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, May 25, 2013
Before we discuss about Hazaras, let us have a look at what Maneckshaw Phirozshah Cooper said further about how to overcome threat of evil spirit by help of Chromopathy. Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff had told to Late Maneckshah Cooper more about Chromopathy, or Light Therapy, Colour Therapy, healing properties of Sun or Solar Therapy, Oil Therapy, Mud Therapy, Astrology.
We had discussed in last part the 87th name out of 101 Dadar AhuraMazda names for relief from evil spell of a Sorcerer. Another remedy in order to have relief from evil clutches of Sprites is Indigo light and white light therapy which is best suitable as it has calming effect over mind. Besides Light Therapy, Indigo and white coloured glass bottles filled with well water which are solarized and exposed to Sun for specific time period can be taken orally and used for obtaining relief from evil spirits. ………..Reference:- Parsee Avaz dated 9.8.1953 Page 11. How to make solarized charged water and full article on Colour Therapy will be taken later on as it is a separate subject which requires separate attention altogether.
I will also do some revision of Part 2 as it after some time I am writing Part 3 in continuation. Whilst writing about Hazaras I encountered difficulty as I found it difficult to explain about Hazara without going through the basics of Cosmo genesis as everything is holistically connected. Initially I was reticent in going ahead with a topic as complex as Cosmo-genesis for reasons as below:- Firstly it is subject of Sezda and difficult to pen such abstract subject on paper , secondly many will still take it with a pinch of salt thinking it as a fairy tale, and some will find it even boring. But to really understand the whole subject and the very purpose of our existence on this earth one has to catch hold of the bull by his horns. Hence I have made feeble attempt and gone ahead with the explanation in whatever way I can.
Also the Epoch time of Zarvan as explained in our scriptures can be related mathematically to Yugas as explained in Hindu Scriptures which will be taken care of later.
Reference:- For under mentioned article is taken from 1) “Vicharashni e Vedevo-dat Mat Ajaenti” by Late Dr. Faramroze S Chiniwala Page no 15 to 25.
2) Significance and Philosophy of the Vendidad - A Paper presented by Ervad Marzban J Hathiram
Mankind and his Cosmic Tryst with other Worlds.- Part 3
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 literally as thousand years or as 12 x 1,000 years. The word Hazara is used in coded form and in Pahalvi it is known as “Hazangrogzim”. Now why in Coded form and not written in comprehensive manner is million dollar question, and we have to go back to past history.
Avesta, Ancient Pahalvi and Modern Pahalvi
Avesta is Manthra and Yasna combined in form of spiritual prescriptions for all maladies and which was never a spoken language, with mysterious combination and to unravel it one requires knowledge of Stoat Yasna, which nobody has in today’s living world we live in. That is why in Pazend “Afrin e Ardafravash” Avesta is known as “Chun andar avesta Garonamanem”= Avesta is medium for one to reach Garonaman. But the ancient Pahalvi language was such that Avesta could be decoded very easily, but is lost today and not known to us. Today the Pahalvi Language that we know of is a shadow of ancient Pahalvi Language or chip off old block and is itself written in coded form and the efforts made by today’s scholars in deciphering today’s Pahalvi that we know of is not strong and competent enough to unearth the mysteries hidden in Avesta also known as “Razengha”= hidden. It’s like trying to feel the trunk, tail, ears and feet of an elephant blindfolded in the complete darkness with the intention of knowing what is in grasp of the hand. Today’s Pahalvi is written in coded form mainly because of several reasons. Iran going in hands of Arabs and Islamic prosecution of Ancient Persia was one of the reason, and also due to fear of key literature going into wrong hands. Also they had to be alert of converted Zoroastrians who had by now turned hostile towards their own religion and could be easily labelled as traitors or deen dushman. All this can be equated to America’s well found fear of Nuclear arsenal going into wrong hands of Jihadists, and their feeble efforts in neutralizing the stockpile. Those Traitors converted Zoroastrians apparently widened the gaping holes in Modern Pahalvi and further made Pahalvi incomprehensible. On the other hand the Islamic zealots sensing rift in the community sided with the converts with intention of widened those gaps. The loopholes laid down by converted Zoroastrians, and zealots in deciphering Modern Pahalvi are still very much apparent and the western scholars do get tripped on it whilst deciphering Modern Pahalvi. The most glaring example of confusion in today’s western world in deciphering Pahalvi is word known as Hazara which is taken as literally meaning “Thousand year period” is actually a misnomer merely to misguide the Deen Dushman “Asmogh” and the zealots of the real meaning behind it. But the word Hazara has deep profound meaning embedded in it, and is explained below.
