Afshun For Difficult Times


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.


“These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, has now to look to faith to save it from dissolution.” Johan Huizinga – Dutch Historian

It is so true, that today, the world is baffled over a tiny virus. It is truly the time to look towards our rich texts with manthras that have the wisdom of eons in them. There are so many people known to me personally, who have faced tremendous tragedy and suffering, but have all emerged triumphant, better for the experience; and with a deeper understanding of themselves…

…A lady with a debilitating spinal-chord injury: She was single and lonely and constantly afraid of circumstances. She had to conquer her own fears and she emerged triumphant. She now leads a full and complete life. So, how did she manage to overcome it all? 

…A single mother, facing the challenge of bringing up her son, completely alone with no one to fall back on. Life was not kind to her. Today, her son is a well-qualified young adult, who is her pride and joy!

…An uneducated girl, a difficult childhood and even more difficult teenage years. Today she is running a successful business of her own!

…A girl child, married off at a tender age, loses her only son: And she suffers from such a debilitating heart condition that the heart only works at an extremely low capacity. Today, she has a flourishing garment business of her own and works for 20 hours daily! She even helps so many others to build their own businesses!

…A man, frequently prone to tremendous bouts of depression and anger: He was unable to hold down a job for long. Today, he commands the top-most position in his organization and lives with a beautiful family who adores him! 

I know all of these people and I have seen them live their lives at very close quarters. There is a common thread that runs through all their life stories which has resulted in empowering them to work their way out of these difficulties – it is the thread of prayer. These are people who have unshakable faith in their prayers. At some point in their lives, they had almost gave up on everything, but they never, ever gave up on prayers! 

In a few lines I have summed up the journey of an entire lifetime of these brave people, but I feel it is important for us to know them and feel their stories as we will find our own struggles resonating in these stories. We will also find our own solutions to these struggles! When we feel pushed into a corner, helpless, alone and absolutely on the last tether, it is prayers that come to our rescue.

When you start your career and start making money, don’t you set aside some as an investment for your future? Start your prayers also while you are young, by the time you are older or at some point in time, incapable, your prayers will come to your aid. They will bring with them their own magical vibration with which you will be able to transform your circumstances. 

The earlier you start building your store house of brilliance, the richer you will be for it. You will be able to draw from that wealth in times of desperation, but you need to start – NOW!

I share with you the most powerful Nirang of Shah Faredoon, which helps us conquer all difficulties in life, no matter how big or small. May it also empower you to emerge victorious!

Nirang of Shah Faredoon

Yatha Ahu Vairyo – 2

Ashem Vohu – 1

Nemo Ahurai  Mazdai

Nemo Ameshebyo Spentaebyo

Nemo Maonghai Gaochithrai,

Nemo Paiti ditai, nemo paiti dite

Maonghem Gaochithrem Ashavanem 

Ashahe ratum yazamaide

Vananto sataro mazda-dhatahe

Khshnaothra yasnaicha vahmaicha 

Khsnaothraicha Frasastayaecha

Vanantem satarem mazda-dhatem 

Ashavanem ashahe ratum yazamaide

Yazai Vanantem amavantem

Aaoktonamanem Baeshazim Yazamaide

Yenghe hatam, aat yesne paiti vangho mazdao

Ahuro vaetha ashat hacha,

Yaonghamcha tascha taoscha yazamaide

Ashem Vohu – 1

Yatha Ahu Vairyo – 1

Ashem Vohu – 2

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