ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Bahram R, Shahmardaan

bahramji@gmail.com

 

The author Bahram R. Shahmardaan was born into a Zoroastrian family and grew up in the multi-religious-cultural-ethnic-racial city of Bombay, India while India was still a British colony. For those who are unaware, scholars now acknowledge that the three wise men who brought gifts for the infant Jesus practiced the Zoroastrian faith. For his high school education, Bahram was enrolled in a catholic school in which 90% of his fellow students were Muslims. The rest of the student body was comprised of mostly Catholics, a few Zoroastrians, Hindus, Jains and a handful of Jews and Sikhs. Bahram used the unusual opportunity provided by the rich human experience available to him both in school as well as the Indian society at large, to determine whether there is a purpose to life and if so, the principles one can live by to realize it. With the help of many religious teachers and eventually a Spiritual Master in the person of Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta, Bahram sifted through the seemingly conflicting values and customs of the various religions of India, which include but are not limited to Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, the Baha’i faith and a host of other denominations.

 After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in science from Bombay University, Bahram came to the United States in 1968 where he completed his college education. However Bahram reminds himself and others that none of the Great Masters through whom the World Religions have been founded had any college education. Nor did most of the Saints, who attained sainthood by living according to the teachings of the Masters, have any formal education as we know it. Further, his academic education DID NOT provide the spiritual insights he shares in his writings. Bahram’s spiritual insights are a natural result of living the spiritual principles he learned from Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta. Anyone who lives by the same spiritual principles can experience similar as well as other insights unique to their life experience. 

That a lack of formal education does not prevent one from being great is also reflected in the life of the great American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. It is reported that Mr. Edison had only 3 months of formal schooling. Yet Mr. Edison remains the most prolific American Inventor whose 1,190 patents is still the record for the number of patents issued to any one American. 

Bahram feels that much of what is called modern education blocks and quite often retards spiritual growth and the acquisition of real knowledge. To grow spiritually, most of us have to first unlearn much of what we have learned. This is in keeping with the principle, “The empty alone shall be filled”. It is the knowledge to which we are attached that prevents us from learning. Thus, in a very real sense, on the spiritual path, individuals who have received a formal education can be at a disadvantage, compared to their less educated brethren, because the educated ones have more to unlearn than those who have had less or no formal education

To help those who are unfamiliar about the goal of life, Bahram was instructed to establish the “Society of Servants of God” as a spiritual organization in California. For IRS purposes, the Society of Servants of God is classified as a Church. The word Church is a legal term used to denote tax exempt religious and spiritual organizations. The Society of Servants of God, was started in India by God through Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta who as the Founding Chairman of the organization and has devotees around the world.

Through many years of spiritual practice and teaching the spiritual principles he has learned from Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta, Bahram can now explain the spiritual principles that are common to all religions. Bahram clearly explains how the Divine Creative Plan unfolds in nature and how it is also reflected in human activities. To explain difficult spiritual concepts, Bahram uses natural phenomena and everyday occurrences that anyone can verify with their own experiences.  Bahram encourages people to not believe what he says unless they can verify it against the backdrop of their own lives.

Due to the simple examples used by Bahram, just what karma is can be understood by even by those who have no knowledge of spirituality. Those who will read this book will benefit greatly.