What is Time or “Zarvan”:-
Time is said to be the king or Padshah who demands respect, that is why in “Afrin Ba Name Burzogan” the blessings or Benedictions intertwined in the prayers goes as under:-
You become as sweet as Rain water, you become as vigilant and observant like Sun or Khurshed who sees with many eyes, you become as auspicious like Zarthosht, you lead a long life like Zarvan who is king or Padshah of time, you become as fruitful like Spendarmard or Armaity the mother Earth which bears fruits from the seeds…………..
Rad Bedchun Tishtar, Charva bedchun varan, Veena Bedchun Khurshed, Vesh kerfeh bedchun Zarthosht, Der-jivashni bedchun Zarvan Padshah, baro-mand bedchun spendarmard zamin……………………….
Reference:- Pazand Bhantar Series No 1 By Late Ervad Phiroze Shapurji Masani Page 22
In Gujarati there is a saying as “Samay balwan che; insan nahi” meaning Time is mightier than mankind. Even a mighty Emperor has to bow down before time as is amply seen in Farsi couplet below:-
Masafeh dow khushru dar aan marz bud;
kaz Asubeh shaan kuh dar larz bud.
On this earth there was a fierce battle between two(dow) powerful Padshahs(Khushru)
Who were so powerful that Mountains(Kuh) trembled before them.
Hanuz ar bejuiand zan khusruaan;
tavan yaftan dar Zamin Ostakhan.
If you want to meet those mighty warriors(Khushruaan) even now;
You can find their bones(Ostakhan) buried in this mother earth(Zamin).
Duniya Khaabist kasha dam tabir Ast;
Saideh ajal ast agar jawan va pir ast.
This Universe(Duniya) that we live in is like a dream(Khaabist) whose end result is destruction;
Where young (jawan) and old (pir) will all finally meet the same fate of death in the end
Ham Rueh zamin pur ast va hum zireh zamin;
In safeh kakh har daor va tasvir ast.
On the surface of this earth there are layers upon layer below;
Each layer(Khakh) representing blueprint or an image(Tasvir) of era or Civilization that once upon a time existed.
In Pahalvi, Dinkard it is said that at the end of 12 Hazara this earth will receive its Salvation or “Frashogard”. In Avesta time is taken as “Zarvan”. Time and space is merged in “Hasti” the immortal world, everything is in unison hence “Hamoi” is denoted by Unity or Numerical figure of “One”. When Time and space is separated then there is “disunity” which is marked as beginning of Nisti world destined to be destroyed in end, also called as mortal world. Nisti is not to remain so as permanent and there is beginning and end of it. This Disunity or duality(numerically denoted by No.2) is shortcoming which requires to be transmuted to Unity. This work is done by Zarvan or Time. The end of Nisti will herald “Frashogard”, and Nisti will merge with Hasti. Hence Time as a measure is necessary for Salvation.
For a Universe to function, energy is required which is given by Firey energy. “Adar Burzin Meher” is Atash or firey energy prevalent in Hasti. Time and space which is united in Hasti is now being separated by “Adare MinoKarko” atash energy, and the place where it gets separated is called as “Miswane Gatu e Awal”. So Miswane Gatu e Awwal is place between Hasti and Nisti. Miswan= inbetween, Gatu=place. This whole thing is encompassed by vast Sea of “Zareh Vourukush”. It is through this Sea of Zareh Vourukush that Nisti world gets emancipated, and Time and space is set free from one another.
…………..Reference:- Khordeh Avesta Ba Khshnoom by Dr F.S. Chiniwala Page 103 -104
“Zarvan” in Avesta are of different types known as below:- 1) Zarvane Akarneh 2) Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh 3) Zarvaneh Thwashe Khadateh. In Pahalvi Hazara is called as “Hazangrogzim” which is used to measure the immeasurable or mind boggling expanse of time. Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh or in short “ZDK” is time frame of 81,000 years which is life span of this earth apparent to us. Meaning at the end of every ZDK there is water deluge as describe in Noah’s Arch which is imminent due to Sins of humans going out of proportion where those who are God fearing and leading a pious life are lead on higher planes known as “Pamar” making them ready for next ZDK. In between the beginning of every ZDK and the end of it is time frame of 20,000 to 25,000 years period which allows waters to recede making this earth again ready for habitation. Just as a new Merchandise is made ready with nice wrapping and packing similarly a brand new earth is ready for the next ZDK to begin with. Man descends from “Pamar” and inhabits this earth again. Pamar is high and Talismanic safe place also known as “Aiwi Thrishwa” in Avesta or one third of this earth free from outer pollution. Mind boggling ZDK are required for perfection and that is what “Zarvan” does and plays its part in process of Salvation.
