned in allegory of Adam and Eve narration and humans succumbing to the temptations. Compared to the Arvahis or Daevas who poses knowledge upto 4th Gahambar humans are of no match to them. As soon as this Earth again becomes ready for habitation the Daevas or Arvahi who are companions of Ahriman,Satan descends down on this earth first and take control, before Gayomard and his Anjuman comes down from Mount Alborz. The Daevas or Seephli Arvahi, who are evil in nature have no knowledge of the fifth Gahambar of give and take or “Kharid-Farokht”, thus spread materialism, destruction and Dev-yasni amongst few mislead humans who do not follow path as shown in various religions take control of this earth once again.
As mentioned in Firdausi’s Shah-namah there is constant war going on between the “Turanians”, “Iranians” and the “Daevas”. One should be clear when we talk about those three. The Turans and Iranians are both humans and related to one another. The Iranians are followers of white side “Yazdan Parast” and follow righteous path as shown in our deen, whereas Turanians are descendants of Iran only but they are followers of Evil ways of Daevas. For example King “Afrasiab” or King “Zohak” who are both Turanians follow the path of Devyasni whereas “Rathestar” or warrior Rustom the Paladin destroyer of many Daevas was on the side of Iran. Although Afraisab seemed to be on side of Daevs, he possessed “Ture Frangaz” as mentioned in Avesta with which he used to antagonize Daevs and their Sorcery out of the hiding, and thereby exposing them to Iranian Warriors or Rathestars and thus in the process he being the reason for their destruction. ……………Reference:- Parsee Avaz. dated 30.8.1959
Whereas Rustam has special place in Shah-namah, just as Paigambar saheb is called as “Aivo”, so too Rustom is the one and only one who is unconquerable, and not even his Son Sohrab could defeat him. The tragic tale of Rustom and Sohrab is heart rendering in Shah-namah. Jehan Pehlvan Rustam had been passed from certain Yasnas and he had for his protection “Dami Upman” Yazat. To his right side was protection of Sherevar Ameshahspand and to his left side was protection of Fatehgar Firozgari Behram Yazad. He with help of Simurg Abed or (Sin Amru Abed) got his Horse Raksha. The armour that he wore known as Babrebiyan was kept in a Talimanic Abode of Jamshed Var which was to be given to him for his use later. Ruvan of Rustam was “Aojomand” and always protected him in different form and many ways unknown to us at the time of his need.
…………..Reference:- Parsee Avaz dated 6.9.1959
The need for Shah-namah and its above mentioned descriptions is solely to channel our thoughts in right direction that only “Rathestars” and other “Nar” with such Calibre and Superhuman strength belonging to white side of nature can fight against these Daevs.
The Daevas on one side and “Peshdadian” and “Kyanian” Emperors along with many “Rathestar” Like Gev, Jaal, Zarir, Bejon, Burjor, Faramarz and Rustom “Paoryotakesh Nar” and “Nabanazdiz Nar” on other side were at constant loggerhead wars between one another. For a period of 4,000 years the Irani Mazdayasnan Parast Shah and many Pehelvans kept check of onslaught of Daevas, Arvahis whose main aim was to stall spiritual progress and bring to halt the very machinery that aimed for Frashogard. The Daevas succeeded up to a certain extent but when elemental clouds of “Saen Daruji” blew to unimaginable proportion known as “TurehBradvaksh” or “Turbaratur” which threatened the very existence of this planet Earth then Geush –Urva soul of this Mother earth lamented for a Saviour. Paigambar Saheb can only dissipate the elemental of “Turbaratur” that too in the end after his final mission of eliminating Daevas from surface of this earth was over. The under mentioned image is just a picturesque representation for better understanding deadly clouds of “Turbaratur” threatening to destroy the planet Earth.
Destructive Elemental clouds of “Turbaratur” hovering over Mother Earth
Next we will discuss Nisti sequentially and many worlds within.
……………………..to be Continued in Part 2