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Daheshism on its 72nd Anniversary

March 23rd is the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Daheshism.

It is a message of Spiritual enlightenment, hope, and love.

A message that is so amazing, that it can change the fate of the human race and every living creature on earth.

Daheshism is an elixir that can remedy what ails humanity.

It can enhance our Spiritual knowledge by shedding light on our link to this vast universe and our origin.

It shatters all beliefs that negate the existence of a Creator and reinforces all others with new Spiritual knowledge.

It sets for us a solid foundation to build our lives on governed by decency, compassion, love, respect, and lofty aspirations.

 

Daheshism is the best-kept secret in life.

Its tenets are locked safely within the chests of a few, who were privileged to receive them from the Great Conveyor and are grateful to receive such a wonderful gift.

However, possessing such Spiritual knowledge without sharing it with others is contrary ...

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The Storm of Horrors

Written by Youssef Kabalan Salameh

The plane was flying us over the Pacific Ocean, and the wind caused by a devastating hurricane attracted it towards it little by little. The passengers watched that hurricane as it was approaching them like a strong demonic octopus, where it is impossible for any submarine to get away from it, if it is destined to fall into its deadly clutches. The pilot has made all his might in an effort to maintain the balance of the plane and escape from the control of the devastating cyclone, but to no avail. The waves of the sea were so high that made the viewer feel that the plane was flying over the Alps and valleys. It is really an infernal view.


The plane was falling slowly in spite of the strong resistance made by the expert pilot to avoid the risk of crashing and sinking. However, he managed to not make the plane come down suddenly. Once the plane approached from the high waves, it was smitten as if by a mighty whip, and then crashed helter-skelter. Suddenly the passengers found themselves mired ...

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Dr. Dahesh

By Youssef Kabalan Salameh

Dr. Dahesh, The beloved guide, left a great and unparalleled spiritual legacy which is backed by concrete proofs, in which every ...<< MORE >>

Dawn of a New Era

In a few days, the Christian world will celebrate Easter—a holiday signifying the rise of Lord Christ from the dead, three days after his capture, torture, and crucifixion. His ordeal is a story of faith, love, sacrifice, redemption, and humility. It is also a story of a loving God that has continuously sent his prophets, messengers, and guides to enlighten and guide humanity. A day or so ago, spring commenced in the northern hemisphere, ushering in the rebirth of nature and the return of beauty, warmth, and color. Also, on March 23, Daheshists throughout the world will celebrate the birth of Daheshism—a Spiritual Holy Mission that descended on earth on March 23, 1942, ushering in a dawn of a new era.

 

Daheshism is a glitter of light and hope to guide humanity through a very difficult period, where many individuals had abandoned the belief in a Creator in favor of an evolutionary process, yet not a single individual is able to explain the creation of something from nothing in direct violation of the laws of physics. If ...

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A New Year!

2013 is upon us. It brings with it countless possibilities deemed constructive, destructive, or innocuous for the world, country, the Daheshist Mission, and myself. With all things being relative, it is unlikely that we view these possibilities the same way. What is deemed constructive in my view may be looked at as destructive or innocuous in someone else’s view and vice versa. Nonetheless, I have hopes and reservations for the New Year.

Will the people of the world:

Refrain from violence in all of its colors?

Protect the human rights of individuals of all races?

Respect the religious freedom of all creeds?

Promote the brotherhood of mankind?

Pollute less and repair the damages inflicted on nature?

Open their hearts and minds to end territorial, political, and dogmatic disputes?

Help each other in the aftermath of natural or human-inflicted disasters?

 

Will the people of our great nation:

Realize that true citizenry comes from love, hope, and respect?

Set aside long-held biases and stereotypes?

Be humble, yet compassionate and resolved?

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Remembering the Plight of our Beloved Prophet

Excerpts taken from an article published in Dahesh Voice magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1997.

By: Dr. Ghazi Brax

The founder of Daheshism was one of the few that contributed throughout history in documenting the living saga of freedom. It was because of freedom that he faced persecution by the Lebanese government during a period when an oppressive regime reined on the country. Bechara el-Khoury (the Lebanese President at the time, 1943-1952) and his evil accomplices from the clergy and citizens, conspired against Dr. Dahesh in order to force him to abandon his activities of promoting a Spiritual Message that calls for the unity of religions. They tried to muzzle him and to illegalize his activities by unsuccessfully attempting to pass a law in the Parliament. Alternately, they resorted to bribing most journalists who, in turn, attacked Dr. Dahesh and fabricated lies about him in order to defame him and in doing so, to drive people away from him—especially the intellectuals who flocked to Dr. Dahesh after they have had enough lies and deception from some religious authorities. They also denied him and his ... << MORE >>

On the 103rd Birthday Anniversary of Our Beloved

It was June 1st, 1909, when our Beloved descended from his Paradisiacal World to our evil-laden Earth in order to enlighten humanity and to direct mankind towards justice, freedom, love, and righteousness. To us, it was a glorious day and God’s gift to humanity, however, to our Beloved, it meant years and years of agony, pain, and suffering by living a human life that is way too foreign from the life he was living in his Paradisiacal abode, nonetheless, he had a Mission to deliver and, as a result, he had to suffer.

His descent was anticipated and prophesied in the Holy Bible and the Holy Qur’an. His message is that of love, compassion, and Spiritual enlightenment—characteristic of the Greatest Power in the universe before God, namely, that of Christ. But his message is also a warning of the impending destruction of the earth to fulfill certain prophecies, such as this one: “The Lord is going to devastate the earth and leave it desolate. He will twist ...

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When I Depart From You

Our Beloved and Guiding Prophet passed away on April 9, 1984. While he was alive, he had instructed Daheshists in writing to recite eight items during his interment, beginning with a prayer and then followed by seven expressive pieces in a specific order. The following piece is the third:

When I depart from you

When distance places a formidable obstacle between you and myself, and I am no longer visible to your eyes—eyes that long to see my familiar face.

When you are urged by a strong longing to meet with me, the way we used to meet, at that point, remember what I used to tell you, bring my image closer to your thoughts, and rest assured that your wish is the same as my wish and that it was the only reason for my living.

That’s because I love you so much! Love you so much!

When you are ascertained that I was lashed, slapped, insulted, and driven by the lashers while being insulted, cussed, and then thrown in a horrific and scary prison, where ...

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Daheshism Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

On March 23, 1942, Heavens provided humanity with the most precious of gifts, namely, Spiritual enlightenment. Spiritually speaking, it is akin to the end of the dark ages and the beginning of renaissance. Is this metaphor an exaggeration? On the contrary, it is a grave understatement. The last of the major religions to provide us with Spiritual truths was established in the 7th Century AD. Take time to ponder the behavior of people and you’ll notice that there are many individuals who are interpreting literally their holy books, and if it is up to them, they will institute draconian laws to regulate everyone’s life; some still believe that Creation took place less than 10,000 years ago and regardless of what science says; some individuals are so turned-off by religion that they have resorted to Atheism; then there are those who have gone to extremes by extrapolating and fabricating “truths” to suit their needs, thereby creating their own ...

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Why Daheshists Celebrate June 1st?

Daheshists throughout the globe celebrate every year on June 1st. It is the birthday anniversary of our Beloved and Guiding Prophet. For those who are not familiar with Dr. Dahesh and what he represents, I will present them with a small excerpt taken from the inspired book “Memoirs of Jesus of Nazareth.” After reading this excerpt, there will be little doubt in their mind as to the identity of Dr. Dahesh from the Daheshist point of view:

The Departure of Christ

From “Memoirs of Jesus of Nazareth

By Dr. Dahesh

 

O city of Nazareth! I will return to you after so many years.

I will return to you, however, you will reject me again.

I will return to you when it is time to reveal the truth.

I will return to you, however, you will be drowning in sins.

Then you will not listen to me, as you are not listening to me now!

O city of Nazareth! Woe to you if you continue with your oppression and recklessness!

When my ...

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April 9, 1984

It was a great beautiful day!

The day the Soul of our Beloved Prophet was liberated.

After almost 75 years of imprisonment

Served in the prison of the human form!

 

It was a horrible day!

The day we lost our mentor and Celestial Guide.

After years of being in our midst,

Most took him for granted and few appreciated his sacrifices!

 

He returned to his paradisiacal abode,

To enjoy the beautiful creations of the Almighty!

Living in harmony among his peers,

In a place that can truly be called divine!

 

We are left here on earth for a while,

To pay penance for our transgressions!

Living in a state of constant struggle,

And witnessing the cruelty of man!

 

Our Beloved was relentless, exact, and determined

In setting the stage for us and for humanity

To benefit our Souls from his Divine Message,

And leaving future generations a path to salvation!

 

We are lazy, arrogant, and selfish!

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Illumination

There is a form of Darkness that hangs over the Earth! A darkness that cannot be lifted even by the intensity of a thousand suns, because this is not a physical darkness, rather, it is the darkness of the human soul. The archrival of this darkness is the Divine Light emanating from the Spiritual Realm that seeks it and mandates its destruction.

In 1942, darkness peaked at a time when human hatred and greed ran amok. Brutality drove millions to their deathbeds, civilizations lost their civility, religious groups failed miserably in controlling their followers, and cries of the wretched reached the heavens.

Such was the backdrop when Divine Light shone upon us on March 23, 1942 to announce its presence and to warn the human soul: either submit to the commands of the Creator and enjoy His eternal bliss or sink deeper into the abyss of darkness! The announcement already reached a select few, but has yet to spread globally pending the completion of the delivery vehicle—The Daheshist Faith as explained in the Book of Daheshism.

The Divine Light seeks the illumination of our souls at a time when humanity ...

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Essays Inspired By Daheshist Teachings

Book Relase: A new book titled Essays Inspired By Daheshist Teachings by the late brother in Daheshism, Mr. Salim Onbargi, has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The book Essays Inspired By Daheshist Teachings can also be viewed here in PDF Format.
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The Prison Sentence

My soul was sentenced and imprisoned!

Not by any human court or justice system,

Rather, by a Just Order of Divine Justice.

 

My crime or multiple crimes and transgressions

Are unknown to me, yet my presence in this life,

Is proof positive of my unadulterated guilt.

 

I live my life surrounded by others of varied transgressions,

Yet, God only knows what theirs are!

I dare not stipulate, because that would be like “casting the first stone.”

 

We are all oblivious to our true reality!

To some, our life situations are attributed to luck and to others, it is fate!

Yet some may even venture to label them as strictly random occurrences.

 

The truth of the matter, we are all serving prison sentences,

And our only way out is to fully serve them.

There are no shortcuts or easy exits!

 

A served sentence severs our soul from our human form,

Where it stands anew to further retributions and rewards.

No deed is forgotten or ignored! Yet the sentence ...

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Dr. Dahesh: Our Beloved and Guiding Prophet

Disobedience of God’s command brought about the fall of many angels, who, as a consequence, descended to the earthly paradise in the form of Adam—humanity’s greatest patriarch. Despite their disobedience, God’s love and mercy did not leave them without guidance and providing them with a path to return to the lofty Paradises that they descended from. It follows that the Lofty 20th Spiritual Sayyal (Spiritual Fluid) volunteered to redeem the fallen angels by being within Adam. After the fall of Adam and Eve from the earthly paradise, God’s love and mercy continued over the millennia through a multitude of Prophets, Messengers, and Spiritual Guides—all emanating from the Divine Christ Power. The 20th Spiritual Sayyal was also present within Jesus of Nazareth and Dr. Dahesh, our Beloved and Guiding Prophet.

Words are incapable of describing the extent of the sacrifices made by all manifestations of the Christ Power, for many were oppressed, tortured, imprisoned, ridiculed, and killed. The persecution of Lord Christ and the crucifixion of his Personality, as well as, the persecution of Dr. Dahesh and the execution of his Personality are classic examples. What impact did Lord Christ’s teachings and crucifixion ...

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The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 3)

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: The Dimensions of Justice According tothe Founder of Daheshism (Part 3) has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 3)  can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Liberation of Dr. Dahesh’s Soul

Commemorating the 26th Anniversary of His Departure

As I live among fellow human beings, I ponder over their physical, cultural, behavioral, and intellectual diversity as well as all the contradictions that are associated within them. I see the extremes and all shades in the middle between the rich and poor; healthy and sick; young and old; good and evil; generous and stingy; happy and sad; reserved and permissive; moral and immoral; intelligent and dumb; playful and stern; religious and atheist; gentle and harsh; kind and abusive…My pondering leads me to the ultimate question: What does it all mean?

To Daheshists, there is only one answer: Being one with the Creator. One may wonder, how human diversity and all the contradictions lead to being one with the Creator? According to Daheshist ideology, the entire physical universe is comprised of 150 levels of infernal worlds and 150 levels of lofty worlds. Each level is made up of countless environments where life can form, such as the case for all living entities on Earth. The two extremes represent the furthest from and the closest to the Glory of God, and ...

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Daheshism Turns 68

Over three millennia had passed since Moses presented us with the Ten Commandments and the most basic of laws to live righteously and that form the basis of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Two millennia had passed since Lord Christ preached to us about humility, compassion, and love. A millennium and a half had passed since the Prophet Muhammad turned the pagans of the Arabian Peninsula into God fearing people. Three Prophets of God who are descendants of the Prophet Abraham had laid down the ground rules for proper human behavior and provided us with a wealth of information about our existence. One may think that followers of these religions would recognize the lineage and would respect each other. Instead, each religion fractured and in addition to intra-faith fighting, interfaith fighting continues to this day.

 

Since the times of Moses and to this day, humanity endured the most horrific acts of violence—all in the name of religion. In reality, no religion would sanction such behavior. From the late 19th Century and to ...

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The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 2)

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 2) has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 2) can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Who is the Rightful Successor of Dr. Dahesh?

An essay on the "Rightful Successor of Dr. Dahesh" has been posted on our main website http:/www.daheshism.com
The following is a quick introduction:

After the departure of our Beloved Prophet from this world on April 9, 1984, many Daheshists and non-Daheshists alike, wondered about who is his rightful successor. Some Daheshists held the position that since Dr. Dahesh entrusted the copyrights to his books and his art and book collections to a prominent Daheshist family then the head of that family must be his rightful successor and subsequently her offspring. Unfortunately, such a deduction cannot be further away from the truth! Individuals with such reasoning cannot be blamed though, because they have no knowledge of the actual wishes and commands of our Beloved Prophet and those of the Divine Spirit.

Read this entire posting here as a PDF by clicking on the following link: http://www.daheshism.com/Who is the Rightful Successor.pdf
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The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 1)

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 1) has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet The Dimensions of Justice According to the Founder of Daheshism (Part 1)
 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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The Dimensions of Freedom According to the Founder of Daheshism

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: The Dimensions of Freedom According to the Founder of Daheshism has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet The Dimensions of Freedom According to the Founder of Daheshism
 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Departure of a Good Soul

A tribute to Raifah M. Kabbani
May God bless her Soul!

Raifah M. Kabbani, PhD


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Persecution of the Founder of Daheshism

About 2000 year ago, Jesus Christ was persecuted for preaching righteousness, love, and the belief in God. His persecutors were King Herod, the Jewish clergy and people, and Pilate Pontius. The story of his persecution continues to be told to this day and is passed on from one generation to the next. To Daheshists, the persecution of our Beloved and Guiding Prophet, is no less significant or severe, for on August 28, 1944, the founder of Daheshism was persecuted by a tyrant Lebanese president—who possessed Sayyals [Spiritual Fluids] from both, King Herod and Pilate Pontius—and the story of this persecution will also be told from one generation to the next.

In his inspired book “Strange Stories and Wonderful Tales,” our Beloved Prophet wrote a story titled “A Dialogue Between Four Candles.” Even though the story may seem to the reader as a work of fiction, however, the storyteller, speaking through a candle, tells the factual details of his own persecution and its consequences for Lebanon and the Lebanese people—consequences that led to an all out civil war that began on April 13, 1975 and the remnants of this civil war continue to be felt and develop up to this day.

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Air Whispers!

I made a visit to Mount Vernon, home of one of our Nation’s Founding Fathers, where my footsteps retraced, along with those of millions of visitors, over the footsteps of this great man. As I passed by his tomb, the air whispered in my ears in a proud tone: You may have retraced his footsteps, but it was I who carried the tone of his voice to the soldiers he commanded in pursuit of liberty and witnessed his setbacks as well as his greatest victories and achievements!

I made a visit to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, another of our Nation’s Founding Fathers, where I walked through the mansion and passed through the vineyards. The air whispered in my ears with joy: He breathed my molecules so I was able to witness firsthand his genius; his lofty ideals that influenced the writing of the US Constitution along with John Adams, Thomas Paine, and others; and his integrity as a human being. I was there during the sendoff of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase!

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On Our Beloved and Guiding Prophet’s 1st Birthday Centennial

By Mounir Murad

What we perceive to be the “Truth” is in reality no more than a few slivers of light emanating from a bright star. Our knowledge, despite the rapid advancement in science, is at the kindergarten level—if that—when compared with the knowledge of the Lofty Worlds of this vast universe and that of any other universe(s). Even if we are able to travel at the speed of light, space exploration will remain limited to those stars that are reachable in our lifespan, such as Proxima Centauri Alpha, which is about 4.3 light years away from Earth. To travel across our galaxy would take 90,000 light years. To cross to the nearest galaxy would take 3,000,000 light years. Our universe contains about 125,000,000,000 galaxies, let alone any parallel universe(s). To say we are a grain of sand on the beach or a drop of water in an ocean would not be an overstatement. All that I just mentioned is true when viewed through the eyes of human beings using our understanding of the laws of physics. What if there are more advanced entities in the universe that travel vast distances in a nonlinear fashion by bending the space-time continuum? What ...<< MORE >>

My June 1st Message

By Hilda Murad

June 1st, 2009 is the birthday centennial of Dr. Dahesh and Daheshists throughout the world will celebrate on this occasion. Although our Beloved and Guiding Prophet had passed away on April 9, 1984, he is alive in our hearts and we believe that he is watching us and looking after us from his Lofty World. His soul, as with all other souls, will never seize to exist. He is in a Celestial World, where I am sure other Prophets, angels, and elevated souls are also celebrating on this occasion.

His departure from us was a big loss to Daheshists and to humanity. I am consoled by the vivid memories of the years I spent with him.  The beginning of June is a lovely time of the year when most flowers have bloomed and the fruits are ripe or about to become so. I remember well the delicious fruits of Lebanon at this time of the year—especially the figs, berries, huge strawberries, apricots, grapes, watermelons, and many other types. Daheshists used to celebrate the birthday of our Beloved and Guiding Prophet in a huge hall at the Mission’s mansion, where poets, writers, doctors, lawyers and working people gather. The poets ...<< MORE >>

The Worlds of Paradise Glorify the Birth of Our Beloved and Guiding Prophet

June 1st marks the birthday of our Beloved and Guiding Prophet. This year we celebrate his centennial birthday, for it was on June 1, 1909 that he descended to earth in a human form in order to deliver a Divine Message to the world, namely Daheshism. About two thousand years prior, the birth of Jesus took place and his birth is shrouded in mystery up to this date. Here is a brief recount of the birth narrative according to the Gospel of Matthew:

“Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the baby born to the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?” In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they answered. “For this is what the Prophet wrote: ‘Bethlehem ...<< MORE >>

A Sad Day!

By Hilda Murad
April 9, 2009

Today Thursday, April 9, 2009, it is a black day for me and the Daheshists of the world, it is a very sad day because our beloved prophet Dr. Dahesh passed away. On this day on April 9, 1984, we became orphans, for we lost our heavenly and earthly father. Today, I was thinking how the days and years pass so fast. The current events taking place in Beirut, Lebanon took me back to the good old days, some 34 years ago when Dr. Dahesh used to say Lebanon is a country I would have loved had they listened to my prophecy. Dr. Dahesh recalls the black days of Lebanon and did his best to advocate the unity of religions and save its people by telling its Christians and Muslims and all other religions have to live in harmony under the title “Unity of Religions.” However, they thought that he is insane and dangerous in his preaching and attacked him, put him prison, and tried to kill him. If the Lebanese people were wise they would have listened to him and tried to understand his philosophy, but instead, they followed blindly their rulers ...<< MORE >>

In Remembrance!

The 25th Commemoration

Mounir Murad
April 9, 2009

It was on this day, April 9, 1984 that Our Beloved and Guiding Prophet completed his mission of presenting humanity with the divine gift of Daheshism. It was a very difficult mission, however, the difficulties did not stop him from delivering his message with courage, determination, and confidence. He lived a life full of anguish from those who persecuted him and who attempted to derail his efforts; from the overall behavior of humanity; and from the behavior of those closest to his heart that did not abide by his wishes or by Spiritual instructions. He delivered his message to humanity and returned to the paradise that he originated from to enjoy the fruits of his labor. May God shower his Soul with Divine rewards for the path he laid down for us and leading to our salvation.

Yes, he departed from us 25 years ago and we are so happy that his Soul escaped from the constraints of the human body and became free again to roam the universe. April 9th, 1984 marks the day when the responsibility of continuing what our Beloved had started fell on our shoulders. ...<< MORE >>

City of Messengers and Prophets

On April 9th, 1984, our Beloved and Guiding Prophet departed from this world and his remains were laid to rest on April 12th, 1984. Exactly 10 years prior, he wrote an inspired poem describing his Soul’s journey to the City of Messengers and Prophets. The poem concludes with a return to this City after his time on earth comes to a close.

On this day, our Beloved, we remember the times we spent with you and remind ourselves that you were a Prophet of God and the Spirit of Christ that lived in our midst, yet very few recognized you. May your struggles and sacrifices during your life on earth motivate many to follow the path of righteousness and love that you had laid down for us to follow.


City of Messengers and Prophets

There, beyond the enormously distant galaxies,
And through those vast gaps extending through out the heavens,
And after I pass by millions of planets spread through out the deep open space,
And cross the homes of bright meteors and the exciting and illuminating stars,
I long to reach the City of Messengers and Prophets…home of the righteous and the pure.

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I Shall Sing

On March 23 of each year, Daheshists throughout the world celebrate the birth of Daheshism. It was on this day in 1942 that the Daheshist Mission was proclaimed. On this day, we honor our Beloved and Guiding Prophet by presenting to the reader one of his writings titled “I Shall Sing.” It is a good reminder to all of us that Daheshism was his main joy and purpose in life and that we need to do our utmost in order to make his wishes closer to coming true.

I Shall Sing

When the prominence of the Daheshist Religion grows strong in the United States…I shall sing!

When its branches spread extensively throughout the States imbedding themselves into the hearts of their citizens…I shall sing!

When it extends beyond America to all countries, crossing capitals, and conquering unexplored regions and cities…I shall sing!

When its foundations are strengthened and become deeply rooted—like towering mountains…I shall sing!

When Daheshist temples are built and within them spiritual supplications are raised…I shall sing!

When the flute is played in submissiveness to the Creator of the worlds, galaxies, nebulas and planets…I shall sing!

When the hands of believers draw in humility the flames of their Holy “Ramz” closer to their faces…I shall sing!

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On Being a Daheshist

By Mounir Murad

February 22, 2009

When our Beloved Prophet was in our midst, he passed on to us his view of proper Daheshist behavior and the qualities that Daheshists must exhibit. The Daheshist standards are very high and, in essence, they are consistent with those of other religions, yet they surpass those of other religions in magnitude due to the heightened Spiritual awareness and knowledge that Daheshism offers. However, Daheshism is not a garment that one wears and automatically labels the wearer as a Daheshist. This is far from being the truth. The belief in Daheshism does not flow from the outside in, but rather, it flows from the inside out. This holds true for all religions. The belief in any religion is a very personal and innate feeling reflecting the Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) of the individual being of a certain level that matches that of a particular religion and regardless of the religion the individual is born into. When the apostles asked Lord Christ to “Make our faith greater,” he said: “If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea’ ...<< MORE >>

2009: What Do You Have in Store for Us?

2008 had ended hours ago without regrets. It was a year that brought the world many tragedies, but it also gave us hope—and without hope, we have nothing to live for.

2008 bequeathed to 2009 many hurdles and obstacles and it remains to be seen if the New Year is able to overcome them. Humanity is facing significant challenges, so will human beings be able to unite in order to face such challenges? Are the conditions so dire that we deem them hopeless? Absolutely not!

No matter how difficult things may be we can be assured that God will not forsake his creation. Things will change, but such change will not take place haphazardly without a Divine plan. Things are changing, but the change may not always be clear to us or to our liking. Things may get much worse before they get better and it all depends on the merit and attitude of humanity.

The ideals of Daheshism are lofty and can serve to lift humanity from many of its problems, however, will human beings be able to:

• Eliminate hatred from the hearts?
• Renounce violence?
• Save the environment?
• Embrace equality of race and gender?
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First of Two Historical Lectures Posted

A lecture on Daheshism posted on our main website Daheshism.com

This lecture is one of two lectures that were given in Beirut while our
Beloved Prophet was in our midst. There were certain historical
incidents leading to the two lectures and will be elaborated on in
future publications. In the future, these two lectures will be
retranslated for accuracy, diction, and clarity.

 
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Second of Two Historical Lectures Posted

A lecture on Daheshism posted on our main website Daheshism.com

This lecture is one of two lectures that were given in Beirut while our Beloved Prophet was in our midst. There were certain historical incidents leading to the two lectures and will be elaborated on in future publications. In the future, these two lectures will be retranslated for accuracy, diction, and clarity.

 
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A Farewell Eulogy!

It is almost Christmas. These are the last few days leading to this symbolic holiday that represents the birth of the Savior of humanity, Lord Christ. Despite the somber economic realities of this year’s holiday, decorations are visible on the exterior of many homes; retailers had placed Christmas ornaments, signage, and garlands all over their stores; musical performances and holiday chants have been playing around town; and some individuals have been wearing Santa’s hat in order to express their festive mood and hoping to spread the holiday vibes to others.

It is on this day that I joined the multitude of people in the ritualistic gift buying, so that the recipients can recognize such gifts as a token of our love and affection. While at the cash register, I received a telephone call on my mobile phone, but I didn’t recognize the calling number. When I answered it, it turned out to be a young lady that I have known since she was about 6 years of age and who is the daughter of a friend and a coworker of mine. She called to let me know that her father had passed away yesterday! I was very sad and ...<< MORE >>

Daheshism and the Virgin Birth of Christ

By Mounir Murad

There are those who believe that Christ was miraculously conceived in the womb of a virgin—a view shared by virtually all Christians and Muslims. Then there are those who believe that this is nothing but a fable and that he was conceived through intercourse. In this treatise, I will present the Daheshist view and provide supporting evidence.

The founder of Daheshism, in his inspired “Strange Stories and Wonderful Tales,” wrote:

“There was Lord Christ engaged in a dialogue with Moses, Elijah, Hosea, the Prophets Solomon and his father David, Abraham, Jacob…there was Daniel, the Prophet of God who was thrown unjustly in a den of hungry lions, yet they would not harm him despite their extreme hunger. From their dialogue, I realized that they are all one Person with many Sayyals [Spiritual Fluids]. Each one of these Prophets is a Sayyal from the Main Person and had elevated or degraded his Sayyals with his conduct. They all visited planet Earth at various periods and under different names, while in reality they are all one Prophet sent to Earth to establish a religion that corresponds to the Sayyals of the people living in the era that he materialized in.”

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Daheshism.com Has a New Face

In order to properly navigate through the vast amount of information that will be added to the main Daheshism.com
website, it was necessary to completely restructure the interface and properly segment the topics.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the first phase of enhancements.
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August 28, 1944, another day that lives in infamy!

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Forces attacked Pearl Harbor. In addressing the American People, President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to this day as “a day that lives in infamy.” In the future, Daheshists, whose number would have swollen to represent a sizeable percentage of the world, will also recognize August 28, 1944 as another day that lives in infamy, for on this day that a great crime was committed against our Beloved Prophet, Dahesh, the returning Christ. Why?

