Khurshed Yazad And The Will Of Ahriman (The Yasht Series)

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.

In this particular portion of the text, Dinbai has laid stress on the commands of Ahriman. This clearly illustrates what a gargantuan task has been undertaken by Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda to vanquish Ahriman and eradicate him from our purview of existence. What is even more amazing to note is that each command given by Ahriman, corresponds with all the various aspects of pollution that is affecting our planet today. We have forgotten how closely and intrinsically we are connected to nature and how our very existence is threatened if we do not pull back our dance of mad consumerism and so-called progress, even now!

Using the cloak of darkness, Ahriman commands his army to systematically attack our planet in the following fashion:

Pollute The Waters Of Wells: We have all but accomplished this task of Ahriman to perfection! The cess pipes that run underground have leaked into the ground water source and we have managed to destroy all major underground supplies of water. There are perhaps no wells left which carry potable water.

Dry Out The Seas: We are aware of the deep connection between the evaporation from the seas coming down to us as life sustaining rain. Ahriman commands that in the absence of Khurshed Yazad, the seas be dried out hence completely halting the water cycle and cutting off the very foundation of all existence itself – water.

Dig Out The Mountains, As They Look After The World: Mountains are the cradles into which our rivers are born. A while ago, I was at the tableland of Panchghani, admiring the stupendous views. The vantage point is such that it affords the view of a nearby dam and the surrounding mountain ranges. In all the verdant greenery, there was a large, stark patch of brown. A large patch from the side of the mountain was systematically cut off – it was as if someone had taken a giant shovel and gutted an entire side of a mountain. Mighty is the hand of the destroyer – man.

We do not even think twice before committing such an abomination on nature. We blow out tunnels inside the hearts of these magnificent creations, we dig them up and level them, we carve into them to extract mineral and we do it all with a great sense of entitlement. It is these acts that have brought us to the brink of calamity. We should pull back, even now, and listen to the warnings that nature is giving us. Remember, “We do not inherit the earth from our forefathers, we merely borrow it from our children.”

Dry Out The Trees: The great gaping hole in the sky, the depletion of the ozone layer, are all a result of the massive destruction of our forests and trees. Trees are vital – they are the biggest plants on the planet. They give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and provide food and shelter for wild-life. Here too, we assist Ahriman in his evil intent. We have chopped down trees and denuded forests – all in the name of progress. Man has proliferated himself to such an extent that he has become a parasite that is eating into the very fabric of the very Mother Nature that bore him. But we are paying the price for this even today. However, the saddest part is that our children will pay a heavier price for a sin that they never committed.

Loot the humans, make them suffer so much that they forget to pray to Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda: Give power and position to the stupidest among men for they will then be able to accomplish my command. This is more true today, than it ever was! Just take a look at what the so-called leaders of the world are doing to their respective countries. The agenda for industrialisation, the exploitation of natural resources and money-driven economies by power-crazed leaders, are all working in tandem to secure the will of Ahriman.

Time and again, I am amazed at how relevant this book is to current circumstances that we are facing. I hope that just knowing which side of existence we must support will help us make more informed and educated choices. Please, oh please, let there be light!

Daisy P. Navdar
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