Fighting Addiction With Varzesh Bastani
Just as drug addiction is a physical illness, it is also a spiritual deficiency that needs to be replenished. Varzesh Bastani, or “the exercise of heroes” has a strong theme of spiritual unity that can be derived from the multitude of rhythms and vocals performed by the “morshed.” Just as the trainer transitions from each physical exercise he is driven and inspired by the morshed’s lyrics and rhythm.
In my limited experience with those who abuse drugs, their initial problem which leads them to drug use is generally a feeling of having no purpose and a spiritual void. Both physical and spiritual exercise can have a profound effect on those who abuse drugs or who are at risk. I’m unsure if this program is still active in Iran but I hope it is still alive and well.