In the 1930's Dr. Dahesh took up residence in Beirut. On March 23, 1942, he declared the beginning of a spiritual movement named Daheshism. He called for the unity of religions and the return to righteous human behavior. His supernatural powers gave him credibility as a Prophet. Can you imagine how many people would have believed in Jesus Christ had he not exhibited supernatural powers? At that time only a handful of people believed in Dr. Dahesh as a Prophet. These included Marie Hadad-the sister-in-law of the then Lebanese President, Bechara El-Khoury-and her immediate family. Religious leaders in Lebanon and Bechara El-Khoury opposed Dr. Dahesh and, with the help of Bechara's wife, Laure El-Khoury, tried to force Marie Hadad and her ...<< MORE >>

Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 8

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 7 has been added to the main daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 8 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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The Significance of June 1st

By: Mounir Murad
May 24, 2008

Each year on this day, Daheshists celebrate the birthday anniversary of their Beloved Prophet Dahesh. This year Daheshists will celebrate the 99th birthday anniversary, a little over 24 years since his departure from this world. June 1st is a day of celebration and at the same time a day of remembrance and reflection. If you were present back when Dahesh lived in our midst, you would remember his: beautiful smile, resolute personality, compassionate nature, fatherly love, sense of humor, and charisma. You would also remember his: long days that often translated into sleepless nights, hard work, physical pain, mental anguish resulting from the behavior of certain individuals, and total dedication to his Holy Mission. You would reflect on his: invaluable pieces of advice, constant encouragement, spiritual nurturing, and the impact he made on your life.

Many were the people that came to know our Beloved Prophet, yet very few truly understood and appreciated his true identity or what he represented. What does it mean to be one of a handful of people out of more than 6 billion to have a face-to-face relationship with a Prophet of God? To say that it is a great honor would ...<< MORE >>

Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 7

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 7 has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

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Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 6

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 6 has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 6 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality according to Daheshist concepts.

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Remembering the departure of Dahesh from this world!



April 9th is a solemn day for Daheshists throughout the globe! It is on this day in 1984 that our Beloved Prophet departed this world and returned to his Lofty Worlds of Paradise. Words can never express the gratitude that we owe him for guiding us towards righteousness, knowledge, and spirituality. He suffered enormously for decades in order to deliver to humanity his universal message of love, brotherhood of man, compassion, faith, and righteousness. On this day we honor him not through lip service, but rather in carrying on what he had started, mainly, the delivery of Daheshism to the world.

For those who are interested in reading more about his death they can click on the following link: The Death of Dahesh


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The Fog

Those who believe in the powers of Dr. Dahesh and his Message also believe that Kahlil Gibran, author of the Prophet, was an envoy that came to Earth in order to pave the way for Daheshism—in the same fashion that John the Baptist came to pave the way for the universal message of Lord Christ. Those who are familiar with the supernatural abilities of Dr. Dahesh also know very well that it is possible for the Spirit to address people through a Prophet or through his Personalities and either verbally or in writing. On May 10, 1942, a Sayyal belonging to the Spirit of Kahlil Gibran revealed to Dr. Dahesh a prose poem titled “The Fog.” The message of this poem is apocalyptic, however, I will leave it up to the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

The Fog

Fog!
Heavy fog surrounds my soul…and restrains it with chains!
Dense fog! In the sky of my life!
It encircles me the way a bracelet encircles the wrist of a beautiful woman!
Beautiful fog! It forms only to dissipate!
Shadows and strange ghosts appear to me from within the fog…
Thousands of fiery eyes glance at me!
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Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 2

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 2 has been added to the main daheshism.com Website.

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Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 1

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 1 has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Turn of Events and Spiritual Causality Part 1 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Proclamation of the Daheshist Mission

March 23, 1942

In a matter of days, Daheshism will celebrate its 66th anniversary. Those who are not very familiar with the history of Daheshism may wonder how did it all start? The most important thing to understand is that Dr. Dahesh, our Beloved Prophet, had been endowed with supernatural powers and guided by Holy Spirits since childhood. All we need to do is read about his early childhood to realize that. The teachings of Daheshism had always been a part of our Beloved Prophet and many of his early writings mirror what he had taught and written for decades.

The first believer in Daheshism was Youssef el-Hajj, who was also the first to write a book about Dr. Dahesh and Daheshism and the first chronologist of Daheshism. The second chronologist was the famous Lebanese poet, Halim Dammous, while the third and current chronologist is Dr. Ghazi Brax, who is mandated by the Spirit to write the book of Daheshism for current and future generations. Although Dr. Dahesh had been anxiously waiting to proclaim his Message, however, it was not time until March 23, 1942. On this day, the following text is taken from the entries of the first chronologist:

“Miracles of March1942
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Remembering a Giant!




    
      Dr. Fareed Abu Suleiman
    (1911-2003)

Dr. Fareed Abu Suleiman, was one of the early believers in Daheshism—a faith that lit his Soul for over 60 years. He was a giant in Daheshism, yet he was as gentle and as humble as can be. It was on Easter Sunday five years ago that I learned of his departure from this world and every time Easter Sunday approaches, I remember his presence with us and admire his struggle over decades for the sake of our Holy Mission. Five years ago I wrote a tribute to this great man and I feel it is only appropriate to present it to the readers in order to know more about this man.

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Spiritual Causality and Divine Justice Part 2

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Spiritual Causality and Divine Justice Part 2 has been added to the main Daheshism.com Website.

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Spiritual Causality and Divine Justice Part 1

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Spiritual Causality and Divine Justice Part 1 has been added to the main  Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Spiritual Causality and Divine Justice Part 1 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 4

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 4 has been added to the main  Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 4 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids): Their meaning, types, activities, and interaction according to
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Three Sayings

Three Sayings from “Words” By Dr. Dahesh

Saying# 1:
 “Plant evil and you will harvest pain.”

Saying#2:
 “I believe in the existence of Divine Justice and that all the misery and grief in life that are inflicted on us are mere retributions for all the evils and sins that we have committed in our previous life cycles. For this reason, we should accept all the sorrows of life that befell us without complaining or being annoyed. Rather, we should be content with Divine Justice and its noble order.”

Saying#3:
“We, the human race, deserve all the misfortunes that befell us and regardless of their type. For lying conquers our souls; defamation is an inseparable part of who we are; betrayal has an ample space in our hearts; fierce greed blossomed deep within us; ugly arrogance camps his armies in our land; and hypocrisy and its sibling, deception, have settled in the favorite part of our chests. As long as these are our wishes, why should we complain then when calamities and misfortunes pour down on us?”


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My Address to the Year 1978

By the Beloved and Guiding Prophet

On January 1, 1978, our Beloved and Guiding Prophet wrote his traditional ushering in of the New Year. Since then, 30 years passed us by and the state of Daheshism is not any clearer today than it had been then. The only thing that did not and will not change is our resolve to carry forward the wishes of the Divine and those of our Beloved Prophet. It is only fitting to remember what he had written on this day 30 years ago:

My address to the year 1978

O New Year! Hello to you and welcome.

The era of your predecessor had passed, for he is concealed by fate and will remain hidden until Judgment Day.

He is finished and his traces had vanished. What remains is his legacy containing all the important and sad events that had transpired.

The hope that I had in your predecessor in fulfilling my aims had failed and the worry that I felt throughout his days had exacted its toll on me and made me exhausted.

A day would be born and a day would die, in the interim, I am counting its hours and keeping track of its minutes and with hope drawing ...<< MORE >>

Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 3

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 3 has been added to the main  Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 3 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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How Wonderful and How Horrible

By: Mounir Murad
November 24, 2007

How wonderful it is when:
A child smiles at you and your heart melts away!
You love someone and this someone truly loves you.
You give freely and the recipient appreciates your giving.
You help someone, ask for no rewards, and receive an acknowledgment.
You treat someone with respect and this someone counters your respect.
You are happy for someone’s joy and sad for someone’s anguish and the feeling is mutual.
You accept the individuality of people and they accept yours.
You appreciate the personal freedoms of others and they appreciate yours.
You understand and appreciate diversity and the entire world feels the same way.
You want to share every moment of your life with a lover and this lover responds with: “How noble of you!”
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How horrible it is when:
A child smiles at you, yet you do not reciprocate with a genuine smile.
You love someone, yet this someone does not love you or pretends to love you!
You give freely and the recipient considers you a fool, yet continues to take advantage of your good nature.
You help someone and receive a stab in the back. ...<< MORE >>

Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 2

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 2 has been added to the main  Daheshism.com Website.

The booklet Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 2 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids): Their meaning, types, activities, and interaction according to
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A Private Funeral

What follows are brief reflections on a very private funeral involving my physical self and my soul as the only participants in the procession. No one else is invited! Inside the casket lies a part of my soul that has recently been poisoned by the cruelty of man! There has been several of these funerals in my life and with every occurrence, a chapter in my soul’s journey is finished and is sent to the Eternal Publisher, where the stage is set for another chapter yet to be written and awaits the arrival of my soul. My soul has grown tired and I am sure it won’t be long before its remaining parts depart this world and with their departure comes liberation. My soul will be free to journey into the unknown to finish the unwritten chapters under different circumstances. With my soul’s demise, I will be lost to oblivion! It is a desirable outcome!

This particular procession is very special and has been in motion for several months and soon it will have to end so that I can lay this part of my soul to rest. I must be very careful in making sure that the burial takes place ...<< MORE >>

August 28th: A Sad Day in Daheshist History



The persecution of Dr. Dahesh and his followers.


Excerpt taken from New Light on the Founder of Daheshism and His Miracles, by Ghazi Brax, Ph.D., Melhem Chokr, Ph.D., and Fares Zaatar, Esq.


Soon after the author, Youssef El-Hajj believed in Daheshism, a number of
literary and scientific figures, as well as members of the elite
society in Lebanon also believed in Daheshism. Of those was the author
Marie Hadad, the president of the Artists Association and the
sister-in-law of the former Lebanese President, Bechara El-Khoury. She,
her husband, and members of her immediate family all believed in
Daheshism after they have seen his irrefutable miracles.


As a result of this expansion in the new belief that infiltrated the
Lebanese society in all of its religions and acted to unite them by
eliminating illusions and worthless traditions, thereby creating a buzz
in the Lebanese and Arabic press. The family of Marie Hadad and her
siblings—especially, her sister Laure and her brother Michel Chiha—who
were devout Catholics, were afraid that the power of the Catholic
Church in Lebanon would weaken, so they plotted against the Man of
Spirit, supported by President, Bechara ...

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Daheshism and Nudity in Art

By Mounir Murad

I have written about the position of Daheshism with respect to naturism (nudity) in a previous essay. Does this mean that nudity in art is counter to Daheshist teachings? The answer is absolutely not. There is a major distinction between human nudity and nudity in most art. Dahesh, our Beloved and Guiding Prophet, was an art lover and in his collection there are many paintings and sculptures with nude figures. He also commissioned many paintings with nude figures as well. This essay will address the distinction between human nudity and nudity in art from the Daheshist perspective with information derived from a column published in Dahesh Voice issue 1, Summer 2002, by Dr. Ghazi Brax.

What makes an artist an artist? The common human explanation is talent. But what is talent? In Daheshism, talent is a manifestation of a certain Sayyal (Spiritual Fluid) that extends to a specific individual on earth a specific skill derived from a lofty world of Paradise. Dr. Dahesh was very interested in scientists, philosophers, and literary and visual artists from all periods, because according to him, they are the builders of civilization and responsible for its modernization. In essence, they are special envoys to ... << MORE >>

Daheshist Sabbath and Vegetarianism

Is there a Daheshist Sabbath?

Daheshism does not call for any specific day dedicated to rest and worship--as in Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. However, Daheshism calls for Monday evenings to be a time for congregation, where several sections from the New Testament along with certain Daheshist prayers and texts are read. Please see the details of the Daheshist Rituals on www.daheshism.com

What did Dr. Dahesh say about eating animals, or vegetarianism?

Dr. Dahesh did not prohibit the eating of meats, however, his diet was mostly vegetarian. He did occasionally eat certain meats. The reason why he preferred fruits and vegetables to meats has to do with the Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) of the food. Daheshists are aware that the Sayyals of fruits and vegetables are better than those of meats and those Sayyals merge into the body of the individual ingesting them.

Kahlil Gibran was the forerunner to Dr. Dahesh just as John the Baptist was the forerunner to Jesus Christ. Gibran wrote the following about food in his wonderful book, "The Prophet:"

"Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.

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Daheshism and Nudism


By Mounir Murad

Recently, there have been certain references online to issues where it is claimed that Daheshism encourages, tolerates, or condones, such as naturism (nudism). As more information is published and presented, there will be very little doubt about where Daheshism stands with respect to such issues. In this essay, I will address the position of Daheshism with respect to naturism.

How is “Naturism” defined? According to the Webster dictionary, it is defined as:
1-    Naturalism: action, inclination, or thought based only on natural desires and instincts.
2-    Naturalism: a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance. Specific: the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomenon.
3-    Nudism

Anyone who is vaguely familiar with Daheshism will realize that one of its fundamental doctrines is the link between behavior and “Sayyals” (Spiritual Fluids). There are no natural inclinations or thoughts devoid of spiritual consequences. When a man desires a woman there are consequences. “But now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Naturism defined as Naturalism is contradictory to the fundamental teachings of Daheshism.

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Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 1

A booklet on Daheshist Ideology: Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 1 has been added to the main Daheshism Website.

The booklet Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) Part 1 can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Revised Daheshist Rituals Posted

Valid comments were made pertaining to the Daheshist Rituals booklet and as a result, changes were made. The revised text is highlighted in Red for visibility. The revised booklet can be downloaded from the main Daheshism website.

The booklet Daheshist Rituals can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

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Lenses of Sight

Is the glass half full or half empty? It all depends upon the viewer of that glass! Islamic Jihadists commit horrific acts of terror and in their own mind (point of view) they are doing the right thing and they will be rewarded for it! Politicians argue about issues and most believe in the appropriateness of their point of view. A person views another person as evil, while another sees that person as wonderful. A person reading a chapter in the Bible and interprets it differently from anther person. Just about everything in this world is viewed in different ways depending on the perspective of those involved.  For those that had the opportunity to learn about Daheshism, it becomes clear to them that the perspectives that each individual holds are relative to the kind and level of Sayyals (Spiritual Fluids) that they possess. An elaborate chapter exploring Sayyals will be posted very shortly on the main website. I will post an announcement once it is posted.

