Roj Rashne Mah Fravardin, 1379 Yz.
The effects of the pristine environment of Firdaus, and the cleansing effect of the Nahns soon began to influence Behramshah in a positive manner. His own personal habits were changed by monitoring the daily observances of the general population, in particular the great emphasis they laid on the ‘Tarikats’ or spiritual disciplines of the Zarathushtrian faith. After these preliminaries, the Sraoshavarez asked Behramshah what he would like to learn in particular, to which Behramshah disclosed a preference for studying Avesta. He was then placed under the tutelage of Banu Tanaz, a lady Abed, who started teaching Behramshah the script and primary grammar in a most loving and perfect manner. However, due to his inadequate schooling and slow grasping power, Behramshah’s progress was most mediocre.
The Sraoshavarez knew that Behramshah’s time in Firdaus was limited, yet he was to be entrusted with a lot of knowledge to help him in his later mission. A specific day was chosen by the Sraoshavarez to perform a special Afringan, in which Behramshah was also made to sit and recite some Manthras. After the ceremony was over, the consecrated Sherbet of the Afringan was given to Behramshah to drink. As soon as he drank the Sherbet, Behramshah realised that his stammer had been almost totally cured, and his ability to absorb and remember things increased manifold. His physical as well as mental faculties were energised and their limitations diminished. The great Iranian trait of always speaking the truth was now deeply ingrained in Behramshah’s consciousness.
In order to maintain and further increase this heightened consciousness, the Sraoshavarez prescribed several ‘Amal’ or spiritual disciplines for Behramshah. In one such exercise described by the Master in later years, three Abeds got together and began making small ‘Taaveez’ or amulets containing an Avesta word of three characters. One Abed would take a piece of paper and inscribe the sacred word on the paper a certain number of times, whilst reciting some special Avesta Manthras. Then the second Abed would take the paper, and whilst reciting some Manthras, begin cutting the paper in such a way that each letter of every word would be separated. The third Abed would then roll up each of these bits of paper into a tiny amulet accompanied by the recitation of Avesta Manthras. These amulets were then handed over to Behramshah, who was instructed to go to a specific place in Firdaus where a stream flowed. Standing at a chosen place, over several days, Behramshah would recite certain Manthras and accompanied by some other undisclosed practices, would drop each of those amulets in the flowing water. These and many other spiritual kinetics performed by the Abeds, under the supervision of the Sraoshavarez, resulted in enlightening the spiritual faculties of Behramshah to a great extent.
The Abed Sahebs of Demavand have a beautifully structured education system, through which a student passes stage by stage, over several years. However, because of Behramshah’s limited time in Firdaus, the Sraoshavarez directed other senior Abeds such as Rashid Saheb, Khudamurad Saheb, Shaharyar Saheb and Asfandiar Saheb to transfer their own deep knowledge to Behramshah via a special process called ‘Sezda’ or instruction-through-trance. Whenever it is not possible, for certain reasons, to impart education by the traditional method, known as ‘Dalil-e-Akli’, the special procedure, known as ‘Dalil-e-Saraish’ is used. Both master and student first prepare themselves physically. Then sitting in a particular pose (with knees bent and folded on the right side) on a carpet, and keeping a ‘paiwand’ or connection with each other through a piece of muslin cloth, and to the accompaniment of specific prayers, the master would lead the student into a trance-like state, where the physical mind is completely at ease and focussed on the process.
Gently opening the spiritual faculties of the student, the master would then stream his knowledge over to the student ‘Sina-dar-Sina’ – heart to heart. This transfer of knowledge would be accompanied by specific blessings of the master, so that the knowledge would never be forgotten by the student. Apart from spiritual knowledge, it is also possible to visit any point of time in history through this method, so that the student could see a replay in his mind’s eye of a specific event of great importance. In this manner, Behramshah was given the rarest of rare treat of glimpsing the Prophet Zarathushtra himself, as well as several heroes of ancient Iran such as the paladins of the family of Sam. Moreover, through this amazing medium, Behramshah was taken on a virtual tour of the Mundane Cosmos, or Nisti, including the various regions of Chinvat.
In this manner, the real education of Behramshah progressed on a fast track. Leaving aside the basic grammar, the Master was taught the divine science of ‘Staota Yasna’, which enabled him to translate any word in any language, as well as to understand the spiritual construct of the Avesta Manthras, the specific ‘weights’ attached to every word in a sentence, and every character in a word. He was taught the difficult topic of ‘Jame Jehanuma’ – the art of constructing very complicated tables to forecast the most minute details of a person’s future. In a short span of three and a half years, Behramshah was taught the most intimate knowledge of the Zarathushtrian faith, which would take a normal person several lives to accumulate. From an aznabih or stranger in their midst, Behramshah became the authorised disciple of the Sraoshavarez, who gave him the love and affection of the father he never had. As a special visitor to Demavand, as per Iranian culture and traditions, Behramshah was accorded the greatest respect and love by all members of Demavand.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram