Roj Khordad Mah Spendarmad, 1382 Yz./Roj Hormazd Mah Fravardin (Kadmi), 1383 Yz.
On the occasion of their New Year, I wish all Kadmi readers of Frashogard a happy, prosperous and spiritually uplifting 1383 Yz. How did the Kadmi tradition start in India? Who were the main movers and establishers of this institution? For that information I would request readers of Frashogard to refer to the series of articles on the life of Dasturs Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze, to understand the esoteric reason behind the establishment of the Kadmi Panth and the great role played by this father and son Dasturs of the greatest spiritual power.
A few days ago, we read about the righteous thoughts that should be passed while performing the Kusti prayer and ritual. The Mithra had been collated from a book written by Banubai Mody, a close disciple and scribe of our Master, late Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff. The original book written by Banubai Mody was on the Sarosh ni Khshnuman ni Kusti – the special method of performing the Kusti which was brought by Ustad Saheb from the Abed Sahebs of Demavand, and which is performed by most serious students of Khshnoom.
However, since a majority of Parsis follow the normal ‘Kem na Mazda’ Kusti (which is also totally correct and powerful), I had edited out the parts relating to the Sarosh ni Kusti. A reader of Frashogard, who is Kadmi has requested that I also give the meaning of the Kadmi Kusti prayers along with their righteous thoughts (Mithra). The Kadmi method of performing the Kusti is almost similar to the Sarosh ni Kusti. Hence the thoughts for the prayer can be easily taken from the book of Banubai Mody which is available for download on the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive. However, the ending Manthras of the Kadmi Kusti are different. The Kerfeh Mozd prayer is replaced by a very powerful Nirang called the Hama Zor bim.
What is the reason behind this replacement? What is the meaning of the Hama Zor prayer? Our Master, Ustad Saheb explained that there are four main spiritual forces in Nature – Niru, Aoj, Tagi and Zor. Niru is the Divine Energy through which Ahu permeates through every speck of creation, without actually being part of the creation. Aoj is the Force and Divine Energy through which the Amesha Spentas and Yazatas fulfil their functions throughout the cosmos. Tagi is the special Spiritual Power which is wielded by the Yazata Sarosh (hence we recite “Sarosh Asho, Tagi, tan farman…”) on this earth. Finally Zor is the Divine Force which enables advanced Spiritual Beings and Masters to be in constant attuning and harmony with each other and Nature. For us humans, developing the Zor force – so that we may be in constant divine contact with the Advanced Ones and with Nature is of vital importance. Hence the Hama Zor bim prayer.
As a mark of respect to all my Kadmi brothers and sisters, as well as a deep tribute to the Chiniwalla brothers (who were also Kadmi), I present here a rough translation and the Mithra thoughts behind the Hama Zor bim prayer. This translation is taken from the version of Seth Jehangirji Chiniwalla who published it in the very first issue of Parsi Avaz, dated 7th July 1947. For the benefit of all readers, I give the actual prayer, the rough translation and Mithra in English, as well as the scanned image of the original Gujarati translation for those who prefer to pass their Mithra in Gujarati.
Hama Zor Bim
Hama Zor bim; hama Zor hama Asho bim;
Hama Zor vish-kerfeh bim; ham kerfeh-i kerfeh-karan bim.
Dur az vanah va vanah-karan bim;
Saresarat va Chinvad pul buzorg shad va asan man be vadirad;
Behesht Garosman va Fashum Akhan roshan Garosman hama-khurrami avar rasad!
“May we acquire the Divine Force of Zor! May we attune ourselves with all the Righteous Creations through the faculty of Zor! May we do more and more Good Deeds through the ability of Zor. May we attune ourselves with all other Good Works and their performers! May we be away from all evil and evil doers. Through such behaviour, may we easily cross over the three stages of Chinvat, singing the praises of the Divine Beings, partaking of Spiritual Nourishment, and building our Divine Intellect. Thus we shall pass over Chinvat, without fear and enter into Garothman (the House of Songs, where Ahura Mazda resides), which is the ultimate destination of all advancing souls. May the spiritual bliss and happiness of the House of Songs be ever upon us!”
From these passages we realize that both Kerfeh Mozd and Hama Zor Bim have the same Mithra as the Yenghe Hatam prayer – part of the triad of Yatha, Ashem and Yenghe Hatam which encompass the entire Zoroastrian Manthra. The Mithra of Yenghe Hatam is that of Ultimate Salvation – Frashogard – which should be our only aim in life. So also, the Mithra of Kerfeh Mozd and Hama Zor Bim are expanded versions of the Yenghe Hatam prayer.
It is my hope and prayer, that in the coming new year, we all become worthy of attaining the Faculty of Zor and we all increase our store of good deeds, while shunning the temptations of the evil one. May we become attuned to the Divine Beings and their Wondrous Work and may we all, when our time comes, happily cross the three stages of Chinvat and enter Garothman – the House of Songs where Dadar Ahura Mazda resides!
May it be so, as we wish for!
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram
19 July 2013.