Many years ago, I was asked by a friend to describe my impressions of a certain place. It turned out that my impressions were completely opposite to those of my friend. To explain my ...<< MORE >>

New Booklets Added to the Main Daheshism Website

Three new Booklets have been added to the main Daheshism website:

The first booklet deals with the Daheshist Rituals and is provided in a PDF format so that you can view, download, and print.
The booklet Daheshist Rituals can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

The second booklet is a step-by-step instructions of how to write and burn the Daheshist Holy Ramz. There is a short Quicktime® movie to accompany this booklet.
The booklet Holy Ramz can also be viewed here in PDF Format.

The third booklet is Lights Upon Dr. Dahesh and Daheshism by Dr. Ghazi Brax.
The booklet Lights Upon Dahesh can also be viewed here in PDF Format.
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Friendship

Some of the comments on "Is it all in the face" prompted me to post this poem that I have written about the same period as the other one.

People use the word friend very loosely. I am told by many that I expect too much of people and that I should lower my expectations if I want to enjoy life. Although I could easily do that, I feel that I would be violating my principles. In an attempt to express my feelings about friendship, I wrote the following poem:

Friendship

Only the fool utters the word friendship with confidence.
I personally pronounce it with the utmost hesitance.

Some claim to have experienced it many times, says the herald.
It is not as common as sand, and not as rare as emerald.

But even rare things can be found somewhere in existence,
And I have yet to find it or its single thread of evidence.

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Is it all in the face?

As we approach Independence Day, I ran across a prose poem that I wrote a decade ago titled “Is it all in the face?” At that time, I was naïve in many ways and sadly enough and as much as I thought I have wised-up, I remained naïve. I allowed my emotions and not my logic control my life. As a consequence, I have suffered tremendously and I am fully to blame because I have read what Dahesh wrote about certain issues, yet I chose not to take his words and had to find out for myself the hard way.

I expected “true” friendship to exist in this world, yet I saw only fragments of its existence. Here is what Dahesh wrote about friendship followed by my prose poem:

“O innocent friendship, by God, inform me in what horizon do you dwell [exist]?”

“When you begin to doubt the closest of people to you, only then that you begin to understand the truths of the universe and its hidden secrets.”

“I used to think that I have found a loyal friend and companion who is free of any ulterior motives and interests, however soon after, I was shocked by the horrific reality and I ...<< MORE >>

The Death of Dahesh


       Dahesh
   (1909-1984)

The last time I saw Dahesh alive was in the New York area shortly after his lengthy visit to India, some time around the fall of 1983. He was suffering at that time from severe back pain, and seeing him suffer was painful and depressing to me.  Dahesh was a father to me, even though my biological father was still alive. I was never close to my biological father, and I had very few things in common with him. Yes, I respected and loved him, but spiritually and behaviorally we were at odds.  Dahesh was my spiritual father, and if it weren't for him, I would not have become the person I am now. Without the influence of Dahesh, my life would have been materialistic, spiritually dead, and full of the "worldly pleasures" that make up the facade of life on Earth.

In 1983, I was 24 years old, naive and inexperienced in life.  Dahesh talked to me then about issues whose full meaning and impact on my life I have only recently come to understand. When I read his writings, I imagine him addressing me in person. I see him as a powerful figure, ...<< MORE >>

Change: An Element of Life

One day, I woke from a late afternoon nap feeling very disoriented. It was around dusk, and the sun's rays were fading. Without thought, I immediately stood and found myself positioned directly in front of the dresser mirror. There would have been nothing unusual about this scenario had it not been accompanied by a bizarre feeling of estrangement and melancholy. At that moment, I felt as if I were a stranger to myself! I assure you that the face I saw in the mirror was not the face of some other person or entity. It was the same face I had seen in the mirror every day of my life for as long as I could recall. Yes, it had changed over the years, and I recalled vaguely the face of a child and how it had transformed slowly to that of a man in mid-life. Yet the appearance of my face at that moment was not the issue or the mystery; instead, it was what that face represented.


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Who am I? Why am I doing this?

It is not a coincidence that I was born in Bethlehem, the city of David and the birth city of Jesus Christ. I am not saying this to draw comparisons between the great Prophets and myself, but rather to show that things in life happen for reasons and purposes that are far beyond our calculations or comprehension. For an individual to be born and raised in a specific place it is because in this place there are certain spiritual elements (known in Daheshism as Sayyalat or Spiritual Fluids) left there from previous reincarnation(s) that belong to this individual. The house that I grew-up in happened to be the same house that Dahesh lived in back when he lived in Bethlehem in the 1930’s. Furthermore, Dahesh’s cousin who lived in Bethlehem knew our family very well and his wife was the godmother to my sisters.

In Bethlehem, I was exposed from an early age to the Christian teachings and rituals. I even had my early schooling in a Lutheran school where stories from the Bible intrigued me. So it happened that in 1968, my family moved to Beirut, Lebanon within a year of the 1967 Israeli-Arab war. In Beirut, my eldest brother ...<< MORE >>

On the Eve of Dahesh’s 98th Birthday Anniversary

On June 1, 1909, strings of mystical and invisible rays descended from Heavens and gave birth to a child named Saleem El-Ashi. This child was born into a very humble family of modest means, but rich in Christian values and faith. No one at that time could have envisioned that this weak and sickly child would become the buzz of middle-eastern societies and for so many decades. He was known as Dahesh (an Arabic word that means “astounding”) due to his endowment with supernatural powers.

Many interpreted his powers as magic or derived from satin, but for the few that got to know him over the years, he personified a Spiritual Entity of enormous power—namely, that of Lord Christ. He did not boast about his powers, rather he was as humble and modest as a human being can be. He worked very hard throughout his 75 years shy 2 months of his life on earth at preparing his Spiritual Message to the world. He wrote tens of books and met with thousands upon thousands of people, yet only a few followed him. His Spiritual Message is known as Daheshism and its aim is Spiritual Guidance for those of open heart and ...<< MORE >>

Absurd or Humane?

Absurd or Humane?

One morning after finishing breakfast, I was on my way out the door when I noticed a small black spider on the wall next to the entrance. Most people would grab something and swat the little creature. Personally, I don't like to kill spiders, since they cause no harm and carry no diseases. My spiritual beliefs have taught me that all creatures possess varying levels of consciousness and emotion and that it is better to let them be. However, my home is my personal space, and I don't like to share it with crawling things. When such uninvited guests appear, I try to transport them safely back to nature without harming them.

This particular spider turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. When I picked up a piece of paper to slide under the spider so that I could carry it outside, it felt endangered and hid under the floor lamp before I could get to it. I had very little time to waste, so I let it be, hoping it might find its own way outside.

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Everything in Life is Relative

Everything in Life is Relative

A few years back, I looked at everything in life as being either black or white. Under such a narrow definition, any action is reduced to being either right or wrong. I guess I did not fully comprehend the ramifications of being a Daheshist in particular and a human being in general, or I would have understood that nothing is absolute. Once, while waiting my turn in traffic court, I heard the judge ask another defendant, "Do you plead guilty or not guilty?" The defendant responded, "Your Honor, I am a little bit guilty." The judge replied, "There is no such thing as being a little bit guilty. It's just like being pregnant: Either you are or you aren't." When it comes to human laws, many actions can be looked at in terms of absolutes, but How about the spiritual laws that govern Earth and the universe?

