Pain And Prayer

Daisy P. Navdar is a teacher by profession and a firm believer in the efficacy of our Manthravani. She is focused on ensuring that the deep significance of our prayers is realized by our youth. She credits her learnings and insights, shared in her articles, to all Zoroastrian priests and scholars whose efforts have contributed towards providing light and wisdom for all Zarthostis.


“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.”
– Kahlil Gibran

Just the other day, I was at my school reunion. During the course of the evening, one of them observed how each of us went through that brief tottering, as we got out of our chairs… That slight feeling of ‘ouch’, as we moved from the seating to standing position. We all laughed at the accuracy of this observation. As one ages, the body invariably starts deteriorating. We develop aches and pains in parts that we didn’t even know existed! With time, our gait slows down, along with our reflexes.

We must always take adequate exercise, right diet and correct medication for keeping ourselves mentally and physically healthy… we must not ignore that all our diseases have a subtle connect to our emotions.

While we should never ignore any form of pain in the body, if we can identify the root emotion that causes it, then we can always make a conscious effort to combat it. Pain in the knees is linked with an inflated sense of pride, the false ego. This is not a generalization – it is merely an indication to work with. Analyze yourself, see whether you are indeed prey to the subtle pride that develops with achievement.

Become aware of your own failings and then make a conscious effort to subvert them. Take full charge of your own emotions and rule your thoughts. This is an exercise in honesty, with yourself, and more importantly, for your benefit. Similarly, the subtle connect to any pain in the back is generally due to financial duress. Once the finances stabilize, invariably, the pain will also disappear.

As always, we also have many manthras which can help us to combat knee pain and arthritis. Use these manthras judiciously and with a sense of balance. These are not a substitute for medication and physiotherapy, but they will surely help you in dealing with the pain:

For curing Arthritis, recite the following 101 times, preferably at bedtime:

“Ya Ashaoom Baad Adar Gar Yazmaide”

For curing knee pain, recite the following 101 times, preferable at bedtime:

“Ya Nemo Veh Ashaoom Goa Afringaan Yazmaide”

The following Nirang helps cure Arthritis. It is to be recited 7 times daily, before bedtime:

“Ba Naam e Khuda, Ba Naam e Yazad,
Bakshayandeh, Bakshayazgare Meherbaan
Ya Yazad Yazdan Negehbaan!
Ashaoom Abrin-Koohan-Tawan Phirozgari Baad


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