Just as Earth is measured in time cycle of ZDK, similarly the time cycle of man’s birth and death is measured and is known as “Zarvaneh Thwashe Khadateh” in Avesta or in short “ZTK”. The salvation of man and earth is co-relevant and interdependent, because this earth is Tailor made for Salvation of humanity. That is the purpose of us humans. We are borne so that we become perfect.
This Hazara are of 12 in number. Why twelve and not of any number is explained below:- The number 12 as per numerology is denoted as 1+2 =3. The number three is denoted as this universe is made for man, God has made Adam and to reach out for God is our goal.
“Creation of Adam” Painting By Micheal Angelo
One plus two equals three
Number one is denoted by God himself who is unique and nobody can equal him, but to help HIM are Yazats in Hasti the immortal world and surrounding Him as is described in the above picture. The number two is denoted by Duality and imperfect world of deceit, we humans who are yet incomplete reincarnating “Tanasak” again and again who say something else and do something else and are yet to reach out to HIM. Number three is merging with God after we becoming perfect and thus no Reincarnation thereafter “Tanpasin”. In the above picture just as human is trying to reach out to HIM sitting and in relaxed mood similarly God with all Yazatas (Archangels) helping him is also making every effort to reach out to his creation Adam but in far more animated effort greater than that of mankind’s. So the saying goes “That if you take one step towards God and HE will take 10 steps towards you”. But to reach out to HIM will be our first move and priority and not HIS.
“Ahmi Spenta Thwa Mainyu Urvaese Jaso”
Avesta Translation:- That time (Thwa) in nature will come (jaso) for Urvar ( ruvan) to merge with Minoi world (Mainyo) and to reach out for spenti ( Spenta) Dadar Ahuramazda himself.
Thus 12 Hazaras are measure of time for Salvation of Man as well as the earth itself. But when was this earth born ? . To know that we require to delve further into time in brief. Comparing to whole universe, the earth where we live and is our home is equated to a speck of dust floating in Universe. This Universe has manifested from “Ahu” the Unthinkable, unfathomable. Our mind cannot grasp Ahu who is also called as Impersonal God. This Universe will merge to Ahu in the end from where it has originated. That is the end will merge into the beginning, denoted by under mentioned illustrated description of a serpent swallowing its own tail. The time frame such a phenomenon will occur is called as “Yavaechayavetat” in Avesta. The vast expanse of Time is further divided into 7 parts known as Seven Kaal or 7 Epochs. Each Kaal is made up of one “Zarvaneh Akarneh” in Avesta or in short “ZA”.Akarneh= time frame having no shore or boundary(A- kinara= Akarneh). Each ZA consists of chock a block unimaginable mind boggling sets of ZDK. Each ZDK consisting of 81,000 years’ time cycle. At end of every ZDK this earth experiences water deluge where this earth receives a sort of “Nahan” from sins committed by humanity. It revives again and new ZDK starts. Thus history repeats itself, and time is cyclic and not linear and is denoted by the under mentioned illustration, which means it is a recurring state of affairs in each subsequent ZDK.
Serpent / Dragon swallowing its own tail, a symbol for the cyclic order of the universe
Thus in a nutshell TIME measured from higher to lower order is as under :-
1 Yavaechayavetat = the beginning and end of Universe= 7 Kaal or 7 Tenses in Avesta.
1 Kaal = 1 Zarvaneh Akarneh or “ZA”.
1 Zarvaneh Akarneh or “ZA” = Countless Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh or ZDK.
1 Zarvaneh Daregokhadateh or “ZDK” = 81,000 years’ time cycle.
1 Zarvaneh Thwasheh Khadat or “ZTK” == the beginning and end of a human cycle marked by its birth and physical death and actual death that happens at Chinvat later.(is called as one life time of a human).
From the above explanation we can see how this universe is connected directly to Salvation of humanity. Time is a very complex subject.Time or “Zarvan” in some places of our scriptures is known as Shepherd or leader of “Ashoi”, whereas in some place of our scriptures it is not so. Zarathustra and Vedaevodat are interconnected and corollary tone another.
Note:- Z.A.= Zarvane Akar-neh
………….. Cosmo-genesis to be Continued in Part 4