I truly believe that spiritual laws are absolute. However, our interpretations of them is relative. Spiritual laws are not always easy to understand; in many cases symbolism and allusion have been used to express them. The dilemma begins when we try to interpret spiritual laws narrowly and accept certain things ...<< MORE >>

The Farce We Call Life

The Farce We Call Life

Do you own anything in life? If you answer yes, what is it that you own? The house that you own will eventually fall apart and be torn down. The car you drive will eventually break down and have to be scrapped. Everything that is tangible will eventually disintegrate. What we own is nothing but material belonging to Mother Nature that we use while we are alive. Everything in life is borrowed. You come into this world naked, and you depart it pretty much the same way. Everything you think you own is assigned to you on a temporary basis. Ownership, then, is nothing but the privilege of using something for a while. It doesn't matter what you have accumulated or how much of it. Life is too short to attach yourself to things of absolute insignificance. In my opinion, how you live your life and what you accomplish are what benefit humanity and your own soul.

The most difficult aspect of life is not hard work or career development but relationships with people. If you were the only person left alive on Earth, you can no longer experience good vs. evil--eventhough good and evil thoughts are ...<< MORE >>

Diversity and Open-Mindedness

Diversity Among Us Requires Open-Mindedness

Our eyes allow us to see, helping us take whatever action needs to be taken. They operate something like sensors hooked up to a computer system. When sensors detect a particular event, they transmit a signal to the computer, where the situation is analyzed and the appropriate action is taken based on a preprogrammed scenario. In the case of a computer system, the same conditions always yield the same action. In the case of two human beings, the same conditions don't always yield the same results.

When two individuals look at the same object, one may see it as beautiful and the other may see it as ugly. It is rare to find two individuals who completely agree. The same phenomenon is observed with the other senses. One person may find a scent enjoyable, and another may find it offensive. One individual may find a certain type of music annoying, but another may enjoy it. Life wouldn't be so difficult if each person's behavior could be reduced to a reaction to a physical stimulus. However, human reactions to physical conditions are influenced by emotion and instinct, not merely by rational thought.

Most of us have been conditioned since ...<< MORE >>

Thomas Paine--200 Years Ahead of his Time

Thomas Paine:
200 Years Ahead of His Time

A few months ago, while reading a collection of essays, I ran across some quotes from Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. I became curious to learn more about Paine's life and writings and was hooked once I acquired an abridged version of The Age of Reason, as well as Tom Paine: America's Godfather, published in 1945. What I read about Paine and his writings was shocking. Contrary to popular belief, history does not always credit those who deserve to be remembered. Thomas Paine has not received enough credit for his contributions; furthermore, in his case, the facts were distorted. Why? The answer will become obvious as you read on.

Who was Thomas Paine? He was born January 29, 1737, in Thetford, England. His father, Joseph Pain (Thomas preferred "Paine"), was a Quaker. He was a poor, pious man, who was a staymaker (a maker of corsets) by profession. Paine's mother was Frances Cocke, the daughter of a prominent attorney. Eleven years older than her husband, she belonged to the Church of England. Thomas had no brothers or sisters, and little is recorded about his childhood. When he was thirteen years old, he was removed ...<< MORE >>

On Violence

Where is the Thinking?
Where is the Conscience?
An Appeal to Humanity.


Many claim that man is superior to the other creatures roaming this Earth because of his ability to think. I have recently lost my belief in this claim. How can a man of what is almost the twenty-first century be considered superior when he is capable of taking the lives of twenty-nine people in Hebron in cold blood in the name of religion? Where is the thinking? Where is the conscience? What hurts more than anything else is that the victims were gunned down while praying to the same God worshipped by the assailant, and in the same city where the remains of Abraham, the father of all, are buried.

This tragedy is only one of thousands that have taken place in this century, and almost every one was committed in the name of religion. The massacres of Jews in Hebron in the 1920's, the Der Yassin massacre, the Sabra and Chatila massacres are reminders that man does not always think. We cannot call the people who commit such atrocities "animals," because that would be a great injustice to the animals of this world.

Where is the thinking? Where is the conscience? Just ...<< MORE >>

Response to President Carter's Commentary

On December 31, 2006, President Jimmy Carter wrote a commentary in the Washington Post talking about Faith, Commitments and Mideast Peace. His Commentary can be viewed at the following link:

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2006/12/faith_commitments_and_mideast.html

The following is my response to his commentary:

Dear President Carter,

My grandparents from both sides of the family had to flee Turkey at the turn of the 20th century after the massacre of Christians there. My great grandparents from my mothers' side were killed. My grandparents, like many Christians, fled to the Holy Land in search for a peaceful place to live. My parents were born in Jerusalem and it wasn't long before the Jewish-Arab conflict began in 1948. My parents moved away from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to avoid the bloodshed and that's where I was born. I lived there until I was 8 then the 1967 war came about and we found ourselves fleeing there to a safe region. That region was Lebanon. I lived there until I was a teenager then the Lebanese civil war began in 1975. At that point, we were fortunate enough to migrate to the United States--the only place I am honored to call home.

I assure you, what my family endured is not unique, for ...<< MORE >>

Could Daheshism be the Solution?

I am an Arab-American who came to the United States about 20 years ago when I was 16. At that age, I was already molded by Middle Eastern culture and language. They were a part of me and always will be. After almost two decades of living in this country, I still speak English with a slight accent, and I still prefer Middle Eastern foods.

When I moved here, I liked certain things about my native culture and disliked others. At that time, though, I had a feeling deep down in my heart that I did not belong in the East and should move to the West. Could such feelings have been caused by the increasing Western influence in the region? Perhaps, but there is always something called fate.

My grandparents barely escaped from Turkey during the Armenian massacre of the 1920's. In the '40's, my family had to move from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to avoid fighting between Arabs and Zionists, only to find themselves fleeing the West Bank of Jordan for Lebanon shortly after the 1967 Israeli-Arab war. When the Lebanese civil war began, my family and I left for America. Thus, within six decades, my family was forced to leave ...<< MORE >>

Who is Dr. Dahesh?

Saleem El-Ashi was born in Jerusalem on June 1, 1909. His parents moved to Lebanon when he was an infant. Saleem's father died when he was 11 years old. His mother had to work hard to raise him and his sisters. Except for a few months spent in the American Mission orphanage in Lebanon, he never went to school or attended college, but he exhibited a love of literature and the visual arts. He began to write prose while he was in his teens. In the 1920's Saleem El-Ashi moved back to Palestine and lived in Bethlehem. He became famous in Palestine for the "supernatural powers" he had exhibited since childhood. Most people interpreted his supernatural powers as witchcraft and sorcery. His reputation grew. As the name Israel was assigned spiritually to Jacob, so was the name Dahesh assigned to Saleem. The exact translation of Dahesh is "astounding." By publishing some of his early works, he managed to acquire enough money to pursue his other goals in life.

Dahesh traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe and received a certificate from the Société Psychique Internationale on May 6, 1930, and a doctorate in psychic research from the Sage Institute in Paris ...<< MORE >>
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