“Thy greatest servant Sraosha, I invoke,
To help us reach the final goal of life,
Achieving Life eternal, one with Thee,
Within the fold of Vohu Man, Thy Love,
With Asha’s Truth we tread the narrow Path,
And reach where Lord Ahura reigns supreme” (Gathas; Yasna 33-5)
What is sustenance? Just as we eat healthy food for a healthy body, we study and read good books to enrich our minds, or choose fulfilling relationships to nurture our emotions, so also we require Manthras to strengthen our spirit. We cannot eat once and think that our body will sustain itself. Nor can we pass Class One and declare that our education is complete! We nurture and work on our relationships every single day, and that is how they grow.
So also, on completing our Kusti prayers, we must pray the Sraosha Baaj (Sarosh Baaj). It is not just our mandatory prayer, but it is an Alpha Prayer as it marks the auspicious beginning of all other prayers. Sraosha Yazad is perhaps the only Yazad who is strengthened with our own recitation of the Sraosha Baaj. The stronger your Sraosha, the greater will be your ability to face the daily challenges that life throws at you. You will be empowered so that evil intents and bad vibrations will not be able to disturb your aura.
Children who have any form of learning disability benefit tremendously when they recite the Sarosh Baaj. I have seen highly dyslexic children write board papers by themselves and they are even able to memorize long answers with the help of the Sarosh Baaj! Children who feel scared at night, who cry without reason or who are otherwise disturbed or not at peace, also benefit tremendously with the recitation of the ‘Sarosh Yasht Vadi ni Nirang’ – kindly note that this prayer is to be recited only at night.
When we can spend hours on social media, television, hanging out with friends, working out at the gym, can we not take just ten minutes from our daily live to dedicate to the recitation of the Sraosha Baaj? Yes, it only takes ten minutes to recite the Sraosha Baaj. It only takes 10 minutes to change your life!