PT: What is the literal meaning of ‘Sarosh Yazad’? What does the name signify?
Er. Karanjia: The name ‘Sarosh’ literally means obedience, taken from the Avesta root word ‘sru’, meaning ‘to hear, to obey.’ Ahura Mazda entrusted Sarosh Yazad with the responsibility of protecting the material world and human beings, hence he presides over our obedience to the Divine Laws of the Mazdayasni Zarthushti religion. The powerful prayer ‘Yatha Ahu Vairyo’ is the most potent weapon of Sarosh Yazad. The Sarosh Baj prayer refers to him as ‘Salar-I-Daman’, meaning ‘The Commander of The Creations in the Material World’. Sarosh Yazad is connected with the number 5, indicating our 5 senses which we should use to live with obedience only to Ahura Mazda and observe the tenets and values of the Mazdayasni Zarthushti religion. Sarosh Yazad is a ‘Hamkar’, a co-worker of Ardibhesht Ameshaspand.
PT: How can we synchronize our lives in harmony with the virtues and the working of Sarosh Yazad?
Er. Karanjia: A true Zoroastrian acquires Divine intuition, inspiration and revelation from God through Sarosh Yazad. Sarosh Yazad guided Saoshyants, meaning benefactors for humanity, like Shah Gayomard, Shah Hoshang, Shah Tehmurasp, Shah Jamshed, Shah Faredoon, Shah Minocheher, Kae Kaus, Kae Khushru and a pious person named Hom, in their ordained mission of life, to first vanquish evil and then to teach, establish and encourage humanity to worship Ahura Mazda, making the tenets, rituals and prayers of the Mazdayasni Zarathushti religion their way of life. Sarosh Yazad is the prime protector against all forms of evil and also protects the poor and needy as mentioned in the Sarosh Yasht Vadi-drighaoscha Driwyaoscha and in the Sarosh Yasht-Hadokht-drighum thrātotemo. The phrases ‘Darshi draosh’ and ‘Shekaft zin zin awzaar’ in the Sarosh Baj prayer relates to the powerful weapon of Ahunavar prayer possessed by Sarosh Yazad. He is referred to as tanu-manthra (incarnation of words of prayers Manthra). Therefore, he is invoked by reciting the Sarōsh Baj immediately after the Kusti ritual and Jasa Me Avanghe Mazda. He holds a central position in our Zoroastrian religion. Since Sarosh Yazad also looks after our soul, we need his guidance and protection for our soul all the time.
PT: Which creature in the animal kingdom is symbolic of Sarosh Yazad?
Er. Karanjia: The rooster represents Sarosh Yazad as it wakes up people early to pray in order to lead a righteous life.
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