The Wondrous Circle of Life
The Wondrous Circle of Life – part 8
Roj Hormazd Mah Sherevar, 1382 Yz.
We continue with our series on the Wondrous Circle of Life.
In Part 1 of the series, we introduced the topic and spoke of the different parts of the body and the various events leading up to death and the importance of the proper and timely performance of the Sachkar.
In part 2, we analyzed the role of the Geh Sarna prayer and the other rituals leading up to the Padruz Uthamna on the dawn of the fourth day. We understood the beautiful role played by the presentation of roses and rose water after the Uthamna, as revealed by our Master.
In part 3 of the series, we delved into the role played by Dahm Yazad, and the science behind the construction of the Dakhma. We saw the mechanics behind the performance of the Tana ceremony.
In part 4, we understood the esoteric rationale behind the performance of the Tana ceremony which results in the creation of the Talisman of the Dakhma. We analyzed the last paragraph of the Dhup ceremony wherein the final lesson for the departing soul is given by the priests. We also debated whether or not there is reincarnation in the Zoroastrian religion.
In part 5 of the series, we examined the geography of the physical universe called Nisti and the various regions thereof. We saw the great distance the soul has to travel to reach the Divine destination of Chinvat. We also saw the great dangers of humans, specially Zoroastrians communicating with various low-level sprites which inhabit certain lower regions of Nisti and the unfortunate condition of the soul of such a person after death.
In part 6, we saw the great journey of the soul from the earth to Chinvat and the various hurdles it has to cross before it can reach the destination. We also examined the unfortunate effect that excessive lamentation of the relatives of the deceased can have on the journeying soul.
In part 7, we saw the horrors of the longest night of the Ruvan, as it reaches down on the threshold of Chinvat and is met by its Kerdar. We saw the pitiable state of the Ruvan whose bad thoughts, words and deeds outweigh the good ones. We examined how the relatives of the last 7 generations of the soul come forward to meet the Ruvan and to console it in its moments of despair. We understood that the Ruvan has to play a certain role in order to cleanse the effects of the bad Kerdar.
We now proceed further.