The Monastic Order of Asha is in full communion with the Teacher of Light of Asha, and under the spiritual directorship of Vizir Mar Kharba Awraham.
All members of the Order commit themselves to pious living, devoted to God, Mother and Son.
They offer prayer (namaz) daily.
They study Ashavan Scripture daily.
They Meditate daily.
They learn and live Asha to the best of their ability. Striving to be exemplars of the Ashavan Faith.
All candidates must be reviewed and approved by the Vizir.
The monastic order is only open to members of Asha.
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Monastic Rule for the Order of the Ashavan
All brads and khawars of the Monastic Order of the Ashavan will commit themselves to rozwarag (daily), weekly spiritual practices in their application of the monastic life.
We have been blessed with the New Mithraic Mirabezag (Covenant) and the den (religion) of Asha in this final age.With this, the establishment of a monastic order for Ashavan Hesychasts, is auspicious and a natural choice for many pious souls. But it is not for everyone. His Holiness has said:
“We need more brethren devoted to the consecrated life, but not everyone is called by the Divine Mother to this aspect of the faith. One must truly understand that this lifestyle is not as easy as some might think it is, based on television or films. The life of a real monk, nun or hermit, is very demanding and not everyone is cut out for it.
It takes a great deal of physical and mental strength to cope with the demands of a monastic who is devoted to spiritual warfare. Thus, there should be a review process, and no individual should be admitted that is not ready for it.
The Vizir of Asha and the Abbot or Abbess of the Monastic Order should make every effort to ensure that the individual truly is called and ready. “
If there is no Abbot or Abbess of the Order it will be up to the Vizir to determine who is ready for this calling.
The Path of the Lay Brad or Khawar
There are ways that those who wish to live the consecrated life but who are not able to adopt the ways of the Ashavan monastic brads and khawars in full, may do so. That is as a lay brad or khawar.
These brethren follow the monastic rule to the extent they are able in their private lives. Any Ashavan may take up the path of the Lay Monastic but for those who wish to take up the path of the Ashavan brad or khawar in full, must abide by the the Monastic rule and by the instructions of the Vizir and the Abbot or Abbess.
The Ashavan Monastic appraoch to the the Prayerful Life
His Holiness has stated “A monastic would be expected to offer namaz (prayer) daily. That is his or her life as a monastic.”
Regular namaz is not a once a week or a once a day, or even an hourly focus for a monastic, their life should be offered up to Zurvan in namaz from moment to moment. The weekly and daily namaz are a beginning for the Ashavan brad or khawar, not an ending. Keep Mithra in your mind and hearts continually.
An Ashavan first, A Hesychast second
His Holiness has stated: “In addition to his or her duties as a monastic, the disciple is required to fulfil the duties of being an Ashavan.”
What this means is that the brad or khawar, no matter how committed they are to the life of a monastic or hermit, must never place this passion above their commitment as an Ashavan. On the contrary, the brad or khawar needs to be an exemplar of the faith. They must strive to be a model of the life of an Ashavan to all others. Their monasticism should be an expression of their deep and abiding love for God, Mother and Son.
A brad or khawar is passionate about consecrated living but places higher priority on the writings of the non-Ashavan and focusing on their words and practices to the exclusion of their own beliefs as Ashavan and as an Ashavan monk or nun, has allowed this interest to supersede their duty, not only as a monk or nun or this order, but as an Ashavan.
If ever the rules of monastic life overshadow that brother or sisters living the Way of Asha, they should seek Zurvan in namaz and seek forgiveness for losing sight of why they are hesychasts in the first place.
Self examination is crucial for monastics. To reflect on your thoughts, on your words and your actions ( Those taken and those not taken) in the day. Thank Zurvan for all blessings. Pray for strength in difficult times and for others in need and for the strength to overcome any obstacle that keeps you from being the best Ashavan you can be. This is never a call to burden the soul but to alleviate the soul and to refocus your attention on being a pious and committed Ashavan.
Four mandatory rozwarag (daily) practices of the monastic life
1. Praying the Prayer Garland at least three times per day
2. Meditation on the Tablets of Light
3. Praying the 7 Calls of Mithra
4. Service to others, works of labour (if possible) and intercessory prayer using a journal with names of individuals and situations
4 Obligatory rozwarag (daily) practices
1. Recitation of the New Mithraic Covenant
2. Study of the relgious books of Asha
3. Meditation on the Tablet of Mir Fratama
4. Study and use of the Ashavan Lexicon
1. Tuesday services, Day of Mir Fratama. The liturgy of the Celebration of Mir Fratama should be observed communally by the Hanzaman. With readings from the relgious books of Asha, focusing closely on teaching of Mir Fratama and Mir Eresh Zademir. Hermits may read the liturgy by themselves.
2. The monastic should give great attention to the weekly messages if one is available from the Vizir.
1. Each New moon, the monastics will gather to oberve the Andarmah service. This day is focused on the communal recitation of the New Mithraic Covenant.
2. Each Full moon, the monastics will gather to observe the Full Moon service. This day is focused on the many Manifestations fo Mithra in the world over the ages, and their teachings in light of those received from Mir Fratama in the final age.
The following is an example of how to live the consecrated life of an Ashavan monastic, or lay monastic. You can adapt this schedule according to your particular situation.
*Before Sunsrise- Start of Day
*Just before Sunrise -Ushah/Morning Namaz
*After Sunrise – Meditation
*8:00 AM Breakfast, work
*12:00 PM Lunch, Namaz
*3:00 PM Prayer Garland, reading
*6:00 PM Dinner, Namaz
*7:00 PM Prayer Garland, reading
*7:45 PM Evening Namaz
*9:00 PM Meditation
*10:00 PM Bed
Ashavan brads of the Order can wear a Kurta (a Long white shirt) and black pants. They can wear a white cap similar to the “Ghandi Cap” or similar.
Ashavan khawar of the Order can wear a long white dress with long sleeves. Or a White blouse and a long black skirt, or pants. Khawar should wear a white head scarf (Not Hijab!)
Marriage, divorce and Celibacy
Ashava brads and Khawars of the Order may be married or divorced or single. But because they commit to living in a communal setting, they are called to live as celibates.
An Ashavan who feels they have a calling to be a monk or nun, should evaluate if they have worldly responsibilities such as family. If so, they should live as lay monastics. Only those Ashavan who do not have famlial obligations are encouraged to adopt the consecrated life.
May all Ashavan who seek to take up the consecrated life, do so with a firm resolve to worship and serve the Divine Celestial Triad, the Teacher of Light and the entire Hanzaman of Ashavan in the world.
Mar Kharba Awraham