Lesson 7 – The Five Short Gehs
E-Course on Zarathushti Religion
I hope that you are enjoying the prayer lessons. Our Zoroastrian prayers are called “Manthra” (Vedic ‘Mantra’). They are best understood as articulate sounds which unite the subconscious, the conscious and the super conscious planes. They are believed to possess a Divine cosmic energy. Manthra is the transformation of Divine energy into words which we can vocalize. When recited with feeling and concentration, the Manthra sets off subtle vibrations which affect different psychic centers or chakras in the body. When properly uttered, they have the power to bring the individual to a higher state of consciousness.
With proper understanding of the meaning of what I pray, the prayer becomes a Guiding Force in my life. As I pray regularly and with full understanding of what I am praying, a flame is kindled in the depths of my consciousness, as if a light is turned on in a dark room. I begin to see within myself. I discover my selfishness, my silly pride, my fears, my greed, my mistakes, my blunders.
Reciting my prayers regularly and with full understanding reinforces my intellect, vigor and moral stamina to do the right things in my daily life. By saying my prayers with full understanding, I achieve a complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit. This gives me my unshakable strength and faith in Ahura Mazda. It is through prayers that I can attain the fullest development of my personality — the ultimate integration of my highest faculties.
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With best wishes for an enlightened community,
Kayomarsh P. Mehta