The miraculous life of our Master – part 17

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Roj Ashtad Mah Khordad, 1379 Yz.

 

In Mumbai, preparations for the arrival of Ustad Saheb were in full swing. Mr. Khodabux Poonegar sent out a postcard invite to all the major Parsi scholars at that time. The postcard mentioned that a Parsi had appeared in Surat who claimed to have met and stayed with a group of Zoroastrian sages in Iran and had got detailed explanation about the true essence of the religion. Scholars were invited to meet with this gentleman ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 16

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Roj Din Mah Khordad, 1379 Yz.

 

Over the next three days, Ustad Saheb continued his series of talks on Atash at the Bazm. In Manchersha Master’s sharp mind the obvious question arose: ‘where has this man got all this knowledge from’ since in all his years of study of religion, Manchersha had not come across any explanation anywhere close to what Behramshah was expounding. At the end of the third day of talks, Manchersha put across this question very politely to ...

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Happy birthday to Shah Behram Varzavand

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Roj Ram Mah Khordad, 1379 Yz.

Fasli Roj Govad Mah Avan, 1378 Yz. – Birthday of Shah Behram Varzavand

 

Today is Fasli Mah Ava Roj Govad, which is a day of great spiritual connotation for Parsis, because it is the birthday of the promised saviour, Shah Behram Varzavand. How do we know this? This fact is mentioned in the Zand-i-Vohuman Yasht, more popularly known as Bahman Yasht. As you may be aware, our existing Avesta scriptures have Yashts for many of the ...

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Zoroastrian purity: Finer than a hair

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Roj Adar Mah Khordad, 1379 Yz.

Fasli Ava Parab

 

Our religion lays great stress not only on ritual purity but also on physical purity in daily life. There is a proverb amongst Parsis: ‘Bawa, aapro Dharam to baal kartaa baarik!’, i.e. ‘Our religion is finer than a hair’. This seems to be a contradiction, since hair is dead matter and hence impure. There are specific instructions in our religion regarding how cut hair and nails should be disposed and why it is ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 15

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Khordad, 1379 Yz.

 

One evening, somewhere around the end of 1906, on a red-letter day of the Parsi calendar (a Hamkara, when Parsis are supposed to visit the Agiary), Behramshah’s wife told him that though she tried she could not somehow make it to the Agiary that day and since it was a Hamkara, she thought that at least somebody should offer sandalwood to the Padshah on their behalf. But nobody known could be seen that day and ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 14

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Roj Asishvangh Mah Ardibehesht, 1379 Yz.

 

The change of century – from 1899 to 1900 brought far reaching changes all around the world. It was a time of great scientific and medical progress, ‘rationalism’, becoming ‘modern’ and throwing out all that was considered ‘old fashioned’. The English Raj was at its peak and India was being systematically bled by the British who used their divide and rule tactic to take over all of India. At the same time, a more sinister ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 13

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Roj Fravardin Mah Ardibehesht, 1379 Yz.

 

Finally, Behramshah reached Surat and met his dear mother who had waited all these years for him. Behramshah was a very changed person from the stammering adolescent which his mother had last seen him as. Behramshah narrated to his mother all the incidents which had happened in his life and his great fortune to meet the Abed Sahebs. The mother was overjoyed to see her son and listened to all his adventures with great delight ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 12

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Roj Dae-pa-Meher Mah Ardibehesht, 1379

Fasli Meherangan

After this debate, a Muslim gentleman who had a unique power came on to the stage. He had developed a relationship with a low level spiritual entity (Jin) which enabled him to get things from afar in an instant. He would ask people to put money on the table and ask for something, say from another city. As the money was put on the table, the man ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 11

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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 ...

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The miraculous life of our Master – part 10

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Roj Khorshed Mah Ardibehesht, 1379 Yz.

 

In addition to the Aksir-e-Azam, the Sraoshavarez gave certain other very valuable gifts to our Master. These included a small silver Taaveez, or amulet, shaped like a betel nut. Inside this was inscribed a powerful Avesta Nirang, which had the effect of discouraging any wild animals, carnivores or any malevolent spirits from getting anywhere close to or attacking the Master during the various travels which he was about to undertake in Iran and India.

 

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