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 and admiration. One of the first clarifications which Behramshah sought from his mother was regarding the incident of Rashidji and the fake telegram. Behramshah was curious to know what had transpired on that day.
His mother explained that on her Roj birthday, she and Behramshah’s sister were sitting in their house in Surat having the traditional birthday lunch of Dhan-Dal, curd and fish when a very tall Mobed, dressed in the priestly robes suddenly walked right into their house and up to the very table where the mother and daughter were seated and began asking ‘where is Behramshah?’ The two of them were very surprised and a bit alarmed and Behramshah’s sister got a little annoyed and spoke sharply to the Mobed: ‘how can you suddenly walk into our house like this, there is no Behramshah or anyone else here!’ Hearing this, the Mobed turned around and walked out of the house! Behramshah’s mother immediately asked her sister to call the Mobed back so that they could get some information about her missing son from him. But there was no sign of him and he seemed to have vanished as quickly as he had appeared!
It was then that Behramshah explained to his mother as to what had actually happened. The greatly advanced spiritual stature of Rashidji Saheb was such that he could physically manifest his form at many places simultaneously. However, this is done only for tasks which demand some spiritual greatness. For common purposes, the advanced Abed Sahebs use certain entities of the spiritual world as ‘Khandams’ or ‘spiritual concierges’. These are advanced non-human souls who work on the white side of nature. As a step towards their own spiritual development, these entities are assigned to very highly evolved Abeds as helpers and messengers to do small tasks where the use of the spiritual power of the Abed Saheb himself would be considered a waste. Thus when Rashidji Saheb was presented with the false telegram cooked up by Behramshah’s uncle in Peshawar, he immediately assigned the task of verifying the contents (whether Behramshah’s mother was really ill or not) to one of the Khandams working under him. In less than a second, the immense spiritual power of Rashidji Saheb conveyed his desire to the Khandam, who assumed the physical form of the Mobed who walked in to Behramshah’s house in Surat and in the process of asking questions about Behramshah, gathered the information that his mother was hale and hearty. This information was relayed back to Rashidji Saheb who then told Behramshah the real facts about the telegram.
I am sure some of my readers will have a tough time believing this, but as we have seen from the earlier incident of the minor Muslim magician at Moradabad, these things do happen. And if a totally insignificant charlatan like him could make mithai appear from Delhi to Moradabad in a few seconds, what can be expected from the divine powers of Rashidji Saheb – who was the Deputy Sraoshavarez of Demavand and hence the second most powerful spiritual personage on this earth!
In the meantime, Behramshah started his life in Surat without any fuss or show. He kept a very low profile, spending his time either in various travels over India or in deep prayer. He had very few friends and did not disclose the great events which had happened in his life to anyone. His travels took up most of his time and he went all over India right up to Tibet and Burma. Within Surat and the Parsi community there, Behramshah became well known as an expert reader of horoscopes, a pious man who would sometimes cure the fever and other ailments of children by writing small Taaveez or by doing some prayers. Generally, he kept to himself and passed his life in quiet solitude.
A few years later, in 1894 when he was 35 years old, Behramshah’s mother introduced him to a girl and asked him to marry her. Behramshah had been warned by his Masters that his married life would not be very joyous, but he had to fulfill an earlier obligation with this girl. Behramshah agreed to the proposal and soon he was married to Goolbai, who came from the Gati family. Goolbai was a simple orthodox lady who looked after her husband but did not really understand his greatness or his ultimate destiny. She was more bothered about the social events, fine dressing and normal other activities which could be expected from a normal village educated girl. After his marriage, Behramshah began staying at his wife’s house, which was also shared with his mother-in-law.
Over the years, they had several children but none survived. Ustad Saheb was particularly saddened when his young boy passed away in around 1910. Out of the other children, only Tehmina, born in 1906 and Arnavaz, born in 1913 survived to reach adult age. Behramshah fulfilled his familial obligations in the best possible manner, bringing up his children and treating his wife with the greatest love and devotion. But Behramshah had great problems with his mother-in-law, who viewed Behramshah’s mysterious activities with great suspicion. She was convinced that Behramshah was communicating with the black forces of nature! To maintain peace, as well as to be able to practice the advanced spiritual disciplines which Sraoshavarez Marzbanji had prescribed for him, Behramshah rented a separate small house in Surat where he could do all this without being disturbed. The priceless gifts which Behramshah had received from the Sraoshavarez – the betel nut shaped Taaveez, the Jam-e-Jehanuma calculation tables and other notes which detailed the difficult years of his life and the various remedies for them – all these Behramshah stored in a small trunk which he kept in the separate small house.
Behramshah would get up very early, much before dawn, have a bath and then recite the special Nirangs and prayers given to him by his Master. On certain days, based on the Jam-e-Jehanuma tables, Behramshah would know that the planetary influences were particularly severe and would not step out of his house or commence any new work. In this manner, Behramshah thought that he could protect himself from the somewhat unpleasant future which lay ahead, as warned by Sraoshavarez Marzbanji Saheb. But the effect of planets cannot be totally avoided, however great the protection. One day, when Behramshah was away, his mother-in-law opened the other house where Behramshah used to pray and took the trunk which housed the Master’s most prized possessions. She thought these were evil things and promptly had them thrown away in the Tapi river nearby! In this manner, Behramshah lost his greatest protection, which had so far enabled him to live a life of peace and piety and proved once again that the influence of planets works in mysterious ways, which even one protected by the Abed Sahebs cannot escape from!
In this manner, the destiny which lay ahead for Behramshah was slowly falling into place. From around 1881,when Behramshah had returned from Firdaus, to about 1907, Behramshah was insulated from the outside world. But now, unknown to Ustad Saheb, within a kilometer from where he was situated, another man was being prepared for his role in bringing Behramshah out in the open, to finally reveal to the Parsi community the knowledge of Ilm-e-Khshnoom, which the Master had acquired from the Saheb Dilan of Demavand and which he had hidden away in his mind for over twenty five years after coming back from Firdaus.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram