The significance of Baba’s birth in Zoroastrian family and of having the two principal Masters
Source: AvatarMeher.org, AMB Hyderabad Center
A few weeks later, Baba explained:
… Every Master has at least one Master. In my case, I had two [principal ones] — one a Mohammedan and the other a Hindu.
Now the reason why I had two gurus. I was born in an Irani [Zoroastrian] family. This taking birth in a certain family and community, etc. is due to previous sanskaras. The sanskaras of a Zoroastrian are equal to those of a Hindu plus those of a Mohammedan. (Maharaj has also said so and we shall see why.)
For instance, a Hindu who believes in the existence of only one God, in spite of so many deva-devis and other higher powers mentioned in Hindu Shastras and scriptures — if he is not Realized in that birth, his next birth will be in a Mohammedan family, as Mohammedans staunchly believe in the existence of one God and His Prophet.
Then again, a Hindu who is fond of eating meat, and argues the doctrines of Hindu scriptures in that connection — Why should meat be prohibited and vegetarian food forced upon Hindus? — and begins to partake of non-vegetarian food and spend time outside his community, he too will collect those sanskaras, which will give him birth in a Mohammedan family in his next life.
Now let us see how the sanskaras of a Zoroastrian are equal to those of a Hindu and a Mohammedan. Zoroastrians believe, respect and pay reverence to fire and the sun, both of which are also considered sacred elements amongst Hindus — hence Hindu sanskaras. But in spite of the Zoroastrian’s belief, honor and reverence for the elements of Nature, a Zoroastrian is a staunch believer in the existence of one Ahuramazda as the Creator of all universes — just the same as held by Mohammedans — hence Mohammedan sanskaras. Therefore, a Zoroastrian has the sanskaras of both a Hindu and a Mohammedan.
It means that, at this time, it was necessary that the Master should be manifested in this Zoroastrian form, whose sanskaras are a mixture of Mohammedan and Hindu ones. And to “drive away” both types sanskaras, two Masters were required — one a Hindu and the other a Mohammedan.