Dastur Azar Kaivan

Here is an article written by Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram, on Dastur Azar Kaivan who was born around 1533 in Iran in an illustrious family of priests who traced their genealogy right upto the Mai Abad dynasty. Later on, Dastur Azar Kaiwan left Iran and came to Patna, in India and stayed there along with a group of close disciples.

“The esoteric knowledge of Ilm-e-Khshnoom, which was revealed by Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff after his stay with the Abed Sahebs of Demavand has not only shed blissful light on our scriptures, traditions, rituals and religious way of life, but has also solved several riddles and complexities which abound in the history of Zoroastrianism. Quite a few seemingly extraordinary or unexplainable occurrences which have been noted by various historians have been properly explained and further expounded by Ustad Saheb and later on in the writings of Dr. Saheb Framroze Chiniwalla. One such occurrence which we will deal with in this essay relates to the life and times of an enigmatic and extraordinary Zoroastrian saint of the 16th century called Hazrat (the pious) Dastur Azar Kaiwan. Although the details of his life are sketchy, they have been thoroughly analysed by Ervad Dr. Jivanji Modi in a paper presented before the 6th Oriental Conference at Patna on 18th December, 1930, and subsequently published, along with his other papers, in a book entitled “Oriental Conference Papers”

In order to properly understand the life of Dastur Azar Kaiwan, it is necessary to explore some other facets of the Zoroastrian faith.”

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