Roj Tir Mah Ardibehesht, 1379 Yz.
The dynasty of Mewar is one of the oldest in India, if not the world. The dynasty claims descent from the Sun God Himself and are hence called “Suryavanshi”, stretching back to around 4000 BC! The historical records are available from around 600 AD and show an unbroken line of succession from those days. A unique feature of this dynasty is that they do not claim to Kings, rather they call themselves custodians of the Divine Kingdom of Shri Eklinji, a manifestation of Lord Shiva. In the long history of India, where various outsiders came, attacked and conquered, the House of Mewar was one of the few, if not only which did not bow down to any of the attackers, fiercely maintaining their territory and also their distinct family lineage. They refused to give their ladies to outsiders, married within themselves and hence have succeeded in maintaining their racial identity till this day. Despite the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s best efforts, Mewar refused to bow down to him, giving rise to one of India’s most celebrated heroes, Maharana Pratap. Even during the British empire, Mewar was one of the few princely states which did not bow down to the British. They maintained a strict aloofness from the British, never visited them or attended their fancy Durbars.
During the time when Behramshah began his travels in India, Mewar was ruled by Maharana Fateh Singh, a very pious and noble soul who was the adopted son of the previous ruler, Maharana Sajjan Singh, who himself was the adopted son of the previous Maharana Shambhu Singh. As is apparent, there was a lack of male heirs in the family since the last three generations, which was a question vexing the dynasty at that time. Behramshah had been instructed by the Abed Sahebs to pay a visit to the Maharana and deliver to him a secret message which was for his ears only. Behramshah was of course stopped at the gate of the place and not allowed to enter inside. Thereupon, Behramshah requested the Captain of the Guards to say a few words directly in to the ear of the Maharana and he would be immediately allowed inside. The Captain relayed the message to his superior and finally the message reached the Maharana, who as promised, immediately asked the guards to usher in Behramshah in his presence.
Behramshah always used to recount this visit to his close disciples and remark that based on his knowledge of Ilm-e-Kyafa, or the ability make out the character of a person through his facial features, Behramshah could make out that the Maharana was a most spiritually advanced person. Here is a photograph of this great King.
As per his directions, Behramshah whispered the message from the Abed Sahebs of Demavand in to the ear of the Maharana who then treated our Master with the greatest respect and admiration. Of the many prophecies which Behramshah talked about, the role of the descendants of the House of Mewar is one of the most fascinating. According to Behramshah, the Abed Sahebs told him that before the advent of Shah Behram Varzavand in the near future, India will change from a democracy back to a monarchy, and one of the descendants of the House of Mewar will become the monarch of India. It will be in his reign that the advent of the Promised Saviour will happen.
To those who may seem surprised or astonished, there is a belief within the royal family of Mewar itself that they are destined for a much greater role. One of their old customs which is carried out till this day is that early in the morning, a loyal guardsman ascends the ramparts of the fort and cries out “Maharana, we have to conquer Delhi!” After a short time, the Maharana himself answers the guardsman thus: “Delhi will be conquered, definitely will be conquered, but on its appointed day!” These pure Aryan descendants have maintained the practice of the Hindu faith to a very pure extent, and even till today the family members eat out of silver and gold thalis lined with leaves or with earthen vessels put inside to show their humility. The Maharana has a fixed daily prayer ritual which he will never miss and there are quite a few religious practices which indicate their high character and most well preserved genealogy.
My fellow Parsis! I am putting all these details so that you may realize that the Abed Sahebs of Demavand are not only the custodians of our community but also look after the welfare of all thse who are working on the good, white side of nature. These incidents will also show you the depth of spiritual knowledge which our Master Behramshah got from the abed Sahebs and the level of his spiritual development which enabled him to meet such varied people all over the country. There are so many such incidents which Behramshah recounted to his closest disciples. Of those very few were noted down. The majority has been lost to us forever! What a pity! Or perhaps it is better that way, since many Parsis would make fun of these and bring disrespect to the soul of our Master and all those advanced souls he met and interacted with.
After this encounter in Mewar, Ustad Saheb travelled over many parts of North India, finally arriving in the city of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. Here Ustad Saheb met a very pious and learned Hakim, or practitioner of traditional Unani medicine called Hakim Jalalshah. Ustad Saheb often used to praise this man in his later days, saying that his knowledge of traditional medicine as well as his deep study was far beyond any other such practitioner. It is well known that the Unani system makes use of the ash obtained by burning various metals in its remedies. Some remedies call for the use of ash obtained by burning copper. Generally, when copper is burnt it leaves behind a reddish ash, which is not very pure or healthy. However, this Hakim Saheb had the ability to produce a very white ash through the burning of copper, through a special method which was known only to him. In addition, he was a master of pulse reading, whereby he could diagnose a man’s condition merely through observing the pulse of the person.
At the time when Ustad Saheb was visiting Hakim Jalalshah, there was a gathering of Muslim scholars in the city, which is generally known as a Jamaat-ul-Ulema – a gathering of the wise ones. Hakim Jalalshah was aware that Ustad Saheb was a spiritually advanced soul and invited him to attend this Jamaat. Ustad Saheb was a very keen student of logic and reveled in listening to debates of any kind. He immediately accepted the invitation and both men proceeded to the venue. As a guest of Hakim Jalalshah, Ustad Saheb was given a prominent position in the Majlis and treated with great respect. Ustad Saheb began to listen to the debates with great interest, but kept very quiet and did not say anything.
Soon a topic came up which caused some intense debating. One of the traditions (Shariat) of Islam say that if a person is doing the Namaz and standing up or bowing down and he passes wind at that time, he should stop the prayer, do the Wazu (ritual washing of hand and face before prayer, much like the Zoroastrian Padyab). The question posed was: what is the rationale behind this tradition? Various scholars rose and gave their views but a satisfactory answer could not be obtained. Hakim Jalalshah looked at Behramshah and asked him: does your religion say anything about this? Now Behramshah never discussed religion or Khshnoom with a non-Parsi. He was careful about following the laws of nature which reveal only certain knowledge to certain people. However, there are certain levels of knowledge which are common for all religions and these Ustad Saheb would happily discuss. This being the case, Ustad Saheb gave a brief idea to the scholars about the composition of the human body and how there are certain non visible parts of our own body where the imprints of our thoughts, words and deeds are stored (the Aipi). When a person passes wind, the Aipi is slightly polluted and hence if this happens while doing prayers, the effect of the prayers is vitiated. Hence the tradition to restart the prayer.
The assembled scholars were amazed at this display of wisdom and soon further matters were discussed, including the ultimate debating topic – what came first, the chicken or the egg? Ustad Saheb, with the greatest humility but with the backing of the divine science he had studied answered these questions, taking care to not go beyond a certain level.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram