Roj Govad Mah Meher, 1382 Yz.
The Fasli Muktad will commence from Fasli Roj Ashishvangh Mah Spendarmad, or Sunday, 10th March 2013.
Continuing the tradition started by Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff in 1918, the Fasli Takchian ceremonies at Behram Baug will enter their 96th year of continuous performance.
The special area where the Fasli Muktad are enthroned has been cleaned and washed, fresh wheat grass has been planted and the 27 glasses representing the Hama Anjuman have been made ready.
The Fasli Muktad program will begin with a special Invocation on the dawn of Sunday, 10th March. Thereafter the main prayers will commence. A special 11 Karda Afringan is performed in the Havan Gah, along with the relevant Bajs. A separate 7 Karda Afringan in memory of our revered Ustad Saheb is also performed. Stum and Farokshi prayers are performed in every Gah, for each of the 18 days of the Muktad. Special Gahambar and Gatha Jashans will be held on the relevant days, as also a special Jamshedi Navroze Jashan on March 21st, as well as Khordad Sal Jashan on 26th March. By a happy coincidence, the Salgreh of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher as per the Shahenshahi calendar will also fall on Fasli Khordad Sal.
As in previous years, Humbandagi will be held at the Daremeher every evening at 7:30 pm. Before the Humbandagi, I will give a 30 minute talk every day. This year, instead of talking on different topics, I have decided to serialize the Rustam Nameh over the entire 18 days. The amazing exploits of Rustam as described in the Shah Nameh of Firdausi are a unique and thrilling history of Iran’s golden age. But more than just recounting the stories of valour and bravery, there lies a much deeper and esoteric meaning behind the role of Rustam.
Our Master, Ustad Saheb explained that Rustam is considered the senior most forerunner of Prophet Zarathushtra. The esoteric details of his spiritual mission and the inner meaning behind his many exploits was first detailed by later Seth Jehangirji Chiniwalla in a series of articles in the Parsi Avaz. These articles were later published as a book which is available for free download on the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive.
I will be taking the entire Rustam Nameh in detail over these 18 days through 30 minute talks every day. Due to the intense nature of prayers of the Fasli Muktad and given the fact that I am currently the only Boywalla Mobed serving the Padshah in all the five Gahs for the last nearly 6 months, it will not be possible to post detailed reports of the talks every day. However, I shall be recording the talks and shall upload the audio files to enable readers of Frashogard to download and listen to the lectures.
Those readers of Frashogard who live in the area are welcome to attend the talks and Humbandagi as well as the prayers.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram