أنا أؤمن بأنه توجـد عدالة سماويّة, وأن جميع ما يُصيبنا في الحياةِ الدنيا من مُنغصات انَّ هـو الاّ جـزاءٌ وفاق لِما أجترحناه في أدوارنا السابقة من آثـامٍ وشـرور.ولهـذا يجب علينا أن نستقبلَ كلّ مـا يحـلّ بنـا من آلامِ الحياةِ ومآسيها غير مُتبرّمين ولا متذمّرين , بل قانعين بعدالةِ السماء ونُظمها السامية.

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أحبُّ الكُتُبَ حبَّ السُكارى للخمر , لكنَّني كلَّما أزددتُ منها شرباً, زادتني صَحوا
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الجمالُ والعفّــة فـردوسٌ سماويّ .
لا معنى لحياةِ ألأنسان اذا لم يقم بعملٍ انسانيٍّ جليل .
اعمل الخير , وأعضد المساكين , تحصل على السعادة .
من العارِ أن تموتَ قبل أن تقـوم بأعمالِ الخير نحـو ألأنسانيّة .
الموتُ يقظةٌ جميلة ينشُدها كل مَنْ صَفَتْ نفسه وطَهرت روحه , ويخافها كلّ من ثقُلت أفكاره وزادت أوزاره .
ان أجسامنا الماديّة ستمتدّ اليها يـد ألأقـدار فتحطِّمها , ثمّ تعمل فيها أنامل الدهـر فتتَّغير معالمها , وتجعلها مهزلةً مرذولة . أمّا ألأعمال الصالحة وألأتجاهات النبيلة السّامية , فهي هي التي يتنسَّم ملائكة اللّه عبيرها الخالد .
نأتي إلى هذا العالمِ باكين مُعولين، و نغادره باكين مُعولين! فواهً لك يا عالمَ البكاء والعويل!
جميعنا مُغترٌّ مخدوعٌ ببعضه البعض.
العدلُ كلمة خُرافية مُضحكة.
أمجادُ هذا العالم وهمٌ باطل، و لونٌ حائل، و ظلٌّ زائل.
لا باركَ الله في تلك الساعة التي فتحتُ فيها عينيّ فإذا بي في مكانٍ يطلقون عليه اسم العالم .
أنا غريبٌ في هذا العالم، و كم احنُّ إلى تلك الساعة التي اعود فيها إلى وطني الحقيقيّ.
الحياةُ سفينةٌ عظيمة رائعة تمخرُ في بحرٍ، ماؤه الآثام البشريَّة الطافحة، و امواجه شهواتهم البهيميَّة الطامحة، و شطآنه نهايتهم المؤلمة الصادعة.
كلّنا ذلك الذئبُ المُفترس , يردع غيره عن اتيانِ الموبقاتِ وهو زعيمها وحامل لوائها , المُقوّض لصروح الفضيلة , ورافع أساس بناءِ الرذيلة .
الحياةُ سلسلة اضطراباتٍ وأهوال , والمرءُ يتقلَّب في أعماقها , حتى يأتيه داعي الموت, فيذهب الى المجهولِ الرهيب , وهو يجهلُ موته , كما كان يجهلُ حياته .
من العارِ أن تموتَ قبل أن تقومَ بأعمالِ الخير نحو الانسانيّة .
المالُ ميزان الشرِّ في هذا العالم .
السعادةُ ليست في المال , ولكن في هدوءِ البال .
كلُّ شيءٍ عظيمٍ في النفسِ العظيمة , أمّا في النفسِ الحقيرة فكلُّ شيءٍ حقير .
الرُّوح نسمةٌ يُرسلها الخالق لخلائقه لأجل , ثم تعودُ اليه بعجل .
الرُّوح نفثةٌ الهيَّة تحتلُّ الخلائق , وكل منها للعودة الى خالقها تائق .
الرُّوح سرٌّ الهيٌّ موصَدْ لا يعرفه الاّ خالق الأرواح بارادته , فمنه أتتْ واليه تعود .
أنا أؤمن بأنه توجـد عدالةٌ سماويّة , وأنَّ جميع ما يُصيبنا في الحياةِ الدُّنيا من مُنغِّصاتٍ وأكدارٍ انَّ هـو الاَّ جـزاء وفاق لمِا أجترحناه في أدوارنا السابقة من آثـامٍ وشـرور . ولهـذا يجب علينا أن نستقبل كلَّ مـا يحـلُّ بنـا من آلام الحياة ومآسيها غير م
الحرّيةُ منحة من السماءِ لأبناءِ ألأرض .
الموتُ ملاكُ رحمةٍ سماويّ يعطف على البشر المُتألّمين , وبلمسةٍ سحريّة من أنامله اللطيفة يُنيلهم الهناء العلويّ .
ما أنقى من يتغلّب على ميولِ جسده الوضيع الفاني , ويتبع ما تُريده الرُّوح النقيّة .
ما أبعدَ الطريق التي قطعتها سفينتي دون أن تبلغَ مرفأ السلام ومحطَّ الأماني والأحلام .
الراحة التامّة مفقودة في هذا العالم , وكيفما بحثت عنها فأنت عائدٌ منها بصفقةِ الخاسر المَغبون .
ليس أللّــه مع الظالم بل مع الحقّ.
ان الصديق الحقيقي لا وجود له في هذا العالم الكاذب.
ما أكثر القائلين بالعطف على البائسين وغوث الملهوفين والحنو على القانطين , وما أقلَّ تنفيذهم القول.
يظنُّ بعض ألأنذال ألأدنياء أنّهم يُبيّضون صحائفهم بتسويدِ صحائف الأبرياء , غير عالمين بأنَّ الدوائر ستدور عليهم وتُشهّرهم.
ما أبعدَ الطريق التي قطعتها سفينتي دون أن تبلغَ مرفأ السَّلام ومحطَّ الأماني والأحلام .
رهبة المجهول شقاء للبشرِ الجاهلين للأسرارِ الروحيَّة , وسعادة للذين تكشّفت لهم الحقائق السماويَّة .
الموتُ نهاية كل حيّ , ولكنه فترة انتقال : امّا الى نعيم , وامّا الى جحيم .
الحياةُ خير معلِّمٍ ومُؤدِّب , وخيرَ واقٍ للمرءِ من الأنزلاقِ الى مهاوي الحضيض .
حين تشكُّ بأقربِ المُقرَّبين اليك تبدأ في فهمِ حقائق هذا الكون .
مَنْ يكون ذلك القدّيس الذي لم تخطرُ المرأة في باله ؟ لو وجدَ هذا لشبَّهته بالآلهة .
المرأة هي إله هذه الأرض الواسع السُّلطان. و هي تحملُ بيدها سيفاً قاطعاً لو حاولَ رجالُ الأرض قاطبةً انتزاعه منها لباؤوا بالفشلِ و الخذلان .

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قلم مُجنح أشبه بفراشة ترفرف من زهرة إلى زهرة تجتني رحيقها ولقاحها، تتلهَّى أحيانًا وتتسلّى بالحديث مع الأزهار. أنا قلمٌ، تقول الفراشة للأزهار، أقطف الثمرات من ربّات الوحي، من التسعة الربّات التي نعرفها على أرضنا، لكن هناك منها أكثر بكثير على الكواكب البعيدة.

          أيتها الربّة أوراني(1)، نجومك تنير أفكاري وحروفي تغدو دفقات نجوم. إنها جواهر فؤادي أصوعها نسجيًا مخرمًا أعلقه في ألفلك فأنا أرغب في إهداء أعمالي إلى الله.

          تربسشور(2)، أنت تبثين همسك في أذني فأروح أوقّع خطواتي وفقًا لايقاعك. أنت ترقصين الفالس مع النسائم وتتمايل الزهور ذات اليمين وذات اليسار وترفع هاماتها لتعود فتنحني من جديد تقبل أعشاب المروج، وتدعو فارسها، النسيم الطري إلى مراقصتها من جديد.

          ولأنني قلمٌ، فأنا أوجّه وأقود اعصارالآلهةِ والراقصات يتمثلْن بسحرها ويصبحن جميعًا سحابًا في السماء يهدين رقصهُنَّ للاله.

          إن هذا لفنٌّ خالصٌ غير أنه راح يفسُد مع مرور الزمن. أنا أحبُّ الربّة تريبسشور وأحبّ أسلوبها، وتلامذتها وأصدقاؤها يخلّدونها إلى الأبد.

         

أوترب(3)، فاعالمك السماوي سوى موسيقى والطبيعة اوركستراه التي تضم جميع الآلات الموسيقية. اللغة في هذا العالم هي موسيقى، والانسجام يسود مشاهد الطبيعة التي أُنعِمَ عليها بما لا حدّ له من الألوان التي تلهم الموسيقى. شعاعات الشموس والأقمار التي تذكرنا بقيثارات ترسل نغماتها بعبقرية وانسجام وتنظمها سمفونيات تليق بأكبر العبقريات وترافقها ملائكة الله من بعيد بأناشيد فائقة الجمال.

          أوترب، أنت توحين لي بألحان الهيّة تتنزَّل على أيدي الموسيقيين العظماء وأنا أعيد إنتاج هذا الإنسجام بكل أمانة لأنقله إلى أجيال ستأتي.

          أنا مخلص لِ كليو(4). فهي آلة تسجيل وجدت مع ولادة الزمن. هي التأريخ لهذا العالم، وهيرودوتسُ(3) هو أوّل من تتلمذ على يديها، وأوحت لأوّل المؤرخين بتدوين أولِّ الأحداث والانجازات العظمى على هذه الأرض.

          أنا أنتقل من يدٍ إلى يدٍ ومن بلدٍ إلى بلدٍ لكي أكون دائمًا بالتصرّف وبكامل الاستعداد. أنا بشكلٍ من الأشكال موفدٌ من الربّة كليوْ، فقد أئتمنتني على كامل معرفتها لذا أنا احتفظ بتاريخ العالم في كنفي وتحت وصايتي. أنا انشر وأيسّر تلقين هذا التعليم الضروري للإنسانية، فقد كتبت ما كتبته وما أزال أكتب من أجل الأجيال الآتية.

          الربّةُ كاليوب(4)، تأخذني بيدها، وبمساعدتي تملأ أوراقًا كاملة. ويتردد وقع أصوات شفتيها في موسيقى عذبةٍ موجهةٍ للسامعين، وتتساوق وتتتابع الجملُ أحيانًا صاخبة وهادرة كأمواجِ محيطٍ في مهب العاصفة. وخلال تجوالها في كل المطارح تتكلم كاليوب بجميع اللغات. صوتها رنّان، أحادثيها مؤثرة مُقنعة تزرع الإيمان في النفوس.

          كانت "كاليوب" مُرشدةً للإنسانية وما تزال وكذلك تبقى على الدوام. وبحكم كوني قلمًا فأنا أعينها في تدوين أفكارها. أنا بين يديها أصبح ذاكرتها الأمينة.

          وأنت يا "ايراتو"(5)، أنا المعين لك لكن على قدر استطاعتي. أنت أيضًا تأخذينني بيدك، وغالبًا ما أحزن لحزنك وما الحياة لك سوى نهر من الدموع. أنت تبثين فيّ أشحانك فنُحيلها كلانا إلى قصائد، إلى أناشيد للأكم الذي ينسج أوصافًا للحقيقة على كل شيء. فشكوى البشر والزهور والطيور، شكوى الجبال والسهول، شكوى المياه والغزّار ستكون قصائد ومراث، وستتحول كل عبرةٍ إلى بيت من الشعر يصدر الأحزان.

          إيراتو، يا ربّة الشعر، اسكبي فيَّ ألمَ العالم وأنا سأبذل الجهد لمساعدة القرّاء على فهمها.

          أنا انعكاس لِ ميلبومين(6)Melpomène، ربة المآسي، نلوّنها معًا، فهي صورة حزينة، هي صورة عن أصولنا، فمنذ ذلك الزمن اجتاح قلوبنا جرف من التعاسة والأحزان، وما زلنا نتخبط في بحر غاضب، غاضب علّنا نبلغ شاطئ الخلاص والنجاة، فالأمواج الشرسة، المُتوحشة أحيانًا تلتهم طرائدها.

          وأنت أيتها الدموع والتأوهات، أنت من هذا العالم! ميلوبومين تبكي بشهقات من الأسى، وأنا، القلم، أنقل بكل أمانة مآسي الحياة التي يُسمح لي بمعاينتها وأحزن لبؤس الأرض.

الحياة على الأرض هي شبه الموت، كلاهما مأساويان. وتتغلغل ميلوبومين في أذنيّ تملي عليَّ مراثي البشر وشكواهم.

          أنا قلم، أنا رفيق الناس طرًّا. تالي(7)Thalie ، تضحك، تضحك دائمًا من أجل لا شيء، فأنا أُسرُّ وأضحك عندما أكون معها وايمُ الحق. تالي تمثلُ الفكاهة فضحكاتها الرنانة تُسمع في البعيد البعيد على مدار ألفٍ من الأميال.

          الإنسان بحد ذاته كائن مضحك، ومع مرور الزمن، تصبح أخطاؤه نافرة وغير قابلة للتصديق وتصبح مُدعاة للبكاء، واسمح لنفسي أن أقول إن الضحك بات مأساويًا حتى كاد الطرفان المتناقضان يلتقيان ويأتلفان فتاليا وميلومين تبقيان شقيقتين.

          وتُسرُّ لي تالي "بأيحاءاتها وأنا بدوري أبثها للكوميديين. أساعدهم في خط الرسائل التي تؤلف تواريخ غريبة وذات صرير وتتحول غالبًا إلى انتقادات يستخلص منها الجنس البشري دروسًا قاسية.

ومع مرور السنوات يتحول قلم إلى مثقفٍ مرهف يقارب ويخوض جميع مجالات الآداب والفنون، وتودعُ ربات الوحي فيه فضائلها ومعارفها.

          ومع أي لم أكن معروفًا في الأزمنة القديمة غير أني موجود دائمًا وتكبر نفسي مع مرور السنين وتمتد إلى كل مكان. وترافقني بوليمني(8)Polymnie وتكون بجانبي دائمًا تسكب في الحب موحيةً إليَّ أبياتًا موسيقية تلهب القلوب، قصيدة عذبة على الإسماع وشلالات من الكلمات متناغمة تنتظم أغنية ترسم لنا وجه الآلهة.

إنها جمالات عشتروت وأودنيس. روائع السماوات، كلمةٌ إثرَ كلمةٍ ولؤلؤة بعد لؤلؤةٍ تتحول إلى اشعار عبارة عن فردوس ساحر آسر.

          قلم أنا، أتمرّى على صفحات البحيرات لأتحول بريقًا ينعكس من ربّات الوحي ويدوّن معارفهنّ، أصوّر أحاسيسهُنَّ. دمُهنّ يجري في عروقي، فهاته العبقريات يسكبن في روحهنّ. الجميع يحبني وأنا متواجد في جميع الاختراعات، حاضر في تطور الحضارة، حتى أني أسهمت في أكبر الاسفار في الفضاء ولهذا أتكاثر إلى اللامنتهى حتى أكون طوع بُنانِ الشعوب في القارات الخمس.

          أنا صريح، صادق وكثير الكلام، جسورٌ ومتهوّر! أنا سلاح، أهاجم، أتهكُم وسخريتي لاذعة عندما تدعو الحاجة، وغالبًا ما يصبح قريبي عدوًّا لي، نغدو سهمين متصادمين. ولتعاسته، يمكن للقلم أن يكون فاجرًا ويمكن لآخر أن يقتص منه ويصبح كلاهما سيفين في حالة صراع، ومنقادًا لقوته يمكن لأحدهما أن يسيطر على الآخر، فيكون أشبه بلسانٍ عذبٍ الحديث أو لسان حديثه، قاذع لاذع.

          ومهما يكن، فالقلم مثل المرآة تختلط فيها شعاعات الشمس وتتعانق. هو رسول الحضارة، فكم من مرّة منذ زمن آدم وحوّاء بلغتِ الحضارات ذروتها لتعود فتنطفيء لتولدَ من جديد!

          يجب ألا تغيب الفنون عن بالنا، فهي محببة إلى الله وتمثل نهضة الثقافات. القلم مصدر الخطوط الأولى للّوحات الفنيّة وللمنحوتات والنقوش. الفن جميل يرقى بالنفس فهو شعلة متوهجة تنشر ألقها في كل مكان. هي تقدمة للاله السرمدي. الله يحبّ الجمال والكمال الكائنين منذ لحظة الخلق.

          أوَلمْ ينحتِ الله آدم وحوّاء قبل أن ينفث فيهما نأمةٍ الحياة؟ أولا ينتمي فنانونا إلى سماءٍ أكثر سموًّا؟ إنهم أشبه بربات الوحي.

          وبعد أن رسم رمزًا مقدسًا تحوّل إلى تاج على رأس النبي الحبيب استحال القلم بين الأصابع المقدسة إلى سيفٍ قاطعٍ سيكسر كل ما ينبغي أن يكسر. هذه الأداة السحرية تحمل أيضًا البشارة بالخبر الجميل المقدس. إنها ذاكرة البشر. كم من الكتب تظهر وتنتشر وكم من الأسرار يكشف عنها النقاب.

          الدكتور داهش هو ملك ربّات الوحي والفنون، إنه الإلهام أيضًا لكل العوالم ولجميع السماوات. يمسك بيده قلما هو الناطق باسمه. مخلصٌ هو هذا القلم القصير، هو مطيع لسيّده ينقل أفكاره وينشرها، هذه الأفكار التي هي بحد ذاتها ثورة بين العقائد، فالله هو منبع أعماله وهذا القلم أنشأ كوكبًا جديدًا اسمه مكتبه السماوات.

          في تجوالهن حول العالم بعد مغادرتهن جبل الفنون،

ها هنّ ربّات الوحي، اليد باليد يرفعن التسبيح الى المجد الإلهي منشدات للنبي الحبيب:

أيّها القدّوس، القدّوس

اسكب فينا شرارات من النور

فننير هذه الأرض الملعونة

ونبثّ في حناياها بعضًا من المعرفة،

فلم يعد هناك ليلٌ ولا نهار صبحٌ ولا مساء،

وها نجمةٌ جديدة تتألق بكامل بهائها فهي بنت الخلود.

سيظل القلم على الدوام يسكب في القلوب إكسير المعرفة الذي يستقيه من البعيد، من عالم كريمٍ هو الإلهام الإلهي، إنه ينبوع لا ينضب، هو دائم "التألق" ويحيي الإنسانية.

          هكذا، بفضل القلم، نجتني أعلى المعارف، وله يعود الفضل أن نرفع الإبتهال والتضرّع إلى العزّة الإلهية.

1       – ربّة الموسيقى حسب الميثولوجيا اليونانية.

          2 – ربّة الغناء والشعر الغنائي والرقص. تصوّر كامرأةٍ شابةٍ تلعب على القيثارة.

(1-            ربةً الموسيقى في الميثولوجيا اليونانية.

(2-            ربة التاريخ والشعر في الميثولوجيا اليونانية.

(3-            مؤرخ يوناني عرف بأبي التاريخ.

(4-            ربّة الشعر الغنائي، والدة لينوس واورفيه في الميثولوجيا اليونانية.

(5-            ربّة الوحي للشعر الغنائي. (الميثولوجيا اليونانيّة)

(6-            ربّة الوحي للشعر التراجيدي أو المأساوي. (الميثولوجيا اليونانية).

(7-     ربّة الوحي للشعر الكوميدي (الهزلي) يرمز لها بصبيّة متوجةٍ بالغار وتحمل قناعًا. (الميثولوجيا اليونانية)÷

(8-            ربّة الوحي للشعر الغنائية. (الميثولوجيا اليونانية).

 

 

GHAZI BRAX

 

PRODIGIES OF DR. DAHESH


AND THE


UNITY OF RELIGIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translated


by

 

A.T. Z.     TOUMA

 

 

 

This address was given in the Assembly Hall of the American University of Beirut, on May 12, 1970.

On the occasion of this lecture, “ THE LEAGUE OF THE SPIRITUAL FRATERNITY “ has published the following convocation to :­

Those who suffer from the tragic agony of this cen­tury.

Those who are tortured and disquieted by the possi­bilities of man exploring space through precise. and rigorous science, while he is still powerless in exploring his. Real-Self, his Inner Soul that can lead him to profound peace. and happiness.

Those who are alarmed by the laceration of humanity, hesitating between faith and atheism, and going desperately after a fugitive truth.

Those who believe that all social edifices cannot be stable unless built upon solid ground and by proper stone.

Those who have the aspiration of-forming a. better ,society and dreaming o f the coming Redeemer.

Those whose hands do not tremble while holding the. truth and whose eyelids never fail to contemplate its blaze.

Those who show disgust to vendors of talk,. to mer­chants of immorality and to division and disjunction.

All these have been convoked by ”THE LEAGUE OF THE SPIRITUAL FRATERNITY” of university students to hear the address given by GHAZI BRAX on:

 

THE PRODIGIES OF DR. DAHESH AND THE
UNITY OF RELIGIONS.

 

This lecture clarifies through rationalism the miraculous performances of the man who has become the enigma of the 20th century.

 

PRESENTATION OF THE SPEAKER

By Mr. MOUSSA MA'ALOUF

 

Dear Friends,

Our speaker this evening is an invader and usurper. He invaded the spiritual truth by means of rational science and fathomed the inner man within his Real-Self, sub­jecting it to the light of the lively truth.

Blessed is the spiritual science which was persecuted and crucified across the ages but remained eternally vivid so that the breath of life may develop again in the mortal body.

From his first poetical collection “God, the World and Myself” : to his “Forerunner” and his psychological thesis on the Lebanese genius ”Jubran Khalil Jubran-, Ghazi Brax, the crying voice in the wilderness o f life, remains to be a contemplative poet, a spiritual pedagogue and a Psy­chological critic.

To reinforce his humanitarian mission he accepted to drink the elexir of the Divine Metaphysics through the me­diation of Dr. Dahesh's prodigies.

In a few moments, the speaker will have the chance to throw light on these miraculous performances and the vigi­lant public will also have the pleasure o f discussing its reflecting effects.

Has not the time come to resuscitate this dustful century's Lazarus from the grave o f atheism in order to renew the marriage of Cana, in the name of reason and revelation?

 

     In this University's temple of knowledge, come then Brother Ghazi and unveil some o f the mysterious treasures of Dr. Dahesh and transplant in this space century the knowledge which was denied by the blind and the deaf those merchants of black conscience and lost souls who do not want to see or hear.

Tomorrow when the time comes to enjoy the feast of the harvest, those eyes and those ears will then remember and will clearly comprehend that you were the voice that promulgated the revelations and the teachings of Daheshism which had brought to them seasons o f Divine Light played on the prophetic guitar.

 

 

THE ADDRESS


OF


GHAZI BRAX

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Divertissement and pastime are not the object of this address. We have had enough of the vain amusements of life that provoked fatal consequences to humanity. I want this talk to be charged with the thunder of the Spirit, to be amalgamated with the flame of faith, and to be based on rationalism and rigorous evidences.

 

I have come to you with the food that men have not tasted for two thousand years. This food will be celestial Manna to some, and deadly poison to others. Through it many will be aroused and established, whereas others will still be confounded. But life shall hold no account to its children if they are not strong and pure. To these alone, the reins shall be handed over.

 

When ”The League Of The Spiritual Fraternity” of enlighted university students invited me to give this address and to talk about “THE PRODIGIES OF DR. DAHESH AND THE UNITY OF RELIGIONS” I was, vividly im­pressed by the gravity of the subject.

 

On one side, a Man whose personality is ascending and surpassing the terrestrial limits for about the past half cen­tury is being affirmed and amplified day in day out.

 

The people interrogate about his being, making contra­dictory opinions about him. They make him the object of unjustifiable attacks which are intensified later on by fussy noises around his ever growing reputation.

 

Nothing can touch this man, as though he were a citadel not built by human hands. The attacks and the accusations cannot reach his fortification, and the looks of pride and defiance against him turn back, humiliated by his eminence.

 

On the other hand, great importance is given to the Unity of Religions and to the destiny of man and his soul. A general interest envelops the world, embracing the Vati­can, America, Athens and up to Lebanon, to such an extent that it appears to the observer that the unity of religions is of a pressing need and that it has been inserted as an essen­tial world reality in the social and cultural trends.

 

Yet, two reasons have spurred me to tackle this affair inspite of the gravity of the subject

 

The first reason is that the lecture is being held in one of the auditoriums of the American University, the home and refuge of bold liberal thinking in Lebanon. And the second reason is the fact that this lecture, and the date on which it is going to be given, take part in Dr. Dahesh's prodigies.

 

After I had been informed by “The League Of The Spiritual Fraternity” , that. the A.U.B. (1) authorities, in agreement with the Students' Council, have fixed the 12th of May as the date assigned for this lecture, I searched in the Daheshite documents at my disposal and to my great surprise I discovered that in some of the papers dating back to 1942, the first lecture about Daheshism was given on the same date, the 12th of May (28 years ago) by the first Daheshite believer, the late Youssef el Hajj, father of Pro­fessor Kamal el Hajj. I hardly got in touch with Dr. Dahesh to inform him about this extraordinary coincidence when I discovered that it was not pure hazard as I had originally thought, but 'a real spiritual design. Dr. Dahesh intimated to me a fact which is even stranger. It was one of his prophecies written 28 years ago by the late poet Halim Dammous who used to register down, and in his own handwrit­ing, all Daheshite occurrences, serially, and by order of their happenings, in which he predicted that I shall give today, and at the American University, a lecture on Dr. Dahesh's Prodigies. The day when Halim Dammous wrote this prophecy in his own handwriting I was then only six years of age and Daheshism was only known to me twenty years later.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Every man with an authentic scientific culture knows, as I know, that the world is governed by permanent natural laws. The law of cosmic movement, that of universal attractibility, that of relativity, the law of the conservation- of energy and many other laws have existed in the cosmos ever since the world came into existence. All that human reason can do is to lift up gradually the veil that masks these laws.

 

But no matter what human determination may be, it cannot penetrate the laws of nature. This is a scientific truth confirmed by the great physician Max Plank (winner of the Nobel Prize in 1918), discoverer of the theory of Quantum, and confirmed by other scholars. The laws of nature can­not be subjected to our will, since they existed long before life appeared on earth, and they will continue to exist after its disappearance.

 

Yet inspite of my scientific conviction that human desire is subjected to the laws of nature and despite the impossi­bility for any man existing to challenge it, I have had, however, the occasion, during my seven years in company with Dr. Dahesh, to witness tens of times, the laws of . nature being transgressed by him in a very obvious manner. Such happenings led me naturally to serious enquiries and investigations. I never neglected during that time any important book dealing with these extraordinary things, whether the book was in Moscow, Washington, London or Paris.

 

I saw with my own eyes and touched with my fingers tens of the prodigies realized in front of me by this astonish­ing man. These miracles left permanent evidences which were seen by persons who did not know Dr. Dahesh and were plainly convinced by their authenticity.

 

This was not sufficient to me. I contacted a great num­ber of people who have witnessed, like me, Dr. Dahesh's miraculous performances. I listened to them directly, ana­lysed what they reported and compared their reports with other witnesses. Then I tried to make approaches between what I have gathered and their relation to the natural, psychological and social sciences as well as to religion and logic. Out of all this, I made the following conclusion:

 

1) The strange occurrences by Dr. Dahesh are nothing but real miracles which cannot be classified as among the games of a conjurer or attributed to suggestion, witch­craft, spiritism or hypnotism.

 

Dr. Dahesh does not accomplish his miracles through his own free will, for his will, like other human wills, is bound to the laws of the planet it is born in. What therefore performs these miracles is a spiritual force, not .a terrestrial one and not subjected to the laws of our world because it is far superior to it.

 

Dr. Dahesh may be considered as a spiritual media to God or an instrument of choice to execute God's will.

 

2) , The thing which has necessitated the manifestation of the Spirit and the realization of the prodigies in this century, is the tragic condition of a wretched world which is badly in need of a saviour. The aim is purely spiritual; I mean to say : a regeneration, a renaissance, the confirmation of the existence of the Soul, its im­mortality, the existence of the Creator, reward and punishment, with palpable materialistic proofs, neces­sary to our materialistic era.

 

3) The unification of religions in their clear and profound significance, the return to pure and veritable faith, living a just and honourable life - these constitute the inevitable consequences of the miracles of the Spirit, and the essential needs for the man of our century. As for these three points, I shall analyse them succes­sively, supported with decisive proofs.

 

I

MIRACLES OF DR. DAHESH

 

Before treating this subject, it is necessary to start with three explanatory remarks?:

 

a) Those who have seen Dr. Dahesh's prodigies, and wit­nessed them either before me or at the same time, were, the majority of them, of an educated class of people, well-cultured and perfectly enlightened. Among them were physicians, engineers, journalists, professors of universities, bishops, learned men, keen reporters, at­torney-generals, judges, lawyers, and a great number of deputies (Members of Parliament), ministers and executive officers - all of them have declared that what they have seen was certainly the objective truth, undeniable, even if their interpretations to these pheno­menal miracles differed at certain points.

 

b) A huge number of these witnesses who had their faith affirmed in the same manner as St. Thomas, and who h ;id the Daheshite truth illuminating their souls, believed in Dr. Dahesh's mission and did not recoil no matter what the sacrifices were. They endured perse­cution, suffering and disagreements of all sorts even from their own parents.

 

As for the lady of letters, portrayer and author, known as Mrs. Mary Chiha Haddad, she had to suffer persecution from her sister, the late Laura, wife of the late Besharah el Khoury who was then the President of the Lebanese Re­public. Her sister imprisoned her for the sake of compelling her to abandon her new faith, but as Mrs. Haddad insisted on keeping her convictions; her sister circulated the rumors that she was mad and ordered her to be confined in a hospital for mental diseases; but soon Mary went out from _the hospital, perfectly sane, faithful to her belief, respected as she was before, and continued to profess literature, and arts and kept on maintaining her relations with the miracul­ous man. She is still alive. Her sister and her brother-in-law, the ex-President, both passed away a long time ago.

 

Mr. George Haddad, her husband, at the time of the persecution, preferred to leave behind him the terrestrial glory and wealth, and be jailed for months for the sake of his beliefs. He also witnessed a great number of miracles and the spiritual teachings of Dr. Dahesh brought back to him his faith in God, in the immortality of the Soul and made his life a decent one.

 

The late Dr. George Khabsa, the well known specialist in skin diseases, renounced his chair as Professor in the French Faculty of Medicine and gave his resignation as a protest to an article published by the Jesuit newspaper “El Besheer“ against Dr. Dahesh.

 

Dr. Farid Abu Sleiman resigned his official post as Government Medical Officer after he was left with the choice of either doubling his salary or renouncing his Daheshite faith.

 

The poet Halim Dammous suffered for more than a year in prison because of his tenacity in his faith. He prefer­red preaching the Daheshite truth on the vanities of the world.

 

The former Attorney-General in Beirut, Mr. Dimitri Hayek was forced to renounce his post after he had refused to direct a false accusation against Dr. Dahesh. He had wit­nessed a great number of the miracles and had believed in Dr. Dahesh's mission.

 

It is not necessary to enumerate further the names of those who made sacrifices to the cause of the new Spiritual Mission. I shall not tell you about myself and the things I went through, for that will take too long to relate.

 

Now, would it be reasonable to consider all those named above as victims of imagination during tens of years Would they all renounce their important positions, their considerable wealth, their pacific way of- living, their friends and their own relatives, preferring the trials, the sufferings and the discomfort for a fictitious object ?

 

No and a thousand times no. Had the truth not been so obvious, they would not have testified for it ! Had they not touched it with their own fingers, verified it with their intelligence, and accepted it as something superior and to the welfare of this world, they would not have left, with no regret at all, the glory of this earth and its inducements.

 

c) The miracles which took place, and those which are still -taking place through -the intermediary of Dr. Dahesh, are not all of one kind, not even of ten kinds, but rather of hundreds . of types embracing men, animals, plants, and inanimate objects. These miracles are of a materialistic na­ture, palpable, unchanged as to their existence, unchanged when examined and unchanged when in photographic pictures. The one who can throw a glance at the ensemble of these miracles cannot but bow down with respect and glori­fy this grand and extraordinary spiritual force which created them. If we were to register all 'the miracles of Dr. Dahesh we would have used numerous huge volumes.

 

Among the miracles which were accomplished and which are still being fulfilled through the intermediary of Dr. Dahesh and the spiritual force, I would like to mention the following few examples:

 

- Curing instantaneously incurable diseases.

- Saving from death or from damage to bodily injuries.

 

- The reproduction of. Life’s happenings and the exact recording, in a most astonishing way, of people's talks no matter, how secret and how far they were.

 

- The predicting in details of forthcoming events, no matter how different, difficult or numerous they were.

 

- Knowing the thoughts and the dreams.

 

- The ability of speaking any existing language.

 

- The giving of life to plants, dead animals, and inani­mate objects.

 

- The creation of things prior to their palpable. existence and the bringing them back to life after their annihi­lation.

 

- The growing of plants, the ripening of fruits within an eye glance.

 

- The changing of the nature of things and their func­tions, making them bigger, smaller, taller and chang­ing their form and colour.

 

- Transformation of ordinary ore into precious one, the ordinary paper into real currency notes.

 

- Changing a losing lottery ticket into a winning one, no matter how much the value was.

 

- Tracing lost things and making them appear within a glance.

 

- The transfer. Of material objects from one place to an­other regardless of weight or distance and so on.

 

- But the greatest of all these miracles is, in my opinion, the plurality of “the personalities” of Dr. Dahesh and their miraculous power.

 

- These are some of the miracles operated through the ­mediation of an extraordinary man - a Lebanese. He must be considered as the miracle of the 20th century.

 

I shall limit myself now to relate only six of his miracles keeping the question of the plurality of his personality till the end. However, I shall not limit myself to what I have personally witnessed, but will also use examples of what others have seen. All these facts made me fully convinced.

 

 

 

I - HEALING OF DISEASES

 

No doubt medical science has attained  a Very high degree of progress during this century. But there are .limits and obstacles which cannot be cleared yet and  which  should be taken into consideration. On one side, there are numerous diseases and natural disablements which are beyond any medical control; and on the other side, although medicine can cure numerous diseases, it cannot cure them without the application of drugs or within a glance. The miracle differs; it cures abruptly and can turn incurable refractory ill to permanent cures. I shall relate only one example:

 

MRS. MARY MIZRAHI, a Palestinian woman, living in Jerusalem, suffered from officially identified leprosy She was treated for a long time by several doctors; but the horrible disease invaded her whole body. Her fingers, nose, ears, and part of her lips became putrified. The woman  in a desperate state and her appearance became horrific. She heard about Dr. Dahesh's miracles. So she went with  her brother to see him. A spiritual session was held for her. About 30 well educated persons attended  this  session .

 

Among them were five Doctors, namely : Abdul Ahad, Khoury, Ashy, Abu Sleiman and Khabsa. All confirmed that the nature of her disease was incurable. During the Spiritual Session Dr. Dahesh touched with his hand the body of the woman and immediately a new flesh began to appear replacing the putrid one, and the empty hollows in the body started to get filled with every suffering member being healed. The worn out body which was calling death regained its agreeable aspect of good health.

 

There were dozens of such miraculous cures. Different persons who were attacked by incurable diseases and differ­ent, disablements were cured. Among them were: Elie Ma'alouf, Zeina Haddad, Magda Haddad, Ceylani Rahmeh, Suzan Kamburji, Grace Gabriel and many others.

 

 

II - THE MIRACULOUS WRITTEN ANSWERS

 

Mr. Edward Noon, an ex-Minister, after having seen and witnessed a number of Dr. Dahesh's palpable miracles, wanted to increase his spiritual knowledge. So he wrote at home 72 questions relating to the history of humanity, its obscure ages, origin, and about the unclarified matters about man and religions - things which science has not been able yet to report on their final truth. Mr. Noon had spread those questions on approximately 30 full-scap pages, type-­written, with a space between one question and the other to allow for inserting the corresponding answer.

 

He went to Dr. Dahesh's house. There were many peo­ple there. Among them: The Haddads, Halim Dammous, Doctors Abu Sleiman, Khabsa and Ashi. All went through Mr. Noon's difficult questions. The question papers were put in a sealed envelope and the spiritual session was held. all of a sudden Dr. Dahesh touched the envelope and-said: “You have the answers”.This did not take more than a glance. Those present were deeply surprised when they opened the envelope and saw the 72 answers, clearly written and set properly under 72 questions distributed over ap­proximately 30 full-scap sheets. These miraculous docu­ments are still in the possession of the great lawyer who keeps them preciously.

 

I know dozens of persons who have witnessed such written answers and i am one of them.

 

The young Elie Ma'alouf was cured by a miracle after all medicine and specialists gave up. He was paralyzed and mentally deranged.

 

 

III - TRANSMUTATION OF THINGS

 

Hundreds and thousands are the miracles through which the nature and the function of objects were changed.

 

- A visitor brought with him a chinaware dish bearing identification signs and it was changed during a spiri­tual session into a wooden, glass and golden dish. The original signs and identification remained unchanged.

 

- Water was changed into wine.

 

- Paper into stone.

 

- Stone into precious metal.

 

- Several were the times when I cut white ordinary paper into small dimensions and registered my name on them with other written indications. These papers were changed in the presence of Dr. Dahesh into Lebanese currency notes of different values, bearing my name and the written indications.

 

Such miraculous transformations occurred in the pre­sence of hundreds, amongst them were the delegate of the “ARAB WEEKLY” magazine and Mr. Hafiz Khairallah, the delegate of “AN NAHAR” newspaper. They both photo­graphed the different stages of the miracle at the time of its occurrence. Its veracity was confirmed in the photo­graphic picture, as it was also confirmed to the public eye.

 

The changing also of losing lottery tickets into winning ones occurred more than once. One of these miracles hap­pened in my presence and that of Mr. Mohsen Sleem, an M.P. of Beirut, and in the presence of many others. A losing lottery ticket was converted into L.£ 10,000 winning num­ber. Many still remember the great fuss which resulted from this change in the presence of the two judges Mahmoud Bekai and Mahmoud Na'aman and the lawyer Chafik Sardouk and Dr. Farid Abou Sleiman, to such an extent that the National Lottery Directorate was compelled to deny the rumors, fearing that the people might not be any longer interested in buying the lottery tickets. The National Lottery Directorate had to pay nevertheless the10,000 L.£ to Dr. Farid Abou Sleiman when he presented the miracu­lous ticket after they had examined it for several days and ascertained its complete validity.

 

 

IV - CREATING LIFE AND REVIVING THE DEAD.

 

Giving life to inorganic substances !

 

Reviving the Dead ! And why not as long as the Divine Spirit is Omnipotent ?

 

It was prior to the campaign of persecution launched against Dr. Dahesh, and in the presence of Sheikh Mounir Takieddin, Alexander Riachi, Yousef el Haj j and Halim Dammous that the astonishing man stood in front of a cage for birds and with a movement of his hand converted all the birds therein into dead ones. He said addressing his visitors :” This is what we can do also to people”. It was the Spirit which spoke.

 

That same afternoon, and in the presence of Mr. Ed­ward Noon, a spiritual session was held during which all those present requested that life be returned to the dead birds. Their corpses were brought in from the garden and were placed again in the cage. The miracle took place and the birds returned to life singing.

 

 

Once Dr. Dahesh referred to a painting made by Mrs. Mary Haddad, and which showed a bird on a tree. The colours of the painting moved and took the form of flesh, blood and feathers and the bird in that painting was con­verted into a living bird which was placed in a cage and remained there for several years. Its place on the linen remained white.

Some months ago, Dr. Dahesh went into the store of Messrs. Elie and Hady Hajjar where toys and stuffed birds are sold. He placed his hand on one of the stuffed birds. The bird began to move, left its perch to which it was nailed and was later placed in a cage where he lived several months.

 

Glory to the Almighty, master of death and life !

 

How stupid man is when he gets drunk by the vanity of his scientific inventions. His pride blinds him and makes him deny God.

 

What is the intelligence of man compared to the power of the Spirit ?

 

V - CREATION

 

- Creating something not existing.

 

- Creating a newspaper several days before its appearance.

 

- Creating something after its annihilation.

 

All three are identical vis-a-vis the Spirit. For the one who can create and who is master of life and death can accomplish anything.

Documents, currency bills and pictures were burnt in the presence of several people and were recreated within a glance.

- It happened to me more than once when I filled a piece of paper with different writings, and then burnt it with my own hands and kept its ashes. Dr. Dahesh used to bring it back to existence with all my handwritings appearing there­on. This used to happen either in his presence or at home far from him.

The two following miracles could be considered among the most extraordinary miracles which provoked the great­est admiration and glory to God and humiliation to man

The first occurred to Mr. Philip Hadshiti who entered once Dr. Dahesh's house carrying along with him the French written Lebanese daily newspaper << LE JOUR ». While reading and turning the pages, he was writing on the margin questions which he wanted to ask during the Spiritual Session which he was promised. The session was held in the presence of several persons when Dr. Dahesh asked Mr. Hadshiti whether he believed in God ?

 

<< To tell you the truth, >> answered Mr. Hadshiti, << Ido not believe in God and I announced that frankly in Paris during my sojourn there. << What do you want me to do to make you believe and show you that you are greatly mistaken ? >> asked Dr. Dahesh.

<< A miracle, >> replied Mr. Hadshiti.

<< Very well, >> said Dr. Dahesh. << Look at the newspaper you are holding. >>

 

Mr. Hadshiti looked at it and suddenly his voice shrie­ked with surprise. The newspaper's edition which he brought along with him was dated 28th of November and a new edition bearing the date of December 3rd superseded the first, i.e. Four days before its issuance. All the questions which he inserted on the margin of the first edition were reproduced and appeared on the new one he now had in his hands. On December 3rd, he compared that day's edi­tion with the one which was miraculously created four days ago, and found both issues identical containing the same happenings and events, same local and world news. This miracle in itself contained thousands of prophecies.

 

Philip Hadshiti entered Dr. Dahesh's house as a non­believer and went out believing in the Omnipotence of God.

 

The Second miracle took place in 1943 in the presence

of Messrs. Edward Noon, George Haddad, Dr. Khabsa, Mrs. Mary Haddad, and many others. The miracle was real­ly a strange one.

 

While they were all gathered around Dr. Dahesh dur­ing a Spiritual Session, a young beautiful girl suddenly ap­peared in front of them. They were surprised and thought they were victims of hallucination. But the girl told them that they were not and that her name was Nada and that she came from another material world other than theirs. They could not believe their eyes and everybody hastened to touch her to ascertain whether she was in fact a reality. They all found that she was of flesh and blood, wearing a dress and carrying a sack which were not of the fashion of that year 1943. Nineteen years later, the same young girl who had now become a member of the inhabitants of this earth, visited Dr. Dahesh. She was putting on the same dress and carrying the same sack and was the same age she had been 19 years ago.

 

Dr. Dahesh explained to those present that this miracle confirms the continuity and renewal of life and the principle of reincarnation of the soul, its transition from one stage to another whether on earth, or from one planet to another, depending upon the merit of the soul.

 

VI - TRANSPORTATION OF OBJECTS

 

These miracles induced many to become believers.

 

Dr. Khabsa had lost his agenda in Paris 12 years be­fore he came to know Dr. Dahesh. During a Spiritual Ses­sion, his agenda was brought to him and all of a sudden there it was in his hand.

 

Dr. Farid Abu Sleiman lost his right hand glove, and could not trace it. After he became acquainted with Dr. Dahesh, three years later, a Spiritual Session was held dur­ing which Dr. Farid wanted to examine and ascertain the real existence of the Sipirt and its power; and therefore asked Dr. Dahesh to indicate the whereabouts of his glove. Dr. Dahesh immediately replied : << You have it on your hand. >> Dr. Farid took the glove home, compared it with the other part of the pair which he kept at home. It was really the lost glove ! Later on he showed it to hundreds of people.

 

Mrs. Edward Noon had lost her golden fountain pen in the snow while skiing in Laklouk with Mrs. Fouad Khoury, brother of the former Lebanese President, Sheikh Bisharah

 

el Khoury. This was long before she came to know Dr. Dahesh. During a Spiritual Session and in the presence of several people, and upon the request of Mrs. Noon, the gol­den fountain pen reappeared on the spot. This miracle was sufficient to spur Mr. Noon to go and inform the then Presi­dent of the Republic that what Dr. Dahesh was doing was not the product of witchcraft or hallucination, and that his relatives, the Haddads and others were not misled but were convinced with palpable evidences and proofs.

 

Miss Odette Karah had lost her watch in Libya three years before knowing Dr. Dahesh. The watch was miracu­lously restituted to her during a Spiritual Session.

 

Mrs. Fatima Baltaji, wife of Mr. Mahmud Baltagi, had lost her valuable diamond ring. She called on many so called wizards for a year or so without succeeding in reco­vering it, until finally she was introduced to Dr. Dahesh. A Spiritual Session was held in the presence of her husband and her son, Ali, and Messrs. Wafik Zantout, Salah and Hassan Baltagi and Dr. Farid Abu Sleiman. Dr. Dahesh addressed her husband saying : << Open your hand >>. Mr. Baltaji did. Then he was told to close it and again he did. Dr. Dahesh touched his closed hand and told him : << Open it now >>. There it was ! The valuable diamond ring itself. All who were present witnessed this miracle.

 

The English Quaker, Daniel Oliver, Principal of the Friends School at Ras el Metn, attended a spiritual session on the loth of January 1944 in the presence of Sheikh Mounir Usseiran, Doctors Toufik Rizk, Antoine Gedeon, George Khabsa, Farid Abu Sleiman, Najib Ashy, Shaheen - Saliby and Mrs. Rose Salibi and Messrs Edward Noon, Naser Razzouk, Secretary to the Iraqi Consulate in Beirut, Boulos Francis, Amine Nimr, Sharif Baidawi, Commissioner of the Police, George Najjar, Tanios Majdalani and many others of both sexes.

 

During the Spiritual Session Dr. Dahesh spoke in a general way saying : << If any one of you wants anything let him ask for it >>.

 

Daniel Oliver said : << There is a world war at present, the financial help which used to be sent to me from America for the upkeep of the Orphanage had not been received for more than two years, because of the present circumstances and the lack of safe means of transportation. I demand a spiritual help which could transfer to me a sum from the existing funds at the Association in the States, so that I may be able to carry on the work at the Orphanage. As soon as Mr. Oliver had finished his words, Dr. Dahesh told him << Put your hands in any of your pockets and you will find that your wish has been fulfilled >>. Mr. Oliver drew from - his pockets Lebanese Pounds 23,000. He came to Dr. Dahesh as an unbeliever and went out fully convinced, believing in God, in the Spirit and its force, as well as in the Daheshite faith.

 

Dr. Dahesh went once to Shbaniyyeh Woods accompa­nied with Dr. Khabsa, Yusuf el Hajj and Halim Dammous. They all sat on a big rock in Hajj's property and began to chat. Mr. Dammous wrote the following two verses of poetry on the rock We sat on a rock under the shade of a wood, Drinking our water in memory of our << Educator >>, Telling my friends << and the Dear >> sitting by me, On the rock of faith, we shall build our hope >>.

 

After they had gone back to Dr. Dahesh's house, the three of them told him that it would be agreeable to sit on that rock again if another opportunity arises. Dr. Dahesh said : << Nothing can prevent us from doing so right now, as long as it is your wish >>. << But how can this be done and the rock is in Shbaniyyeh Woods and we are in Beirut ? >> they asked.

 

<<Look at the ceiling >>, he said. And there they saw an enormous block coming down gently, as if it were a piece of cloth floating in the air. As soon as it reached the floor of the room, the three of them rushed to touch it and to their great surprise they found it solid unmovable rock. They also found the two verses of poetry written on it by Halim Dammous. They realized then that it was the same rock on which they sat when they were at Shbaniyyeh. They bowed and glorified God and understood at that moment what Jesus meant when he said : << For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove ; and nothing shall be impossible unto you >>. (Matt.

17:20).

The rock remained for a long time in Dr. Dahesh's house exposed to hundreds of visitors who came to see it. Later on it was crumbled by workers and taken away.

 

During the persecution campaign launched against Dr. Dahesh, The Speaker of the House of Parliament, Sabri Bey Hamadeh, had decided to visit Dr. Dahesh to see in person and witness his miracles. A Spiritual Session was held. There were about 30 witnesses, of these were the fol­lowing Members of Parliament and others : Adib Firzli, Wadi' Shoucair, Mohammad Abboud, Baheej el Khateeb, the ex-President of the Syrian Republic, Messrs. Philip Andraos, Khalil Ma'atouk, George Najjar, Sheikh Hassan Makki of Al Azhar, Mrs. Gwen, Wife of the ex-American Consul, and other ladies and gentlemen.

 

Dr. Dahesh turned towards Sabri Bey. Hamadeh and asked him what he desired to see. The latter replied : << I would like to see here a thing which I have in mind >>. Dr. Dahesh replied that he knew exactly the thing which the speaker was thinking of, and asked whether he would like to see it all. Sabri Bey replied : << Only part of it, please ! >>

 

Dr. Dahesh then said to him : << Open your hand, close it; and re-open it again ''. And there he found in his hand five Ottoman Dinars of an antique date. He was amazed and the people who witnessed this miracle asked Sabri Bey whether it was the thing he was thinking of. And Sabri Bey replied that he was thinking of the boxes which were hidden in his land during the world War I and which were full of The above is a negative of a prophecy in Dr. Dahesh's handwriting Parliament, long before rthto Mr. e Lebanese legislative uelections and in which He predicted his success in the elections by 11856 votes.

At the top of the prophecy it states << In the name of God and the Well-Beloved Prophet >>.

In the middle - The Daheshite Star.

And below, there is the following phrase:

« May the Spiritual Aid come to the help of the well-beloved brother Basheer Osman so that he may triumph. And as he is going to win, he will be having 11856 votes by the maker of the Spiritual Aid through God's permission > .

On the two sides of the Prophecy the following is written Dr. Dahesh's name, the date 29th February, 1964, the hour which was 4:30 p.m., and the phrase:

“May this prayer be received favourably“.

golden Dinars as he was told. Apparently no one was able to locate the hidden treasure.

Of those who were present one of them asked Sabri Bey : << But why did you not ask for all ? - And Sabri Bey replied : << I was afraid the golden treasure would be shared with you all >>. And of course he kept the five golden Dinars with him

 

 

 

II
THE CAUSES OF THE MANIFESTATION
OF THE DAHESHITE FAITH

 

 

Since the dawn of history, humanity did not witness so much anxiety, growing despair, so much calamity, and a life so cruel and desperate, as the peoples of this 20th century are experiencing.

 

They are being tortured by the difficulties of existence, by the uncertainty of tomorrow, by the unbalanced psychic order, by the instability of the mind amidst creeds and con­tradictory troubled philosophies, and by the absence of a poral value which gives life hope, consolation and force.

 

The human society is anxious because of the dishar­mony in individual's interests, because of the tearing unity among its subjects, of the contradictory means of salvation used by different sects and parties, and of the desperate ,nays to build up a just and peaceful state.

 

The world is troubled by the competition of all these countries in their desire to propagate peace while at the ;arae time they are provoking wars and fomenting enmities. Moreover the fear of the feeble peoples from the unlimited ambitions of the strong creates a reciprocal mistrust.

 

Also the competition of nations in developping arma­ments for destruction and their desire to possess such arma­ments allows the approach of the phantom of a world atomic war which will destroy life and civilization And in all this, science has become an instrument con-

secrated to the passions of the soul and to the force of evil. The role of the mind has been restraint and replaced by madness.

 

This tragic anxiety, this psychological tearing would not have dominated fully the 20th century had man not weakened spiritually to such an extent as to become captive of evil.

 

People have abandoned the highly true ideals which can reinforce the spirit that leads to the road of personal stability, to psychic harmony, to cultural perfection and con­sequently to real civilization. They have instead been attrac­ted to fake ideals taken from hazardeous and circumstancial laws and the imaginative human force thought of as being the ideal truth while as a matter of fact it is nothing but a looming mirage at which the deceived eyes were suspended, and the weakened minds, due to caprices, were unable to see the genuine reality.

 

The marks of such deviation appeared due, to growing day after day despair of people, and to the beginning of a general collapse in ancient hopes of building up a world where peace, justice, love, virtue and happiness would reign.

 

Man would not have directed himself and deserved such a catastrophic end had he not accepted it willingly.

 

He preferred rather to follow an external materialistic path in order to satisfy his animal instincts, his egoistic and individualistic desires, his social enmity and aversion through obtaining an immediate, easy and empty sensual satisfaction, a rapid terrestrial glory, and a superficial regional egotism.

 

He deviated therefore from the internal spiritual path which alone can, in its ascension, realize the perfection of man, his real elevation, the correctness of his plans and his institutions that would allow the domination of the humani­tarian tendencies over the malicious inclinations in indivi­duals and society. Because of this spiritual weakness man has preferred this superficial materialistic civilization to satisfy his mortal senses and to keep away from the inward light and from profound peace and happiness.

 

What has seduced man to trod along this unbefitting road of life was his keeping away from real and steady faith which confirms the existence of the Soul and its immortality. This desertation provoked the inclination towards the wrong path. Thus we find today the total majority of the people are either plunged in doubt or in atheism.

 

This psychic state of anxiety, influenced by materialism in conception, judgement and behaviour, coupled with a scientific practical mind has provoked the world to ask, whether consciously or unconsciously, for a positive non­theoretical confirmation of the existence of the Soul. A scien­tific proof that would ease their anxiety, heal their bleeding wounds, give hope in the salvation of their souls, eliminate the doubts which have arisen out of the discoveries and inventions which dazzled their eyes. In other words a con­firmation that would be up to the standard and the measures of this century.

 

The doctrinated philosophies could not offer this posi­tive affirmation, as they are the works of different mental and theoretical edifices based on different foundations which are approved by some and denied by others.

 

Also the present different religious sects could not as well propose such affirmation because all their arguments are theoretical.

 

And the known logical sciences also could not have the possibility of advancing such practical proofs because the Soul can neither be measured nor subjected to man's wishes especially when the scientific instruments used are limited and are of a material nature.

 

In front of such a total human incapacity and the urgent need for faith to save the souls of mankind, nothing was left for the Omnipotent, Omniscient Spirit but to directly materialize itself by appearing and declaring its existence to the people, through the help of God and His Grace. This is how the Spirit, coming from its divine heights, had chosen a man from Lebanon, enabling him to fulfil the required task, by filling in the vacancies of the Souls through the affirmation of the Divine Truth, by dazzling and fascinating the eyes of the incredulous, and by consoling the hearts of the humble.

 

How could man be able to ascertain the existence of the wind which he cannot see, if it were not for the agitation it provokes in the branches and the leaves, and for the gentle breeze that is felt when it envelops his face ?

How could man ascertain the existence of the mind, if it were not for the works it creates and the intelligence it engenders ? Man is not within the power to see it or touch it, yet he does not doubt its existence. For the manifestations of the mind and its intellectual works are indisputable wit­nesses which prove its existence.

 

The same is true with the Spirit, man would not have been able to ascertain its existence, if it were not for its supernatural effects, and its miraculous manifestations which affirm its existence.

 

The Sciences - those deeds through the excellence of the intelligence - are nothing in their progressive course except a simple trial to enrich the discoveries of natural laws which express only some traits of the Divine, Eternal Truth. Nevertheless, these sciences remain a sufficient proof for man to admire the strength of the mortal mind which imposes all respect.

 

The prodigies of the Spirit which challenge the human mind surpass by far the possibilities of human intelligence in its possibilities, experiences and discoveries - a fact which makes man stand astonished like an incapable dwarf. Would not that be a sufficient proof of the greatness of the Spirit, of its Omnipotence, and its supernatural force ?

 

What a great difference between a force limited by the dimension of matter and subjected to its laws, and another which is far superior and surpasses the laws of matter and conditions of time and space.

 

There is a great difference between a fading lantern which represents the mortal mind and the dazzling blaze of the Sun which represents the Spirit.

 

This powerless, inferior, human intelligence which failed and as a result thereof became pretentious and incre­dulous will stand in a critical position, this time, in front of the supremacy of the Spirit. The human intelligence, there­fore, must either realize the possibilities and the miracles of the Spirit or submit to the all-powerful messenger of God.

 

Upon the firm ascertainment of the existence of the Spirit and its universal presence which is beyond all dimen­sions and human forces, man will perceive all things from a different angle. His condition will be transformed, his reasoning, his estimations, his judgements - all will have a different outlook. Even his divers activities which used to derive from fictitious, ephemeral, material force, will now derive from a spiritual force with eternal dimensions.

 

At this time, it will be possible for him to understand what is not being seen is the unseen; and beyond the touchable is the untouchable. That the unseen and the untouchable spring from the Powerful, Just and Divine who accords to every one what he deserves whether it be reward, punishment or compassion.

 

Man at this stage will be able to comprehend the continuity of his spiritual existence, the link between his coming future, with his present state, the building up of his next life over his past one, the obvious manifestation of the Creator as the great source to Spiritual forces and as a final aim to the perfection of the being and the continuity of his life. He will also be able to look into the after death period, and will be able to direct his way and thinking, through spiritual awakening, into a path which will guarantee his real perfection, his real salvation and real profound peace.

 

III
THE UNITY OF RELIGIONS IS A NECESSARY
CONSEQUENCE OF THE FAITH
IN THE MIRACLES OF THE SPIRIT

 

 

The Spirit of God, the only God, is the same one which bestowed the doctrine upon the prophet Moses and let Jesus approve and complete what was done before Him, saying “Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets; I came not to destroy, but to fulfill”. (Matt. 5:17)

 

The Spirit of God which inspired the Koran also declared and approved of what was done before : << The book was bestowed upon you in confirmation of the truth, as was done before, for the Bible and the Gospel were for the guidance of the people >>. (Sourat el Bakara - 3)

 

And as Jesus imposed the faith in Moses as a way to believe in Him, when he said : << For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words ? >> (John 5:46 & 47).

 

The Koran equally imposed on the believers to believe in all the prophets, without any differentiation : << Those who do not believe in God and his apostles and wish to dif­ferentiate between them saying that they believe in some and do not in others, are unbelievers indeed, to whom is reserved infinite suffering; while those who had believed in God and his apostles, and did not make any differentia­tion between them, will be rewarded for God is all Merciful. (Sourat Al Nissa :150-152)

People have forgotten or seem to have forgotten this spiritual religious unity. Especially in this part of the world, the land of prophets, they have with their own hands woven a veil to cover their eyes, whose threads are of the terres­trial covetousness and personal sectarian interests.

 

Out of the only one God they have made a multiple of divinities through their disputes and allowed the religion of the unique spirit to be torn by different creeds which consequently led many of those who work for national social affairs to put aside the religious loyalty, replacing it by national loyalty and civil statutes or to completely abandon religious creed and replace it with atheism as a way of life and religion. They have been led to make such an invitation when they felt they have given up hope regarding the return to spiritual unity and to the essence of religion which is based on love and virtue.

 

No ladies and Gentlemen, neither abandoning religion nor atheism would solve our difficulties. And it is impossible for us not to worship a divinity, for religion is inherent pro­perty of the Soul. It is part of its essence. Banish it while you are awake, it will appear to you in your sleep.

 

Religion is a fundamental psychic need and man should observe to constantly satisfy it, lest it might provoke in him restlessness and confusion. This is a truth which has been confirmed by great psychologists, such as the Swiss, Carl Jung, the German, Wilfred Deem, and Schtoker the French­man.

 

Actually those who pretend to live without worshiping a divinity imagine so and deceive themselves by putting a mask and by changing its form because in reality they cannot expel from their souls the real existence of the divinity.

 

Instead of believing in a perfect God, God of love, Jus­tice and truth, eternal God, Creator and Organiser of the Universe and mankind, they have set up for their usage and necessities false and imperfect divinities which they adore.

 

They have made a God out of a nation or a party; they have considered earth, nature or life as a God; they have worshipped their own pretentions and their own desires. They have replaced the Absolute by the relative, the whole by the partial, the essence by the superficial, the veritable by the false, that which is permanent and eternal by the unstable and ephemeral.

 

That is why their perspective of realities shall be wrong, their measures of values shall be erraneous, for they are subjected to the effects of a false ideal which dominates them.

 

The fact of putting religion on the margin of life, of facing it with indifference, or according it with a secondary importance, all these lead progressively to atheism, or even worse than atheism.

 

Many are those who have their Souls paralyzed, who are neither cold for hot. To these Jesus said : << I know thy _works, _ that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth ». (Rev.. John 3: 15, 16)

“What is then the solution ?” says the exalted for national and social problems. << Shall we keep fanatic sec­tarianism divide the nation into pieces and let each one of them claim the exclusivity of God and heaven until we finally lose both religion and the world ? >' The solution has been given by God, and even if it were not, the pure and the intelligent should have created one. It constitutes the return to the foundations of authentic faith in the unity of religions and the essence of their teaching through a new spiritual mission supported by miracles as planned by God to guide the lost wanderers and to Lebanon before others.

 

The Divine Spirit which realize the miracles through the intermediary of Dr. Dahesh is coming down from its heights and performing them in the name of God and Christ, in the name of God and Mohammed, in the name of God and Moses, or Buddha. Because all the prophets are the fingers of the Divine Mercy that spreads the arm over this miserable world.

 

In the presence of the Divine Spirit and in the presence of the miracles, man feels that he is the brother of man, that there is no difference between a White and a Negro, between rich and poor, between the great and the humble, bet­ween a Christian and a Mohammedan, a Jew or a Buddhist.

 

The Christian continues to maintain his faith in the teachings of the Gospel, The Moslem in the Koran, The Jew through the Bible (Thora). And all will have the certainty that the Spirit which inspired their different prophets was nothing but one and the same Spirit.

 

They will then become aware that what separates them is not the good but the evil, and their return to God will be performed on the bridge of authentic faith which will not be the << Opium >> of the peoples.

 

The faith which based not on theory but also on prac­tical spiritual life, where virtue realizes the acts, the words, and the thoughts, and where cooperation, love, brotherhood and social justice dominate.

 

And if people withhold then from evil, it will never be because of fear of human laws, but because of an inward urge which springs from the elevation of the Spirit and which is skinned of superstitions, rites, and sectarian for­malities invented by man. These formalities are the cause of reciprocal enmities and obstacles.

 

Some may pro test saying : << Supposing that we believed in the unity of religions, how could we succeed in reconciling the contradictions in beliefs and interpretations ? >>

 

My answer to that is this : << The Daheshite faith has offered a solution to each problem >>. This was not and is not invented but is revealed through the Divine Spirit. I shall satisfy myself with only one example which offers a contradictory problem between Christianity and Islam with regards to the crucifixion of Christ. The Gospel indicates that Christ was crucified, whilst the Koran says : << They did not kill Him; they did not crucify Him, but what they saw was an identical resemblance >>. (Sourat Al Nissa IV:157)

 

Which one of the two books is right ? The truth is that both of them are right. However, this truth cannot be clari­fied except through the Daheshite Faith, by applying pal­pable and material proofs.

 

It has been obvious to me and to dozens of people that Dr. Dahesh possesses six personalities apart from his own human personality. These personalities are spiritual fluids i.e. his spiritual extensions located in different celestial worlds. These extensions are permitted sometimes, through God's wish, to incarnate in order to fulfil an important spiri­tual mission, using Dr. Dahesh's human form in such a way that it would be impossible to differentiate between them.

 

It is then possible for those present to talk, touch, and sit by the personality without being able to notice any dif­ference in the other personalities and the real Dr. Dahesh except when they are dressed differently and when one knows before hand what Dr. Dahesh had as a dress before the appearance of these personalities.

 

Very often these personalities appear and disappear suddenly while looking at them or talking to them. Some­times two or even more than two-up to six can gather at the same time in one place and can incarnate at the same mo­ment in two different places far from each other.

 

It was evident to me and to many others who have seen these personalities that they are not subjected to the laws of this earth at all.

 

They penetrate obstacles and walls and move freely with the velocity of lightning from one place to another. They subordinate the law of gravity by ascending in the air, walking over the water, increasing or decreasing their volume or weight. In brief, they are capable, through God's will, of doing what the spirit can do in the way of miracles.

 

In 1947, one of His personalities was put under arrest in Azerbaijan, an Iranian province, and was shot and later on buried in the same region.

Newspapers in Lebanon and in other Arab countries announced the news of Dr. Dahesh's death and published the photographs of his execution. At that time Dr. Dahesh was found among his disciples in Beirut, pursuing the teaching of the truth. His personality which was shot in Azerbaijan, through a miracle, resuscitated from death, not being subject to the laws of this earth, as it is not from this earth, and death cannot dominate over it.

 

If I were not limited by time, I would have mentioned many cases and detailed events dealing with the appearance of Dr. Dahesh's multiple personnalities - so many occur­rences that would fill a big volume. However, I would like to content myself by stating some names of those, who like me, have witnessed the incarnation of these personalities, namely Mr. & Mrs. Edward Noon, Dr. Shaheen Salibi, Dr. George Khalsa, Dr. Farid Abu Sleiman, Dr. Najib Ashi, Dr. George Haddad, Messrs. Boulos Francis, Nicholas Daher, Emile Kassatly, Amine Nemer, and from the ladies Mary Haddad, Zeina Haddad, Nadia Gabriel, Victoria Slim and many others.

 

The Gospel in affirming the crucifixion of Christ meant the crucifixion of one of his personalities. But the Gospels, due to spiritual reasons, did not clarify this fact. They were satisfied to state that the crucified Christ had resuscitated from death, appearing and disappearing in front of his disciples.

 

The Koran in assuring the non-crucifixion of Chirst, meant therein the non-crucifixion of Issa, the son of Mary. The human person who was born, and clarified that the one crucified was an identical personality to Christ; this iden­tical being cannot be except one of his personalities.

 

Daheshism demonstrates, as you can see, the unity of Islam and Christianity and the unity of the revelations of the anterior and the posterior - not by theories and contra­dictory points of view, but with palpable proofs.

 

It has been confirmed through substantial proofs and thousands of witnesses that Dr. Dahesh has been for the last half century, dazzling the minds of people, and astound­ing the scholars and the theologians with his miraculous performances in all fields. Despite the storms of doubts and the jealousy raised around him by interested individuals; despite the hard attacks of blackmailing launched against him by some hired cheap newspapers; and despite the des­perate trials to let his miracles appear as deceiving illusions... All these persecutors, cruel caluminators, and - imposters failed in their attacks no matter how numerous and power­ful they were. Dr. Dahesh remained immutable radiating ,the truth, confounding the pretentious and calling all, especially those who are sincere to the cause of undeniable, authentic spirit, and those who are faithful to propogate faith in God and to bring' back those who went astray - the atheists.

 

With all this as- a premise, I consider the study of his teachings and his miracles as an. urgent and necessary affair. Because He alone can straighten the erroneous conceptions of men and, make them revert to the right path, to goodness and justice.

 

Should the minds be able to direct themselves auda­ciously' towards this force, seeking salvation, and should it be possible for them to ignore the superstitions of traditions and the interests of sectarianism, then no force, can sow hope in the-desert of life better than the one bestowed upon Him.

 

So it is fit. for those perspicacious believers to prepare the way in front of Him. For -half a century of experience is sufficient, to be able to denounce his acts, had they been false or untrue. But if these acts are true and positive, then woe and misery would accompany those who would have put obstacles in His way and who would have deformed his purity. For the burden which will be suspended around their necks by the future generations shall be heavier than the fill-stone.

 

History-:has never witnessed, not even once, the truth emanating from the multitude. The scientific certitudes were always .fourld and declared by, a few and, were given to the multitude who doubted, and refused to, accept them.

 

Do you remember Socrates, Galileo,` and Vanini ?

 

As for the spiritual,. truths,.. they were preached by the few to' the 'lost' humanity who protested against them and persecuted them.. The prophets and the apostles are shining examples.

 

Those very few guides or messengers of peace among the overwhelming lost majority of men appeared as insane at first,, but it was .they the so-called fools - who built up the great civilizations and pushed man in his forward, march towards progress and nobler causes. In fact they ares the only immortals.

حزمة من سنابل القمح

                                                                       

من أقاصيص: زينة حداد

                                                                        ترجمة:سميرالحداد

       

وبزغ الفجر مطلقًا سهام الضوء في أرجاء السماء التي ارتدت حلّة حمراء لوّنها اللهبُ المتأجج. وها حقل قمح على مدّ النظر يؤرجح أعناق السنابل التي كانت ترفع رؤوسها نحو السماء من وقت إلى آخر يحدو بها حنين إلى ماضٍ مجيد. ثم تروح ترقص فرحة تحت أنظار نجمة النهار المتأجحة.

        يعرف القمح أهميّته لهذا العالم، أوليست حبيباته بذورًا للحياة؟ أليست سنابله حاجة وضرورة لا غنىً للجنس البشري عنها؟ القمح، شبع الجائع، تباركه الشعوب وتعرف كينونته المقدسة.

        ماذا لو اخبرتكم قصته؟

منذ أوائل الأزمنة، لم يكن القمح السماوي سوى لعوالم الله. كان القمح غذاءً للروح وكل حبّة تتغلغل في أحد العوالم اللاأرضيّة تفعمه بالفرح والسعادة والمعرفة.

        يا حبّات القمح، أنت نبات المجهول وانتماؤك هو إلى سماوات غامضة تكتنفها الأسرار. أبدعك الله بقصد إضفاء السعادة على النفوس المترقيّة التي في زمن بعيد، طلبت إليه أن يمنّ عليها بالمعرفة.

        وسبرت عين الله اللانهاية بنظرة ثاقبة، وبهرت عظمته المحيط والجوار، واتّضعت النجوم السماوية وامّحت من أمام وجه الله الفائق السمو، وهي تتأمل وتتمعّن بأعمال نعمته ورحمته، ممجّدة اياه، لا طاقة لنا على تحديد جمال هذه الأمكنة!

الأنوار تنسكب شلالات متعددة الألوان وتتشابك في القباب العديدة، مساكن الملائكة ورؤساء الملائكة والشيروبيم. وتسمع زمجرات صمّاء كعلامات ودلائل على القوّة القادرة.

        ودون أن يرى، يروح الله يتكشف مطارحه وأملاكه ويدخل محبته في أسرار الأكوان العميقة. الله هو معرفة الجميع، لا شيء يفوقه، والكواكب والنجوم تطلب بحرارة وخشوع بعضًا من ذلك العلم الذي لا يملكه أحد سوى الله.

هذه العوالم التي هو السيّد المُطلق الأوحد عليها، هي ملكٌ له. هو يحضنها بشغف وعناية، فهو المسؤول عنها وعن معرفتها. الله يحبّها ويُنعم عليها بحسب استحقاقها، ومن عينه الساهرة، اليقظة ينبثق عددٌ لا حد له من الشعاعات المتلألئة ذهبًا حاملة حول رؤوسها حبوبًا من القمح بلون النجوم، وهذه الحبوب تكبر مع مرور الوقت وتصبح كل حبة منها فردوسًا كبيرًا حيث توجد هبة رائعة تختزن معارف مقدّسة.

        أطلق الله على هذه الباقة من الشعاعات إسم حُزمة من سنابل القمح، حزمة النعم هذه المتأتية منه مباشرة لا يمكن أن تكون إلا مقدسة، مباركة ومليئة بالرحمة والرأفة. هذه العطايا تتوزع في كل مكان. يتمتع سكان عوالم الله، وهم يمارسون ويطبقون الحكمة والخير، بقدرتهم على إبداع سنابل أخرى مليئة وغنية بمثل هذه الحبوب الرائعة من القمح.

        هكذا امتلأت القبة السماوية من هذه الحبوب الرائعة من القمح التي هي في أساس المعرفة والغذاء السماوي الذي تحصل عليه العوالم الأخرى. كل حبّة قمح هي عالم لا حدود له، حيث يعيش أولى العدل في غبطة دائمة. ومع مرور الزمن، وفيما هم يعملون على تحسين مداركهم، يرتقي هؤلاء المغبّطون من حبّة قمح إلى أخرى حتى يبلغوا بنهاية المطاف أسمى الدرجات السماوية.

        وبينما تنعم السماوات بغبطة دائمة، كان الله يوجد الأرض، وبعدها الفردوس الأرضي حيث أحلّ آدم وحوّاء ليعيشا في جنّة جديدة.

        إلاّ أن الخطيئة سادت وطغت في الأرض، وأُبعد آدم وحوّاء من فردوسهما وراحا يجهدان لتأمين قوتهما الذي يُبعِد عنهما شبح المجاعة.

        كانت السماء في هذا الوقت تبكي آدم وحوّاء، وتبذل المحاولات أمام الله لاستجداء الرحمة لأبي البشر الذي حكم عليه بالبؤس الذي فرضته عليه السماء وعلى حوّاء.

        وتتملك الله الرأفة فبكى رثاؤ لحال آدم. عندئذٍ وبناءً على أمر منه، من الأزلي الخالد أذنت الكواكب السماوية التي كانت تكاثرت إلى ما لا نهاية، أذنت بانهمار شرارات مجتمعة في حزمة ضخمة، وأصبحت هذه الشرارات حبيبات من القمح.

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DR. GHAZI BRAX

 

LIGHTS UPON DR. DAHESH AND DAHESHISM


 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Dr. Ghazi Brax is a professor of literary psychology and art of writing at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities of the Lebanese University in Beirut.

He is a prolific writer, whose literary production neared fifty works in the varied fields of literary research and critical studies, poetry, fiction, and dramas, as well as religious, social, and psychological studies.

He made the acquaintance of Dr. Dahesh, the founder of Daheshism, in 1963, and was closely associated with him for about twenty years during which he studied the personality of Dr. Dahesh and his teachings.

He has witnessed the miracles of Dr. Dahesh with a discerning eye, and has met with many other witnesses to these miracles. He has recorded his observations and the marvelous truths he has known, and became even more confident of these truths after carefully analyzing them and studying all the details related to their occurrences, such as the dates of their happenings, the names and testimonies of the witnesses. He, in person, has attested to hundreds of the miracles of Dr. Dahesh.

And as a result to this cognitive effort, he has put together a voluminous book about Daheshism, its founder and his miracles that amounted to 1500 pages in size, and is being prepared for printing.

He also has published quite a few studies about the works of Dr. Dahesh, among which we could mention:

- "Dr. Dahesh, the miraculous writer: A comparison between two gigantic books - `The Inferno of Dr. Dahesh,' and 'Dante's Inferno ".

- "The Gardens of the Gods, and the Paradises of the Goddesses," which is a study of a 20-volume series of the same title written by Dr. Dahesh."

 

"In the Temple of Dr. Dahesh and the Mihrab of his Literature".

 

Besides the aforementioned writings, Dr. Brax has given about 60 lectures concerning Daheshism, one of which has been given in 1970, at the American University in Beirut under the title: "The Miracles of Dr. Dahesh, and the Unity of Religions". Another lecture was given, in 1971 at the Faculty of Law of the Lebanese University in Beirut, under the title: "Daheshism, a Spiritual Truth Attested by Miracles." These two lectures have been translated to several world-known languages.

It would not then be strange to say that Dr. Brax combines in his person, a kindled yearning for knowledge, a forgiving nature, a missionary reforming spirit, and a conscious perception for the conveyance of the new Spiritual Message: Daheshism.

It would be interesting, in this context, to mention that one of the first published works of Dr. Brax, was a collection of lyrical poetry that opens with a dramatic stimulating prayer, in which the tragedy of our Age is reflected. Its theme is that the face of the Lord although engraved on our very pupils, yet the Lord Himself is nowhere to be found. I quote

I held out my heart within my hand,

while its blood was streaming down upon my people, And I have wandered away... My face was like a tattered flag upon the winds; I went about searching throughout my land for Love, For Your face, engraved upon our own pupils, Crucified over the East and the West; Alas! The Light died out upon my bleeding eyes,

And I found you not, 0 my Lord!

However, not long after the publication of this poem, and in the same year, 1963, Dr. Brax made the acquaintance of Dr. Dahesh. Like a Paul, he seemed to have been waiting the Guiding Light of Dr. Dahesh, and his wondrous miracles to open his eyes and let him see. And there he stood, face to face, with the Divine Spirit revealing itself and proving the great Truth of his existence and the reality of the other world, by way of palpable miracles, the Scriptures had borne no witness to anything greater in number or more dazzling and astonishing. Daheshism brought peace of mind and soul to Dr. Brax, for it brought him convincing answers to basic eternal questions that have always puzzled man, and it has unlocked for him mysteries hidden since the dawn of Creation. This has been done not by the way of abstract theological or philosophical speculations, but by concrete tangible evidence made possible by the supernatural power manifesting itself through Dr. Dahesh. As for Dr. Dahesh himself, like the sublime central figure of the Gospels, he is extraordinarily human by his infinite true humanity, gentleness, caring and love for his fellow humans, yet at the same time, he is unlike any other, and no human scale could ever measure his greatness and sublimity, because he comes from another purer, mightier, much more elevated and glorious world. About him, as well as about Daheshism, I will speak no further, for this is the task of our speaker now, Dr. Ghazi F. Brax.

 

Fares A. Zaatar

 

 

The Second World War was at the zenith of its fury. Tens of millions of the sons of Adam were being slaughtered by the sons of Adam. And the civilization built by humanity stood at the verge of total ruin. The peace for whose sake Jesus Christ had come and suffered its flag had been brought down and humiliated, and peoples began to weep over the hopes fastened upon it like a mother weeping for her children who have just come to pass away before her very eyes. What is more sinister yet, is that the nations which had embraced Christianity for long generations, had a crucial role in undermining the edifice of love erected by Christendom upon the earth.

At the apex of this international tragedy, at this darkest and most despairing time in the history of humanity, and precisely on March 23, 1942, the Divine Providence sent down a Heavenly Spirit upon a man chosen from Lebanon. This man is Dr. Dahesh. That day, he performed a number of miracles before the man of letters, Yusuph el-Hajj. Among what happened was a sudden impression of spiritual writings: At a glance, upon a plain, blank sheet of paper, the Divine Providence proclaimed the birth of a new spiritual mission in the world - this mission is Daheshism.

Thus was fulfilled what the Divine Spirit had foretold through the Prophet Isaiah when he said: "It is not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a Carmel, and the Carmel shall be esteemed as a forest1? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness" (Isaiah 29.•17-18); and the prophetic vision of

king Solomon, in his Song of Songs, has been fulfilled as well,

for he said: "Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, with me from Lebanon" (4:8).

When the Divine Command of establishing the new Mission came down, Dr. Dahesh was thirty-three years old. But the miraculous signs which had preceded the proclama­tion of the mission manifested themselves in the person of its founder since his childhood. That is why it would not be possible to grasp the dimensions of Daheshism and its truth without having had first an overview of the general outlines of the life of its founder; for his life is intermingled with his Mission, and his person is integrated into it..

Therefore, we have, first, to provide a brief outlook of Dr. Dahesh's life; second, to give a short exposition of the Spiritual Mission he brought about, attested to, and clarified by his miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

FIRST - THE LIFE OF Dr. DAHESH

 

His Childhood:

 

There is nothing in the universe or in life that can be called "blind coincidence". This is a truth, which has become scientific. But Daheshism believes, also, that behind the physical causality, the laws of which scientists try to discover, there is a spiritual causality concealed from the humans.

 

In this light, we could see that it was not a "blind coincidence" for the life of the founder of Daheshism to have its most important setting in two contiguous countries attracting nowadays the eyes of the world: Palestine and Lebanon. Palestine, which two thousand years ago, had persecuted Jesus of Nazareth, then witnessed its destruction at the hands of its own people, and those of the foreigners afterwards. And Lebanon which persecuted its new Messen­ger, is witnessing its destruction at the hands of its own people and those of the foreigners.

 

Dr. Dahesh, was born in 1909, to a humble Christian family, in Jerusalem, city of the prophets. He was but a few months old when his parents moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he was to live most of his life. However, he did return to Palestine where he spent a number of intermittent years of his childhood and youth, especially in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

 

In 1920, when his father passed away, Dahesh was eleven years old. The orphan was then enrolled in the American orphanage and school in the Lebanese town of Ghazir. A few months later, however, his health deteriorated, so he quit school, and was not to re-enter any educational institution throughout his life.

 

This orphan, who has not studied in schools, is now the author of over a hundred and fifty works, which are displayed annually in most of the World's book fairs.

 

However, the highly prolific, and creative writings, with their humanitarian subjects, and lofty purposes, are not the most wondrous that this man has produced; more amazing even is his life that abounded with miracles and prodigies.

 

Among the scores of miracles recounted by eye-witnesses of his prodigious acts, I shall confine myself to relating the following:

 

A - Miraculous Healing:

 

In 1920, at the Musaitby district, in Beirut, where Dahesh was living with his mother, the Christians were celebrating the holiday of the prophet Elijah. A child, riding his bicycle, was crisscrossing the street back and forth amidst the people; suddenly he had an accident: he fell to the ground, was injured, and his bicycle was completely twisted. The child started crying loudly.

 

People gathered around him in order to help him, but his crying grew louder and louder. The eleven year old Dahesh forced his way through the swarming crowds up to the injured child, and laying his hand upon him, said:

 

Get up and go home in peace. Your injuries have been healed by God's permission.

 

And his injuries were healed immediately.

 

Then, the prodigious child laid his other hand upon the bicycle, and at once the distortions and cracks disappeared.

 

This miracle was not the first that Dahesh had performed in his childhood; however, it was the first of his miracles performed in public. And for a long time, the inhabitants of that district kept recounting it; they were baffled and perplexed by the miraculous power of the child. Among the many witnesses to this miracle, are some members of the Baroud and el-Ashquar families.

 

B - The Re-creation of a Book from Ashes:

 

The child, Dahesh, mastered reading on his own, and became passionately fond of knowledge. The economic condition of his family did not allow him to buy books, so he used to borrow them for pay from bookstores, and stay late into the night reading them.

 

In 1925, the fifteen year old Dahesh was the guest of his maternal aunt in Jerusalem. One night, he stayed up late reading one of the Holy Books. It did not take his illiterate aunt long to put out the kerosene lamp in a rush, prodding him to go to bed, to preserve his health and the lighting fuel as well.

 

The youth obeyed her wish. However a part of the night had not yet been over, when the aunt woke up, and saw gleam lighting up the corner of the room. There, the youth was sitting reading. She got up angrily to put out the lamp and hide it away, and she awakened her husband so that they may together discipline the disobedient youth.

 

They suddenly stood riveted to the ground, baffled and terrorized, for the lamp was not lit, but a strange shining beam of light was radiating out of the prodigious child's eyes!

 

They did not understand what was happening, and reaped nothing but fear. In the morning, they contacted a few clergymen, and explained to them what had occurred. The clergymen ascertained to them that the youth must be afflicted by "demonic madness", and that the book itself embodied an evil spirit.

 

The woman and her husband came back home during the absence of the youth; they immediately fetched the book, and set it to fire in one of the house's corners.

 

However, no sooner had the youth returned than he requested the book from them. They denied any knowledge of it. He angrily went straight to where the ashes were, and striking upon them with his hand, the ashes became the same book they were before.

 

This miracle of creation had been witnessed by the adolescent's neighbors’, the Murad family, who happened to be visiting his aunt at the time of the spiritual manifestation. Its news spread out in the vicinity, sowing fear of the prodigious youth in the souls of ignorant people. This miracle was the first to draw the attention of the clerics in Palestine to the wondrous youth, and aroused their hostile feelings against him.

 

 

C - Dr. Dahesh's Walking On Water:

 

The following year (1926), Dahesh moved to Bethlehem. One day, the banks of Prophet Solomon's lakes, situated close to the city that had seen the birth of Jesus, were overcrowded with visitors and strollers among whom were many Assyrians. The prodigious youth was also there. And it was that someone mentioned Christ's walking on the water, to which the wondrous youth said:

 

What would you say about me, if I walked back and forth on the waters of the lake?"

 

They felt the matter too magnificent to believe, and very unlikely to happen.

 

Nevertheless, he immediately began walking gradually on the surface of the water, as if he were walking on the ground, until he had crossed the entire lake, and then turned back to the starting point.

 

Many baffled witnesses examined his shoes, and found them unwetted, so their astonishment grew even greater. And one of the witnesses, Mr. Kourieh Melky Abdullah, asked him:

 

- "How did that happen?" Dahesh answered:

 

"I walk upon waters, as I walk upon solid ground".

 

On November 6, 1964, the aforementioned witness gave an interview to the Beirut magazine, "Al-Liwaa," testifying to what he saw, and mentioning the names of a number of other witnesses, who had seen the miracle with him.

 

The Dawn of the Daheshist Mission:

 

At fourteen, Dahesh began to increase his association with the youths of Bethlehem, where he was living with some members of his family. He would narrate to them the miracles of Jesus of Nazareth, preaching his return, and the necessity of preparing and purifying themselves to receive him. He used to perform miracles before them, and rebuke many of the Christian clerics for their hypocrisy, deviation from Christ's teachings, and for commercializing his religion. He exposed their shameful conduct, and their atrocious hidden acts, warning the youths not to be deceived by their words. His campaign against them reached its peak in Bethlehem in 1927. The clerics raised a hue and cry, inciting the men in power against Dahesh. They began to threaten him in the churches of Bethlehem, and to intimidate everyone associat­ing with him, warning people, and counseling parents not to let their children communicate with him, on the pretext that he embodies a demonic power. But Dahesh's miracles increased among the children, and his influence among the people became even greater, despite his youthful age.

 

When Dahesh approached his twentieth year, a number of educated Palestinian young men, whose hearts inclined them to spiritual matters, began to gather around him and became his disciples even before his proclamation of the Daheshist Mission. Among them was the well-known Palestinian Poet Moutlaq Abdu el-Khaleq, who besides having written a poetry collection entitled "Ar-Rahil" (the Departure), also transposed into poetry one of Dr. Dahesh's first literary works, the Repose of Death. Another distinguished Palestinian, Tawfiq el-Israwi, had been so much touched by the spirituality of his prodigious Master that he distributed all his possessions to the poor, and then spent the rest of his life as a hermit in one of the caves of Petra in Jordan.

 

In 1930, after the fame of Dr. Dahesh spread out, and the news of his prodigies reached the scientific circles in Paris, the "Sage Institute" granted him a doctorate degree in psychic research on May 22, 1930, after scores of Frenchmen interested in spiritual and psychic matters witnessed some of his miracles. And that is how this scientific title came to be united with his spiritual name.

 

On the first day of the year 1937, Dr. Dahesh wrote the following great oath:

 

I swear by you, 0 my Creator, that even if there were to be

Millions of disloyal fools, and hypocrite traitors, who came to write on all the papers of the Earth, Nay, but even if they would chisel into all,

The stones of this entire universe, that:

`This Mission of mine is untrue,'

I would but keep marching on with my head high,

And with full dignity,

And I shall persist in my preaching,

And the propagation of my Mission,

Until it encompasses the whole Earth, and spreads out in the

Heavens as well.

Not even the entire Creation would be able

To prevent me from fulfilling it, 0 God

So long as you are the One Who supplies me with His divine power.

This is my oath, 0 my Creator,

I rise to you from the depths of my heart, that does not throb but with recollection of Your Holy Name

In total awe and humility.

 

Persecution of Dr. Dahesh and his Followers:

 

About five years and three months following this oath,

 

(That is on March 23, 1942), the Divine Command, proclaim­ing the Daheshist Mission to people, was revealed. Conse­quently, the miracles of Dr. Dahesh increased before crowds of highly-educated visitors, such as physicians, lawyers, politicians, and men of letters; those spiritual manifestations comprised prophecies, healing of incurable diseases, brea­thing life into inanimate objects, transmutation of matter, transportation of things irrespective to their distance or weight; and many others, each of which occurred at a glance.

 

These miracles took place before the believer as well as the unbeliever, for the conviction of the witness is irrelevant to their occurrence, and they are not accompanied by any of the aspects of charlatanism, such as mumbling, burning of incense, darkening of rooms, staring into the eyes of people, and tricking in general. These prodigies occur in an absolutely simple and clear way. Their purpose is to prove the existence of the immortal Spiritual World, the affirmation of the truthfulness of the Daheshist Mission, and the clarification of its teachings.

 

In consequence, a great number of well-educated people believed in his mission succeedingly; and the new tide of belief began to invade the Lebanese society in all its confessional groups, uniting them, shaking off their superstitions and outworn traditions, and triggering off resounding echoes in the Lebanese and Arab press.

 

Among the new believers was the chairwoman of the Lebanese Syndicate of Fine Arts, the lady of letters, Mary Haddad, and sister of the wife of the ex-President of the Lebanese Republic Beshara el-Khouri. She embraced Daheshism together with her husband and children. Conse­quently, the Christian Clergy began to fear for their influence to weaken and be swept away in Lebanon, a country ruled and torn apart, on every level, by blind sectarian fanaticism in its ugliest manifestations. They began to weave shameful plots against the founder of Daheshism, in co-operation with the head of State, Beshara el-Khouri, and his myrmidons.

 

However, after the authorities failed in luring Mary Haddad and the other pillars of Daheshism to relinquish their faith, they attempted to turn Dr. Dahesh over to trial upon falsified despicable allegations; yet, here too, they failed. Thereupon, the head of State resorted to trying to pass a law project in the Chamber of Deputies that would prohibit the acts of the Man of the Spirit - noting that laws are established for the sake of the many and not for the one - but the Deputies failed him, in spite of his colossal pressures.

 

Then, the authority, in concert with the Christian Clergy, worked together to distorting and defaming the reputation of Dr. Dahesh, by inventing sordid allegations against him and propagating them among the people through newspapers, churches, and schools. As for the Daheshists, they were forbidden from replying to the campaign of lies against them.

 

And after the authorities had exhausted all of their schemes, they arrested the founder of the new Spiritual Mission, on August 28, 1944, and had him thrown with the pillars of Daheshism into prison, without any trial. And after thirteen days of flogging, torturing, and degradation, the authorities expelled Dr. Dahesh outside the borders, following his divestiture of his Lebanese nationality in a tyrannical arbitrary way whereby they violated the Constitution.

 

After a month of his expulsion, the Man of the Spirit, succeeded in returning secretly to Beirut, where he waged a terribly punishing public opinion campaign against the despots, during which he wrote and distributed 66 black books exposing the men of power and religion who had conspired against him, laying bare their secrets, shameful acts, and plots against the people. These black books, with what they contained of authentic documents, contributed to stirring up the people against the ruling despot; for they brought him down from the presidential seat in 1952. And in the beginning of the new regime (1953), Dr. Dahesh got back his Lebanese nationality.

 

However, the Man of the Spirit had previously published on January 4, 1948, in the Beirut newspaper "Al-Hayat," and in a number of other Lebanese newspapers, a prophecy foretelling that Beirut shall be consumed in sulfur and fire, and that destruction shall overwhelm Lebanon from end to end, and that is as the result of the State's persecution of the founder of the new Mission, and the silence of the people represented by its deputies, judges, men of letters, and journalists, on this crime. And because the dimensions of this terrible prophecy surpassed the logic of the observers at that time, and contradicted the wishes of the iniquitous and the greedy, the Lebanese press took from it a ridiculing stand. But, who dares today to ridicule this prophecy, after the calamitous afflictions that have befallen Lebanon and its people? Indeed, they would have done better had they been rational!

 

 

SECOND - THE DAHESHIST MISSION

 

The Sources of the Daheshist Teachings:

 

The Daheshist teachings have two sources: the miracu­lous revelations, and the inspired writings of Dr. Dahesh.

 

A - The miraculous Revelations:

 

The Daheshist teachings are not derived from the antecedent springs of human knowledge, be it religion or science, although they concord with the fundamental princi­ples of all religions, and with the established final results of science. The primary source of the Daheshist teachings is the revelations affirmed by miracles. It is mainly of four kinds:

 

 

 

1 - The Spiritual Answers:

 

By way of explanation, I am going to relate the following typical miracle:

 

Mr. Edward Noun is an eminent lawyer in Beirut, and a former Government Minister. He had been sent to Dr. Dahesh by the Lebanese ex-president, Beshara el-Khouri, in order to report back to him intelligence about the man, and to look into the truthfulness of his miracles. The miracles he came to witness intrigued him greatly, and wishing to increase his spiritual knowledge, he wrote at home seventy-two questions relating to the history of humanity, its obscure origins, and intricate matters concerning man and religions which science has not yet decided upon their final truths. He distributed them over thirty typing papers, and left an empty space between each of the questions and the other, allowing for the answers to be inserted. He, then, went to Dr. Dahesh's residence. Those present were many, and they all went through Mr. Noun's intricate questions. The papers were then put inside an envelope, and the Spiritual Session was held. Suddenly, Dr. Dahesh touched the envelope containing the papers saying: "You have the answers now". The astonishment of those present was tremendous when they opened the envelope. In a glance, 72 answers had been clearly inscribed, under the 72 questions distributed over 30 pages. These miraculous documents required more than two days for their mere transcription.

 

What took place with Edward Noun took place with me also, and with scores of those who used to visit Dr. Dahesh.

 

2 - The Spiritual Messages:

 

Very often Dr. Dahesh used to request his visitors to pick up blank sheets of paper, and to fold them inside their fists, after having examined them on both sides, and frequently after signing their names on them. Then, at a glance, while still inside the hands of the witnesses, these blank papers were filled out with revelational writings containing counsels and clarifications, personal or general. The like of these miracles took place with hundreds of those who visited the Man of the Spirit.

 

3 - The Spiritual Narratives:

 

Often Dr. Dahesh was inspired to place before us a pack of blank papers, or a blank notebook, and, at a glance, the Spiritual Power filled them out with narratives that explain the secrets of life and death. I, myself, have been a witness to quite a few of them.

 

4 - The Spiritual Interpretations Accompanying the Miracles:

 

These interpretations are numerous; the Divine Spirit pronounces them in the course of performing the miracle. They are recorded in addition to the revealed teachings. Examples of them shall be given later on

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B - The Inspired Writings of Dr. Dahesh:

 

Dr. Dahesh set forth in his inspired writings his views about the different aspects of life, the individual, society, and humanity; and, based on his sublime inner inspiration, he clarified a great deal of mysteries relating to the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the conditions of Heaven and Hell, Mythology, the cosmic civilizations, and the destiny of mankind. However, it should be asserted that all that the founder of Daheshism has written differs by its source and the way of its writing, from what men of letters write generally. For, he does not plan what he is going to write, neither does he think it over, nor does he erase or correct; rather, he writes with a prodigious speed, irrelevant to what the subject matter might be. And quite often, I used to observe him in the course of his writing, and when he was done, transcribed what he had already written in preparation of printing, and I used to find that what took him one hour to write, took me several hours to transcribe.

The historiographer of the Daheshist Chronicles, the poet Halim Dammous, had preceded me in witnessing Dr. Dahesh writing his book entitled Memoirs of a Dinar2. This story of intricate interwoven events, and amazing facts, whose epi­sodes cover the entire Twentieth Century from beginning to end, encompassing two World Wars, and closing with an apocalyptic universal annihilation due to a nuclear war; this story of complex structure, of about 300 pages, did not take more than nine hours for the Man of the Spirit to write, whereas it took Mr. Dammous seven days to transcribe.

These are the sources of the Daheshist teachings: Miraculous revelations, and inspired writings.

The Prophet Moses has founded his religion upon Ten Commandments inscribed by a Heavenly hand onto tablets of stone; and the Prophet Mohammad has founded his religion upon revelations whispered to him; these two ways join in forming the Daheshist teachings that are furthermore affirmed by miracles. Now, what are these teachings?

 

The Daheshist Teachings:

 

They may be summarized in the following fundamental principles:

 

I - God:

 

Daheshism believes that God is the Power that has created the universe, the known of it and the unknown; that He is the Beginning and the End, the Mystery of Life, the Lord of reward and punishment, and the Source of every knowledge, power, and pure love. To Him Dr. Dahesh and the Daheshists raise their prayers, and from Him they ask forgiveness and help, and in Him they see a compassionate Father for them and for the entire creation.

 

The Daheshists refrain from exploring the essence of Deity, because they are certain that it is beyond human reason, and that nothing could be derived from such discussion except more intellectual confusion.

 

2 - The World of the Spirits:

 

This world is the beginning of the Creation and its end; It is the Divine Mind administering the universe, and controlling its laws; It is eternal and everlasting, beyond material bonds of time-space. It is made of Heavens constituted of 150 spiritual degrees. Its beings are the Holy Spirits, the origins of every creature; they are pure, glorious, free of any blemish, corruption, or any trace of matter accordingly, none may enter this world of perfection, save he who has attained spiritual perfection.

That is why Daheshism believes that the purpose of every being should be to strive, in every way, towards a continuous spiritual transcendence, aiming at freeing one's self from the attraction of the materialistic tendencies, in order to attain the Heavenly World of the Spirits where the absolute true happiness lies.

To have faith in God, and in the immortal World of the Spirits, is the general purpose of all Dr. Dahesh's miracles. And many are those who have entered his home atheists or doubters, and left, after witnessing his miracles, believers.

Here is an example among hundreds of others:

 

A Newspaper Created Five Days Prior to Its Issuance:

 

Mr. Philip Hadshiti is an educated young man, who lived for some time in Paris where he was influenced by the materialistic intellectual currents to the degree of denying the existence of the Spirit as well as the existence of God.

 

One day, in Beirut, he heard of Dr. Dahesh's miracles, and visited him at his home, on November 28, 1943, in order to ascertain for himself their authenticity.

 

The visitor was promised a Spiritual Session, wherein the power of God would manifest itself, but he did not believe it. That day, he had with him the daily Lebanese newspaper, <<Le Jour>>, published in French. He went through it, writing in the margins questions that came to his mind and that he intended to ask during the convened Session.

 

The Session was held in the presence of many. Dr. Dahesh asked him: "Do you believe in God?" And Philip Hadshiti replied: "To tell you the truth, Doctor, I do not believe in His existence and that's what I used to say when I was in Paris." And Dr. Dahesh answered him: "What do you want in order to believe in Him, and realize your grave

 

error?" He said: "I want a miracle." And Dr. Dahesh replied:

 

"Look at the newspaper you have with you". When Mr. Hadshiti looked at his newspaper for a while, he let a cry out of his great astonishment. For the issue which he brought in with him bore the date of November 28, 1943; however, all of a sudden, he found the issue had become that of December 3, that is five days prior to the issuance of the issue, and the questions which he had written down in the margins were still the same. And after the issue of December 3 had come out, he compared it with the issue which had been formed miracu­lously five days earlier, and it was the very same in its entirety and with all local and international news and events. It was a miracle of creation comprising within itself thousands of prophecies.

 

Philip Hadshiti had entered Dr. Dahesh's home an unbeliever, and left it a believer in the power of God, the Omnipotent.

 

3 - Christ, the Prophets, and the Guides:

 

Daheshism distinguishes between "Christ" and Jesus of Nazareth. The word "Christ", in Daheshism, does not refer to the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who has been known throughout history by the name of Jesus Christ; rather it refers to a Spiritual Divine Force that constitutes the highest degrees of Heavens. This Heavenly Power is the spring of the infinite pure love, and it is the only living eternal way leading to the Creator. It is impossible for any Spirit to be united with the Creator-Power before it is united with the divine power of "Christ". In this light, Daheshism understands the meaning that Christ is a god, that he is the First Begotten Son of God, that he is a Spirit of God, and the Head of the Creation. These designations do not refer to a human being, but to the supreme, Celestial Power itself.

 

To this Heavenly Divine power there are spiritual extensions in all the material worlds, including the Earth. These extensions, that Daheshism calls "Spiritual Fluids", are incarnated into the prophets, among who are Moses, Mohammad, and Jesus of Nazareth known historically by the name of Jesus Christ; they are incarnated as well, into the Guides, among whom are Lao Tzu, Confucius, Buddha, Socrates, and Gandhi.

 

Accordingly, Daheshism believes that the Prophetic and Guiding Fluids of all the Prophets and Guides are derived from one Divine Being, who is the "Christ". But these Fluids are of different degrees of spiritual elevation, for the Heavenly Spiritual World to which their origins belong consists of many degrees.

 

By this concept, the fundamental conflict between Christ­ianity and Islam is dissipated. Jesus of Nazareth (the Issa of the Koran), is a human Prophet. As for the "Christ" (the Heavenly Spiritual Power), of whom Jesus is a part, as well as every other prophet, he is a god, for he is the image of God.

 

4 - The Intrinsic Unity of Religions:

 

Through this conception unifying the prophets and the Guides, Daheshism looks at all religions, and sees them as chapters in one book - the book of Spiritual Guidance. And among these chapters there is integration not contradiction. Each one contains a part of the Spiritual Truth, not the whole Absolute Truth, and each one is true as far as the believers in it are concerned, that is in relation to their intellectual and spiritual levels. For religions differ on the levels of knowledge and spirituality comprised in their teachings and practices, as much as the human groupings for which these religions are meant differ. For God does not oblige a •soul with more than it can endure.

 

This intrinsic religious unity, according to Daheshism, does not only embrace the greatest monotheistic religions, by which I mean Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but also includes all the other religions in their origins, and before their distortion by worldly interests and unfounded speculations.

 

The international religious brotherhood, preached by Daheshism, has become a human need. Mankind cannot escape it if nations were to avoid tragic wars and conflicts. Confessions, in many parts of the world, are trying to avoid these historic strives, or hide them by calling the people to co-existence on the basis of mutual respect of beliefs, or on the basis of religious accommodations made by pointing out similarities between them, while disregarding the essential differences. Those points of disagreements remain the deter­mining factor in rekindling the embers, because these differences have not been dissipated by means of a unifying faith.

 

The belief in the intrinsic unity of religions, as well as in the unity of the Prophets, is a way that leads to the unity of humanity, and through which alone the love of each believer broadens to encompass believers of all faiths.

 

5 - The Truth and Religions:

 

Daheshism believes that the whole Absolute Truth is the Creator-Power Himself, and His image does not exist except in the Heavenly Spiritual World, which is the image of God. Therefore, in vain do scientists, theologians and philosophers search for the whole absolute truth, because it is beyond the reach of men.

 

Therefore, Truth on Earth is partial and relative, in all religions as well as in science. Religions should not then pretend a monopoly over the whole spiritual truth, because that is impossible even to the inhabitants of Paradise themselves, who belong to the most advanced cosmic civiliza­tions.

 

6 - Cosmic Civilizations or Paradise and Hell:

 

Daheshism distinguishes between Heaven (which has purely a spiritual existence, Divine greatness, and infinite spiritual happiness), and Paradise comprising glorious material worlds of highly advanced civilizations, having religions, letters, arts, and inventions, unreachable by human imagina­tion, and of great happiness, and immense material and spiritual blissfulness. This Paradise comprises billions of stars and planets distributed over one hundred and fifty spiritual degrees.

 

Hell. However, comprises material worlds, wherein civi­lization is backward, and ignorance, stupidity, psychological and physical suffering are great. It comprises, in its turn, billions of planets distributed over 150 lower spiritual degrees.

 

Earth is situated at the spiritual threshold of Hell.

 

And it is not imperative for the stay to be everlasting, neither in Paradise nor in Hell. For, in each one of them the being is faced with temptations and tests relative to his spiritual advancement, in accordance with the spiritual laws applicable to his world. Therefore, if he succeeds in passing the tests and temptations, he elevates himself to a higher spiritual degree, otherwise he exposes himself to fall to a degree determined by his acts, thoughts, and tendencies.

 

The Daheshist's heedfulness of the lowly rank of Earth makes him realize the long arduous way he has to cross, while struggling against his low Earthly tendencies, to deserve entering the First Paradisiacal degree, wherefrom he could also pass to higher degrees all the way through to the end.

 

As far as Daheshism is concerned, the existence of Paradise and Hell, in other words, of the cosmic civilizations, is an incontestable truth. For the Founder of Daheshism has not only written several works descriptive of the conditions of Paradise and Hell, bit also among his miracles there are those that confirm this truth in a tangible way. The following miracle is an example:

 

The Incarnation of Nada:

 

This miracle took place in 1943, and its witnesses were many; among them were Dr. Georges Khabsa, the renowned Lebanese dermatologist and professor at the French Faculty of Medicine in Beirut, Mr. George Haddad, brother-in-law of the then Lebanese President of the Republic, and his wife the lady of letters, Mary Haddad.

 

While they were meeting with Dr. Dahesh in a Spiritual Session, a pretty young girl was suddenly incarnated before them, in full light. They were all overwhelmed with astonish­ment, and thought they were imagining things; however, the girl surprised them by saying: "Do not think that you are being victims of your imagination, for what you are seeing is a real truth. My name is Nada, and I have come to you from another material world." But they could not believe their eyes, and rushed forward to touch her with their own hands, and found her flesh and blood just like other humans. Nevertheless, she was wearing a dress and carrying a handbag that was not in style in 1943.

 

Nineteen years later, the same young girl visited Dr. Dahesh; she had become one of the inhabitants of Earth. She was of the same age in which she had been incarnated nineteen years earlier, and she was wearing the same dress, and carrying the same handbag.

 

Dr. Dahesh explained to those present at that time, and among them were some of whom had witnessed her appear­ance nineteen years before, that this divine miracle confirms decisively the continuity of life, and the reincarnation of the Fluids, and their transmigration after death, from one life cycle into another whether it be on Earth, or from one planet into another, in accordance with their degree of merit.

 

7 - The Fluids:

 

The Fluid is an everlasting vital energy, of relativistic capacity of conception, driving will, different tendencies, and functional properties. Its substance is a spiritual radiating essence, that is impossible to be perceived by the senses because it is characterized by an extremely high frequency, and because the human being is limited by a network of senses that range between two thresholds: a maximum and a minimum, which he cannot tresspass.

 

And the substances of the entire cosmos, and of its beings, from atoms to galaxies, are spiritual Fluids of relativistic structural material forms.

 

These Fluids, whether they are on Earth - in man, animal, plants, or inorganic bodies - or whether they are in the stars, planets, and all heavenly bodies, do not differ from each other except in the degree of their spiritual elevation, and in the functions they are allowed to exercise within the confines of their material existence, and the spiritual laws that govern it.

 

On the other hand, the substance of matter - in all its forms, one of which is the human body - is a condensed Fluid made up of constitutive elements, some of which have been discovered by science. However, the spiritual Fluids are made up of constitutive elements immensely less condensed, which science has not been able to discover, because they do not fall within the range of perception of the senses, nor within reach of the apparatuses of observation, because all of these are restricted by material elements and ruled by their laws.

 

In consequence the "material" structural Fluids unify the universe in its "matter", also, the spiritual Fluids unify the universe in its essence. The miracle that follows explains this unity:

 

Giving Life to a Bird in a Painting:

 

Mrs. Mary Haddad is a writer and a fine artist who has numerous paintings, one of which is exhibited at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. A painting of hers represents a bird perched on a tree. Once, prior to the persecution, Dr. Dahesh was taken over by the Spirit, and pointing at the painting, the colors started moving in it. The bird in the painting took flesh, blood and feathers and hopped into the lap of the painter. She put him in a cage, and kept him there for years. His place in the painting however, remained blank. This same Fluid took its first material form in the shape of a bird apparently inert, and by a divine power was animated into a living bird.

 

The immortality of the Fluids is confirmed by a great number of miracles performed by Dr. Dahesh. Tens of times we burned out sheets of paper filled with writings inscribed by our own hands, and Dr. Dahesh brought them back to their initial form, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

8 - The Spirit and the Soul:

 

The Fluids - whether they are in men or in beings other than men, living in the paradisiacal or infernal material worlds - are different from the Spirits. For, the Spirits are divine beings that do not commingle with bodies, and are unblemished by any material condensation, since matter is a contingent resulting from imperfection and defilement; where­as the Spirits' habitat is the world of perfection.

 

Each Spirit is Mother-Origin to many Fluids emanating from it; and these Fluids exist in incarnations that differ in the degrees of their spiritual elevation; they are dispersed in various worlds of Paradise and Hell, and are connected to their Mother-Origin by imperceptible radiating ties.

 

The degree of the Spirit in its world is affected by the degrees of its Fluids that are scattered in the expanses of the universe. The more purified Fluids it is able to regain, the higher the degree of elevation it would reach.

 

The Greatest aim of the Spirit is to be reunited with its divine origin (The Creator-Power). However it can never achieve that unless it has already regained all of its Fluids, had been first united with the Divine Power of "Christ", and has reached the highest degree of the Heavens.

 

And as every Spirit longs to return to its Father-Creator, so too every elevated Fluid, whether in humans or in any other beings, cannot escape feeling the longing to return to its Mother-Spirit; for solely through this return is its true salvation and happiness.

 

As for the soul of the human, it is nothing else than the ensemble of his vital Fluids.

 

And within each soul, every Fluid has its own peculiar activity, which could be independent from the activities of all the other Fluids within the oneness of the human personality, or could be in some sort of a harmony with them. This reality is reflected in the individual's desires and motivations that are sometimes conflictive, and some other times coordinative, as in his thoughts that are sometimes discordant, and some other times concordant. And in view of this fact, it is justifiable to say that the human personality is composed of an ensemble of partial personalities, which are the Fluids, and at the same time, it is part of a more inclusive spiritual entity, whose Fluids are dispersed in the expanses of this universe in both its Paradise and Hell, and whose brother-parts are linked to the Mother-Spirit.

 

9 - The Spiritual Causation:

 

Daheshim believes that what is called "Coincidence" does not exist at all. For there are causes to every happening, or condition, or existence. But behind the material causation there is a spiritual causation hidden from humans, and it rules individuals and societies as well as all other beings.

 

When we become afflicted by illness, we refer the cause to certain microbes, viruses, or else. This is the material causation. However, when Jesus Christ healed the long time

 

invalid, he told him: "Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you" (John 5:14); by that saying he had pointed out to him the spiritual cause. Therefore, we should look for the causes of what befalls us in our own transgressions and in what we have done.

 

All of our physical, social, economic and psychological conditions, wealth and destitution, intelligence and stupidity, diseases and infirmities, peace and war, gain and loss, mutual attraction or repulsion, traffic accidents on land, sea, and in the air, natural catastrophes, etc... all of them have spiritual causes hidden from us, and that is why we assign them to "coincidence." Their general rule, however, is one, and that is the merit and the just deserts.

 

Spiritual causation occurs according to divine laws, and takes place on Earth through the natural laws reigning over it. The miracle that follows is an illustration:

 

Two Watermelons Go Up Into the Air by an Invisible Power Then Fall Down Into Pieces:

 

While Dr. Georges Khabsa was accompanying Dr. Dahesh close to the Hamadeh Pharmacy in Beirut, Lebanon, the Man of Miracles, suddenly, was taken over by the Spirit, and addressing his companion he said: "Look at that peddler." And right across from them, a few feet away, a vendor was standing by a cart of watermelons. Dr. Dahesh made a hand signal, and immediately a watermelon rose up into the air, then fell to pieces on the ground. He repeated the signal, and another watermelon rose up and fell down to pieces. Dr. Khabsa asked him wistfully: "But, why did this happen? This vendor is poor, and this loss will cost him dearly." The Holy Spirit answered him through Dr. Dahesh: "I have done that before you, in order to show you that justice applies to all beings of all statuses. It takes effect in a natural way, without people recognizing the manner of its application. This vendor, for example, gained today more than he should have, and his impermissible profit though little, was rightfully lost by the crash of the two watermelons. And had I not shown you this by the miracle in order to draw your attention to the fact, the cart would have anyway slid into a pit inadvertently, and the same two watermelons would have rolled over and fallen to pieces.

 

10 - Reincarnation:

 

The concept of reincarnation in Daheshism differs from its concept in all the other beliefs that confess it. For, based on the fact that the soul of the human being is not a whole unit, but rather an ensemble of Fluids of different spiritual levels, and based on the principle of just deserts, every Fluid that leaves the human body, whether during his lifetime, or at the time of death, is reincarnated into the material body which it deserves, and accordingly the bad Fluid receives its punish­ment, and the good its reward.

 

And the transmigration of the Fluid from one Earthly form into another, within the worlds of humans, animals, plants, and inorganic bodies, continues for six thousand cycles of reincarnation, before it is condemned to fall into Hell, i.e., the lower worlds.

 

This spiritual system is undoubtedly a mercy to man. If we subtract from the life span of the individual the time spent on sleep (more than one third of a lifetime), illness, food, and earning a living, plus fifteen years• which is the non-­responsible childhood period, all that would be left out is no more than a few years, and perhaps a few months. That is not adequate time for man to immerse himself in spiritual meditation, and achieve the purification of his soul, and the overcoming of his many obdurate base tendencies. Conse­quently, man would be imperatively condemned to damna­tion. The mercy of reincarnation lies then, in giving the human beings thousands of opportunities to reform themselves. Therefore, at the end of these cycles, if no elevation of the soul has been achieved, condemnation to Hell would, then, be a just punishment.

 

Reincarnation explains then, why people are born with infirmities, hereditary or natural diseases, bad conditions of stupidity or destitution. For, the present incarnation of the human being is but the result of his acts, tendencies, and thoughts in his previous life, or lives. It is in man's power, through will and effort to improve his conditions from bad to better.

 

At birth, man inherits his psychosomatic Fluids (body and soul) from both parents. These Fluids become common to all of them. However, the principal vital Fluid (that gives life to the fetus) is connected to one of them only.

 

The Koran says: "Lo! God changeth not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their heart... " (Surat Thunder, 11).

 

And since the Fluids of the father and mother extend into the children and grandchildren, thus parents could be punished, for what they have done, through their children and grandchildren. In this light we would explain God's second Commandment to Moses, when He said in the course of his speaking about the images and statues: "You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I am jealous God and I punish the father's fault in the sons, the grandsons, and the great-grandsons of those who hate me" (Exodus 20:5).

 

Man could also acquire in the course of his life some other Fluids transferred to him, according to a spiritual system, from other beings (human or non-human); however these Fluids are spiritually connected with his principal Fluid, in other words, they are his own.

 

Therefore, the entity of every individual is a direct psychosmatic extension of some of his Parents' Fluids, and an indirect psychic extension to other beings he may not know.

 

And the relationships of the individual with others of his contemporaries, men and women, are affected to a large extent by the former attitudes of his Fluids towards them, and the attitudes of their Fluids towards him in previous life cycles. Thus, the killer will be killed, the robber will be robbed, the oppressor will be oppressed, and the offender will be offended, in order for the scales of justice to be even.

 

11 - Dissimilar Fluids and Dissimilar Humans:

 

Fluids are dissimilar between one individual and the other, in number, spiritual degree, level of conception, and general characteristics. This is the cause for the dissimilarities in physical powers as to health or sickness, in sexual distinctions as to male or female, in mental and intellectual qualities, in predispositions, talents, and tendencies among people. These dissimilarities of Fluids exist even in environ­ments having exactly the same social economic and material constitutive structure, and even among brothers subject to the same external conditions, because what one child inherits from his parents differs from what his brother or sister inherits.

 

12 - Mutual Attraction or Repulsion:

 

The transmission of the hereditary elements from the parents to the child does not imply imperatively the equality in the number of Fluids transmitted from both of them, nor in their kind, effectiveness and all of their characteristics. For, the child may inherit the principal traits of characters of his personality from one of his parents to the exclusion of the other. Hence the strong unconscious attachment that is felt between a child and one of his parents reflects the existence of shared common principal Fluids between the two parties attached to each other. The educational and environmental circumstances may increase the strength of this attachment, but they do not create it from nothing because the influence of these circumstances is posterior and not anterior to the existence of an eventual psychic attraction between the two parties starting by the formation of the fetus in his mother's womb.

 

Likewise, there may exist among a number of persons, not necessarily the progeny of the same ancestry, a shared Fluid, and that explains, sometimes, the strong mutual affectional or intellectual attraction among certain persons, notwithstanding the different families and nationalities which they belong. And the explanation of the mutual attraction by the similarity of tendencies and thoughts is not enough; for these are but an expression, in other words, a specific activity produced by a power existing within man, which is the Fluids.

 

On the other hand, the mutual attraction between two individuals may have its origin in affectional interrelationship between their Fluids in a past reincarnation; and in the present cycle the affection reawakens.

 

The like of this unconscious mutual attraction may also exist between man and certain animals, or plants, or inorganic objects, without his being able to understand its mystery. Its explanation, however, follows the same pattern.

 

As for the unconscious mutual repulsion between one individual and another, its source is either the enormous disparities between the degrees or tendencies of their Fluids, or the enmity that existed between some of their Fluids in a past reincarnation. The slaying of President Kennedy is an illustrative example.

 

A Prophecy On the Slaying of President John Kennedy:

 

There were incongruous explanations and interpretations of the cause that had motivated the killer to commit his crime, yet no conclusive adequate result was reached.

 

Dr. Dahesh, however, had prophesied about the slaying of the American President, a long time before his death. And in order to avoid any complications, the Man of Miracles gave to a number of persons copies of the written prophecy, and urged them not to make it public except after the occurrence of the incident. One of those people was the former Government Minister Mr. Edward Noun who had been handed over a copy of the prophecy in an envelope, which he kept in his safe. On November 28, 1963, he was requested in the presence of a group of journalists to open the envelope enclosing the prophecy. It was found to contain the date, the hour, and the minute, in which President Kennedy was to be slain, as well as the number of bullets that will pierce him, their places in his body, the name of his killer, that of his killer's killer, and the duration of his stay in the hospital. Dr. Dahesh explains the cause of Oswald's slaying Kennedy by referring it to the circumstances of their past reincarnations. For, Kennedy was Abraham Lincoln, and his killer was Booth, Lincoln's murderer. And the killer's inimical motiva­tions remained alive within his Fluids, after his death, because all the Fluids' tendencies remain alive. When life brought them back together in America, his hostile tendencies reawakened, and rationalizing his hostile feelings towards the President, he lived under the pressure of his motivations until he killed him.

 

The prophecy was published in the Lebanese newspaper "Al Jaridah" on November 29, 1963.

13 - The Fluids' Tendencies and the Psychological Equilibrium:

 

In general, the Fluids of every individual tend to have three kinds of tendencies: Spiritual transcendent, material Earthly, and evil base. The relative equilibrium would not be realized within oneself unless there occurs among one's Fluids a hierarchy in which the group of spiritual tendency controls the two other groups.

 

The Fluids of spiritual tendencies, (such as pure love, mercy, humbleness, chastity, contentment, renunciation, self-sacrifice, generosity, and courage of the spirit) are the only ones that may leave the Earth to the paradisiacal worlds; whereas the Fluids of Earthly tendencies (such as gluttonness, cowardice, ostentatiousness, and indolence of the Spirit) remain within the spiritual attraction of the Earth. As for the Fluids of evil tendencies (such as the tendency to killing or stealing or harming, or such as envy, hatred, arrogance, debauchery, falsehood, drunkenness, stinginess, and greed)

 

They put themselves, by their evil and perversion, within the attraction of the infernal lower worlds.

 

14 - The Value of Acts Is in the Nature of their Motivations:

 

Good deeds, such as alms-giving, spreading out the belief in God, praying, fasting and so on, are all apt to lift man's Fluids upwards when they are attached to lofty motives. But these selfsame deeds, when they are motivated by ostentatiousness and worldly glory, or other base motivations, lose their sublime meaning, as well as their spiritual reward.

 

Did not Jesus of Nazareth say about the benefactors, and those who pray and fast who do what they do for show-off and worldly glory that: "they have received their reward" (Matthew 6:3,6, 17)?


 

15 - Mercy and Grace:

 

God's treatment of people is based upon the general rule of justice; what man has sown, he will reap. Nevertheless, the Heavens are merciful, and their mercy is infinite. And that is why reincarnation exists.

Divine Mercy manifests itself in many ways: it could be in deferring punishment to sinners, and giving them an opportunity to repent; or in lessening the severity of the punishment by apportioning it on different times, or in substituting it by another, and so on. But mercy, according to Daheshism, does not mean at all the complete elimination of sin, or punishment, otherwise the scales of divine justice become unbalanced.

 

Grace, however, is a special spiritual assistance granted solely to those who deserve it. Man would not be worthy of it, unless he has exerted a distinguished effort to reform and elevate his soul by undertaking actions of lofty purposes, or by a lengthy spiritual strife. Thus, according to Daheshism, a gratuitous grace has no existence. Christ's redemption is for his own, for those who believe in him and execute his commandments; those whom he has loved and prayed his Heavenly Father to protect from the evil One because they have kept his words (John 17).

 

On the other hand, Jesus' healing of the sick in Palestine was not haphazardly; for he did not heal all of the sick, but special ones, those who merited the grace of healing after a period of endured suffering. The sick, who were by the Sheep Gate Pool in Jerusalem were many in number, and all of them longed to be miraculously healed, yet the Nazarene selected one from among them who did not know him previously nor anticipate to be healed at his hands: that was the long time invalid, whom he healed.

 

An Insane Paralytic and a Woman Leper,

 

Healed Through Dr. Dahesh by the Power of the Spirit:

 

What has taken place at the hand of Jesus Christ, also took place at the hand of Dr. Dahesh.

 

Elie Maalouf, a Lebanese child, was afflicted with paralysis and insanity, and medicine was unable to cure him; that is why his grandfather and his mother carried him to Dr. Dahesh, earnestly requesting him to heal the child. And it was that the Spirit healed him at his hand, in a glance.

 

Miriam Mizrahi, a woman from Palestine, was afflicted with the official leprosy in Jerusalem. She had been treated for a long time, but the horrible disease overcame her and reigned supreme over her body. Her fingers, nose, and parts of her lips and ears had been putrefied, and she reached a miserable state, and a horrific appearance. Upon hearing of the news of Dr. Dahesh's miracles, she set out to see him in Beirut, accompanied by her brother. A Spiritual Session was held for her, attended by more than thirty highly educated indi­viduals, among whom were five physicians: Abdel Ahad, Khouri, achi, Abou Suleiman, and Khabsa, who had all verified the incurable nature of her disease. The Man of the Spirit had previously addressed an invitation to all the Lebanese physicians; however, they were apprehensive to attend. During the Spiritual Session, Dr. Dahesh touched with his hand the body of the sick woman, and immediately new flesh appeared; the crevasses in the body got filled out; and every deseased part restored to good health; and the withering away body, being called upon by death, regained its freshness.

 

These two miraculous healings and tens of other miraculous healings that took place at the hand of the Founder of Daheshism would never have occurred had not the healed individuals merited the healing grace.

 

16 - Death and Birth:

 

Death occurs to man when the last vital fluid leaves him. But, most of the times, death occurs gradually during the course of man's life. For each time one of his Fluids leaves him, his intellectual or physical power diminishes.

 

And the instant of Death is pre-determined by the Divine System since man's birth, in relation to his past reincarnations and the degree of his Fluids. However, free willful acts that elevate or lower one's spiritual degree, might change the time of death by delaying or speeding it.

 

And death is not annihilation; rather it is a transmigration of the Fluids from one form into another. When the Fluid frees itself from the shackles of the body, a spiritual awakening occurs to him. Dr. Dahesh says: "Death is a beautiful awakening sought by everyone whose soul has been refined, and spirit purified, and feared by everyone whose thoughts have become heavier and sins greater.”

 

In the other worlds, outside the Earth, the manner by which death occurs differs according to the difference of the systems in each world. For, death may be an instantaneous disappearance of the form of the being, or a gradual shrinkage until evanescence, and so on.

 

As far as birth is concerned, a human being would not be born unless one of his parents has a fluid of the same degree as the Earth, or if the Fluid is permitted to descend to Earth, otherwise the to be born infant would not come. This is what people call infertility ignorant of its causes regardless of the states of ill-health and infirmities that prevent from giving birth.

 

In the other Non-Earthly worlds, the manner of birth differs according to the difference of the cosmic systems of those worlds, and the same applies to death. For, it could be a sudden incarnation, or by way of coming from one planet into another, and so on.

 

17 - Relativistic Cosmic Spiritual Systems:

 

Natural laws, such as gravity and others are but facets of the cosmic spiritual systems, which science had the opportun­ity to discover. And as the force of gravity is relative from one planet to the other, every spiritual system is relative as well.

 

The concept of good and evil is relative. And what is licit and illicit are relative. For, some people's consciences shake at the killing of a bird and consider it a crime, while some other people's consciences might not budge at the killing of a human being.

 

Jesus of Nazareth has increased the obligations of Christians and their responsibilities, because their spiritual level became different from that of the Hebrews. Thus, the anger with a brother has become on the same footing as murder, and looking at a woman lustfully has been placed in the same scale as adultery (Matthew 5). And religious canons become more stringent in relation to the harshness of people's hearts.

This relativity which is evident on Earth grows stronger in the other worlds.

 

Furthermore, the temptations which tend to lure the being into spiritual fall are also relative, and are greatly dissimilar from one world to the other. Therefore, the more spiritually advanced man should be mindful of his responsibility in helping others of his own people sublimate their souls, and in awakening and invigorating their consciences; in other words, he should be more forgiving towards them, and should understand them as they really are.

 

18 - Preservation of Forms, Recording of Thoughts, and Filming of Acts:

 

The Daheshist truths revealed that for every being and all other things, there is a duplicate that is preserved spiritually in specially designated worlds, when the vital Fluid is disengaged, and its material form disintegrated. Moreover, for every act there is a picture, and for every thought or wish or dream a record, all of which are preserved in these worlds as proofs upon the life of the being, and his conduct and acts, so nothing that existed would be lost, no matter how trivial it might have been. And here is a miraculous example that would explain the foregoing:

 

Noah's Dove Re-incarnated:

 

On June 11, 1943, a Spiritual Session was held, attended by the man of letters Joseph Hajjar and his wife, and the Historiographer of the Daheshist Chronicles, Halim Dam­mous.

And as soon as Dr. Dahesh was taken over by the Spirit, those present began to hear the fluttering of invisible wings, immediately followed by the incarnation of a snow white dove that appeared suddenly in the space of the closed room. It alighted upon the shoulder of Mrs. Hajjar, and in its beak was a green olive twig dripping with water.

 

The Holy Spirit explained, through Dr. Dahesh, that this dove is but the selfsame dove of Noah, and that its Fluid had been preserved, in a special world, after its death. The same was of the water dripping from it, for its Fluid had been preserved after its evanescence. And so it is with every existing being after it is no more.

 

The dove remained in the house of the Daheshism Mission well over six months, during which it used to fly from one room into another, alight upon the shoulders of visitors, and eat out of their hands peacefully . However, in the morning of December 27, 1943, those gathered in the house saw the wondrous dove suddenly soar around the head of the Man of the Spirit; it kept soaring over him higher and higher, diminishing in size little by little, until it became the size of a bee, yet preserving the shape of a dove; and it kept diminishing to the degree when the eyes could not see it anymore. And that is how it went back to the world from which it descended.

 

Furthermore, many a time, we were surprised, when visiting Dr. Dahesh, to see him reveal to us our conversations recorded literally, and our secret unspoken thoughts written down thoroughly, and our various postures photographed in details; although we were, at the time of our conversation, or thinking, or acting, secluded in our homes, far away from him.

 

19 - Man and the Universe:

 

Daheshim believes that most of people's Fluids emanated from the First Man called Adam. And before he was incarnated upon the Earth by the Divine Will, Adam was a great host of Angelic Fluids existing throughout the various levels of Paradise. However, after disobeying the Divine Commands, in which act these Fluids co-participated, they were condemned to fall down to Earth congregated into one human being, that is Adam.

 

Out of Adam's Fluids Eve was created; and from both of them the new humanity propagated, up to the time when all the people were wiped out by the Flood. None of them was saved except the offspring of Noah.

 

That is why it is impossible for man to be the end and loftiest being of the Creation, as it is impossible for the Earth to be the central point of the universe.

 

And in order to drive the human civilization forward, the Divine Providence permitted the Fluids of "Christ" incar­nated into the Prophets, the Guides, the Wise men, and the true Reformers to propagate their good work on Earth. However, it also permitted other beings, belonging to other worlds more advanced than Earth to visit our planet from time to time, and contribute to grafting the Fluids of the humans with Fluids that would assist in the progress of their civilization, by marrying some of their daughters.

 

From this sprang the first mythological legends that are not totally bereft of a true core, which people have interpreted according to their mental powers, and surrounded it with fancies of their imagination.

 

And some archeological remnants of the great civiliza­tions which are still visible in the world, for thousands of years, are traces of these cosmic visitations; among them are the temples of Baalbek in Lebanon.

 

In the Old Testament there are certain indications of cosmic interventions. It is mentioned in the Book of Genesis (6:1-4) about the children of the gods who took for themselves wives of the daughters of men, and from their offspring were born the giants and the great heroes of Ancient times. It is also mentioned in the first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel about the wondrous spaceship that came to land before the Prophet.

 

According to Daheshism, the two personalities thought by Lot to be two Angels, were but two envoys sent by the ruler of one of the highly advanced planets in a spacecraft travelling at the speed of light, pursuant to a Divine command, and who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, after their inhabitants had gone overboard in their perversions, and rejected every spiritual warning.

 

As it has been permitted to man to conduct scientific experiments upon certain Earthly creatures, it has been permitted as well to the inhabitants of certain planets of greatly super-advanced civilizations far beyond the civilization on Earth to conduct scientific experiments on man and all other Earthly creatures.

 

In this light, a rational man, should realize his proper place among other cosmic beings, and turn away from conceit and pride.

 

20 - The Cycles of Genesis and the Spiritual Missions:

 

Daheshism believes that Earth went through many cycles of creation, wherein life used to be wiped out, and then returned to spread out anew. The number of these civilizational creations according to Daheshist Spiritual Revelation has reached 760 cycles that took tens of millions of years. These are the cycles that preceded our own present Creation cycle which began with Noah.

 

Each cycle ends usually by reaching a high degree of technological and scientific advancement, and the appearance of a new Spiritual Mission that begins the next cycle. The Adam mentioned in the book of Genesis had been preceded by dozens of his reincarnations in the previous creation cycles.

 

Furthermore, the Daheshists believe that the end of the present cycle has come; and nothing could be more indicative than the piling up of the weapons of total extermination.

 

However, so long as our planet is fit for life, and has not been annihilated, the life cycles will keep going on upon it, and Spiritual Missions will keep reappearing pursuant to a Divine system; for, there is no ending to the Missions on Earth except when life itself ends, and Planet Earth is no more.

 

21 - Man and Earthly Beings:

 

Each being has a special role in the cycle of cosmic life; no being has ever been created in vain, no matter how worthless he may appear to man.

 

Man feeds on many animals and plants. Germs feed on him, and multiply on his account while he is living, and the worms of the Earth feed on him after his death.

 

The writings of Dr. Dahesh are filled with affectionate communion with flowers, trees, birds, and the beautiful and mighty elements of nature. Such communion is not figurative or mere literary metaphors; it is rather a real coexistence with these beings and elements. For Daheshism believes that birds and the various kinds of plants, in general, have exalted Fluids, which could be loftier, sometimes, than the Fluids of the humans. And the meaning of spiritual transcendentalism in trees and birds, discovered intuitively by ingenious poets, the Daheshists consider it a spiritual truth.

 

The Founder of Daheshism, by emphasizing communion with these beings in his writings, prompts us actually to learn interrelating with them as people interrelate with each other; in other words, to be good to them, and benefit from them.

 

Each life cycle of man is a ring in a chain of connected rings, but man cannot remember his past lives, because his Fluids which were congregated together in his previous incarnations would now be scattered, and only one or some of them would be left in his present incarnation. Thus, an individual's entity in one reincarnation may be compared to a sheet of paper upon which a life story had been written and then was torn to tiny pieces and scattered. If you happen to find one of the torn off pieces bearing a letter or a word, you will never be able there from, to know the whole story.

 

On the other hand, the Divine System has granted animals the faculty to remember past lives in order for them to know the causes of their reincarnations into animals, and to avoid falling again into what lead to such causes. Thus, they may be able to elevate their souls. This applies to animals with lower spiritual degrees than man.

 

In the beginning of the seventies, serious scientific studies began to be published about the power of conception of plants and their feelings, after tens of books have been already published about the power of conception of animals and their feelings. Daheshism, however, had affirmed that, since its foundation in the early forties. And in the narratives of Dr. Dahesh there are many clarifying examples of the lives of animals, plants, and inorganic objects, and of the intelligence, feelings, and spiritual responsibilities they are endowed with.

 

22 - Man's Freedom and the Divine Will:

 

Daheshism does not believe in the existence of an extrinsic fate subjugating man to its unjust rules, and playing arbitrarily with his destiny, as every man's fate is carried over by his Fluids from one life cycle into another. In vain then, man tries to assign the liability of what befalls him to God, or to the fates; for nothing befalls him unless justly deserved by him; and he reaps nothing save what he had sown knowingly and freely.

 

But man's freedom is limited by the spiritual system controlling the Earth and its beings. For man may strive, for example, on the plane of knowledge, to discover medicines and ways to fight various kinds of illnesses. However, if certain people should die or suffer by a certain illness, then the Divine Will would not permit the discovery of the effective drug for its treatment.

 

And on the plane of conduct, a criminal, for example, has absolute freedom to make up his mind to kill his neighbor; but if his neighbor's hour of death has not struck, then, the Divine Providence, inescapably, will save him in one way or the other.

 

In this light, the consequences of earthquakes, natural catastrophes, and wars, should be understood, for they afflict certain individuals but not others. Merit, finally, is what explains each situation.

 

This does not preclude the intervention of the Divine Will in people's affairs, when necessary, without breach of the principle of merit. And among the miracles of Dr. Dahesh a great number shows this. The following miracle is an illustration:

 

Exact Simultaneous Movement Executed by Hundreds:

 

In 1971, Dr. Dahesh was in Egypt. One day, sitting in a car, in one of Cairo's broad streets, he was accompanied by a few friends among who was Mrs. Zahid, a cultured lady of society. He was suddenly taken over by the Spirit and said: "Look over there". All of a sudden, hundreds of Egyptians that were walking in the street began to run. All of them, with no exception, old and young, men and women were moving in the exact same manner.

 

This surprising strange scene brought laughter to those who were watching, as much as it filled them with astonishment.

 

A few minutes later, Dr. Dahesh made a hand signal at the jogging crowds, and suddenly, all at once, the hundreds of them returned to their normal calm walking. For a second time, this scene was repeated. Then, the Man of the Spirit told his friends: "I have shown you this to demonstrate to you how people turn into what is similar to machines, if the Spirit wanted to inspire them into doing a certain act. And the power that made hundreds move in the exact same manner can move hundreds of thousands and millions as well by one idea that would lead them to war or to peace, according to their merit, and without realizing that behind their actions is a Spiritual non-human power. Adequate justificating reasons would then be introduced into their minds to do what they must do." It is in God's power, if He wants, to unify minds and hearts, but He gives them freedom in order to justly deserve their reward or punishment.

 

23 - Virtue and Intelligence:

 

Virtue is a fundamental condition to the Fluid's salvation from the attraction of the infernal worlds. However, if it were combined with stupidity, it cannot get salvaged from Earth.

 

The Paradisiacal world would never be entered by a stupid Fluid even if it were of virtuous conduct. For, the true spiritual improvement must combine both the tendency and the intellect together. And since each Fluid has his own tenden­cies as well as his own level of the power of conception, therefore, the elevation of his tendencies alone does not allow him to get freed of the spiritual attraction of Earth in order to enter Paradise. Yet the stupid Fluid has the chance to improve itself through several cycles of reincarnation, in order to deserve reaching the paradisiacal worlds.

 

For the first time in the history of religions, a Spiritual Mission asserts the importance of combining virtue with intelligence to attain salvation. The inhabitants of Paradise are beings of superior spiritual tendencies as well as intellects.

 

Virtue is a living conscious practice; if it were not accompanied by a conscious perception it would have no meaning. Therefore, the mumbling of prayers in a mechanical way is worthless, and every religious practice that does not lead to the real spiritual elevation of the essence of the Fluid is a profitless practice.

 

24 - Liberty and Justice: Of Dr. Dahesh's words:

 

"The Daheshist considers the defense of liberty a holy celestial obligation. He defies death in order to protect its sacred ground; for it is the gift of the Creator to his Creation of all confessions and groups."

 

Based upon this principle, the Founder of Daheshism mightily fought the tyranny of the former Lebanese President (Beshara el-Khouri), and did not desist until the people brought this tyrant down from power.

 

Daheshism is for the absolute freedom of individuals, and peoples, and against all sorts of oppression and terror, and does not accept any restrictions upon liberty save the moral restriction in its broad sense; that is, the restriction upon harming the physical and spiritual interests of others; because moral licentiousness if protected by the State would under­mine both virtue and intellect altogether. In other words it would do away with any likelihood of a true advancement of civilization.

 

And justice is a divine prerequisite, like liberty, about which every honest noble-spirited person must never be silent. For, if some people have been afflicted with injustice, Daheshism would call upon them to resist the unjust, armed with the weapons of truth, spiritual courage, and struggle; for he who is on the side of right, God is his helper.

 

Of Dr. Dahesh's words we read:

 

The subjugated servile people to its oppressor ruler should be yoked instead of cattle and donkeys.

 

It would be an act of justice to burn alive a judge, who yields to his criminal President, and answers his request of wreaking injustice upon the innocent.

 

Furthermore, Daheshism goes beyond the narrow bounds of nationalism, because of its belief that the little cycle is not limited by the physical frontiers of countries. For the metamorphoses through life cycles, in their continuity and inclusiveness, melt together all the nations and peoples, and shuffle societies and nationalities. And Daheshism calls for social justice, cooperation among nations, and universal brotherhood.

 

25 - Who Is Dr. Dahesh?

 

From the preceding exposition, a particular picture of Dr. Dahesh, no doubt, becomes clear:

He is a man endowed with a supernatural power which had manifested itself in him since his early childhood. His miracles have been attested to by hundreds of established testimonies, of his supporters and opponents as well. This power is not derived from a scientific source; rather it is a non-human power. And based upon the fact that it has been combined with a Spiritual Mission aiming at restoring faith in God and the Prophets, and the sublime spiritual values, to those who had lost this faith, it is therefore a Divine Mission.

 

On the other hand, the Founder of this Mission had been cruelly persecuted, tortured, and expatriated; yet he fought back his persecutors mightily, and triumphed over them; he is, therefore, not only a Guiding Messenger, but also a Divine Punisher.

I have been closely associated with him for about twenty years. Others have known him for about forty years. I have found him, as they have too: Infinitely humble, despite his supernatural power; chaste throughout his life, and he has taken no wife. We have known him to renounce the earthly pleasures, longing for death in order to return to his paradisiacal world, merciful even to those who did hurt him, generous, compassionate towards the poor and the needy. How many a miserable family did he provide with assistance secretly?

 

We have witnessed palpable qualities in him throughout our association with him, as we have seen them in all of his writings.

In addition to these apostolic, spiritual qualities, the Founder of Daheshism is endowed with other qualities, which have not been simultaneously present in other individuals than himself:

 

First - Although he has not attended school, nor been tutored, he acquired by himself an enormously broad education, which is reflected in his books that have exceeded one hundred and fifty in number.

 

Second - By his personal efforts, he has established a private library, which is the greatest among the private libraries in the Arab world, for it comprises about two hundred thousand books.

 

Third - By his personal efforts, he has established a fine arts museum matching the well-known museums of the world, and which will soon be opened to the public.

 

If we were to study the details of Dr. Dahesh's life, we would find it a sequence of continuous painful events, and in reading his books, we would clearly see the suffering he has endured. Those of us who associated closely with him, know for sure, that it was for the Daheshist, that he suffered. For in a miraculous palpable way, that could not be doubted, he bore in his own person our illnesses. He has taken upon himself our physical pains and afflictions, thus relieving us from them... Therefore, to the Daheshists, who believe in him, and to those who will believe in him, he is the Divine Guide and the Redeemer.

In this light, we believe that Dr. Dahesh is the latest incarnation of "Christ" in the history of the world.

 

 

26 - The Non-Human Personalities of Dr. Dahesh:

 

Jesus of Nazareth performed many miracles, and Dr. Dahesh performed similar ones, and others quite different. Yet the most wondrous of his miracles are his non-human Personalities.

 

After the Founder of Daheshism had been stripped of his nationality, and expelled out of Lebanon, he was forced to live in hiding, in order to complete his Mission. As a consequence, he entered the Iranian territory, on June 28, 1947, and was arrested at Azerbaijan where a bloody revolt was taking place. Since he had no official papers on him to identify his nationality, he was accused of being a spy making an unauthorized entry into Iran. He was therefore executed by a firing squad on July 1, 1947, and was buried in Azerbaijan. This was confirmed by an official proclamation issued by the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, as well as by the Lebanese authorities. The Arab press published the pictures of his execution.

 

But, on that same day, Dr. Dahesh reappeared in Beirut to his disciples; and after some time, he began receiving visitors again.

 

Jesus Christ died on the cross, about two thousand years ago, and was raised from the dead on the third day; he reappeared to his disciples, at intervals, during forty days. And Dr. Dahesh was killed and buried in Azerbaijan. He came back from the dead immediately, and continued receiving his followers, visitors, and people of the press, who have photographed him and his miracles for a period of about thirty years.

 

However, despite all of this, the Daheshists do not say that it was Dr. Dahesh, the human being, who died and was resurrected after his burial, but they say that a divine Fluid belonging to a divine world, a Fluid that is one of Dr. Dahesh's spiritual extensions existing in the Paradisiacal worlds, that had descended thence, and took exactly his identical form and sacrificed itself for him, pinning down the blame for the crime of murder upon his persecutors. Yet, this Divine Fluid is not subject to death, for death is but an Earthly law, whereas this Fluid is from a world where human death does not exist; and that is how it was resurrected from the dead to go back to its world.

 

The same thing, the Daheshists believe, happened to Jesus of Nazareth. And this clarification eliminates the doctrinal conflict between Christianity, that affirms the Crucifixion, and Islam that says that Jesus of Nazareth was not killed, and was not crucified, but an identical person had taken his place. The Koran reads:

 

And because of their saying: we slew the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah's Messenger - They slew him not, nor crucified, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! Those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain (Surat 4 Women: 157).

 

Daheshism affirms the Crucifixion clarifying that the "Iden­tical One" who was crucified was but one of his Fluids. The appearance of Dr. Dahesh in identical incarnations is an incontestable factual truth as far as the Daheshists are concerned, and even to many who are not Daheshists; because it is a truth which they have seen and touched. It has been proven to me, and to hundreds other than myself, that Dr Dahesh has six non-human Personalities, other than his own human person. These Personalities are Fluids belonging to him, existing in different sublime worlds of Paradise, and by God's permission they are sometimes permitted to be incarnated in Dr. Dahesh's identical human form in order to accomplish spiritual objectives or purposes of crucial import­ance. And he, who happens to be in their presence, can converse with them, touch them, and eat with them, but he cannot distinguish them from Dr. Dahesh the human being except if he notices what Dr. Dahesh is wearing before the appearance of one or more Personality. And many are the times when they would suddenly appear or disappear before us, while we are looking at them, or addressing them. Two, three, or more Personalities up to six, may appear together in one place, and they may be incarnated at the same time in different far apart places. It has been proven to me as to many others, that these Personalities are not subject at all to the natural laws of the Earth: For they pass through barriers and walls, move with the speed of lightning from one location to another, even if it were to be from farthest East to farthest West. And they control gravity: Go up in the air, walk on water, increase or decrease their weight immensely. And they are able, by God's permission, to perform, what the Spirit performs, of miracles.

 

One of the most astonishing of the miracles of these Personalities is what happened to Mrs. Zahid, a highly cultured lady. Once, in 1966, from her home, in Beirut, she called the home of Dr. Dahesh in order to speak to him. The call was answered by Miss Zeina Haddad, daughter of Mrs. Mary Haddad, who said: "Dr. Dahesh is in Tripoli (which is about one hundred kilometers from Beirut), visiting the Al-Mullah family. He went there yesterday, and spent the night at their home. If you want to speak to him, here is Al-Mullah's telephone number."

 

Zeina gave Mrs. Zahid the Al-Mullah's telephone number which begins with the digit (9) as do all the numbers of the Tripoli region, whereas the phone numbers in Beirut begin with different digits.

 

Mrs. Zahid dialed the number which begins with nine. Dr. Dahesh answered her directly. She had a conversation with him, and then hung up. She called back the home of Dr. Dahesh in Beirut to thank Zeina for giving her the Tripoli number, and to tell her that she had actually spoken to Dr. Dahesh at the Al-Mullah's. And here the surprise was! For it was Dr. Dahesh himself who answered her call from his home in Beirut! She was greatly astonished, because, only a few moments ago she was speaking with him; but he was in Tripoli then.

 

She asked him: "How could this be, for a few moments ago, I was speaking with you, and you were in Tripoli?"

He answered: "Never mind, never mind, you can call me at any number you wish, and you'll find me there."

Mrs. Zahid could not believe what she heard, because it is beyond the limits of reason. She hung up, and again dialed a number, which was that of the home of one of her friends living in Hurj Beirut, situated at seven kilometers from Dr. Dahesh's home. And, suddenly, the great surprise recurred, for it was Dr. Dahesh himself who answered her at her friend's home! Mrs. Zahid could not utter one word from her surprise, yet, she controlled herself, and asked him in amazement and confusion: "How could this be possible, while we are still subject to the natural laws of the Earth?"

 

The man of miracles answered her: "Wherever you call me, there you will find me; for I will be everywhere you would look for me."

 

No sooner had Mrs. Zahid hung up, than her home's doorbell rang, she hastened and opened the door; and there she stood face to face with Dr. Dahesh!

The persons, she had called at their homes swore to her that Dr. Dahesh was with them at the very minute she had called, thus affirming his simultaneous presence at four different places far apart from each other.

Based upon the truth of the Personalities, the Daheshists believe that the same thing happened to Jesus of Nazareth. For, the one who walked upon the sea, and appeared to his disciples after his crucifixion, then reappeared to them several times, then was lifted up from among them disappearing into space, was but one of his non-human Personalities; in other words, a glorious Fluid who used to descend from the worlds of Paradise taking identical form. However, it seems that the matter of the Personalities was not explained by the Nazarene to his disciples for some spiritual reason. Yet, Jesus himself had lived in hiding after the crucifixion and resurrec­tion of his Divine Personality, for more than twenty years, and it was he who had directed the expansion of Christianity. His survival remained a secret in order to assist, in the best possible way, the accomplishing and spreading out of his Mission at the hands of his disciples and the believers in him. This matter is one of the revealed truths in Daheshism.

 

27 - Dr. Dahesh, the Herald of Universal Destruction:

 

As Noah had forewarned the world of the Flood, so Dr. Dahesh forewarns the world today of the flood of fire. Nothing will lift off this terrible approaching danger except the peoples' belief in a new Heavenly Mission, in which all the, religions will be unified. It will be a deterrent to individuals and states from the injustices they wreak upon each other, and from the moral perversion which, in the name of the sacred freedom, undermines the spiritual values and the progress of civilization, and converts humanity's tree into a hollowed tree that would no longer produce humanitarian fruits; a tree that would be good for nothing but to be burned in fire. And now the ax has been placed upon the trunk of the tree, and the greatest fire has been prepared. Has not Jesus said: `Just as it

was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the Flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed" (Luke 17:26-30).

 

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That was an overview of the life of Dr. Dahesh and Daheshism.

Two thousand years ago, in Palestine, some of "Christ's" Fluids were incarnated in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in who believed everyone who felt an attraction to his Fluids. But Christians today, have in their majority, moved away from the true Christian life, and their nations fight each other, and exploit each other. To their state of affairs applies Jesus'

saying: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 7.•21).

And fourteen centuries ago, in the Arab Peninsula, some of "Christ's" Fluids were incarnated in the person of the Prophet Mohammad, in whom believed everyone who felt an attraction to his Fluids. But Moslems today resemble the Christians in their lives and their mutual fighting.

 

The twentieth Century plunged the humans into two World Wars, and is threatening them with a third that would bring their universal destruction. For, they are, in their majority unbelievers or doubters, having no greater concern in their worldly lives except the satisfaction of their bestial passions, egotistic tendencies, and aggressive social inclinations. Majorities of humans are living the tragedy of anxiety, emptiness, and absurdity, in the vortex of doubts triggered off in their souls by the discoveries and inventions. And nothing could bring more decisive evidence of the existence of the Spiritual World than miracles.

 

As if the Divine Providence, having heard the cries of the despairing world seeking light and comfort, allowed the Fluids of "Christ" to manifest themselves in Palestine, and Lebanon, in the person of Dr. Dahesh bringing with them miracles and a Mission befitting this Century.

Whoever ponders the history of religions will find that each religion awaits a redeeming Messenger to whom it gives a designated name. And the Daheshists today who belonged, originally to the various religions and sects known in the world, have been united within Daheshism, in their belief that Dr. Dahesh combines in his person the personalities of all the Messengers whom people were promised their arrival.

 

Every religion, and even every religious sect, has set forth peculiar signs for the coming of the "Promised Redeem­er." These signs differ in their particulars and conditions from one sect to the other; yet, they all share certain common elements, the most important of which are: The occurrence of formidable changes on Earth, the existence of a general perversion, and a tragic apprehension of destiny, especially of a universal destruction threatening humanity. The question is: "Do not the present international times with their dazzling discoveries, inventions, technologies, absurd materialistic, intellectual, and doctrinal currents, do not these tragic circumstances combined with the existence of nuclear bombs piled up by the superpowers, and sufficient to annihilate humanity more than fifty times over, constitute a sufficient answer to those who ask about the time of "The Coming Back?"

 

Those who want the coming of "Their Christ" according to peculiar signs in his person, in the manner of his return, and in the events of the world; signs which their mentality, sect, and ambitions can approve of, and reject every other sign because it does not fit their interests, are in the same situation as that of the Jews in the days Jesus Christ appeared. For they were then awaiting the coming of "their Christ" in the image of their greed, ambitions, and their own concepts of values; thus, when he came, they persecuted him, and did not know him. And Jesus prophesied about the destruction of Palestine and the Diaspora of its people, because they had rejected him and persecuted him; and his prophecy came to pass.

 

In this era, Dr. Dahesh has preached the people of Lebanon, and performed numberless divine miracles before them; but the people in their majority did not believe him; rather they persecuted and banished him; and it was that Dr. Dahesh prophesied about the destruction of Lebanon. And his prophecy is being fulfilled to the letter.

 

Will this be enough for people to see the new Guiding Truth, or will the world re-enact the role of Palestine and Lebanon?

We do believe that Dr. Dahesh is the Coming Christ, in whom the prophecy of the Prophet David is fulfilled: "The Lord Said unto my Lord; Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thane enemies thy footstool" (Psalm 110:1).

 

SELECTIONS FROM THE BOOKS OF DR. DAHESH

 

 

DAHESH PRAYER

 

Ever since Jesus Christ has preached his disciples Lord's Prayers

"Our Father in Heaven. May Your Name be Glorified and Your Realm be Forthcoming", no one was so far able to compose supplication Prayers to which soul aspires and in which spirit appeases as such, which if recited, Man will feel entire submissiveness and serenity of a master soul. Simple as they are, words of such prayers capture spirit and go deep in the heart. For these though facile are unattainable.

For over two thousand years, these prayers recited by millions of Christians remained until Daheshism Founder came to scene and introduced spiritual prayers for Daheshists composed of words alluring spirits, dwelling in bosoms and sublimating to spirituality where there lie purity and sanctity, eternity and immortality.

 

"Halim Dammous"

 

This Spiritual prayer is:

 

"Prayer of The Prophet, the Beloved, the Guiding"

 

It is a Heaven-sent message to Earth for a believer to recite. It is the course ushering to the Realm of the Creator, glorified be His Omnipotence. At recitals, Man feels his soul haunting joyfully in the glistering world of Paradise goes into rapture and becomes overpowered by a sacred feeling mastering his soul. He is captivated by the grandeur of words enshrined in this monumental submissive prayer:

 

 

DAHESH PRAYER

 

 

A Selection from Prayerful Supplications.

 

 

My heavenly Father and Father of Creation!

Have mercy upon our bequeathed infirmity.

Strengthen our hearts to believe in Your Omnipotence And speak of your miracles.

Implant in our depth seeds of love,

Compassion, mercy and tenderness.

Hold away from us actions alluring

And snaring us to the dark abyss of sins.

Guide our steps to the road of the right,

Light and conviction.

Spell away from us evil thoughts

And spare us apprehensions thereof.

O Lord, You are the Creator of all creatures.

Your mercy and tenderness envelop all beings,

To us known and unknown.

O Lord, have compassion upon us

And judge us not as we deserve

Lest we should perish.

Make not covetousness overpower our souls

Drifting us in merciless waves.

Let contentment fill our hearts

So that we pray for not save bread.

Highly exalted is Your Name.

Expel away from us those wicked

And those poking fun of words of God,

And in-stead tinges insights with light.

Purge sinners' souls, convey down to them

Glints of Your Divine Light so that they kneel

In submission to Your Greatness.

Spare us hazardous stumbles and slips.

Envelop us with Your Vigilant Divine Providence'.

O affectionate Lord, Whoever relies on you?

Observe Your Commandments, sacrifice for Your Name,

Despise worldly desires, discard earthly pleasures,

Show mercy to the wretched, preach your miracles,

And believe in Your Prophet, the Beloved, the Guiding

Will attain delight, exaltedness, Light and majesty

There where brightness and glamour

They will live in eternity with those preceding

And forever enjoy glistering Light

Amen.

 

August 13, 1942

 

 

DISSOLUTE EARTH

 

A Selection from The Paradises of Goddesses studded with the Sacred Lotus.

 

Seated in a glamorous Godly Thorne,

So did I visualize myself alone?

With the sun I was belted,

With the moon turbaned

And with stars ornamented.

Lightning in my right rested,

Thunderbolts in my left vested,

Storms incessantly escorting,

Torrential rains to my heels sticking,

Gallant meteors ever flanking,

And nebulae in submission yielding.

As fast as light I proceeded straight

To the human land

Where vile debauchees dwell.

So far and fathomless is the distance

To be cut for profligate-torn land

Teeming with unforgivable.

From my lofty summit shall I dart upon it,

Turning it upside down with their heads underneath,

For they committed unbridled fatal evils

And perpetrated disapproved profilagacies.

Hence, ordained my irrevocable will

To turn every human being to naught

On this libertine dissolute Earth.

Determined was I to exterminate all creatures

With none spared.

Ultimately, Procession came to destination,

Whereupon, I commanded earthquakes and volcanoes

To hit every quarter of the Globe.

Then erupted resounding thundering noise

That was never heard of before.

There erupted thousands of volcanoes

With lethal conflagrant lava.

Seas over flooded, Great Ocean overflew.

I commanded rains

To mercilessly topple down.

Flashlight of dazzling lightning over swept

The Earth in its entirety.

Thus, extremely terrified creatures

Could be seen in panic,

Bewailing bitterly and sorrowfully.

Unendurable horror turned their mains

Gruesome and awful.

Horrors and awes bulged their eyes out,

Thus, terribly impressing beholders.

I then released thunderbolts

This persistently sounded and crushed the Earth.

I loosened the chains of the storms

To rush out in mighty,

Laying mercilessly waste every corner of the Globe,

Leaving it debris.

Mountains collapsed as if made of spider's web.

Terrified screams came out of jerky throats

Sounding alarmingly in emptiness.

Land profligate dwellers were no more.

What a cruel fate was theirs!

Land traits were blurred

And once for all obliterated

And to the past belonged.

Written while on board the airliner

leaving Agadir for Casablanca at

12:45 p.m.

August 29, 1976.

 

 

 

 

DINAR' IN REBELLION

 

 

A Selection from memoirs of a Dinar.

 

I missed none of those memorable meetings, I, Dinar, listened attentively to every word that was uttered. I had occasion to analyze the statements made by these eminent men and to ponder the problems that came up for discussion by world leaders. I became acquainted with their aims and the workings of their minds. I was appalled. I had a first hand view of their secret ambitions. I could read their thoughts like an open book where I stared at the facts in all their starkness. I saw the facts for what they were and not as men wished them to be. Shocked and outraged, I stood up on an impulse and gave vent to my indignation:

 

"What causes have you to applaud this eloquent orator? You are gathered here in response to noble aspirations that demand positive action for their fulfillment. Are you sure that your efforts were directed wholly to that end. You must realize that the outcome of your deliberation shall weigh on future generations. I listened attentively to the speeches made by your representatives. As they succeed one another, each one lowers his pail with the others. Some pull it up and find it full of water, while others pull it up and find it full of air. Those derived their forcefulness from the strong and powerful, while the rest were supported only by slaves and lackeys. Look over there. This little man in that chair sitting in mock modesty; he is a veteran politician seeking to hide the tremendous power at his command as representative of a superpower behind this meek and humble posture. But when the occasion arises he will bare his teeth and show his true mettle.

 

"Remember, this is the age of speed; the age of tyranny and violence, the age of deadly weapons where `right is might'. If in the fever of enthusiasm, you have forgotten then let me predict that soon you shall wake up to the devastations of the atom bomb that will blow you and your descendants to pieces.

 

"Do not applaud, for I see what you fail to perceive. Hidden things have been revealed to me. In a moment of illumination I saw startling visions. I tremble at what I saw, and I shudder with fear at the things that were revealed to me. I wish to God that you could see and know, so that you be on your guard. I saw the yoke of the powerful oppress you; I saw their deadly weapons destroy your homes and take your lives.

 

"What is this conference but a conspiracy to which you are committing your respective nations and where you yourselves are being immolated at the altar of greed and ambition? If intentions were genuine there would have been no need to call you or to put you to such inconvenience. I assure you and I loudly declare that this conference is intended only to enslave you and deprive you of will-power.

 

"Good will shall never reign, gentlemen, so long as the soil yields riches and precious metals, and oil wells spring from the bowels of the earth. How can good will exist side by side with imperialists who thrive on the fat of the land?

 

"Why do you rejoice then, and why do you applaud that coward?

 

"And the Atlantic Charter? What have you done to it? Where did you have it interred? `We know not', you say, `Are we the keepers of the Charter?' `Cain! Cain! Where is your brother Abel?' `Am I my brother's keeper?'

 

"You make vain promises that you never honor, you hypocrites. Those who trusted you have long since faced death.

 

"Why do you cheer the mealy-mouthed liar?

 

"You who possess material resources, you who control atomic energy, you who claim to love humanity, if peace be your aim, if justice be your target, prove it. Restore their rights to those from whom they were robbed. Liberate the oppressed from their oppressors. Uphold the master of the house under his own roof, for the best knows its secrets. But you reverse the situation; you have lost sight of the objective. You force the master into subjection, availing yourselves of the spoils.

 

"Why do you applaud hollow words?

 

"You claimed that the enemy, having classified the races of mankind, declared himself master. Now that enemy lies defeated and powerless. Did you restore those ignominious­ly marked as inferior to their proper rank? Do you treat them as your equals? Did you withdraw your armies from their territories, and have you ceased to exploit them? Have you fulfilled their desires and granted their wishes? What rights have you to rob them of their freedom, their God-given right? Man is brother to man, whether you will admit it or not. Why then, do you applaud the high and the mighty? You claim to be inveterate politicians. You claim you are expert in handling shrewd capitalists. It is easy to acquire high-sounding epithets but how difficult to live up to them.

 

"If you were as deft as you claim to be, you would stand in the face of tyrants and boldly declare that past experiences as well as future portents have never failed to prove the futility of such conferences. You would demand proof of their good intentions. Make them honor their commitments and they shall be blest by the skies. Or else let them discard the garb of hypocrisy and appear in their true light. You will then disband and each of you will go home after the truth becomes known and all things are clear.

 

"Only the servile accept bondage. The comedy of such assemblies leads only to failure. "And since you are gathered here to lay the foundations of universal peace where total justice reigns, why then do you prepare your weapons; each one of you holding a brand in his right hand while in his left he carries a knife, waiting for a chance to dip it into his neighbor's back.

 

"Take it from me, gentlemen that neither conferences, resolutions, nor negotiations shall stand in the way of a devastating third world war. So long as the fiends of greed possess you, that fearsome hour cannot be far behind. Then all hell shall break loose, all the demons shall be unleashed, and all creation will come to an end.

 

"The sword, gentlemen, is more truthful than the scriptures, for its edge determines what is to be. As for that fearful hour, it is nearer than you think.

 

This is my prophecy. I have spoken it."

 

 

BLACK ZOLA

 

 

A Selection from Strange Stories and Wonderful Fables. Vol. II.

 

 

Princess Hadba sat making up before the mirror while Zola, her Negro servant, was setting her hair. The princess was urging her on, for the man of mysteries, Daham, was soon to arrive upon her invitation to have lunch with her.

 

He was very renowned. The miracles he performed were the talk of Timbuktoo, where he lived. On one of his travels round the world he had stopped at Cairo and the Egyptians were all talking about him when his news reached the princess. So she sent him her lady-in-waiting with the invitation card. He accepted with thanks and gave her an appointment.

 

 

An Extraordinary Miracle

 

All of a sudden as she sat at her dressing table, she heard the door creak, then it was thrown wide open and the man of mysteries stood before her. The princess was astounded while Zola ran away shrieking in terror. He introduced himself and they shook hands.

 

"Mr. Daham," said the princess, "what you showed me now by far exceeds what I hear about you. Do tell me, for God's sake, how you manage to command objects. Raising the iron locks from this door by an invisible hand is a miracle only gods can perform. How do you explain such a miracle?"

 

Strange Questions and Exceptional Answers

 

"Princess," he replied, "It is through a spiritual power given to me by Providence." "But there are millions living on this globe," rejoined the princess, "Why were you chosen and not another?"

 

"I shall ask you a question in turn," said the man, "If you answer it I shall let you know my secret. Would you agree?"

 

"Ask me, strong giant, and I shall answer."

 

The man of secrets said: "Why was no creature of this earth able to perform a miracle or near miracle such as Jesus Christ performed? Why did not the hungry lions devour Daniel? How did the raven know that the prophet Elijah was hiding in the bushes when it brought him bread and cheese? Why did not the flames devour Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego because they refused to worship the idols? By what power did the earth open and the bears came out and tear up the children who mocked Elisha crying `thou bald head.' And what is the chariot of fire that came to take up the prophet Elijah to heaven? And so many other miracles that I cannot remember."

 

"But those were prophets,” said the princess, “there is nothing astonishing in their performing miracles, but you, are you a prophet?"

 

"I leave you to reply to that," said the man, "think carefully before you do."

 

People Are Foolish

 

"No doubt what I have seen just now can only be accomplished by prophets. But what puzzles me is the stupidity of people. They see your miracles yet they attribute them to magic. Who ever saw a magician who can cause the locks of a well barricaded door to open" said the princess after some thought.

 

My Experience is Human not Spiritual

 

They sat down to a delicious meal. Great was the princess's astonishment when she saw the man of mysteries motion to the dishes and the latter come quickly on their own, while those sitting round the table looked on, opening unbelieving eyes.

 

After lunch the princess took her guest to show him round the palace. She listened to his comments with interest for it was obvious that he spoke with the assurance of a connoisseur.

 

"I wonder," she said, "if you know about these things from experience or through your spiritual power."

 

"I know from experience, Princess," he replied.

 

Mutual Love

 

The princess felt a profound love for the man of mysteries, but her pride kept her from expressing her feelings toward him. Suddenly, he said to her:

 

"I thank you for your feelings towards me. And I, from the moment I saw you, I felt strongly attracted to you. And be sure, princess that we will return to meet again in future lives. And as I am now older than you, in the future lives, I will be in the winter of my days and you will be in the spring of yours. But there will come a time, when we will be of the same age and overwhelmed with love and happiness. But now, princess, there is a barrier between us, and I cannot divulge its spiritual secret.

 

A Terrifying Prophecy

 

They sat together in the thicket of the garden among the beautifully colored flowers, caressed by an enchanting soft breeze. And they smelled the sweet scents in ecstasy. Zola, the dark black Negro maid came to serve the coffee, and when she left, he said to the princess:

 

"Your maid will lose her life as a result of her love affair with the servant of the neighboring palace. Advise her to keep away from him. And do not be surprised if I told you that the same servant is the real father to her four children. Her husband is sterile and he does not know it. And since everyone is responsible for his actions, soon her life will be ended through her son. A Spiritual Fluid will make him talk during his sleep about his mother's relationship with that servant. And that will be the cause of the disaster. She will then be reincarnated as a black cat in America.

 

The princess was astounded at what she heard, not knowing whether to believe or not.

 

We Will Reincarnate and Meet Again

 

The man of mysteries took leave of the playful princess, and how very much she wished him to stay, but he asserted to her that he had to travel to India to visit its temples and should arrive to India at an appointed time without delay. She reluctantly bid him farewell, and asked him: "By God, tell me, when I would see you again." He answered: "Time flies away no matter what. But be certain that we will meet again for certain. And at that time you will have worn the body of a Arab woman other than your present Egyptian one. However, your spiritual Fluids will not change at all; your father will be Saudi Arabian as in a previous life cycle, in the days of the prophet Mohammad, he was a slave, and had had an illicit relationship with an influential woman while he was of a humble origin. And because of this relationship of his you will be his daughter, and that influential woman of the past will be your mother. I reveal to you that nothing perishes, and nothing dies. The relationship that casually existed between the woman and the slave will last for many successive generations and future lives. Man commits good or evil acts, that do not just happen to him. It is in man's own hands to choose between good or evil, and he is the only one who could make good or bad follow him according to his deeds."

 

Princess Hadba Rebukes Her Maid Zola

 

Princess Hadba called her maid, Zola, and blamed her repeatedly for her relationship with the servant. Zola was stunned, and her eyes opened widely wondering how the princess came to know her deepest secret? Suddenly, she repeated saying:

 

"It's the magician; the magician is the one who told you my kept secret, he wants to keep me away from him. He told you that I will lose my life if I don't break my relationship with him. But all this talk is nonsense, and his power is but magical. I will go to another magician and will get myself a talisman that will guard me from harm. Be sure, that my life is tied up to his, and I would rather die than stay away from him."

 

The princess patted Zola's cheeks, and asked her to stay away from the servant lest the terrifying prophecy of Daham would come true.

 

Some Words Spell Death

 

Zola's sons were cleaning up the adjoining room to the one where their mother and the princess were talking, and they hear their conversation. Their surprise was immense, then, Munaf is not their father! One of them cried:

- "That is why I did not have any love for him, not knowing he is not my father. And the others confirmed his words and repeated:

- "We have the same feeling as you."

 

The Fatal Tongue

 

At midnight, Zola's husband, Munaf returned home. His alleged sons were fast asleep at that late hour of the night. No sooner had he settled down, than he heard his son, Sami speak in his sleep. He said:

 

`We should have known that Munaf is not our father, and that 'Asem', the servant at the adjoining palace to princess Hadba's is the one. Indeed, my sister Rashida looks so much like him; she is an exact copy of him.

 

Wild Madness and Murder

 

Munaf flew into rage; his blood boiled to a fever, he breathed fire and fury, and his nerves were strung up. He foamed at the mouth, his eyes reddened, his hands shook, his legs trembled, his cheeks swelled with rage; he stuttered his hands stiffened, and his teeth were grinding: he had a touch of madness. So, he gripped a deadly sharp dagger, ran as a madman in the direction of princess Hadba's palace, and rang the doorbell with extreme nervousness. His wife, Zola, leaned out of the window asking: "Who is knocking at this late hour of the night?" When she heard the voice of her husband saying: "Your son has had a fatal accident, come quick."

 

She ran madly down, flung the door open, as the sharp dagger cut her open, spilling out her intestines, and bringing her end.

 

In one of the American States, in 1978, a black cat gave birth to four kittens. One of these kittens seemed to be stillborn. In fact, it was born alive, but the mother bit it in the neck and killed it, as it was the same one who had revealed in his sleep her relationship with the servant `Asem' and had caused her death. She, in her turn, caused his death.

 

As to the other three kittens,

 

And unlike what is known of cats, she did not take care of the three other kittens, except rarely.

This black cat is Zola, herself, who was reborn in this life cycle as a cat according to her previous deeds, just as Daham had prophesied. This black cat came back to live again under the protection of princess Hadba, who herself was reincar­nated in this life cycle with the name of Hadia. And the cat, when she will hear this story, will disappear that same night. Praised be He, who has put down the system of reincarnation and the recurrence of lives.

 

These are some of the Koranic verses which support the theory of reincarnation:

 

1. "How can you deny Allah? Did He not give you life when you were dead, and will He not cause you to die and then restore you to life?"

(The Cow: 28)

 

2. "0 man! What evil has enticed you from your gracious Lord who created you, gave you an upright form, and well-proportioned you? In whatever shape He could have surely moulded you according to His will."

(The Cataclysm: 6-8)

 

3. "They shall say: `Lord, twice you have made us die, and twice you have given us life. We now confess our sins. Is there no escape from Hell?"

(The Forgiving One: 11)

 

4. "It was we that ordained death among you. Nothing can hinder us from replacing you by others like yourselves or transforming you into beings you know nothing of."

(That Which is Coming: 60)

 

 

5. "Say: `Shall I tell you who will receive the worse reward from Allah? Those on whom Allah has laid this curse and with whom He has been angry, transforming them into apes and swine, and those who worship false gods. Worse is the plight of these, and they have strayed further from the right path.' "

(The Table: 60)

 

This is only some of what came in the Koran about reincarnation. Here is also some of the verses of the Holy Bible that assert and confirm reincarnation according to what came from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ, the founder of Christian religion.

 

 

A. The Confirmation by Christ of the Truth of Reincarnation.

And his disciples asked him, saying,

"Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" And he answered and said,

"Elijah is coming and will restore all things;

but I say to you, that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John, the Baptist.

(Matthew 17: 10-13)

 

 

And these are the words of Jesus Christ concerning John, Jesus says:

"And if you care to accept it, he himself is Elijah, who was to come."

(Matthew 11:14)

 

 

B.The Belief of Christ's Disciples in Reincarnation.

"And His disciples asked Him saying, "Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him."

(John 9: 2-3)

 

 

C. The Belief of the Jews in Reincarnation at the Days of Christ.

"But others were saying, "He is Elijah." And others were saying, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, John whom I beheaded, he has risen!"

(Mark 6: 15-16)

 

And it came about that while he was praying alone, the disciples were with him, and lie questioned them, saying, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?" And they answered and said, "John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again."

(Luke 9: 18-19)

 

U.S.A.
Writing start:9:25
in July 29, 1978

 

 

THE DIVIDED TREE

 

A Selection from Strange Stories and Wonderful Fables. Vol. II.

 

"My branches shade this cottage", said the tree speaking to itself, "they sway in the playful wind, a pleasing sight to the onlookers. And the singing birds that alight on my branches delight the ears with charming songs. In spring the wood is covered with soft grass scattered with golden flowers. And the wind playing on my branches sings the songs of nature, and squirrels run up and down my trunk. Days, months and years have passed over me, and I still stand where I was born. How I wish I could be released if only for one hour so I could move to the interior of the wood and greet the other trees. We are all in the same plight. We are all fated to stand in our places until the day axes or electric saws get to work on us so that human beings can have wood to keep them warm or run their factories. That is our destiny.

 

We give pleasure to those who observe us from distance, yet they cannot imagine the pain we experience for not being able to move from our place until we are overcome by old age. Our branches dry up and the life drains out slowly, and then we disappear from the material world and we move on to live in another one. For this is the will of Him who created us and laid down an order for us to follow from eternity to eternity.

 

I confess, I the towering tree that stands near Honey wood cottage that many times I fell prey to various thoughts, some lofty and some base and that I was perplexed at their discordance. Sometimes I had evil thoughts like wanting to hurt the little birds that used to stand and sing in my branches and gave so much delight. One day in spring one of these birds built its nest in one of my branches, under a leaf that protected it from prying eyes. There the female laid its eggs. Suddenly, I saw a great serpent slowly edging its way towards it. I was seized by a persistent wish to urge the serpent on and make it destroy the eggs. At the same time I felt an opposite wish. "That would be treachery". I said to myself, "if I betrayed this harmless creature which took refuge beneath my leaves". "And what do I care if the serpent ate up those eggs", said another voice, "I won't be hurt". And so it went on, while I was torn between wanting to hurt and not wanting to commit an evil act. It is the struggle between good and evil, between virtue and vice. Two contradicting powers. Human beings are mistaken if they believe that they alone are torn between the good and the bad.

 

For trees possess the same liberty to do good or evil. God gave us the freedom to choose between the good and the bad within a certain work. If we are guilty of an injustice great shall be our punishment. On the other hand if we do good great shall be our reward at the hour of reckoning.

 

For this reason God invested us with certain powers unknown to men. If they knew this secret they would be greatly astonished. We are able, for instance, to direct an invisible Fluid on a serpent or any other creature and make it climb up a tree and commit an infamy. Just as we can stop from doing that by directing a contrary fluid that will prevent it going up and drive it away from the tree.

 

Evil triumphed over good. Part of the tree that is, myself, directed its Fluid on the serpent. Just as he was crawling away, it made him turn back and climb up the tree until he reached the bird's nest and swallowed up the eggs. Upon seeing this mother, crazed by anguish, started to peck madly at the serpent while the latter tried to sting her. I was pleased and at the same time displeased at the sight. That is, my left side delighted in the scene while my right side was revolted, despite my will. At last the serpent got at the bird.

 

It gave a feeble flutter and fell dead to the ground. My left side which was thrilled at what happened was responsible for this misfortune. I was sorry to see evil triumph over good.

 

Squirrels too, would frequently meet their death, climb­ing up and down my trunk. For my left side would direct its Fluid on them, and they would get hurt on account of the evil that dwelled in the leaves and branches of that side. How many times I struggled with it in vain. Every time it would break its promise and return to its evil ways.

 

When I saw it was no use, and that evil was too deeply engrained in it, that there was no escape from punishment if I did not separate from my evil half, I summoned up all my strength, one day in 1950 and gave a loud cry asking God to deliver me from that half.

 

Suddenly, the tree, - that is I - was rent in two. Thus, I was separated from my evil half, so that now, I was no longer responsible for what it did. I stood on the right and it stood one the left. I thank God who delivered me from my evil half and remembered the words of Christ in this connection, two thousand years ago: "And if they right eye offend thee pluck it out... for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell".

 

This is the story which the tree narrated. I put it down on record for those who seek to know the secrets of the unknown world.

U.S.A.  July 16, 1978.

 

 

THE PLANET FOMALZAB

 

A Selection from Strange Stories and Wonderful Fables. Vol. 1.

 

The planet Fomalzab drew near the earth and stood at a distance of one light year away. This planet boasts a most highly developed civilization. Once every two billion years it takes up a position near the earth where it remains for an entire year before returning to its original place.

 

The Emperor of the planet ordered the preparation of three spaceships to be sent to earth, the planet, for the planet, after coming close to planet earth, returns to its cosmic centre, and a spacecraft cruising at the speed of light will take one and a half billion years to reach it. Every two billion years its orbit brings it within one light year from earth.

 

The first ship carried two hundred men. The second contained the electronic equipment which allowed the men to keep in touch with their planet and to see one another during a cosmic communication. It also carried sophisticated gadgets which could level mountains or dig deep wells should the need arise, as well as equipment permitting the lifting of heavy weights by remote control. Devices for manufacturing food were placed in the third ship. These could convert waste and remains into delicious food in one minute, by kneading them into a paste which in turn would be shaped into delicious breads. It could also flavor foods to taste. In addition the ship was equipped with a device to control temperature as well as the weather, keeping it clear or rainy at will.

 

Inside it a contraption, resembling a carriage, was fitted,

 

Which could carry six space men over land, water, or through space?

 

The three spaceships, each consisting of six stories, were ready for takeoff. The propellers were started silently and the ships shot up in a flash out of sight, before a crowd of statesmen and high officials who had come to see them off.

 

Four pilots were in control of each ship, which was oblong in shape, although the interior is helical. The pilot sits in front, holding the controls, while another sits at the rear. The other two sit on either side. Before each pilot there is a bullet proof window through which he can see his way.

 

The ship then was systematically driven by four men. One of them was the leader. If the ship needed to turn right, it would be difficult to do so for in trying it would cover thousands of miles and thus deviate from the course. This being the case, a violet light would be turned on in front of the pilot sitting on the right who would then lead it in the right direction. If the aim is the left side the violet light would be turned on before the pilot sitting on that side and he would guide it immediately while the front and right-hand propellers would be turned off. If the ship is to take an opposite course the violet signal would be given to the pilot sitting there and he would direct it on its course.

 

Two hundred men onboard the first ship sat listening to the music of their planet while their ship shot through space with incredible speed. They were dwarfs, the tallest measur­ing not more than 35cm, yet they were endowed with extraordinary power. For instance, they could lift weights which ten ordinary people from the earth cannot move. They conversed in a language of their own by blowing through their mouths or sometimes through their noses. Occasionally they would emit a sound like whistling. They had eyes resembling the head of a nail and their ears were elongated. Their size was in proportion to their level of intelligence.

 

Only one woman was on board with them. She was the wife of the leader of the expedition, and measured about 30cm. Hardly a thousand years old; she was highly cultured in spite of her young age. The people of Fomalzab normally had a life span of about 6000 years, sometimes 7000 years.

 

Like most women, the pilot's wife was keen on appearing attractive at all times. Every now and then she would blow into a tiny gadget no longer than a finger which produced a round shaped substance where she could see her face reflected. Then the substance would melt in the air and the mirror would vanish.

 

Her husband, less cultured than his wife, was 2000 years old. He would have preferred not to have her present on their mission, but he was powerless before her insistence. He was aware that men admired her. She bewitched them, and they were totally under her spell, always competing for her favors. Each one of them longed to have her for a wife was she to leave her husband. Happy was the man she would choose. For this reason he gave in when she insisted, and she accompanied the expedition.

 

For a whole year, the ship floated in space, cutting its oceans with the speed of light, observing the earth with its good and evil by means of its wonderful instruments which enabled it also to obtain copies of the papers and magazines issued on earth. Those were translated into their own languages by means of an electronic apparatus. In this way, they became familiar with the writings of the inhabitants of the earth, which compared poorly with their own fine literature and culture.

 

Savalia, wife of the leader of the expedition, spent most of her time in the garden where she sat among the strange plants of Fomalzab, picking flowers, pinning them to her hair, feeding her vanity as a woman. She would listen to the songs of the colorful birds echoing in the air like a melody from heaven.

 

One day, in a spell of enchantment with her beautiful surroundings Savalia burst into song:

 

I am the fair Savalia

Aloft in the spaceship Yatania shooting at light speed

As I sit in the paradise of Fomalzab, my beloved planet,

Among the wondrous blooms,

Where nightingales of my planet warble,

Joined by birds from the land of my birth

Where I long to return

I long to reach the planet Earth

And see a world other than mine,

There to roam the hills and plains and valleys.

Then I shall long for Fomalzab, city of my dreams,

And I shall return to the land of my birth,

To die and lie buried in its sacred soil.

***********

 

They had agreed on a landing spot. Now they were coming near it at an altitude of twenty million miles. All ships stopped their engines and started another set at normal speed as they prepared to land until at last they came down on a vast plain.

 

Their landing happened to coincide with a passing caravan gaping with astonishment; the men came near for a closer look when they were blown up into the air. They saw a number of dwarfs blowing excitedly. They understood from their blowing and their gestures that they were being asked to go away immediately, which they did, shaking with fear.

 

The propellers stopped.

 

The pilot of the mother ship pressed a button and a large dome, somewhat like a tent, blew out, casting its shadow on the ship. The other two pilots did the same. By now the villagers had gathered around the strange creatures, hardly believing their eyes. The little creatures scuttled away to a near-by wood at half an hour's distance, followed by the curious crowd. Then they climbed up the trees, inviting the villagers to follow them. They tore the leaves off the branches and placed them in huge containers. Then they exposed them to some green rays that came out of a small machine. The leaves turned to dough. They cut and shaped them into small loaves which they ate, sharing them with the villagers who found them very pleasant to the taste.

 

They obtained water by exposing a vessel to some yellow beams which caused water to collect inside. It tasted like the water of mountain springs and its temperature could be regulated at will.

 

Each dwarf carried a hollow metal stick 31 cm long and 20cm thick; open from the top with wheels fixed to the bottom. Each one of them entered his stick and immediately they raced back where their spacecrafts were standing, leaving behind them an incredulous crowd.

 

The men of Fomalzab chose a vast site in the village where they collected their electronic devices. From the first week of their arrival they began to build a large temple to commemorate their visit to earth. They took heaps of sand and stones, which they kneaded together with their electronic machines and proceeded to cut them up into huge columns and blocks of stone. They raised the columns upright with their strange machines and fixed a huge capital on top of each. Then they laid the roof by means of interlocked pieces .of stone, and built a high wall all around the temple. A huge block of stone made of the mixture of sand and stone was left lying on the ground where it still stands, known as the cornerstone. The whole structure took no longer than one month in the building thanks to those fantastic devices. Many of the people from Fomalzab married girls from earth who gave birth to boys and girls after the strange creatures departed.

 

They departed six months after they arrived. Huge crowds of villagers came to see them off. Each side had learned a little of the other's language.

 

The propellers were started and once more the ships shot into the air and out of sight, returning to their planet, deep in the reaches of endless space.

 

They left behind them the Temple of Baalbek, proudly defying the generations, a living memorial of their visit to earth.

 

New York, 2:25p.m. 29 March, 1977


 

 

SUBMISSION

 

A Selection from Thunder and Lightning.

 

In vain do millions of philosophers

Try to fathom Divinity.

Yet Time adversities do clothe them

And gluttonous graves open gates wide

Swallowing them.

All come to naught save God and Heavens.

God's hidden intents of creating us

Are disclosed not even to prophets.

In supplication shall we pray

To attain eternal Paradise.

 

 

 

 

Sources and References

 

I - Dr. Dahesh, An Innocent In Chains Or The Diaries Of The Prisoner Of Treachery And Treason, 2 Volumes (manuscript).

2 Dr. Dahesh, Extraordinary Tales and Amazing Legends, 4 Volumes.

3 - Dr. Dahesh, Memoirs of A Dinar.

4 - Dammous, Halim, The Daheshism Chronicles 1942-­1957, (manuscript).

5 Dammous, Halim, The Miracles Of The Founder Of Daheshism And His Wondrous Prodigies.

6 Dammous, Halim, the Astonishing Daheshist Miracles And Prodigies.

7 - Haddad, Mary, The Miracles Of Dr. Dahesh And His Spiritual Prodigies.

8 - Haddad, Mary, the Black Book.

9 - Haddad, Mary, Out speaking Documents.

10 Brax, Ghazi, The Prodigies Of Dr. Dahesh And The Unity Of Religions.

11 - Brax, Ghazi, Daheshism: A Spiritual Truth Attested By Miracles.

12 - Brax, Ghazi, A Psychological Study Of Gibran In The Light Of The Daheshist Principles (A Complementary Supplement to "Gibran Khalil Gibran: An Analytic-Synthetic Study of His Literature, Fine

Art and personality").

13 Zaatar, Fares, The Case Of Dr. Dahesh And Water­gate: A Comparative Study.

14 The Elegies Of Men Of Letters, Poets, Journalists, Physicians, Attorneys, Clerics, Statesmen, And Judges, In The Founder Of Daheshism.

15 The Opinions Of Men Of Letters, Poets, journalists, Physicians, Attorneys, Clerics, Statesmen, And Judges, In The Founder Of Daheshism.

16 - Buruq WA Ruud Magazine, (1968), Issues 1-5.

 

 

 

 

 

LISTS OF DR. DAHESH'S BOOKS

 

They Comprise:

 

I - "The Legacy of Dr. Dahesh" series consisting of the two portions of "Dr. Dahesh's literary works":

a The published works.

b The under Publication works.

 

2 - Works About Dr. Dahesh and Daheshism in their two portions:

a - The Published works.

b - The Under Publication works.

 

 

 

 

DR. DAHESH'S PUBLISHED WORKS

 

I - The Repose Of' Death.

2 - The Repose Of Death.

A Poetry version by Mutlaq Abdu el-Khaleq. 3 - Words Of Dr. Dahesh. (Second Edition). 4 - The Song Of Songs. (Second Edition). 5 - The Song Of Songs.

A French version, translated by Mary Haddad. 6 - The Six Goddesses. (Second Edition). 7 - The Six Goddesses.

A French version translated by Dr. Khabsa. 8 - Astarte And Adonis.

9 - Astarte And Adonis.

A French version, translated by Mary Haddad. 10 - The Inferno of Dr. Dahesh. (The first volume). 11 - Lightings and Thunders.

12 - Memoirs Of A Dinar. (Second Edition). 13 - Memoirs Of A Dinar.

A French version, translated by Mary Haddad. 14 - The Song of Love.

15 - Selections from Dr. Dahesh's Books. 16 - Emotions and Storms.

17 - Arrows and Spears.

18 - "A Winged Imagination" or "The Life of The Livings On The Moon."

19 - Extraordinary Tales And Amazing Legends. (4 Volumes).

21 - The River Of Tears. -

22 - Memoirs of Jesus Of Nazareth. (The First Volume).

23 - The Secrets of The Gods. (Two Volumes)

24 - The Lyre of The-Gods (Two Volumes).

25 - The Exchanged Letters between Dr. Dahesh and Dr. Mohammad Hussein Haykal Pacha.

26 - "The Bell Of Sorrows" or ' Jeremiah's Lamentations." 27 - Humble Prayers.

28 - A Prosaist and A 'Poet. (3 Volumes).

29 - The Broken Heart.

30 - The Hell of Memories.

31 - The Lyre of Orpheus.

32 - The Charms of The Poetic Prose.

33 - My Songs.

 

 

The Gardens Of The Gods

Adorned With The Paradisiacal Roses.

(In Ten Volumes).

 

34 - Remembrances of the Past.

35 - Joys and Sorrows.

36 - A Lover's Songs.

37 - The Wanderer In The Desert Of Life.

38 The River Of Pleasures.

39 - Dust and Mirage.

40 - A Singing Spirit.

41 - Winged Poems.

42 - The Lyre of Love.

43 - Songs of A,-Worshiper.

 

The Paradises of the Goddesses

Studded With the Divine Lotus

(In Ten Volumes).

 

44 - The Lover of Quaint Maidens.

45 - Our Hopes Are Illusions.

46 - The Fountain of Happiness.

47 - A Poet's Bird- Songs.

48 - The Songs Of Lakes.

49 - The Mtntntain of Delights.

50 - The Grove Of Violets.

51 --The Chanting Nightingale.

52 - The Songs of spring.

53 - The Songs of Cupid.

 

The Daheshist Travels Around The Globe.

 

54 - The First Travel: From The East To The West With Dr. George Khabsa In 1969.

55 - The Second Travel: Five Journeys To The Aral) Emirates, Saudi, Arabia, Rome, Malta, Libya, Cyprus,

And Africa, In 1970.

56 -. The Third Travel: To Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, And Rome, Iii 1971.

57 The Fourth Travel to Athens, Libya, And Egypt, l n 1971.

58 - The Fifth Travel: To Iran, Cairo, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Vienna, In 1971.

59 - The Sixth Travel: To the European Countries, In 1972.

60 - The Seventh Travel: To Russia, In 1972.

61 - The Eighth Travel: To Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland, In 1973.

62 - The Ninth Travel: To France, In 1973.

63 - The Tenth Travel: To France and Italy, In 1974.

64 The Eleventh Travel: To New York, In 1976.

65 - The Twelfth Travel: To Boston, In 1976.

66 - The Thirteenth Travel: To Morocco, In 1976.

67 - The Fourteenth Travel: To Montreal, Canada, In 1976.

68 - The Fifteenth Travel: To Disney World in Florida, And To Cape Kennedy, In 1976.

69 - The Sixteenth Travel: To California, Nevada, and Arizona, In 1977.

70 - The Seventeenth Travel: To Quebec, Canada, In 1978.

71 - The Eighteenth Travel: To Virginia, In 1978.

72 - The Nineteenth Travel: To France, In 1978.

73 - The Twentieth Travel: To Greece, In 1979.

 

 

THE WORKS OF DR. DAHESH
UNDER -PRINT:

 

1 - Lightning’s and Thunders.

A Poetry version, by Halim Dammous,

2 - Illusory Mirage,

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

3 - Astarte and Adonis.

A Poetry Version, By Salah el-Asir.

4 - A Spirit Mourns.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

5 The Paradise. (Three Volumes).

6 - The Paradise.

A . Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

7 - The Inferno of Dr. Dahesh.

The second and the third Volumes.

8 - The Inferno of Dr. Dahesh.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

9 - The Inferno of Dr. Dahesh.

A Poetry Version, By Sheik Abdullah el-Alaily.

10 - The Repose Of Death.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

11 Memoirs Of A Dinar.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

12 - The Six Goddesses.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

13 - Emotions and Storms.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

14 - Arrows and Spears.

A Poetry Version, By Halim Dammous.

15 - The Gospel of Love.

16 - The Hallways.

17 - The Forest's Revelation.

18 - The Book of The Divine Guide.

19 - The Difference between Catholicism and Daheshism.

20 - The Secrets of Death.

21 - My Secrets.

22 - Memoirs of A Porter.

23 - An Innocent in Chains or the Diaries of the Prisoner Of Treachery And Treason. (Two volumes).

24 - Writings Inspired By Imprisonment, Denationalization, Exile, And Displacement.

25 - Somber Darkness’s.

26 The Depravities of the Outcast Pervert Abdu el-Rahim el-Sharif The Galilean.

27 How Did I Cast out the Depraved treacherous Abdu el-Rahim The Not Sharif (The Not Honorable).

28 The Cutting Sword.

 

Works In The Exposure of Charlatanism And Imposturing:

 

29 - Unveiling the Trickeries and Exposing the Deceptions Of The Charlatan. Dr. Salomon.

30 - Uncovering the Deception and Trickery of the Charlatan el-Hawi Nour el-Dyn el Jawi.

31 - Unveiling the Non-sensual Trickeries of the Impostor Charlatan Tahra.

32 - The Secrets of Hypnotism.

33 - Exposing The Charlatans In The Name Of Hypnotism And Uncovering Their Imposturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLISHED WORKS
ABOUT DR. DAHESH AND DAHESHISM.

 

1 -The Prodigies Of Dr. Dahesh And The Unity Of Religions, By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

2 - The Prodigies of Dr. Dahesh and the Unity of Religions, A French version, Translated By Mary Haddad.

3 - The Prodigies of Dr. Dahesh and the Unity of Religions, an English version, Translated By Antoine Touma.

4 - Daheshism Is A Spiritual Truth' Attested By Miracles, By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

5 - Daheshism Is A Spiritual' Truth Attested By Miracles, An English version, translated By Antoine Touma.

6 - A Psychological Study Of Gibran In The Light Of The Daheshist Principles, By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

7 - The Voice of Dahesh, By Elia Hajjar.

8 - Daheshism and the Effect of Morals In The Life Of Nations, By Nicolas Daher.

9 - How Did I Believe In Daheshism, By Majed Mehdi.

10 - I Am A Daheshist, (In French) By Antoine Issa.

11 - The Death Of Dahesh, By Pierre Roufail.

12 - Magda, the Daheshist, By Karam Melhim Karam.

13 - The Memoirs Of Magda, By Karam Melhim Karam.

14 - The Elegies Of Men Of Letters, Poets, Journalists, Physicians, Attorneys, Clerics, Statesmen, And Judges, In The Founder Of Daheshism.

15 - The Opinion Of Men Of Letters, Journalists, Politicians, And Clerics, etc... In The Founder Of Daheshism.

16 - The Miracles And Prodigies Of Dr. Dahesh, Related By the Journalist Loutfi Radwan, former Chief Editor of the Egyptian Magazine Al-Mousawar.

17 - How Have I Known Dr. Dahesh, By Sheikh Abdullah el-Alaily.

18 - Dr. Dahesh And Spirituality, By the First Believer, Yusuph el-Hajj.

19 - Studies and Articles Of Men- Of Letters, Writers, And Journalists in "Memoirs Of A Dinar."

20 - The Opinions of The Men Of Letters, The Poets, And Journalists In The Boo, "Repose Of Death."

21 - The Evaluation of Dahesh's Literary Works by Men Of Letters, Poets, Writers, and Journalists of the Arab Countries.

22 - Dr. Dahesh, the Giant Man Of Letters amidst His Literary Planets, By Najwa Brax.

23 Memoirs Of A Dinar, Translated into English By Fawzi A. Burgess, with A study about it presented' as a thesis for the Master's Degree in English Literature, translated into Arabic By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

24 The Gardens of the Gods and the Paradises of the Goddesses, 20' Books of Dr. Dahesh who’s paradisiacal Gardens are Explored By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

25 - In the Temple Of Dr. Dahesh And The Holy Of Holies Of His Literature, By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

26 Dr. Dahesh, The Prodigious Man Of Letters, A Comparative Study Of Two Giant Books "Dahesh's Inferno" and "Dante's Inferno," By Dr. Ghazi Brax.

27 - The Miracles Of The Founder Of Daheshism And His Wondrous Prodigies, By Halim Dammous.

28 The Astonishing Daheshist Miracles And Prodigies, By Halim Dammous.

29 - The Miracles Of Dr. Dahesh And His Spiritual Pro­digies, By Mary Haddad.

 

 

 

 

WORKS UNDER PUBLICATION
ABOUT DR. DAHESH AND DAHESHISM.

 

1 - The Daheshist Chronicles. (In 20 volumes), By Halim Dammous.

2 - Dahesh, the Beloved Guide.

His miraculous life and Works, His Wondrous prodigies. and His Amazing teachings, B\, Dr. Ghazi Brax.

3' - The Messenger of Good Tidings and the Forewarn r, By Dr. Ghazi Brax,

4 - Dr. Dahesh The Founder Of Daheshism,

His childhood and youth, literary writings, Miracles and Prodigies, Death and Resurrection, By Basil' Daggaq.

5 - Dr. Dahesh amidst His Envious and Beloveds.

6 - Dahesh between the Tide and the Ebb.

7 - The Life of the Founder Of Daheshisn And His Miracles, Written in French By Zeina Haddad.

8 - The Life of the Founder of Daheshism and His Miracles, An Arabic version, translated By Najwa Brax.

9 - The Crime Of' the Twentieth Century. By Attorney Khalil Zaatar.

 

 

 


 

 

LAURE

The Wife of the President Of The Lebanese Republic
And Letters with Her own Handwriting to her Sister
The lady Of Letters And Fine Artist
Mary Haddad The Daheshist
Requesting Reconciliation

Her Request Was Met With Unreviewable Rejection
And The Exchanged Letters Between Them Shall Be
Published With Their Facsimiles
In A Historic Book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

1. The Carmel are hills in Palestine that were planted gardens. They are a natural extension of Mount Lebanon that was famous for its forests. The spiritual symbolic meaning of the expression, which will become clear as we go on, relates to the translocation of the Divine Mission from Palestine into Lebanon.

 

2. A Dinar is a golden monetary unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prodiges 

GHAZI BRAX

   

PRODIGES DU DOCTEUR DAHESH


ET

 

L'UNITE DES RELIGIONS

 

 

Traduction


de

 

MARIE HADAD

 

 

Conférence faite à l'Assembly Hall de l'Université

Américaine de Beyrouth, le 12 Mai, 1970.

 

A l'occasion de cette conférence, « LA LIGUE DE LA FRATERNITE SPIRITUELLE » a publié la °convocation ci-dessous

- Ceux qui souffrent de la tragique angoisse de ce siècle.

 

- Ceux qui sont tourmentés, inquiets par suite des possibi­lités pour l'homme d'explorer l'espace avec une science précise et rigoureuse, alors qu'il est encore impuissant à explorer son âme afin d'y répandre la paix et le bonheur.

 

- Ceux qui sont alarmés par le déchirement des humains, hésitant entre la foi et l'athéisme, et poursuivant sans espoir une vérité toujours fuyante.

 

- Ceux qui croient que tout édifice social ne peut être affermi que s'il est édifié sur des bases saines et solides.

 

- Ceux qui aspirent à former une société meilleure et rê­vent de l'Homme Sauveur de ,l'avenir.

 

- Ceux dont les mains ne tremblent point en saisissant la vérité, et dont les paupières ne frémissent point en con­templant son éclat.

 

- Ceux qui éprouvent du dégoût pour les vendeurs de paroles, les marchands d'immoralité, de divisions et de dissolution.

 

- Tous ceux là sont conviés par «LA LIGUE DE LA FRATERNITÉ SPIRITUELLE» des universitaires pour écouter la conférence de Mr. Ghazi Brax traitant

 

«DÉS PRODIGES DU DOCTEUR DAHESH ET DÉ L'UNITÉ DÉS RELIGIONS».

Conférence interprétant et élucidant les miracles de l'Homme qui est devenu l'énigme du 20ème Siècle.

 


PRÉSENTATION DU CONFERENCIER

par Mr Moussa Maalouf

 

Chers Auditeurs,

 

Notre conférencier a vraiment saisi et pénétré les vérités spirituelles. Il les a étayées sur la science et la logique.

Il a de même pénétré les profondeurs de son propre esprit au contact de la vivifiante lumière de la vérité.

 

Bénie soit la science spirituelle attaquée et reniée à travers les âges mais éternellement vivante afin que le souffle de la vie triomphe de la mort.

 

De son premier recueil poétique « Dieu, le Monde et Moi jusqu'à « L'Annonciateur et l'Avertisseur » et sa thèse psy­chologique sur le génial Libanais Gibran Khalil Gibran, Ghazi Brax s'élève, telle la voix qui crie dans le désert de la vie. C'est un poète inspiré, un Maître dans les sciences spi­rituelles, un critique psychologique.

 

Pour renforcer son message humanitaire il a voulu boire l'élixir de la divine sagesse par l'entremise des prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH.

 

Le temps n'est-il pas déjà venu de ressusciter le Lazare de ce siècle matérialiste, de le réveiller de la tombe de l'athé­isme afin de renouveler les Noces de Cana, au nom de la raison et de la révélation ?

 

Dans le temple des connaissances universitaires veuillez cher confrère, nous dévoiler quelque chose des mystérieux tré­sors du DOCTEUR DAHESH.

 

Veuillez dans ce siècle spatial enseigner ce qu'ont renié les aveugles et les sourds, marchands de consciences 'ténébreuses qui ne veulent ni vois ni entendre.

 

Et lorsqu'arrivera demain la fête de la Moisson, les yeux et les oreilles de ceux qui ne voulaient ni voir ni entendre se souviendront de la voix qui publiait les révélations et les enseignements DAHESHISTEs entremêlés au cours des divines saisons de la lumière au son de la guithare prophétique.

 

CONFERENCE


DE


GHAZI BRAX

 

Cette conférence n'a point pour objet un divertissement ou un passe-temps. Il nous suffit de ce que provoquent les vains amusements de la vie en conséquences néfastes pour l'humanité. Je l'ai voulue chargée du tonnerre de l'Esprit, amalgamée avec les flammes de la Foi, étayée sur des preuves rigoureuses.

 

Je viens à vous avec une nourriture que les hommes n'ont point goûtée depuis deux mille ans. Une nourriture qui sera une manne céleste pour les uns, et un poison mortel pour les autres. Par cette manne nombreux sont ceux qui s'éveil­leront et s'affermiront, tandis que d'autres seront confondus. Mais la vie ascendante ne tient compte parmi ses fils que des forts et des purs. A eux seuls elle remet les rênes.

 

Lorsque la « Ligue de la Fraternité Spirituelle » des doctes universitaires m'invita à donner cette conférence, à parler des prodiges du « DOCTEUR DAHESH et de l'Unité des Religions », la gravité du sujet m'a vivement impressionné.

 

D'un côté un Homme dont la personnalité s'élève et dépasse les limites de la terre depuis environ un demi siècle, et dont le halo s'affermit et s'amplifie.

 

Les gens s'interrogent à son sujet, se faisant de lui des opi­nions contradictoires; il est l'objet d'attaques injustifiées qui s'intensifient par suite du bruit fait autour de sa réputation toujours grandissante.

 

Rien ne touche cet Homme, comme s'il était une citadelle point édifiée de mains d'hommes. Les attaques et les accu­sations ne peuvent atteindre ses remparts. Les regards d'orgueil et de défi se détournent humiliés de ses hauteurs.

 

Et d'un autre côté une importance grandissante est donnée à l'unité des religions et au destin de l'Esprit et de l'hom­me. Un intérêt général enveloppe le monde atteignant le Vatican, l'Amérique, Athènes, et jusques le Liban, au point qu'il apparaît aux observateurs que l'unité des religions est d'une nécessité pressante et qu'elle s'est insérée comme une chose essentielle et d'actualité mondiale dans la voie cultu­relle et sociale.

 

Mais deux motifs m'ont poussé à prendre d'assaut l'affaire malgré la gravité du sujet : le Ier de ces motifs était que la conférence eût lieu dans l'un des auditorium de l'Université Américaine, foyer et refuge de la pensée libre et hardie au Liban. Le 2ème que cette conférence, et la date en laquelle elle serait donnée, fassent partie des prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH.

 

Après que la Ligue de la Fraternité Spirituelle m'eût informé que les directeurs, d'accord avec les Conseils des étudiants, avaient fixé le 12 Mai comme étant la date désignée pour la conférence, je cherchai dans les documents disponibles Dahéchistes. Je fus bouleversé quand je vis dans quelques jour­naux remontant à 1942 que la première conférence au sujet du Dahéchisme avait été donnée en cette même date le 12 Mai (il y avait de cela 28 ans) par le premier croyant DAHESHISTE, l'écrivain Youssef El Hage, père du professeur Kamal El Hage. J'avais à peine mis le DOCTEUR DAHESH au courant de cette coïncidence extraordinaire que je n'ai point considéré comme un pur hasard mais comme un dessein spirituel, quand le DOCTEUR DAHESH me communiqua un fait plus étrange encore. C'était l'une de ses propres prophéties écrite de la main de feu Halim Dammous, (écrivain des chroniques DAHESHISTEs et grand poète Zahliote), il y avait de cela 28 ans.

 

Au cours des récits journaliers DAHESHISTEs qui datent de l'année 1942, la prophétie disait que moi (Ghazi Brax) ie donnerai une conférence au sujet des prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH en cette même date et à l'Université Américaine. Le jour où Halim Dammous écrivit cette pro­phétie de sa main j'avais 6 ans; je n'avais point entendu le mot «DAHESHisme » et je ne devais l'entendre que 20 ans plus tard.

Tout homme d'une culture scientifique authentique sait, comme je le sais moi-même, que le monde est régi par des lois naturelles immuables.

 

La loi du mouvement cosmique, celle de l'attraction univer­selle, celle de la relativité, celle de la conservation de l'éner­gie et tant d'autres lois qui existent dans le cosmos depuis le commencement des temps.

 

Tout ce que peut faire la raison humaine est de soulever graduellement le voile qui masque ces lois.

 

Mais la volonté humaine quelle qu'elle soit ne peut outre­passer les lois de la nature. Ceci est une vérité scientifique que confirme le grand physicien Max Plank (détenteur du Prix Nobel), comme la confirment tous les autres savants. Les lois de la Nature ne se plient point à notre volonté; elles existaient dès avant l'apparition de la vie sur la terre et elles demeureront après son anéantissement.

 

Mais malgré ma conviction scientifique, du fait que la volonté humaine se plie aux lois naturelles et l'impossibilité de l'existence d'aucun homme pouvant les défier, j'ai eu l'occasion alors que je fréquentais le DOCTEUR DAHESH (durant 7 années), de constater des dizaines de fois que les lois de la nature étaient transgressées par lui d'une manière évidente. `Cela m'a poussé à de sérieuses recherches, à de longues vérifications. Je n'ai point négligé en ce temps aucun livre important traitant de ces choses extraordinaires, soit qu'il se trouva à Moscou, à Washington ou à Paris...

 

J'ai vu de mes yeux et j'ai touché du doigt des dizaines de miracles réalisés devant moi par cet homme étonnant.

 

Ces miracles laissent des indices matériels qui demeurent, ce qui fait que des personnes (qui ne connaissent pas le DOCTEUR DAHESH) lorsqu'elles les voient, sont pleine­ment convaincues de leur authenticité.

 

Je ne me contentai point de cela. Je me mis en contact avec un grand nombre de personnes qui comme moi avaient vu ses prodiges. J'entendis par elles le récit des faits qu'elles avaient vus; je le comparais au récit d'autres témoins.

 

Puis je mis les faits ainsi réunis à l'épreuve de toutes les sciences physiques, et face à la religion et à la logique. Et de tout ceci je tirai les conclusions suivantes. A savoir

 

Premièrement. -- Ce qui se réalise par l'entremise du DOC­TEUR DAHESH est l'accomplissement de prodiges cer­tains, qui ne peuvent être classés parmi les jeux de prestidi­gitations ou attribués à la Suggestion, à la Magie, au Faki­risme, à l'Évocation des Esprits ou à l'Hypnotisme.

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH n'accomplit point ces prodiges par sa seule volonté, car sa volonté semblable à la volonté de tout homme est assujettie aux lois de la planète où il est né. Mais c'est une Force spirituelle extra terrestre qui les réalise. Elle n'est point assujettie aux lois de notre monde parce qu'elle lui est transcendante.

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH peut être considéré comme un médiateur spirituel autant qu'un vase d'élection.

 

Deuxièmement. -- Ce qui â provoqué les manifestations de l'Esprit et la réalisation de prodiges en ce siècle, c'est la condition tragique d'un monde malheureux et la nécessité

pour lui d'un Sauveur. Le but est purement spirituel; je veux dire une régénération, une renaissance, la confirma­tion de l'existence de l'Esprit, de son immortalité, de l'exis­tence de Dieu,, de la Récompense et du Châtiment, avec des preuves matérielles, irréfutables, nécessaires à notre temps matérialiste.

 

Troisièmement. - L'Unification des Religions dans sa signi­fication claire et profonde, le retour à la foi pure et véritable, une vie vertueuse et juste, telles sont les conséquences iné­vitables des miracles de l'Esprit, et le besoin essentiel de l'homme en ce siècle.

 

Quant à ces trois points, je les analyserai successivement en les étayant sur des arguments péremptoires.

 
 

I

 

MIRACLES DU DOCTEUR DAHESH

 

Avant d'attaquer ce sujet, il est nécessaire de commencer par trois remarques qui l'expliquent et l'éclairent

 

a) Ceux qui ont vu et qui ont témoigné en faveur de ces prodiges, avant moi et avec moi, étaient pour la plupart des personnes très cultivées, Parfaitement éclairées. Parmi elles se trouvaient des médecins, des ingénieurs, des journa­listes, des professeurs d'université, des évêques, des prélats, des juges, des avocats, un grand nombre de députés, des ministres, des gens ayant de hautes situations, et une large expérience de la vie, tous ont témoigné que ce qu'ils avaient vu était la vérité objective certaine, indéniable, même si leurs interprétations de ces, phénomènes prodigieux diffé­raient en certains points.

 

b) Un grand nombre de ces témoins, lorsque leur foi se fut affirmée à la manière de celle de Thomas, lorsque l'éclat de la vérité DAHESHISTE illumina leurs âmes, crurent en la mission du DOCTEUR DAHESH et ne reculèrent devant aucun sacrifice. Ils endurèrent les persécutions, les souffrances et les désagréments de toutes sortes par l'inter­médiaire même de leurs parents.

 

Quant à la femme de lettres, peintre et écrivain connu Mme Marie Chiha Hadad, elle eut beaucoup à souffrir de la part de sa soeur Laure épouse de Béchara El Khouri, alors président de la République Libanaise; elle la fit em­prisonner sous le prétexte de la soustraire à l'influence DAHESHISTE... mais comme elle s'obstinait dans ses convictions, sa soeur la déclara atteinte de folie et la fit enlever et enfermer à l'hôpital des maladies mentales; mais on fut bientôt dans l'obligation de lui rendre sa liberté et elle rentra chez elle inflexible dans sa foi saine et sauve de ce traquenard. Elle reprit le cours de ses occupations et la fréquentation du DOCTEUR DAHESH. Elle est encore vivante. Sa soeur et son beau-frère l'ancien président sont morts il y a longtemps.

 

Pour Georges Hadad son mari, à peine s'était-il attaché à la foi DAHESHISTE qu'il renonça aux avantages d'une belle situa­tion. Ses Croyances lui causèrent de longs séjours dans les prisons. Il avait vu de nombreux prodiges. L'enseignement spirituel lui avait donné la foi en Dieu et en l'immortalité de l'âme et sa vie devait être conforme à ses principes.

 

Le docteur Georges Khabsa (médecin universellement con­nu comme spécialiste des maladies de la peau) renonça à sa chaire de professeur à la faculté française de médecine et démissionna pour protester au sujet d'un article publié par le Béchir (Journal jésuitique) contre le DOCTEUR DAHESH en 1942.

 

Le docteur Farid Abou sleiman démissionna de son poste comme médecin légal du gouvernement après qu'on lui eût proposé de doubler ses appointements à la condition qu'il renoncerait à sa foi DAHESHISTE.

 

Le poète Halim Dammous demeura plus d'un an en prison pour sa ténacité dans sa foi (Le séjour dans les prisons de Beyrouth est infernal). Halim s'élevait contre les vanités du monde et prêchait la vérité DAHESHISTE.

 

L'ancien procureur général de la Ville de Beyrouth, Dimitri Hayek fut dans l'obligation de renoncer à son poste de Pro­cureur Général après qu'il eut refusé de porter un faux témoignage contre le DOCTEUR DAHESH. Il avait vu un grand nombre de prodiges et croyait en sa mission.

 

Il n'est point nécessaire d'énumérer ici les noms de ceux qui ont tout sacrifié à la cause de la nouvelle mission spirituelle et je ne vous dirai rien de moi-même et de tout ce que j'ai enduré, mon histoire serait longue.

 

Serait-il raisonnable de penser que tous ceux-là dont je parle aient été durant des dizaines d'années victimes de leur ima­gination ? Renonceraient-ils à de hautes situations, à leur fortune, à une vie paisible, aux amis qu'ils délaissent pré­férant les épreuves, les désagréments pour un objet fictif ?

 

Non, mille fois non. Si la vérité n'était point éclatante, ils n'auraient point témoigné pour elle ! S'ils ne l'avaient touché du doigt, s'ils ne l'avaient vérifié avec leur intelli­gence et choisi ce qui est supérieur aux biens de ce monde; ils n'auraient point sans aucun regret abandonné avantages et profits.

 

c) Les prodiges qui ont eu lieu et ceux qui se réalisent encore par l'intermédiaire du DOCTEUR DAHESH ne sont point d'un seul genre ou même d'une dizaine de genres... mais plutôt d'une centaine de genres concernant les hom­mes, les animaux, les plantes, les objets inanimés.

 

Ces prodiges sont matériels, palpables, pouvant être soumis à l'épreuve du temps et à toutes sortes d'épreuves, fixés dans les photographies.

 

Celui qui jette un regard sur l'ensemble de ces prodiges peut immédiatement juger de leur grandeur miraculeuse, et il y en a d'innombrables en tous genres.

 

On doit donc s'incliner et rendre hommage à la puissante Force spirituelle qui les a accomplis. Et si l'on devait les enregistrer tous, il faudrait de nombreux volumes pour les contenir.

Parmi les prodige; qui se sont accomplis et qui s'accomplis­sent encore par l'intermédiaire du DOCTEUR DAHESH et la force de l'Esprit, je cite quelques exemples Guérisons instantanées de maladies incurables. Photos instantanées des événements de la vie passée.

 

Relation écrite mot à mot des conversations les plus se­crètes et quel qu'en soit. le lieu avec une extrême précision.

 

Prophéties avec le détail des événements à venir quelles qu'en soient leurs complications et leur manière de se dérouler.

 

Connaissance de la pensée, des rêves.

 

L e fait de parler dans n'importe quelle langue.

 

Le fait de donner la vie à un animal mort; à un objet inanimé.

Anéantissement d'objets par le feu et leur retour à l'existence.

 

Evolution et croissance de plantes dans le temps d'un clin d'oeil.

 

Changement de formes et de couleurs d'objets.

 

Agrandissement et rapetissement d'objets et d'êtres animés matériels.

 

Transmutation des choses

 

Transformation des métaux ordinaires en métaux Précieux... d'un papier ordinaire en Papier d'une monnaie courante et réelle.

 

Changement de billets de Loterie Perdants en billets ga­

gnants quelle que soit leur valeur.

 

Transport d'objets matériels d'un lieu en un autre lieu quels que soient le poids de ces objets et la distance.

 

Mais le plus grandiose de ces prodiges est à mon point de vue la pluralité des « Personnalités » du DOCTEUR DAHESH et leur miraculeuse puissance.

 

J'ai cité un certain nombre de prodiges qui s'opèrent par l'entremise d'un homme extraordinaire, un libanais. Il doit être considéré comme le miracle du vingtième siècle. Je me bornerai à relater quelques exemples de prodiges, remettant à la fin de la conférence la question des « Person­nalités ». Je dirai ce que j'ai vu et aussi ce que d'autres per­sonnes dignes de foi ont vu en présence de nombreux témoins. Et j'en assure l'exacte vérité.

 

 

I° - GUÉRISONS DE MALADIES

 

Je ne conteste point les brillants succès de la médecine en ce siècle. Mais il est des limites et des obstacles qu'elle ne peut franchir et dont elle doit tenir compte. D'un côté de nom­breuses maladies et difformités sont loin de ses possibilités de- guérison; d'un autre côté la médecine peut guérir de nombreuses maladies, elle ne peut les guérir subitement en l'espace d'un clin d'oeil ou sans aucun remède.

 

Le prodige diffère en ce qu'il guérit brusquement et d'une manière permanente d'un mal réfractaire, incurable à toute médication... je vais vous citer une telle guérison

 

Madame Mariant Mizrahi (femme palestinienne) de Jérusa­lem était atteinte d'une lèpre identifiée avec certitude. De nombreux médecins l'avaient soignée durant un long temps. Mais le mal terrible avait envahi son corps frappant ses doigts, son nez, ses lèvres, ses oreilles, d'où tombaient les chairs. Son aspect était effrayant, désespéré. Elle entendit parler des prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH. Elle se ren­dit chez lui en compagnie de son frère. Une séance spiri­tuelle eut lieu. Il s'y trouvait plus de trente personnes, toutes très cultivées, entre autres 5 médecins dont voici les noms :

 

Abdel Ahad, Achi, Abou sleiman, Khabsa, Khoury. Tous confirmèrent la nature de son mal incurable.

 

Durant la séance spirituelle le DOCTEUR DAHESH toucha de sa main le corps de la malade et voici qu'apparut une nouvelle chair et que les creux se remplirent. Chaque mem­bre atteint fut guéri et le corps usé qu'appelait la mort retrouva l'agréable aspect de bonne santé.

 

Des dizaines d'autres guérisons miraculeuses ont eu lieu. Différentes personnes frappées de maladies ou d'infirmité ont été guéries, parmi elles : Elie Maalouf, Ceylani Rahmé,

Suzanne Kombargi, Grace Gabriel, Magda et Zeina Hadad...

et d'autres encore.

 

2° - REPONSES MIRACULEUSES (IMMEDIATES PAR ECRIT)

 

L'ancien ministre Maître Edouard Noun (avocat à Bey­routh), après qu'il eut vu de nombreux miracles palpables, indéniables, voulut ajouter encore à ses connaissances spiri­tuelles. Dans sa propre maison il écrivit 72 questions ayant rapport à l'histoire de l'humanité et à ses origines obscures, puis aussi à des faits concernant l'homme et les religions, faits que la science n'est pas parvenue à expliquer d'une façon définitive. Il écrivit ces questions sur trente grandes feuilles de papier, laissant de l'espace entre une question et l'autre pour qu'il y eut de la place pour les réponses.

 

Il se rendit ensuite à la maison du DOCTEUR DAHESH; il s'y trouvait de nombreuses personnes dont les Hadad, Halim Dammous, les docteurs Abou sleiman, Khabsa, Achi... Tous prirent connaissance des questions compliquées de Maître Noun. Elles furent placées dans une enveloppe et la séance spirituelle commença.

 

Subitement alors le DOCTEUR DAHESH toucha de sa main l'enveloppe qui contenait les papiers en disant : « Les réponses vous sont données ». La stupéfaction fut générale quand on ouvrit l'enveloppe et qu'on vit 72 réponses écrites clairement, (et cela avait eu lieu en un clin d'oeil) sous les 72 questions disposées sur les 30 feuilles de papier. Les docu­ments miraculeux sont toujours en possession du grand avo­cat qui les garde Précieusement.

 

Je connais des dizaines de personnes qui ont vu pour leur propre avantage le miracle des réponses écrites subitement et je suis moi-même dans ce cas.

 

3° - TRANSMUTATION DES CHOSES

 

Des centaines de prodiges ont eu lieu par lesquels se chan­gent la nature et la fonction d'un objet.

 

- Un visiteur apporte de sa maison une assiette de porce­laine. Elle est signée d'une marque connue. Durant la séance spirituelle, elle se transforme en bois, en verre ou en or. La marque dont elle est signée demeure.

 

- L'eau se change en vin.

 

- Le papier se change en pierre. - La pierre en métal précieux.

 

- J'ai bien des fois découpé du papier blanc en feuilles de petites dimensions. J'y écrivais mon nom et quelques phrases.

 

Par l'intermédiaire et la présence du DOCTEUR DAHESH, elles se transformèrent en monnaie libanaise de différentes sommes et mon nom ainsi que les phrases s'y trouvaient comme je les avais écrits de ma main.

 

De telles transformations miraculeuses se sont opérées devant des centaines de personnes dont entre autres le repré­sentant de la revue « La Semaine Arabe », et Mr. Ha fez Kheyrallah représentant du journal le « Jour ». Les deux journalistes photographièrent les étapes du prodige à l'instant ,où elles se réalisaient.

 

Elles furent fixées dans l'image photographique comme elles s'étaient déroulées devant les yeux des personnes présentes.

 

Je relate aussi le changement de billet de la loterie nationale, billet perdant en billet gagnant.

 

Je fus témoin de ce fait. Devant moi un billet perdant fut transformé en billet gagnant 10.000 dix mille livres libanaises. Maître Mohsen Slim précédemment député de Bey­routh et bien d'autres personnes furent témoins de ce prodige.

 

Nombreux sont ceux qui se souviennent du bruit soulevé autour de cette affaire après que fut transformé le billet de loterie perdant en billet gagnant 10.000 Livres Libanaises, en présence dé deux juges Mahmoud Békaï et Mahmoud Neaman; de l'avocat Chafic Sardouk et du Dr. Farid Abou­sleiman. La direction de la société nationale de la loterie dut alors démentir le fait craignant que les gens n'achètent plus de billets de Loterie.

Cependant la direction fut obligée de payer les 10.000 Livres Libanaises lorsque le docteur Farid Abou-sleiman lui pré­senta le billet miraculeux, mais après l'avoir bien examiné et que fut confirmée durant plusieurs jours sa validité.

 

4° - CREER LA VIE – RESSUSCITER LES MORTS

 

Et pourquoi pas du moment qu'un Esprit Divin tout puis­sant accomplit ces choses.

 

- En présence du Cheikh Mounir Taky El Dinn, du journaliste Alexandre Riachi, de Youssef El Hage, Halim Dam­mous, ceci eut lieu peu de temps avant la campagne de persécution qui s'éleva contre le DOCTEUR DAHESH.

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH se trouvait devant une cage d'oi­seaux. Un geste de sa main avait suffi pour que les oiseaux tombent morts. Se tournant vers les visiteurs : « Nous agissons de même avec les hommes » dit-il. C'était l'Esprit qui parlait.

Durant l'après-midi de ce même jour, en présence de Maître Noun une séance spirituelle eut lieu.

 

Les personnes présentes demandèrent que l'on rendit la vie aux oiseaux morts.

On rapporta du jardin les cadavres des petits oiseaux. Ils furent déposés dans la cage et le prodige eut lieu et les oiseaux se remirent à chanter.

 

- Voici une toile peinte par Mme Marie Hadad : un oiseau sur un arbre !

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH tend la main vers la toile, les couleurs se meuvent, la chair, les plumes se gonflent et forment un oiseau vivant. Il est placé dans une cage où il vivra plusieurs années. Sa place sur la toile est demeurée blanche.

- Le DOCTEUR DAHESH se rendit un jour au magasin

des frères Hajjar (Eliya et Hadi) où se trouvent des jouets et des oiseaux empaillés.

 

Il posa la main sur l'un de ces oiseaux. L'oiseau frémit au contact. Et la vie surgit et le fit mouvoir; il se détacha du support en bois et des clous qui le retenaient. Il était prêt à s'envoler. Il fut placé dans une cage où il vécut durant plu­sieurs mois.

Gloire au Tout Puissant Maître de la vie et de la mort.

 

Combien est insensé l'homme qui s'enivre de la vanité de ses inventions scientifiques.

 

Son orgueil l'aveugle et il renie son Dieu. Qu'est-ce que l'intelligence de l'homme comparée à la toute puissance de l'Esprit.

 

5° - CREATION

 

- Création de choses.

- Création d'un journal plusieurs jours avant sa parution.

 

Re-création d'objets après leur anéantissement.

Ces cas sont identiques vis-à-vis de l'Esprit parce que Celui qui peut créer et qui est Maître de la vie et de la mort peut tout accomplir. Des documents, des effets, des photos ont été brulés devant une nombreuse assistance, puis re-créés en un clin d'oeil.

 

Il m'est arrivé souvent de remplir une feuille de papier de différents écrits. Je la brulai de ma main et j'en gardai les cendres.

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH faisait renaître de ces cendres mêmes les papier que j'avais brûlé. Mes propres écrits s'y trouvaient intégralement. Ceci pouvait m'advenir soit en présence du DOCTEUR DAHESH, soit dans ma maison loin de lui. Le miracle s'accomplit où que l'Esprit se trouve.

 

Parmi les plus extraordinaires d'entre les prodiges et qui provoquent la plus grande admiration, en voici deux gran­dioses qui portent l'homme à s'humilier en rendant gloire

à Dieu

Le premier eut lieu en faveur de Mr. Philippe Hadchiti. Il entra dans la maison du DOCTEUR DAHESH tenant en main un journal : « Le Jour », quotidien français libanais. Tout en le lisant et en en tournant les pages, il inscrivait dans la marge différentes questions qu'il voulait poser durant la séance spirituelle qui lui était promise.

 

La séance eut lieu en présence de nombreuses personnes et le DOCTEUR DAHESH lui demanda : « Mr. Hadchiti, croyez-vous en Dieu ? »

 

En vérité, DOCTEUR 1 répondit-il, je ne crois pas en son existence, et je le disais librement durant mon séjour à Paris

d'où je reviens.

 

Le DOCTEUR lui dit alors : « Que désirez vous pour croire et pour que vous apparaisse votre erreur ? »

 

- Je veux un prodige dit-il.

 

«Regardez donc le journal que vous avez en main», répon­dit le DOCTEUR.

Lorsque Hadchiti jeta un regard sur son journal il poussa un cri de surprise et d'étonnement. Le numéro qu'il tenait portait la date du 28 Novembre et voici qu'il découvre que ce même journal, encore entre ses mains, porte présente­

ment la date-du 3 Décembre, c'est-à-dire qu'il avance de 4 jours sur celui qui doit paraître.

 

Les questions en marge du journal y sont toujours.

 

Après que fut sorti le No. du 3 décembre, Hadchiti le compara au No. qui avait apparu 4 jours plus tôt d'une manière miraculeuse. Il se , trouva lui être identique avec tout ce qu'il, contenait d'événements et de nouvelles locales et mondiales.

 

Ce prodige, contient en lui-même des milliers de prophéties.

 

Philippe Hadchiti en entrant chez le DOCTEUR DAHESH était un athée, il quittait sa maison croyant en un Dieu tout Puissant.

 

- Quand au second miracle il eut lieu en 1943 en présence de maître Noun, du docteur Georges Khabsa, de Mr. et Mme'. Haddad. Le miracle est réellement étrange. Alors que ces personnes étaient réunies pour une séance spirituelle, voici que se dresse soudain devant elles en pleine lumière, une belle jeune fille. La stupéfaction fut générale. Etait ce l'effet d'une hallucination ?

 

r- « Non ! ceci n'est point une illusion », dit alors la jeune fille, ce que vous voyez est réel, je m'appelle Nada, je viens d'un monde matériel, autre que le vôtre ».

 

Les personnes présentes n'en croyaient pas leurs yeux et chacun voulut la -toucher du doigt, et chacun se rendit compte qu'elle était faite de chair et de sang comme les êtres humains.

Elle était vêtue d'une robe point à la mode en cette année de 1943, pas plus que son sac à main.

 

Après 29 années, cette même jeune fille visita le DOCTEUR DAHESH. Elle était maintenant du nombre des habitants de la terre; elle avait le même âge que lorsqu'elle s'était incarnée 29 ans plus tôt, elle était vêtue de la même robe et tenait le même sac à main.

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH expliqua la chose aux personnes présentes : « Ce miracle confirme, dit-il, le renouvellement de la, vie et le principe de la réincarnation. Chacun peut renaître sur la terre ou dans l'un des autres mondes suivant le degré de ses mérites. »

Quelques unes parmi les personnes présentes avaient vu cette jeune fille z9 ans plus tôt lors de sa subite réincar­nation.

 

6° - TRANSPORT D'OBJETS

 

Ces prodiges furent le point de départ de la foi chez de nombreuses personnes.

- Le docteur Khabsa avait perdu un petit agenda à Paris 12 ans avant de connaître le DOCTEUR DAHESH. Durant une séance spirituelle l'agenda sa trouva subitement entre ses mains.

 

- Le Docteur Farid Abou-sleiman avait perdu un gant (celui de la main droite). Il avait beaucoup cherché mais ne l'avait pas trouvé. Trois ans plus tard, il fit la connais­sance du DOCTEUR DAHESH qui lui accorda une séance spirituelle. Il eut l'idée d'éprouver la réalité de l'Esprit et de la force spirituelle. Il demanda au DOCTEUR s'il pouvait savoir où se trouvait le gant perdu. Le DOCTEUR lui ré­pondit spontanément : « Il est dans votre main ». Le docteur Farid Abou-sleiman emporta son gant chez lui, il n'en croyait pas ses yeux. Il le compara au gant de la main gau­che. C'était bien le gant perdu; tous deux étaient également usagés. Il le montra à de très nombreuses personnes.

 

Isabelle la femme de maître Edouard Noun avait perdu un crayon à encre en or alors qu'elle se trouvait à Laklouk pour les sports d'hivers. Elle ne connaissait pas encore le DOC­TEUR DAHESH. Elle ne devait faire sa connaissance que quelques années plus tard.

 

Elle était accompagnée de Mme. Fouad El Khoury, frère de l'ancien président libanais Béchara El Khoury. Durant une séance spirituelle, devant plusieurs personnes... sur la de­mande de maître Edouard Noun, le crayon apparut en un clin d'oeil. Ceci fut suffisant pour que Maître Edouard Noun aille trouver le président Béchara El Khoury et lui déclare « Les prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH ne sont pas le fait d'une illusion dont seraient victimes les Hadad DAHESHISTEs qui vous sont apparentés. La preuve en est dans l'apparition subite du crayon en or perdu par ma femme quelques années plus tôt ». Renée femme de cheikh Fouad, frère du président, accompagnait alors Isabelle Noun.

 

- Mlle. Odette Karah avait perdu sa montre en Lybie trois années avant de connaître le DOCTEUR DAHESH. La montre lui fut rendue miraculeusement. dans une séance spirituelle.

 

- Mme Fatmé Baltagi l'épouse de Mr. Mahmoud Baltagi (le héros du Champolion) avait perdu une bague en bril­lant d'un prix très élevé. Après avoir épuisé tous les moyens de recherche pour trouver son bijou, elle fit la connaissance du DOCTEUR DAHESH. Une séance spirituelle eut lieu. Parmi les personnes présentes se trouvaient son mari et son fils Ali, Mme. Wafik Zantout, Mrs. Salait et Hassan Baltagi, et le docteur Farid Abou-sleiman. Durant le séance spirituelle le DOCTEUR DAHESH se tournant vers le mari de Mme, Fatmé, Mr. Mahmoud Baltagi, lui dit : « Ouvrez votre main '. Il l'ouvrit. Il lui dit encore : « Fermez votre main ». Il la ferma. Et touchant cette main fermée il ajouta « Ouvrez-la maintenant ».

 

Tout le monde alors s'exclama. L'émotion était à son comble, car la bague perdue se trouvait dans la main de Mahmoud Baltagi.

 

- L'orientaliste anglais Daniel Oliver directeur de l'école des « Friends » à Rass El Metn, assista à une séance spiri­tuelle le 10 juin 1944. Il s'y trouvait des dizaines de témoins dont Cheikh Mounir Oseirane, les docteurs Tawfik Rizk, Antoine Gédéon, Georges Khabsa, Farid Abou-sleiman, Négib Achi, Chahine Saliby, Mme Rose Saliby, Maître Edouard Noun, Mr. Nasser Rizk secrétaire dû consulat d'Irak à Beyrouth, Boulos Francis, Amine Nemr, Charif El Beydaoui (Commissaire de la Police), Georges Najjar, Tanios Majdalani... et plusieurs autres dames et messieurs.

 

Durant la séance spirituelle le DOCTEUR DAHESH s'ad­ressant à tous d'une façon générale dit : « si quelqu'un désire quelque chose, qu'il le demande ».

 

Daniel Oliver dit alors : « Il y a actuellement une guerre mondiale, les secours monétaires qui m'étaient envoyés d'Amérique au profit de l'orphelinat ne me parviennent plus depuis plus de deux ans, par suite des circonstances actuelles et des dangers en cours de route. Je demande une aide spiri­tuelle pour que me soit remis le montant de la somme qui se trouve en Amérique au Bureau de la Société, afin que je puisse subvenir aux besoins de mon école et des orphelins.

 

Oliver n'avait pas encore achevé ces paroles que le DOCTEUR DAHESH lui dit : « Mettez la main dans n'importe laquelle de vos 4 poches et vous y trouverez ce que vous demandez ».

Oliver retira donc de ses quatres poches la somme de 23.000 livres libanaises.

 

L'orientaliste anglais ne croyait pas du tout en l'existence de l'Esprit. Il quitta le DOCTEUR DAHESH croyant en Dieu, en l'Esprit et en la mission DAHESHISTE.

 

 

- En compagnie dû docteur Khabsa, de Youssef El Hage, de Halim Dammous, le DOCTEUR 'DAHESH se rendit un jour à la forêt de Chbaniyé où Youssef El Hage possédait un terrain. Tout le monde s'assit sûr un rocher y goûtant le plaisir d'une agréable causerie. Et Dammous inscrivit sûr le rocher les vers que voici

 

Nous nous sommes assis sûr un rocher à l'ombre d'une forêt. Nous avons bu l'eau fraîche et suave à la joie de sa présence. J'ai dit à mes amis, alors que le Bien Aimé était à mes côtés: « Sûr le roc de la foi nous édifierons notre espérance »

 

Après qu'ils furent revenus à la demeure dû DOCTEUR DAHESH, les trois compagnons lui dirent : « Il serait bien agréable de nous asseoir de nouveau avec vous sûr le rocher».

 

Il répondit : « Qui nous en empêcherait puisque tel est votre désir ». Ils répliquèrent : « comment cela se ferait-il ? la forêt se trouve à Chbaniyé et nous sommes à Beyrouth ! '

 

« Regardez dans la chambre dû côté dû plafond », leur dit il.

 

Ils regardèrent et virent alors un objet volumineux se balançant dans sa descente avec une lenteur voulue comme s'il était un morceau de tissu dans l'air.

 

A peine était-il posé sûr le parquet de la chambre, que cha­cun voulut le toucher. Il était dur et lourd. Il ne pouvait être bougé.

Après qu'ils l'eurent examiné et qu'ils eurent trouvé les lignes de vers de Dammous, ils furent assurés que c'était le même rocher sur lequel ils s'étaient assis.

 

Ils rendirent gloire à. Dieu et comprirent la parole de jésus Christ » : « Si votre foi était aussi grande qu'un grain de sénevé, vous diriez à cette montagne Ôte-toi de là et elle se déplacerait, et vous ne trouveriez rien de difficile » (Mat. 17:19).

 

Le rocher demeura longtemps dans la maison du DOC­TEUR DAHESH exposé aux regards des visiteurs. Il fut plus tard enlevé par des ouvriers.

 

- Lors delà campagne de persécution contre le DOCTEUR DAHESH Sabri Bey Hamadé président libanais de la cham­bre des députés vint un jour le visiter pour voir par lui-­même si lés prodiges du DOCTEUR DAHESH dont on parlait alors tellement en ville étaient réels.

 

Un séance spirituelle eut lieu.

 

Il s'y trouvait plus de 30 témoins, dont quelques députés Adib Ferzli, Wadih Shoucair, Mohammad Bey El Abboud, Bahig Bey El Khatib (ex-président de la Syrie), Philippe Andraos, Khalil Bey Maatouk, Georges Najjar, Cheikh Hassan El Mekki (l'un des ulémas de la Mosquée de Al Azhar), Mme Gwinn femme du précédent consul d'Améri­que.., et d'autres messieurs, et dames.

 

Se tournant vers Sabri Bey Hamadé, le DOCTEUR DAHESH lui demanda ce qu'il désirait. Sabri Bey désirait que lui fut donné l'objet auquel il pensait; il ne voulait pas en dire plus long.

 

Le DOCTEUR DAHESH lui répondit : « je sais parfaite­ment quel est l'objet de votre pensée; voulez-vous qu'il vous soit donné dans son entier ? Si vous dites oui, il vous sera remis immédiatement A. Sabri Bey répondit : « Non je ne le veux point en entier. Mais seulement une petite partie comme preuve palpable ».

 

- « Ouvrez votre main », lui dit le DOCTEUR. Il l'ouvrit.

 

- Il lui dit encore : « fermez votre main ». Il le fit. Puis il l'ouvrit une seconde fois; il y trouva 5 Dinars en or Ottoman d'une date ancienne.

 

Dans le plus profond étonnement, les, personnes présentes lui demandèrent : à quoi il avait pensé ? J'ai pensé, leur répond-il, à des boites en fer blanc qui avaient été cachées dans nos terres au temps de la aère guerre mondiale et qui sont comme je l'avais compris, pleines de dinars en or. Mais on ignore entièrement le lieu de leur emplacement.

 

Et lorsque l'une des personnes présentes lui dit : «pourquoi n'avez-vous pas demandé que tout l'or vous soit remis ? ». Sabri Bey répondit : « Par crainte qu'il ne fut réparti entre tous et que je n'eusse des associés dans cette affaire ». Il conserva jalousement les pièces d'or.

 

PROPHETIE

 

Cliché d'une prophétie écrite de la main du DOCTEUR DAHESH qui fut livrée par lui, longtemps avant les élections législatives libanaises, à Mr. Béchir Osman annonçant à ce dernier son succès à ces élections par 11856 voix.

 

Au haut de la prophétie il est cité « Au nom de Dieu et du Prophète Bien-Aimé ». Au milieu figure l'étoile DAHESHISTE. En bas, il y a la phrase « Qu'il soit permis que vienne une aide spirituelle pour que triomphe le frère bien-aimé Béchir Osman. Et comme il triomphera, il aura 11856 voix d'électeurs, et ceci, par le facteur d'une aide spirituelle avec la per­mission de Dieu ».

 

Des deux côtés de la prophétie sont écrits le nom du DOCTEUR DAHESH, la date du 29 février 1964, et l'heure qui était 4.30 p.m, ainsi que la phrase : « Au nom de Dieu que soit agréée (cette prière).

  

II


CAUSES DE LA MANIFESTATION DE LA MISSION
DAHESHISTE

 

L'histoire humaine depuis ses origines n'a point enregistré des, troubles aussi graves, des calamités aussi grandes, une vie aussi cruelle et désespérée que celle qu'endurent les hom­mes de ce 20ème siècle.

 

Ils sont torturés par les difficultés de l'existence, l'incertitude des lendemains, la perte d'un ordre psychique harmonieux. Le grand nombre de doctrines et d'opinions philosophiques leur sont objets de perturbation et de contradiction. Ils sont désemparés par l'absence d'une valeur morale qui suscite dans la vie l'Espérance, la Consolation et la Force.

 

Les partis et les sectes poursuivent désespérément des voies opposées pour le salut et la formation d'un état paisible et sage.

 

Le monde est troublé par la concurrence de tous les pays en vue de prêcher la paix, alors que dans le même temps ils provoquent des guerres et fomentent des inimitiés. De plus se dresse la crainte des peuples faibles en face des ambitions illimitées des forts, d'où résulte une verte de confiance réci­proque. Car une grande émulation règne parmi les nations. Elles s'efforcent de perfectionner les armes de guerre et de se les approprier à l'approche du fantôme d'une guerre ato­mique qui anéantira la vie et la civilisation.

 

Et dans tout cela la science est devenue un instrument con­sacré aux passions de l'âme et aux forces du mal. L e rôle de la raison s'est restreint au point de céder sa place à la folie.

Cette inquiétude tragique, ce déchirement psychique n'au­raient pas pu envahir le monde du 2ème siècle, si l'homme ne s'était affaibli spirituellement jusqu'à devenir le captif du Mal.

 

Les hommes ont été attirés vers de faux idéaux qu'ils se créérent à eux-mêmes à partir de valeurs matérielles qu'ils ont prises pour la grande vérité consolatrice.

 

Et voici qu'elle n'est qu'un mirage devant lequel se sont arrê­tés des yeux leurrés et des esprits affaiblis par les troubles de l'âme. Ils se trouvent dans l'impossibilité de jouir d'une vision claire et précise. Alors sont apparues de funestes con­séquences. Jour après jour se poursuivit l'effritement de leurs anciennes espérances pour édifier un monde où régne­raient la paix, la justice, l'amour, la vertu et le bonheur.

 

La condition dramatique qui était devenue le sort de l'homme ne lui aurait point été infligée s'il ne l'avait choisie de son plein gré.

 

Il a préféré suivre le chemin de la sensualité qui assouvit ses vils instincts et ses tendances bestiales, individuelles, tout en favorisant ses inclinations sociales, agressives, car elles lui offrent une satisfaction physique immédiate, une gloire mondaine attrayante quoique éphémère.

 

Il a dévié du chemin spirituel qui seul dans son cours ascen­sionnel peut réaliser le perfectionnement de l'homme, son élévation réelle, la rectitude des institutions. Cela grâce à la domination des tendances humanitaires sur les mauvais penchants dans l'individu et la société. A cause de son effon­drement spirituel l'homme s'est détourné du bien. Il a pré­féré une civilisation matérialiste, bruyante, et superficielle, offrant le plaisir à ses sens et les afflictions à son âme, plutôt qu'une culture spirituelle, sereine et profonde, transformant ce qui est vil dans sa personne en ce qui est noble; ce qui est superflu en ce qui est essentiel et le submergeant d'une paix et d'un bonheur constants.

 

Les hommes se sont laissés tenter. Ils se sont écartés de la foi véritable, immuable qui confirme l'existence de l'Esprit et son immortalité. Cette désertion a provoqué leur ache­minement vers la fausse voie. L'écrasante majorité des gens est actuellement plongée dans le doute ou l'athéisme.

 

Cet état d'âme angoissé, influencé par le matérialisme dans la conception, dans le jugement, dans le comportement, joint à l'ambiance d'un esprit scientifique, positif, expérimental, a poussé tout le monde à réclamer consciemment ou incons­ciemment une affirmation positive et non théorique de l'exis­tence de l'Esprit.

 

On réclame une affirmation scientifique qui apaise l'angoisse chez l'homme, verse un baume sur ses blessures saignantes, allume en son âme l'espérance du salut. Elle doit éliminer les doutes suscités par les inventions et les découvertes qui l'ont ébloui et aveuglé.

 

Enfin une affirmation qui soit au niveau du siècle et à sa mesure.

Les doctrines philosophiques ne pouvaient pas offrir cette affirmation positive, étant l'oeuvre de diverses édifications mentales et théoriques dont chacune est basée sur un fonde­ment qu'approuvent les uns et désapprouvent les autres.

 

Ainsi les sectes religieuses actuelles ne pouvaient non plus la proposer puisque tous leurs arguments sont théoriques.

 

Les sciences connues elles-mêmes ne pouvaient non plus avancer cette affirmation positive puisque l'Esprit ne peut­être saisi par une mesure quelconque ni soumis à la volonté humaine; et puisque les instruments scientifiques n'ont pas d'empire sur l'immatérialité de l'Esprit.

 

En face de cette incapacité générale et de la nécessité impé­rieuse de la foi pour sauver les âmes, il appartenait à l'Es­prit lui-même omnipotent et source de toute sagesse de se présenter et d'affirmer son existence aux hommes avec la permission et la miséricorde de Dieu.

 

Et voici que l'Esprit descend des divines hauteurs vers un homme du Liban. Il doit combler le vide des âmes par l'af­firmation (la certitude) de la grande vérité de son existence. Il doit éclairer la conscience des incroyants. Il doit consoler le coeur des humbles.

L'homme ne peut constater l'existence du vent alors qu'il ne le voit pas, n'était l'agitation qu'il provoque dans les branches et dans les alentours; n'étaient ces coups de vent sur le visage.

 

L'homme n'aurait pas pu affirmer l'existence de l'intelli­gence n'étaient les oeuvres de cette intelligence. Il n'est pas dans le pouvoir de l'homme de la voir. Cependant il ne doute pas de son existence. Car les oeuvres intellectuelles qui en découlent en sont un témoignage certain.

 

Ainsi l'homme ne peut constater l'existence évidente de l'Esprit n'étaient ses effets surnaturels qui en sont les témoi­gnages incontestables.

 

Les sciences oeuvres par excellence de l'intelligence ne sont dans leurs cours progressifs qu'un simple essai, pour enrichir les découvertes des lois naturelles qui expriment seulement quelques traits de la Vérité divine, éternelle. Pourtant les sciences demeurent une preuve suffisante de la puissance de la raison et un motif qui porte à lui rendre hommage.

 

Les prodiges de l'Esprit surpassent de loin les possibilités de l'intelligence humaine qui se tient, devant Lui, tel un nain débile inefficace. Ils raillent toutes ses conceptions, toutes ses réalisations, toutes ses expériences. Ces prodiges ne seraient-ils pas, une preuve suffisante de la grandeur de l'Esprit, de son omnipotence et de sa force surnaturelle ?

 

Une force limitée par les dimensions de la matière et sou­mise à ses lois est très éloignée d'une force qui surpasse les lois de la matière et les conditions de l'Espace-Temps.

 

Il y a loin entre une lanterne d'une lueur mourante qui représente la raison et un soleil éclatant qui représente l'Esprit.

 

L'intelligence humaine impuissante et inférieure revendique une supériorité impossible et proclame son incroyance, se mettant dans une situation critique vis-à-vis de la supréma­tie de l'Esprit. L'intelligence humaine doit réaliser ce que réalise l'Esprit en prodiges de toutes sortes, ou s'incliner devant le Messager du Dieu tout-puissant.

 

Lorsque nous nous serons assurés de l'exis ence de l'Esprit, de sa présence universelle au-delà des dimensions et des forces humaines, l'homme verra toutes choses d'un autre point de vue.

 

Sa condition se transformera, ses raisonnements, ses estima­tions, ses jugements auront une autre portée.

 

Ses diverses activités qui dérivent d'une force matérielle, fictive, éphémère, dériveront désormais d'une force spiri­tuelle d'une dimension éternelle.

Il lui sera facile alors de réaliser qu'au delà du visible et du sensible existe l'Invisible; qu'au delà de ce qui tombe sous les sens se trouve Ce que les sens ne peuvent percevoir; cet Invisible que les sens ne peuvent atteindre, signifie une Puis­sance divine et juste qui accorde à tous ce qui leur est dû en fait de vérité, de châtiment, de rétribution et de misé­ricorde.

En conclusion l'homme. prendra en considération ce qui l'attend au-delà de la tombe : Il a pu établir la liaison entre sa condition future et sa condition actuelle. Il a pu également établir l'édification de sa vie future sur les bases précédentes de son passé.

 

Le Créateur lui apparait alors comme étant la source unique et suprême de la force spirituelle, le but final de l'évolution des mondes, de leur acheminement vers la perfection.

 

L'homme sera poussé par une suggestion spirituelle qui orientera ses actes, ses pensées, dans une direction qui lui guarantira un perfectionnement réel, un salut certain pour tous et chacun.

 

III


L'UNITE DE RELIGION EST UNE CONSEQUENCE
NECESSAIRE DE LA FOI DANS LES PRODIGES
DE L'ESPRIT

 

L'Esprit du Dieu unique est celui-là même qui a inspiré la loi au Prophète Moïse. Par l'Esprit le Christ justifia cette loi et confirma ce qui l'avait précédé : « Ne croyez pas que je sois venu pour abolir la loi ou les prophéties. Je ne suis pas venu pour abolir mais pour accomplir ». (Mat 5:17).

 

C'est Lui qui a inspiré le Coran « déclarant véridiques les messages antérieurs » (Sourate III : La Famille de Imran 3).

 

Le Christ a imposé la foi en Moïse comme étant la voie de la foi en Lui-même. Il a dit : « si vous aviez la foi en Moïse vous auriez foi en moi parce qu'il a écrit à mon sujet. Si vous ne croyez pas en ses écrits, comment croiriez-vous en mes paroles » (Jean 5:46/47)

 

Le Coran a également imposé aux croyants la foi dans tous les prophètes sans les différencier : « Ceux qui ne croient pas en Dieu et ses Envoyés, qui veulent' faire une distinc­tion entre Dieu et ses Envoyés, et qui disent « nous croyons dans les uns et point dans les autres » ; ceux qui veulent prendre un chemin intermédiaire entre la foi et l'incrédulité, ceux-là sont, en réalité des infidèles. Or nous avons préparé pour les infidèles un tourment humiliant. Ceux qui au con­traire croient en Dieu et en ses Envoyés, sans faire de dis­tinction entre aucun de ses Envoyés, à ceux-là Dieu donnera leur rétribution » (Sourate IV : Les Femmes 150-152).

 

Cette unité religieuse spirituelle, les hommes l'ont oubliée ou bien ils en ont simulé l'oubli.

 

Avec leurs propres mains, ils ont tissé le bandeau qui couvre leurs yeux, et dont les fils sont les convoitises terrestres et les intérêts matériels, individuels et confessionnels.

 

Et voici que le seul et même Dieu, ils se le disputent et en font de multiples divinités. Et voici que la religion d'un Esprit unique, ils la déchirent en de nombreuses sectes qui se battent entre elles.

 

il y avait là un prétexte suffisant pour que s'agitent diffé­rents groupes s'occupant de problèmes nationaux et sociaux. Lorsqu'ils désespérèrent de recouvrer l'Unité spirituelle et l'essentiel d'une religion basée sur l'amour et la vertu, ils sollicitèrent l'aide de leurs concitoyens pour supprimer l'al­liance religieuse, la remplaçant par une alliance nationale. ils projetaient de renoncer définitivement à la foi religieuse en faveur de l'incroyance.

 

Non, ni l'abandon de la religion ni l'athéisme ne tranchent nos difficultés. il est impossible que nous n'adorions pas une divinité, car la religion est inhérente à l'âme... elle fait partie de son essence. Bannis-la de ton réveil, elle apparaîtra dans ton sommeil. Car la religion est un besoin psychique fondamental.

 

S'il n'est point satisfait, il provoquera dans l'homme l'inquié­tude et le déséquilibre. C'est une vérité affirmée par de grands psychologues. Tels Carl Jung, Wilfried Daim, Stocker...

 

D'ailleurs ceux qui prétendent vivre sans lé culte d'une divi­nité se leurrent. ils vivent en fait dans l'imagination parce qu'ils n'ont pas expulsé de leurs âmes la réelle existence d'une divinité, mais ils l'ont plutôt masquée et métamorphosée.

 

Au lieu d'un Dieu parfait, Dieu de l'amour, de la justice, de la vérité, Dieu éternel, créateur et organisateur de l'univers, origine des créatures et leur fin, les hommes ont érigé pour leur usage et leurs besoins de fausses et imparfaites divini­tés qu'ils adorent en repoussant le vrai Dieu.

 

L'Etat, la Nation, les Partis, la Terre, la Nature, la Vie sont leurs idoles. ils ont édifié un temple à leurs passions et à leurs convoitises. Ceux-là tous vivent dans la supercherie et le mensonge, car ils ont remplacé l'Absolu par le relatif, l'Entier par le partiel, le Nécessaire par ce qui est superflu, le Vrai par le faux, Ce qui est immuable, Eternel par ce qui est înstable, éphémère.

 

C'est pour cela que leur perspective des réalités sera fausse, que leurs mesures de valeurs seront erronées, car elles su­bissent l'effet d'un faux idéal qui les régît.

 

Le fait de mettre la religion en marge de la vie, de l'envisa­ger avec indifférence, de lui accorder une importance secon­daire, tout ceci conduit progressivement à l'athéisme, para­lyse l'âme et la dépouille de sa vigueur.

 

Nombreux sont ceux dont la foi est tiède. Le Christ n'a-t-îl pas dît : « Je connais tes oeuvres. Je sais que tu n'es ni froid ni bouillant. Puisse-tu être froid ou bouillant. Mais parce que tu es tiède et que tu n'es ni froid ni bouillant je te vomi­rai de. ma bouche ». (Ap. 3:15/16).

 

« Quelle serait donc la solution ? » disent les exaltés, quant aux problèmes nationaux et sociaux . « Laisserons-nous le fanatisme confessionnel diviser les citoyens, et chacun d'entre eux revendiquer l'exclusivité de Dieu et du ciel jus­qu'à ce que nous perdions et la religion et la terre ? »

 

La solution Dieu l'a donnée et s'il ne l'avait point donnée, il appartiendrait aux plus intelligents et aux purs de la don­ner. C'est le retour aux fondements de la foi authentique, dans l'unité des religions, et dans l'essentiel de ses enseigne­ments par l'intermédiaire d'une nouvelle mission spirituelle étayée sur des miracles et arrêtée par Dieu pour ce monde perdu dans ses égarements.

 

L'Esprit Divin qui réalise les prodiges par l'intermédiaire du DOCTEUR DAHESH descend de Ses Hauteurs et ac­complit les miracles au nom de Dieu et du Christ; au nom de Dieu et de Mahomet, au nom de Dieu et de Moïse, ou de Bouddha, car tous les prophètes sont les doigts de la miséri­corde divine qui étend son bras sur cette terre misérable.

 

Face à l'Esprit divin et aux miracles, les hommes sentent qu'ils sont tous frères. Noirs et blancs, pauvres et riches, d'une humble ou d'une haute condition, Chrétiens, Musul­mans, juifs ou Bouddhistes.

 

Le chrétien s'attachera davantage aux enseignements spirituels selon les évangiles. Le Musulman aux préceptes du Coran. Le Juif aux lois de la Thora et tous auront la certitude que l'Esprit qui a inspiré leurs différents prophètes n'est qu'un seul et même Esprit. ils comprendront alors que ce qui les sépare n'est point le bien mais le mal.

 

Le retour à Dieu s'effectuera sur le pont d'une foi forte et sereine qui ne sera pas un opium pour les peuples. Une foi basée sur une vie spirituelle pratique et non seulement théo­rique, où la vertu s'étend sur les actes, les paroles, et les pensées, où règne la solidarité, l'amour, la fraternité et la justice sociale.

 

Et si les hommes se détournent alors du mal, ce ne sera point par crainte des lois humaines, mais par le mobile d'une élévation de l'âme dépouillée des superstitions, de rites, et de formalité confessionnels inventés par les hommes; d'où résultent les obstacles et les inimitiés réciproques.

 

Et si quelques uns protestent disant : « nous avons admis la

nécessité de l'union des religions, mais comment mettre d'accord les contradictions dans la foi ? »

 

Voici ma réponse : La mission Dahèshiste a offert une solu­tion à chaque problème. Elle ne l'a point inventée de son propre chef mais elle lui a été révélée par l'Esprit divin.

 

Je vais exposer une seule affaire qui offre un problème con­tradictoire entre chrétiens et musulmans à propos de la cru­cifixion. Les évangiles disent le Christ à été crucifié. Le Coran dit : « ils ne l'ont point crucifié, mais une personna­lité identique (au christ) lui fut substituée sous leurs yeux » (Sourate iV : Les femmes 157).

 

Lequel des deux livres s'exprime-t-il selon la vérité ? En principe tous les deux ont raison. Cependant dans ce cas la vérité ne peut-être élucidée que: par l'entremise du DAHESHisme et par des preuves matérielles palpables

 

J'avance avec certitude de même que de nombreux témoins que le DOCTEUR DAHESH possède 6 Personnalités à part sa personne humaine.

 

Ces Personnalités sont des fluides, c'est-à-dire des énergies spirituelles qui en sont les prolongement. Elles se trouvent dans différents mondes célestes.' Avec la permission de Dieu il leur est possible de s'incarner en vue de missions spiri­tuelles. Elles prennent alors la forme et les traits du DOC­TEUR DAHESH devenant. ainsi identiques à lui-même. il est alors possible aux personnes présentes de leur tenir compagnie, de converser, de manger avec elles, de les tou­cher. Mais il n'est possible de les distinguer du DOCTEUR que lorsqu'elles sont vêtues différemment à condition que l'on sache comment était vêtu le DOCTEUR DAHESH.

 

Ces Personnalités apparaissent parfois subitement et disparaissent de même, alors que nous sommes 'en train de `les regarder, ou bien de leur parler.

 

Il se peut que deux ou plusieurs Personnalités et jusqu'à six se réunissent dans le même lieu. Elles peuvent s'incarner en un même instant quel que soit le lieu de leur séjour.

 

Il est évident pour moi et pour plusieurs personnes qui en furent témoins que les Personnalités n'obéissent absolument pas aux lois de la terre. Elles traversent indifféremment les obstacles, les murs se déplaçant d'un lieu à l'autre, avec la rapidité de l'éclair qui, brillant en Orient, illumine l'Occi­dent. Elles s'élèvent dans l'air et se raillent de la pesanteur. Elles marchent sur les eaux; elles alourdissent leur poids ou l'allègent jusqu'à l'anéantir.

 

Bref elles sont capables avec la permission de Dieu, de réaliser tout ce que réalise l'Esprit en fait de miracles.

 

En 1947 à Azerbaïdjan, région de l'Iran, un prodige fut accompli par l'une des Personnalités. Elle avait été arrêtée, fusillée et enterrée dans la région même.

 

Les journaux du Liban et de tout le monde arabe avaient alors annoncé la mort du DOCTEUR DAHESH et publié les photos de son exécution. En ce même temps le DOCTEUR DAHESH se trouvait parmi ses disciples à Beyrouth et y poursuivait l'enseignement de la Vérité.

 

La Personnalité tuée à Azerbaïdjan ressuscita, car la mort n'a point de pouvoir sur elle. Elle n'obéit point aux lois de la Terre parce qu'elle n'est pas de la terre.

 

Je pourrai mentionner des faits et des événements détaillés au sujet de l'apparition et de la disparition des Personnalités et de quoi emplir un grand volume. Mais je me contente de citer quelques noms de ceux qui, comme moi, ont été té­moins de leur incarnation

 

Maître Édouard Noun et sa femme, les médecins Chahine Saliby, Georges Khabsa, 'Farid Abou-sleiman, Néguib El Achi, les messieurs Georges Hadad, Boulos Francis, Nicolas Daher, Emile Kassatly, Amine Nemr, les dames Marie Hadad, Zeina Hadad, Nadia Gabriel, Victoria Slim et quel­ques autres.

 

L'Évangile en affirmant la crucifixion du Christ entend par là la crucifixion de l'une de ses Personnalités.

 

Mais les Évangiles pour une raison spirituelle que nous igno­rons n'ont pas éclairci le fait. Ils se sont contentés de signa­ler que le Christ après la crucifixion ressuscita d'entre les morts, qu'il apparaissait et disparaissait devant ses disciples.

 

Quant au Coran en assurant la non-crucifixion de jésus (fils de Marie personne humaine), il explique que celui qui a été crucifié est identique au Christ. Cet être ne peut-être que l'une de ses Personnalités.

 

Le DAHESHISME démontre, comme vous le voyez, l'unité de l'Islam avec le Christianisme et l'unité des révélations anté­rieures et postérieures non par des théories et des points de vue contradictoires mais avec des preuves palpables.

Il a été matériellement prouvé par des milliers de témoins émerveillés que le DOCTEUR DAHESH a stupéfié les savants, et les théologiens durant un demi siècle par ses mi­racles en tous genres.

 

Malgré les tempêtes de doute et de jalousie soulevées autour de lui par des individus intéressés, malgré les dures attaques de chantage déclenchées par certains journaux et malgré certaines tentatives désespérées qui ont été faites pour déna­turer ses miracles et le taxer d'illusionnisme... tous ces im­posteurs, quoique nombreux et puissants ont perdu.

 

La vérité du DOCTEUR DAHESH demeure immuable et rayonnante; elle confond les orgueilleux. Elle appelle tout le monde à la cause de l'Esprit réel, indéniable. Elle convie les justes à propager la foi en Dieu, à détourner les hommes de l'incroyance.

 

Sur cette base je considère l'étude de ses enseignements et de ses prodiges comme une affaire urgente et nécessaire. Car lui seul peut redresser les conceptions erronées des hommes et les ramener au bien et à la justice.

 

Aucune force ne peut semer l'espoir dans le désert de la vie comme Celle qui se manifeste par son entremise, à la condi­tion que les esprits se dirigent vaillamment vers cette Force avec la ferme volonté d'assurer chacun son salut, de renier les intérêts confessionnels et les superstitions traditionnelles.

 

Il appartient aux fidèles clairvoyants de préparer la voie devant Lui. Car un demi siècle d'expérience est suffisant pour qu'il soit possible de divulguer son oeuvre, et de prou­ver qu'elle n'est ni mensonges, ni tricheries, mais conforme à la justice et à la vérité.

 

Malheur à celui qui paralyse sa voie et entache sa pureté, car le fardeau qui sera suspendu autour de son cou par les générations futures sera plus lourd que la meule du moulin.

L'histoire ne relate pas que la vérité fut issue une seule fois du grand nombre d'adeptes. Les certitudes scientifiques ont toujours été annoncées par des hommes de science peu nombreux, à un public déjà averti, qui pourtant les refusait.

 

Rappelez-vous Socrate, Galilée, et Vanini.

 

Quant aux vérités spirituelles, elles ont été prêchées par quelques individus à une humanité égarée qui leur a résisté et les a persécutés. Rappelez-vous tous les Prophètes et les Envoyés.

Les Guides ou Messagers si peu nombreux parmi la majorité des hommes sont traités de fous par ces derniers.

 

Cependant ces Fous édifient les civilisations, ils poussent l'homme vers le chemin du progrès et la conquête de l'immortalité.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEKANNTMACHUNG

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Der Verlag "An-Nar wa an-Nur" ("Feuer und Licht") ist für alle von ihm publizierten Druckerzeugniβe verantwortlich, einschließlich der von ihm veröffentlichten Bücher des Herrn Dr. Dahesh, denn der Verlag besitzt die Druck- und Veröffentlichungsrechte der genannten Werke. Es ist keinem

r Schriftsteller und keiner Institution gestattet, die künst­lerischen Bilder, die diese Bücher enthalten, zu reproduzieren oder zu benutzen. Sie entstammen der Phantasie des Dr. Dahesh und sind regierungsamtlich registriert. Ebenso ist es verboten, irgendeines dieser Bücher vu verfilmen, falls keine Vereinbarung darüber mit dem Inhaber des Verlages "An-Nar wa an-Nur" besteht. Im Falle der Nichtachtung deβen, wird die gesetzliche Strafe geltend gemacht.

Verlag "An-Nar wa an-Nur"

Beirut, den 1. Januar 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GHAZI BRAX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAHESHISMUS


EINE GEISTIGE WAHRHEIT,


VON WUNDERN BEGLAUBIGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dieser Vortrag wurde am 21. Mai 1971 in der Aula der Juristischen Fakultät (Libanesische Universität) gehalten.

 

 

 

 

ERGEBENHEIT

 

 

 

 

Vergeblich versuchen Millionen von Philosophen,

zu erkennen die göttliche Macht.

Doch sie begleitend verstrichen

des ewigen Schicksals Begebniβe.

Geöffnet hat sich der Gräber Schlund,

und verschlungen schon sind Scharen von Erdenkindern.

Denn alles ist vergänglich,

ewig allein sind Gott und der Himmel.

Selbst den Propheten blieb verborgen

in unserer Schöpfung versteckter Sinn.

Zeigen wir denn Unterwürfigkeit und Demut,

auf daß wir, in seinen ewigen Paradiesen, uns gütlich tun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR. DAHESH, der Mann der Wunder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aus dem Libanon, dem Land der Zedern unseres Herrn, spreche ich zu jenen, die sich verloren fühlen, zu jenen, die versuchen, sich von ihren Ängsten und den Tragödien, die sie verfolgen, zu befreien, und zu jenen, die - vergeblich - den Seelenfrieden suchen. Von hier, vom Land der Propheten, wende ich mich an die Menschheit, die so sehr vom Stolz auf die wiβenschaftlichen Entdeckungen ergrif­fen scheint und betäubt durch Begierde und weltliche Wünsche. Es ist daher nicht erstaunlich zu sehen, daß ihre Wunden bluten und sie sich im groβen und ganzen ihrem schrecklichen Jüngsten Tag langsam nähert. Aber die Menschheit, die diese krankhaften Ausbrüche nicht erkennt, gibt sich immer noch der falschen Vorstellung hin, daß sie gesund und in voller Blüte sei.

 

Nun sage ich zu jenen, die nach einer sie führenden Wahrheit suchen, die sie aber noch nicht gefunden haben: "Wäre die Wahrheit in den Theorien der Intelektuellen zu finden, in den Interpretationen der Theologen oder in den Meinungen der politischen Führer, die es überall gibt, dann hätte sich ihre Sonne in einer Weise gezeigt, daß sie jeden aufnahmebereiten Geist zufriedengestellt und überzeugt hätte. Aber die führende Wahrheit ist nicht innerhalb der Möglichkeiten dieser Menschen und sie ist einzigartig in der Natur, weil sie nicht der Teilung und dem Paradox unterworfen ist und es daher vermeidet, durch Einfälle' und Annahmen identifiziert zu werden und zum Laster, zum Bösen und zu gottlosen Handlungen zu führen. Die füh­rende Wahrheit ist eine lebendige Tatsache, die sich durch gute Taten im persönlichen wie auch gesellschaftlichen Leben manifestiert." Zu jenen, die sexuelle Wünsche ver­folgen, sexuelle Vergnügungen, irdischen Ruhm, Luxus und Extravaganzen, sage ich: "Nun ist die Zeit gekommen, um aufzuwachen und um zu sehen, daß das, was Ihr seht, nicht wirkliches Waβer ist, sondern nur eine Spiegelung! Und daß das, war Ihr in den Händen habt, ein brennendes Feuer ist, obwohl Ihr es nicht wißt. Ihr versucht, von Euren Nöten wegzulaufen, die Euch als schreckliche Alpträume heimsuchen, indem Ihr einfach die Augen schließt. Das ist natürlich reiner Wahnsinn!"

 

Was ist es, das Eure Augen blendet, Landsleute und Völker der Erde? Könnten es die westlichen oder östlichen Zivilisationen sein? Die Weltzivilisation heute ähnelt einem Baum, deβen Zweige sich in jede Richtung der Erde und so weit nach oben erstrecken, als wollten sie den Himmel berühren. Wir könnten von dem Anblick eines solchen Baumes geblendet sein, aber unsere Einsicht kann es nicht sein, denn seine Bestandteile werden verfaulen, der Saft, der ihm Leben gibt, wird auslaufen und sein Stamm und seine Zweige werden vorbereitet, um abgeschnitten und in das ewige Feuer geworfen zu werden.

 

Was ist es, das unseren Geist fasziniert, Landsleute und Völker der Erde? Sind es die Raumschiffe, die auf dem Mond landen, während das Elend in den menschlichen Herzen wohnt? Oder könnte es die Wegnahme von Land, die Verweigerung der Rechte anderer sein, oder das Elend der Flüchtlinge, die Ignoranz und der Haß? Oder ist es der Schwache, der von brutalen Herren rücksichtslos behandelt wird? Könnte es nicht aus so sein, daß Ihr von riesigen Fabriken, mächtigen Waffen, groβen Laboratorien, wundervollen Entdeckungen und Hochhäusern beeindruckt seid? Könnte all dies Euch blenden, während die menschliche Seele vollständig degradiert und in einer Welt zertreten wird, in der immer noch das Gesetz des Dschungels herrscht? !

 

Von diesen Ufern, die das Alphabet hervorbrachten und es in jeden Teil der Welt schickten; vom Osten, der die Sonne der Christenheit und des Islam hervorbrachte, die das Dunkel vertrieben; vom Land der Offenbarung aus entstand eine geistige Wahrheit, um das Gewiβen jener zu wecken, die schlafen und um die Hoffnung in den Herzen jener wiederzubeleben, die verzweifelt sind und die den Blinden und Lahmen einen Führungβtab gibt und den ertrinkenden Paβagieren an Bord eines Schiffes den Rettungsring: Diese geistige Wahrheit ist der Daheshismus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAS IST DER DAHESHISMUS?

 

Ehe ich Ihnen eine Übersicht über den Daheshismus und seine geistige Wahrheit gebe, ist ein erklärendes Wort wohl erforderlich.

 

In einem früheren Vortrag, der am 12. Mai 1970 über "Die Wunder des Dr. Dahesh und die Einheit der Reli­gionen" in der Amerikanischen Universität von Beirut gehalten wurde und der in viele Sprachen übersetzt wurde, erwähnte ich eine Reihe von Wundern des Dr. Dahesh, die alle greifbar und überzeugend waren, unverändert im Laufe der Jahre und, wenn sie fotografiert worden waren, auch bestätigt von Dutzenden von Augenzeugen, bekräftigt von Spezialisten, gebildeten und aufgeklärten Menschen. Alle diese Tatsachen sind ausreichend, um die Zweifel der Verleumder zu widerlegen und jener Menschen, die diese wirklichen Wunder taschenspielerischen Tricks und Halluzinationen zuschreiben.

 

Es ist eine bekannte Tatsache, daß die Straf - und Zivil - gerichte ermächtigt sind, Entscheidungen zu fällen, die das Todesurteil für eine Person bedeuten können, wenn die Anklage durch konkrete Beweise oder einige Zeugen gestützt wird. Wenn wir dieses Vorgehen mit den Wundern von Dr. Dahesh vergleichen wollten, sehen wir, daß während der letzten fünfzig Jahre Tausende von Menschen die Authentizität dieser Wunder bestätigt haben, und unter ihnen waren Staatsanwälte, Richter, brilliante Rechts­anwälte, bekannte Physiker, Schriftsteller, Universitäts­profeβoren und Journalisten verschiedener Nationalitäten, und doch, was haben wir als Antwort? Ist diese riesige Zahl von Zeugen nicht genug um das lebende Gewiβen der Welt aufzuwecken und um die festen, edlen Herzen aufstehen und die große geistige Wahrheit der ganzen Welt mit Donner­stimme verkünden zu laβen?

 

Es sollte jedoch auch vermerkt werden, daß unter diesen Zeugen Hunderte von integren und charaktervollen Men­schen sind, die den besten Ruf und hohe Qualifikationen haben und die der Verfolgung, dem Gefängnis, der Entlaβung aus ihren Stellungen und verschiedenen anderen Beschwerden der Aufgabe ihres Glaubens an eine Wahrheit, die ihre Herzen berührte, den Vorzug gaben. Unter diesen sind viele hervorragende Zeugen, ich beschränke mich auf: die groβe Schriftstellerin, Frau Mary Haddad, die Ex-Präsi­dentin des Künstlersyndikats, Herrn Dimitri Hayek, den früheren Staatsanwalt von Beirut, Herrn Halim Dammous von Zahly, einen bekannten Dichter, Herrn Youβef elHajj, Redner und Schriftsteller, Dr. Khabsa und Dr. Farid Abu Sleiman, zwei Ärzte, die bekannt und berühmt waren und die für ihren Glauben gelitten und Opfer gebracht hatten.

 

Wenn wiβenschaftliche Tatsachen angezweifelt werden und die Taten und das Verhalten von qualifizierten Wiβen­schaftlern nicht anerkannt werden, was läßt uns dann an Tausende von wiβenschaftlichen Tatsachen glauben, die die

Menschen für wahr halten? Wer kann zum Beispiel für sich beanspruchen, daß er persönlich die Lichtgeschwindigkeit gemeβen habe oder daß er die innere Struktur des Atoms mit eigenen Augen überprüft habe, oder daß er eine Reise in den Weltraum zwischen den Sternen und Planeten gemacht habe, oder daß er die Tiefe der Meere erforscht und ihre verborgenen Geheimniβe ans Tageslicht gebracht habe und daß er sich selbst mit all den wiβenschaftlichen Tatsachen vertraut gemacht habe, die er ohne weitere Diskuβion akzeptiert hat?

Was ist es, das uns an die Wunder Christi glauben läßt, obwohl wir kein einziges gesehen haben und obwohl sogar die Historiker und Gegner nicht davon gesprochen haben? Die einzige Kenntnis, die wir von ihnen haben, wurde uns von wenigen mitgeteilt, die ihre Wahrheit bestätigt haben, nachdem sie Augenzeugen dieser Wunder gewesen waren oder davon gehört hatten.

 

Die gesunde Logik, die uns veranlaßt, die wiβenschaft­lichen Tatsachen zu akzeptieren, ist dieselbe Logik, die uns zwingt, an die Wunder Christi zu glauben. Denn jene, die Augenzeugen gewesen waren und die darüber Auβagen gemacht hatten, hatten ausgezeichnete Qualifikationen und waren Männer von Charakter und Integrität.

Wenn wir von den Wundern des Dr. Dahesh sprechen, so nähern sich die Auβagen ebenfalls der absoluten Sicher­heit. Die Auβagen, die die Gültigkeit der Wunder bekräfti­gen, nehmen von Tag zu Tag zu und haben Tausende erreicht. Sie wurden sowohl von seinen Gegner als auch seinen Gefolgsleuten beglaubigt und von einer Mehrheit, die sowohl qualifiziert als auch bei klarem Verstand ist.

Es ist ein groβer Vorteil, erwähnen zu können, daß Dr. Dahesh noch lebt und täglich Dutzende von Besuchern empfängt. Unter ihnen sind Photographen, die Bilder machen, wenn Wunder stattfinden und die diese Bilder aufbewahren als einen andauernden Beweis seiner wunder­baren Handlungen. Manch ein Atheist verließ sein Haus als ein Mensch, der an Gott und all seine Propheten ohne Unterschied glaubt. Manch ein Eiferer verließ das Haus und bestätigte die Wahrheit dieser Wunder. Aber es gibt auch einige Wenige mit abgelenkten Herzen, blinden Augen und käuflichen Federn, die der Falschheit den Vorzug vor der Wahrheit geben und nicht bedenken, daß die Falschheit nicht lange währen kann.

 

So lange Dr. Dahesh noch lebt, ist jedermann berech­tigt, seinen Glauben auf dieselbe Art und Weise bestätigen zu laβen, wie dies der Hl. Thomas tat. Wir haben diese Erfahrung schon gemacht und sind vollständig überzeugt. Jesus sagte: "Gesegnet seien jene, die nicht gesehen haben und doch glauben " (Johannes 20:29).

 

Mit den offenbaren Wundern, die von Hunderten von zuverläβigen Zeugen bestätigt wurden, als Prämiβe, wollen wir nun die verschiedenen Aspekte der daheshitischen geistigen Wahrheit erklären und unseren Gegenstand auf einen festen Grund bauen, um damit die Gefahr zu vermei­den, uns in dem Labyrinth der Theorien und in philoso­phischen oder theologischen Annahmen zu verlieren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE WAHRHEITEN DES DAHESHISMUS

 

Obwohl einige der Geheimniβe der Natur von den Wiβenschaftlern entschleiert worden sind, gibt es immer noch unzählige Geheimniβe, die die Wiβenschaft verblüffen und denen die Wiβenschaftler hilflos gegenüber stehen.

 

Nach so vielen, langwierigen Experimenten und großen Anstrengungen haben die Wiβenschaftler bewiesen, daß feste Körper nicht leblos, sondern in einer langsamen, vibrierenden Bewegung begriffen sind. Dieselbe Bewegung, die eine höhere Form des Vibrierens annehmen kann, belebt andere Arten von lebenden Substanzen. Diese elek­tromagnetische Energie ist die Eβenz der Existenz von sowohl festen als auch anderen Lebewesen, und da Energie nicht zerstört werden kann, wird sie in andere Formen gewandelt und im Universum bewahrt.

 

Aber was ist das Geheimnis dieser Energie und was würde daraus werden, wenn ihre sichtbaren Manifestationen verschwänden? Welche Beziehung besteht zwischen dem Menschen als eine Eβenz und allen anderen Wesen? Wie findet Evolution statt? Wie verhält es sich mit dem Zeit­raum vor der Geburt und mit jenem, der dem Tod voraus­geht? Bisher ist die Wiβenschaft noch nicht in der Lage,

Antworten auf all diese Fragen zu geben. Außerdem tragen die philosophischen Annahmen und religiösen Interpreta­tionen mit ihren zahllosen Widersprüchen zur Ambiguität und Verwirrung bei der Beantwortung dieser Fragen bei, weil ihr Wert niemals über den Bereich der Theorien und Wahrscheinlichkeiten hinausgeht, eine Tatsache, die das Erreichen einer sicheren Bestätigung der wirklichen Wahr­heiten verhindert.

 

Die Überlegenheit der Wunder von Dr. Dahesh liegt in dem Vorrang, den sie vor den Wiβenschaften haben, weil sie

 

- die Kenntniβe des Menschen vergröβern, indem sie den Geheimniβen ihre Masken entreißen und die Mysterien erhellen,

 

- weil sie ein helles Licht werfen und den Weg für jene erhellen, die an ihrer Religion und ihren weltlichen Angelegenheiten zweifeln.

 

Bis vor kurzem hat die Wiβenschaft die Führungsrolle vor den religiösen Strömungen innegehabt und die religiösen Sekten haben sich abgemüht, sie zu übernehmen. Wir brauchen nicht auf die Tragödie des Galileo hinzuweisen, der vom römisch-katholischen Inquisitionstribunal zum Tode verurteilt wurde, das sich gegen die Förderung der Kenntniβe des Menschen wandte. In diesem Zusammenhang sollte auch das Urteil von Pius X erwähnt werden, der im Jahre 1907 die moderne wiβenschaftliche Bewegung verurteilte.

 

Heute liegt der Fall anders. Die Wunder des Dr. Dahesh

fordern die Wiβenschaft heraus und diese läuft atemlos hinterher, um jene zu überholen. Der Daheshismus beruht nicht auf Theorien und Annahmen. Er ist eine geistige Wahrheit, die durch greifbare Beweise beglaubigt wird; zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte wurde die Maske des Unbe­kannten auf so umfaβende und überzeugende Weise gelüftet.

 

Zusammenfaβend kann gesagt werden, daß es die folgenden vier geistigen Wahrheiten gibt:

 

1) Die Existenz und die Unsterblichkeit des Geistes.

 

2) Die Existenz von geistigen Strömen, die ein universales Gewebe und eine Eβenz aller Kreaturen darstellen.

3) Die geistige Kausalität und die gerechte Vergeltung.

4) Wiedergeburt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE ERSTE WAHRHEIT:
DIE EXISTENZ UND DIE UNSTERBLICHKEIT
DES GEISTES

 

Alle heiligen Bücher und die meisten Philosophen sprachen von der Existenz des Geistes. Doch war zu keiner Zeit der Mensch ein größerer Atheist als er es heute ist. Dies ist darauf zurückzuführen, daß der Mensch nicht an das Abstrakte glaubt. Er besteht auf einem materiellen Beweis für die Existenz des Geistes - einen Beweis, der die intelektuellen Forderungen seines Zeitalters befriedigen kann. Dies ist auf einen weitverbreiteten Wiβenschafts­glauben zurückzuführen, der die Menschen von der Bedeu­tung einer experimentellen und konkreten Methode der Überprüfung überzeugt hatte. Es ist daher offensichtlich, daß es keinerlei Alternative zu einem absoluten materiellen Beweis von der Existenz der Seele gibt, außer durch Wunder. Indem sie die ewigen Gesetze der Natur brechen, die alle Wesen gleichermaßen leiten, beweisen diese Wunder ihre übernatürliche Kraft. Selbst die besten Erfindungen, seien es nun Raketen oder Raumschiffe, erscheinen blaß und klein im Vergleich zu irgendeinem Wunder. Wiβen­schaftliche Leistungen sind nichts anderes als kumulierte menschliche Anstrengungen, die auf früheren Erfahrungen aufbauen, die von früheren Generationen mitgeteilt wurden und die an die kommenden Generationen als ein Versuch weiterzugeben sind, die Geheimniβe der Natur mehr und mehr zu entschleiern und den größten Nutzen daraus zu ziehen. Sie können die Gesetze der Natur nicht brechen, aber sie müβen sich daran orientieren. Diese wiβenschaft­lichen Leistungen sind innerhalb der Möglichkeiten jedes menschlichen Wesens und können von jedem Menschen ausgeführt werden, vorausgesetzt, daß er bestimmte defini­tive Bedingungen, Umstände beachtet und über die erfor­derlichen materiellen Instrumente verfügt. Aber ein Wunder ist eine übernatürliche Hand und liegt weit jenseits mensch­licher Möglichkeiten, auch wenn alle Wiβenschaftler aus allen Ecken der Welt zusammenkommen.

 

Hat je ein Arzt ungeachtet all der Fortschritte auf dem medizinischen Gebiet eine Krankheit geheilt, ohne auf Arzneimittel oder chirurgische Eingriffe zurückgreifen zu müβen? Konnten sie zum Beispiel zu einer Frau, die an Lepra leidet, sagen: "Geheilt sollst Du sein, im Namen Gottes", worauf die Frau geheilt war und gesund aufstand? Konnten alle Wiβenschaftler, die zusammenarbeiten, eine Niete zu einem Los mit Hauptgewinn machen, indem sie dies einfach nur befahlen? Oder konnten sie eine Zeitung einige Tage vor ihrem Erscheinen veröffentlichen, indem sie nur sagten "Bestehe", und schon gibt es sie. Das ist bisher niemals geschehen und wird auch in der Zukunft nicht geschehen. Denn würde es geschehen, so würde es bedeu­ten, daß ein Mensch seine Natur transzendiert hat und ein Gott geworden ist, der nach seinem Willen die Elemente kontrolliert und über die Naturgesetze verfügt, weil er der Schöpfer und Bewahrer ist.

 

Doch Dr. Dahesh hat diese wunderbaren Handlungen ausgeführt und kann sie jederzeit wiederholen und wieder­holt sie tatsächlich täglich, nicht aufgrund seiner mensch­lichen Fähigkeiten, sondern aufgrund der Kraft des Hohen Geistes, der ihn als das Werkzeug gewählt hat, durch das die Wunder ausgeführt werden können.

 

Bei meinem früheren Vortrag in der Amerikanischen Universität habe ich im einzelnen ausgeführt:

 

a) wie Frau Mariam Mizrahi innerhalb eines Augenblicks von der Leprose geheilt wurde - der unheilbaren Krankheit -, wobei einige hochgebildete Würdenträger als Augenzeugen anwesend waren. Unter ihnen waren auch fünf Ärzte: Dr. Abdul Ahad, Dr. Khoury, Dr. Khabsa, Dr. Ashy und Dr. Abu Sleiman.

 

b) wie eine Niete in ein Gewinnlos verwandelt wurde. Der Gewinn betrug zehntausend libanesische Pfund. Unter den Anwesenden waren die Richter Mahmud Bikai und Mahmud al Nu'man sowie Shafik Sardouk, ein Anwalt.

 

c) Ich habe auch von der Verwandlung einer Ausgabe der libanesischen Zeitung "Le Jour" in eine identische Ausgabe mit dem Datum des 3. Dezember berichtet, während sie vor der Verwandlung und als sie noch in den Händen von Herrn Hadshiti war, das Datum des 28. November trug. Mit anderen Worten, diese Zeitung wurde vier Tage vor ihrem Erscheinen zur Kenntnis der Anwesenden gebracht und enthielt Tausende von Vorhersagen über Geschehniβe am Ort und in der Welt und auch die von Herrn Hadshiti auf dem Original geschrie­benen Anmerkungen.

Beim Vorhandensein derartiger Wunder kann ein auf­geklärter Mensch nur an die Existenz einer geistigen Kraft glauben, die menschliche Möglichkeiten transzendiert, die Naturgesetze mißachtet und alle Wesen gleichermaßen leitet. Diese geistige Kraft besteht analog zur magnetischen Kraft, deren Manifestationen durch die Art und Weise, wie sie andere Körper anzieht, fühlen, aber nicht sehen können.

 

Wenn wir zu den zahllosen Wundern, die Dr. Dahesh getan hat, jene Hunderte von Prophezeiungen hinzufügen, die er Hunderten von Personen verkündet hat, dann werden wir von dieser geistigen Kraft mehr als überzeugt sein, die weder Zeit noch Raum unterworfen ist, die jedes mensch­liche Wesen binden.

 

Unter diesen Prophezeiungen waren drei, die den verstorbenen Besharah el Khoury, den Ex-Präsidenten der libanesischen Republik betrafen:

 

Die erste wurde seiner Frau Laura am 13. November 1943 gegeben, als ihr Ehemann durch die französischen Behörden im Libanon verhaftet wurde. Sie mußte ihre Schwester, Frau Mary Haddad, die bereits eine Anhängerin des daheshitischen Glaubens war, um einen Gefallen bitten.

Frau Laura wollte von ihrer Schwester erfahren, was mit ihrem Mann geschehen würde. Die Prophezeiung sagte, daß Beshara am 22. November 1943 zur Macht zurückkehren würde. Die Prophezeiung beschrieb auch genau die darauf folgenden Ereigniβe.

Die zweite Prophezeiung wurde von der Zeitung "Aβahafi Attaeh" am 20. Februar 1944 veröffentlicht. Es wurde vorhergesagt, daß Beshara ei Khoury eine Verfol­gungskampagne gegen Dr. Dahesh führen und daß daher eine geistige Strafe den Verfolger treffen würde. Er sollte eine Schulterverrenkung erleiden und am 15. Februar 1945 nach Jerusalem fahren, um eine Kur durchzuführen. In der Folgezeit wurden die Prophezeiungen buchstabengetreu erfüllt.

 

Bei der dritten Prophezeiung wurde der genaue Todestag von Beshara el Khoury vorhergesagt. Seine Tochter Hugette Calan erfuhr ihn über ihre Freundin, Frau Wadad Naffa'.

 

Wenn wir alle daheshitischen Prophezeiungen und Vorhersagen aufzählen wollten, so würde dies eine lange Zeit in Anspruch nehmen und sicherlich viele Bände füllen. Es genügt jedoch auf die Prophezeiung hinzuweisen, die die Wahl von Beshir al Uthman und die genaue Zahl der Stimmen, die auf ihn entfielen, vorhersagte. Eine ähnliche Prophezeiung sagte den Mißerfolg von Mohsen Slim bei den allgemeinen Wahlen voraus. Die Ermordung des verstorbenen John Kennedy wurde vorhergesagt und Dutzenden von Personen mitgeteilt - unter ihnen der bekannte Rechtsanwalt Edward Noon -, lange ehe der Mord geschah.

 

Alle diese Wunder und Prophezeiungen sind sicherlich genug, um den aufgeklärten Menschen davon zu überzeugen, an die Existenz des Geistes und seiner Kraft zu glauben. Daraus folgt, daß drei Dinge als gegeben an­zunehmen sind, nämlich:

 

1) Der Glaube an die Existenz Gottes wird durch den Geist bestätigt, der nichts ist als Sein Göttlicher Atem.

Sein Name sei gepriesen! Dieser Geist ist frei von allen Unreinheiten und von materieller Maβe, weil er von Ihm kommt und zu Ihm zurückgeht. Weil er aus Seiner ewigen Eβenz besteht, so ist er ewig.

 

2) Der Glaube an die Einheit der Religionen, da alle von einem Höchsten Geist veranlaßt und in Bewegung gesetzt wurden. Da alle nach anfwärts gerichteten Wege zu einem Ziel führen, sollten daher Anstrengungen unternommen werden, diese Einheit in einer leben­digeren und praktischeren Weise zu realisieren.

 

3) Der Glaube an die Existenz des Allmächtigen Geistes, der alle Geheimniβe umfaßt, und die Erfüllung seiner Richtlinien.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE ZWEITE WAHRHEIT:
DIE GEISTIGEN STROME SIND DAS GEWEBE
DES UNIVERSUMS UND DIE EΒENZ
SEINER WESEN.

 

Die geistigen Ströme sind nur die lebenden, unsicht­baren, radioaktiven Kräfte, die als eine Erweiterung des Geistes zu den stofflichen Welten erklärt werden könnten. Alle diese geistigen Ströme haben die Kraft der Schöpfung, des Willens und der Neigungen, aber auf verschiedenen Ebenen.

 

Die Hunderte von Wunder, die Tausende von Menschen gesehen haben, haben bestätigt, daß die geistigen Ströme das Gewebe des Universums und die Eβenz seiner Wesen sind. Es ist jedoch die unsterbliche Eβenz, die alle Ge­schöpfe vereint, trotz ihrer offensichtlichen stofflichen Unterschiede. Die elektromagnetische Kraft, die die Wiβen schaft für die Basis aller Existenz hält, ist nur eine ihrer vielen Merkmale.

 

Außerdem sind die Kennzeichen eines psychischen Lebens nicht auf den Menschen beschränkt, sondern sind auch beim tierischen und pflanzlichen Leben zu finden, und bei all dem, was als "Stoff' bekannt ist.

 

Die Unterschiede in den intellektuellen und körper­lichen Fähigkeiten und die Unterschiede der Neigungen und Begabungen sind auf die Tatsache zurückzuführen, daß die angeborenen Ströme in einem Menschen nicht dieselben sind wie bei einem anderen, was die Anzahl, die Eigenart und den Grad betrifft. Daher schaffen die Harmonie und der Grad der Ströme in einem Individuum den inneren Frieden und die geistige Ausgeglichenheit. Aber ein Un­gleichgewicht dieser Ströme in einem Menschen verursachen seine Verwirrung und psychische Haltlosigkeit. Andererseits können wir Zuneigung und Anziehung, Haß oder Abneigung auf die Ähnlichkeit oder die Unterschiedlichkeit der Ströme innerhalb der verschiedenen Individuen zurückführen.

 

Diese menschlichen Probleme, die immer noch Gegen­stand der Untersuchungen von Psychologen sind, die ver­geblich versuchen, eine überzeugende Erklärung zu finden, wurden vor langer Zeit durch den Daheshismus erklärt, der diese Wahrheit erkannt hatte.

 

Ich hatte mit vielen anderen den Vorzug zu erkennen, daß das, was mit vergänglichen Dingen geschieht, nichts anderes als eine proportionale Änderung ihrer stofflichen Struktur ist, die ihre unsterbliche und ewige Eβenz nicht berührt.

 

Bei vielen Gelegenheiten verbrannten wir verschiedene Gegenstände einschließlich Geldscheine, Photos und Manu­skripte und Kristallvasen wurden in unserer Gegenwart zerschlagen - und doch versetzte sie Dr. Dahesh innerhalb eines Augenblicks mit der Hilfe des Ewigen Geistes wieder in ihren ursprünglichen Zustand.

 

Hunderte von Personen waren Augenzeugen bei dieser Art von Wundern. In diesem Zusammenhang möchte ich nur die folgenden Namen nennen: Mohsen Slim, ein frü­heres Mitglied des Parlaments, der Ex-Minister, Herr Edward Noon, Frau Nadia Gabriel, Herr George Haddad und die Herren Angelo Paolo und Amin Nimer.

 

Bei meiner früheren Vorlesung in der Amerikanischen Universität von Beirut hatte ich bereits Einzelheiten von den Wundern berichtet, bei denen ein toter Vogel in Gegen­wart von Scheich Munir Takieddin und dem berühmten Journalisten Iskandar Riashi wieder zum Leben erweckt wurde.

 

Diese Wunder - die Wiederbelebung von Toten oder die Wiederherstellung von verbrannten oder zerbrochenen Dingen - bestätigen, daß die geistigen Ströme unsterblich sind, seien sie nun im Menschen, in der Pflanze oder in festen Stoffen.

 

Die merkwürdigste Wahrheit, die durch den Daheshismus ans Tageslicht gebracht wurde, ist, daß es für jedes Wesen, jede Handlung, jeden Wunsch oder Gedanken ein lebendes Beispiel, eine Aufzeichnung oder ein Bild gibt, das in geistiger Form in besonderen Welten aufbewahrt wird; diese sind die Zeugen für die Lebensführung der Kreatur, ihres Verhaltens und ihrer Taten. Die folgenden Wunder machen diese Wahrheit offensichtlich:

 

Am 11. Juni 1943 fand eine geistige Sitzung statt. Unter den Teilnehmern befanden sich: Herr Joseph Hajjar und seine Frau, und Herr Halim Dammous, der Historiker, der mit der Aufgabe beauftragt worden war, alle daheshitischen Ereigniβe aufzuschreiben.

 

Dr. Dahesh wurde vom Geist ergriffen und innerhalb kürzester Zeit war das Flattern von unsichtbaren Flügeln zu hören, unmittelbar gefolgt von dem konkreten Körper einer Taube, die ihm Raum erschien und sich bald auf der Schulter von Frau Hajjar niederließ; sie trug einen grünen Olivenzweig im Schnabel, von dem noch Waβer tropfte.

 

Die Erklärung dieses Phänomens - wie sie der Geist durch Dr. Dahesh gab - war, daß die Taube tatsächlich die Taube Noahs war. Ihre geistigen Ströme wurden nach ihrem Tod in einer besonderen geistigen Welt aufbewahrt. Daβelbe galt für den grünen Olivenzweig und die Waβer­tropfen. Und daβelbe gilt für alle vergänglichen Dinge, die einmal existiert haben.

 

Die Taube verweilte ungefähr sechs Monate lang im Haus von Dr. Dahesh und liebte es, sich auf die Schultern der Besucher zu setzen und ihnen aus der flachen Hand zu freβen oder von Raum zu Raum zu fliegen. Schließlich konnten jene, die am Morgen des 27. Januar 1943 im Haus anwesend waren, diese merkwürdige Taube beobachten, wie sie über dem Kopf des Mannes des Geistes schwebte, dann plötzlich durch das Zimmer flog und kleiner und kleiner wurde, bis sie die Gröβe einer Biene, aber immer noch die Form einer Taube hatte. Sie wurde immer kleiner, bis sie vollständig in die Welt verschwand, aus der sie herabgestiegen war.

 

Bei vielen Gelegenheiten teilte Dr. Dahesh - zur Überraschung seiner Besucher - ihnen ihre Gespräche mit, Wort für Wort aufgezeichnet, ihre geheimen Gedanken und verschiedenen Aspekte ihres Verhaltens, wie sie auch durch Photos und andere Einzelheiten bestätigt wurden. Dies ist genau das, was auch Frau Raβmia Hariri und ihr Mann erlebten, und auch Herr Shafik Mukaddam und Herr Mustafa Khatib sowie Fräulein Helen Daher und ihr Bruder Nicholas und viele andere, ungeachtet der Tatsache, daß sie allein und von Dr. Dahesh entfernt waren, wenn sie die oben genannten Gedanken hatten oder bestimmte Gesten ausführten.

 

Nur aufgrund derartiger Wunder können wir den Koran­Vers verstehen: "Mit uns sind nur die Schätze davon und wir senden sie nur in bestimmtem Maße hinab" (Sure Al Hijr: 21); oder den anderen Vers: "An dem Tage, wenn ihre Zungen, ihre Hände und ihre Füße gegen sie auβagen in Bezug auf das, was sie getan haben" (Sure, Das Licht: 24). Wir verstehen auch den Auβpruch unseres Herrn Jesus Christus: "Ich aber sage Euch, daß die Menschen für jedes eitle Wort, das sie sprechen, am Jüngsten Tage Rechen­schaft ablegen müβen" (Math. 12:36). Wir verstehen auch die Tiefe des Wortes des Allmächtigen: "Oder glauben sie, daß wir ihre geheimen Gedanken und ihre privaten Über­legungen nicht hören können? Nein, aber die von uns Entsandten, die bei ihnen sind, zeichnen sie auf" (Sure, Die Ornamente: 80).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE DRITTE WAHRHEIT:
DIE GEISTIGE KAUSALITÄT UND DIE
GERECHTE VERGELTUNG.

 

Alle alltäglichen, gewöhnlichen Ereigniβe, wie z.B. Krankheit, Tod, Verlust oder auch Wiederherstellung, Errettung, Gewinn und ähnliches werden von den meisten Menschen auf irgendwelche direkte materielle Gründe zurückgeführt. Wenn die Gründe unbekannt sind, werden sie dem Zufall zugesprochen. Wenn bei einem Autounfall der erste Paβagier verletzt wird, der zweite stirbt und der dritte unverletzt aus dem Wrack steigt, so werden diese verschie­denen Schicksale normalerweise auf den reinen Zufall oder auf bestimmte materielle Ursachen zurückgeführt.

 

Das Verdienst der daheshitischen Wunder liegt in der Tatsache, daß daraus klar zu ersehen ist, daß das mensch­liche Geschick und die Wirkung der menschlichen Taten von einer geistigen und leitenden Kraft überwacht wird, die gerecht und weise ist und die jede Sache, ob trivial oder wichtig, in Betracht zieht - eine Kraft, die bei keiner Sache stehenbleibt, was diese Sache auch sein mag.

 

Etwas wie den Zufall gibt es nicht. Kausalität ist ein universelles Gesetz, genau wie das Gesetz der Kompensation und was der Mensch sieht, sind nur die stofflichen Umriβe der Dinge, während der wirkliche Grund, der immer gei­stiger Art ist, ihm verborgen bleibt.

 

Wenn ein Mensch friedlich in seinem Bett stirbt oder gewaltsam auf dem Schlachtfeld oder infolge eines Unfalles, so wird die Scheidelinie seines Todes gesetzt durch be­stimmte geistige Gesetze, die in einem direkten Verhältnis zu seinen Verdiensten, zu dem Grad seiner Verdienste und dem Grad seiner geistigen Ströme stehen. Wenn der fest­gesetzte Augenblick gekommen ist, wird der Tod den Menschen überraschen, gleichgültig, wo er sich befindet und kein Schutz, kein Arzt, nichts - ob im Waβer, in der Luft oder auf der Erde - wird sein Leben retten können. Wenn jedoch seine Todeβtunde noch nicht geschlagen hat, dann wird er aus allen Gefahren gerettet werden, die für andere Menschen tödliche Folgen haben.

 

Um weitere praktische Erklärungen zu geben, möchte ich von zwei Wundern berichten. Das erste Wunder kann wie folgt zusammengefaßt werden:

 

Dr. Dahesh ging einmal zusammen mit Dr. Khabsa hinter der Hamadeh-Apotheke in Beirut vorbei. Dr. Dahesh wurde plötzlich vom Geist ergriffen und sagte zu seinem Freund: "Schau Dir diesen Hausierer an, der dort wenige Meter entfernt neben einer Karre mit Waβermelonen steht." Als Dr. Dahesh mit dem Finger darauf zeigte, bewegte sich eine Waβermelone plötzlich und fiel zu Boden. Dr. Dahesh zeigte wieder mit dem Finger darauf und eine andere Waβermelone fiel zu Boden. Tief bewegt fragte Dr. Khabsa: "Aber warum paβiert das diesem armen Hausierer? Das kostet ihn eine Menge Geld." Und der Heilige Geist antwortete durch Dr. Dahesh: "Ich habe dies getan, um Euch zu lehren, daß bei allen Dingen Gerechtig­keit waltet - seien sie nun groß oder klein, und dies auf natürliche Weise und ohne zu beachten, wie sie waltet. Dieser Hausierer hat heute mehr verdient, als er verdient hat. Sein ungesetzlicher Gewinn, obwohl er manchen unbedeutend erscheinen mag, ist durch das Fallen dieser beiden Waβermelonen verloren gegangen. Wenn ich Euch nicht durch dieses Wunder veranlaßt hätte, von dieser Sache Kenntnis zu nehmen, so wäre die Karre sowieso in einen Graben gefallen und alle diese Waβermelonen wären zer­drückt worden."

 

Dieses Wunder wie viele andere zeigen dem Daheshiten, daß "der Mensch immer das erntet, was er sät." Alle menschlichen Taten und ihr Bezug untereinander erfordern es, daß die Himmlische Gerechtigkeit eingreift. "Und wer auch nur so viel Gutes tut wie ein Atom wiegt, der soll es sehen" (Sure - Das Erdbeben: 7 und 8). Und: "Siehe! Allah irrt sich nicht einmal so viel wie eine Ameise wiegt" (Sure - Die Frauen: 40).

 

Das zweite Wunder zeigt klar, wie geistige Hilfe jenen zukommt, die sie verdienen. Am 3. August 1964 besuchte Herr Shafik Mukaddam, begleitet von seiner Frau und ihren zwei Schwestern, das Haus von Dr. Dahesh, wo bereits viele Menschen anwesend waren.

 

Der Mann der Wunder wurde wieder vom Geist ergriffen und sagte zu Shafik: "Sie und Ihre Familie werden bald einen schrecklichen Unfall haben. Aber erschrecken Sie nicht, denn ich werde die Himmlische Vorsehung um Hilfe bitten, Sie und Ihre Familie aus der Gefahr zu retten."

 

Dann bat er Dr. Abu Sleiman, der ebenfalls anwesend war, das geheiligte daheshitische Symbol zu zeichnen und dies mit einem Gebet zu Gott zu begleiten - Sein Name sei gelobt und gepriesen und möge Er die Familie aus der Gefahr erretten. Alle Anwesenden schrieben ihre Namen auf das Papier, auf das das Gebet geschrieben worden war.

 

Drei Tage später fuhr Herr Mukaddam, begleitet von einigen seiner Familienangehörigen, gegen 23.30 Uhr mit sehr hoher Geschwindigkeit von Nabatiyyah zurück nach Beirut, als er eine gefährliche Kurve erreichte.

 

Er versuchte, die Geschwindigkeit des Wagens herabzusetzen, aber das gelang nicht und innerhalb kürzester Zeit sah er vor sich einen Lastwagen, der quer fünf Meter vor der Kurve geparkt hatte. Die Straβe war blockiert. Auf der einen Seite waren riesige Felsen und auf der anderen Seite ein steiler Abgrund. Herr Mukaddam hatte keinen Ausweg und sah sich dem sicheren Tod gegenüber, nachdem er die Kontrolle über den Wagen verloren hatte. Alle Mitfahrenden waren zu Tode erschrocken, erinnerten sich aber plötzlich an das Versprechen, das ihnen Dr. Dahesh gegeben hatte - daß sie aus dem vorhergesagten Unglück gerettet würden. Aber gleichzeitig sahen sie, wie ihr Wagen mit hoher Ge­schwindigkeit auf den Lastwagen auffuhr; sie hörten und sahen, wie das Metall brach und sich verbog; sie sahen, wie das Glas zersplitterte. Der Fahrer fühlte den Aufprall beim Zusammenstoß gegen seine Brust. Alles geschah innerhalb einer Sekunde, denn eine Sekunde später waren der Wagen und seine Insaβen sicher auf der anderen Seite des Last­wagens. Auf diese Weise wurde das Wunder erfüllt und die Familie wurde aus einem unvermeidbaren schrecklichen Unglück errettet - durch die Gnade Gottes und durch die Hilfe des Mannes Gottes. Der Wagen war offensichtlich durch den Lastwagen auf eine geistige, wunderbare Weise hindurchgefahren, ohne zerkratzt oder beschädigt worden zu sein. Sie priesen und lobten alle Gott. Dieses Wunder war genug, um ihren Glauben an die Authentizität der daheshitischen Botschaft zu stärken und um absolut sicher zu werden, daß Dr. Dahesh der wahre Mann Gottes ist.

 

Welche Macht der Welt ist fähig, eine solche Sache auszuführen? Welche Macht ist fähig, eine riesige Maβe von Eisen durch einen anderen Eisenblock zu führen, ohne das irgendeine Beschädigung sichtbar wird? Welche Macht ist es, die Fleisch und Knochen unter der gewaltsamen Einwirkung von Metall zerschmettert, Insaβen und Wagen auf schreckliche Weise zerkaut und sie eine Sekunde später ohne einen Kratzer auf dem Körper entläßt? Es ist nur die Macht Gottes - gelobt sei Sein Name -, die sich durch seinen erwählten Diener, den Großen Dahesh, manifestiert, der das tun konnte.

 

Diese Wunder und ähnliche erklären das Wort des Herrn Jesus: "Es werden nicht zwei Spatzen für einen Pfennig verkauft und keiner von ihnen soll zu Boden fallen ohne Euren Vater. Aber die einzelnen Haare auf Euren Köpfen sind alle gezählt. Fürchtet Euch daher nicht, denn Ihr habt mehr Wert als viele Spatzen" (Math. 10:29-31). Diese Wunder laβen uns auch die Bedeutung folgender Verse verstehen: "Und jede Nation hat ihre Frist, und wenn die Frist gekommen ist, können sie sie nicht auf eine andere Stunde verschieben oder beschleunigen" (Sure - Die Höhen: 34).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE VIERTE WAHRHEIT:
WIEDERGEBURT

 

Eine groβe Anzahl von Philosophen hatte die Vorstel­lung von der Wirklichkeit der Wiedergeburt und zu ihnen gehörten Pythagoras und Plato. Heute glauben viele Denker daran, einschlieβlich des libanesischen Genius, Gibran Khalil Gibran. Dieser Glaube wurde im allgemeinen als Grundstein der buddhistischen und der hinduistischen Religionen angesehen. Der gütige Koran zeigt das in allen Einzelheiten: "Wie könnt Ihr nicht an Allah glauben, wenn Ihr doch tot wart und Er Euch das Leben gegeben hat! Dann wird Er Euch den Tod geben, dann wieder das Leben und dies, bis Ihr zu Ihm zurückkehren sollt" (Sure - Die Kuh: 29). Es gibt viele Verse, auf die verschiedene isla­mische Sekten, wie z.B. die Schiiten und die Drusen, ihren Glauben an die Wiedergeburt gründen. Auch Jesus deutete sie bei mehr als einer Gelegenheit an, besonders als er die Fragen der Jünger von Johannes dem Täufer beantwortete, die die Identität ihres Meisters betrafen: "Und wenn Ihr bereit seid zu empfangen, dies ist Elias, der kommen wird" (Matth. 11:14). Bei einer anderen Gelegenheit versicherte er, daß Johannes selbst Elias sei; denn als seine Jünger ihn fragten, warum die Skriben sagen, daß Elias erst kom­men solle, sagte er: "Ich aber sage Euch, daß Elias schon gekommen ist, sie kennen ihn nicht, haben aber getan, was geschrieben steht, ähnlich wird auch der Menschensohn unter ihnen leiden; da verstanden seine Jünger, daß er von Johannes dem Täufer zu ihnen sprach" (Matth. 17:12-13).

 

Obwohl die Daheshiten an das glauben, was durch die Heiligen Bücher überliefert ist, stützen sie ihren Glauben an die Wiedergeburt auf greifbare Wunder. Wiedergeburt ist für sie nur die Wanderung der geistigen Ströme entweder von einem Körper in einen anderen auf der Erde, sei es nun ein menschlicher, tierischer oder stofflicher Körper, oder ihre Wanderung zu einem anderen Planeten, sei es ein himm­lischer oder höllischer Planet, je nach dem Grad, den sie verdienen.

 

Es gibt Dutzende von gläubigen Daheshiten und nicht­gläubigen Menschen, die Gelegenheit gehabt haben, die verschiedenen Persönlichkeiten von Dr. Dahesh zu sehen. Alle seine Persönlichkeiten sind identisch und können zur gleichen Zeit, zusammen oder getrennt, und an verschie­denen Orten zur gleichen Zeit erscheinen. Sie können bei Ihnen sitzen, mit Ihnen sprechen und sogar mit Ihnen eβen, sie sind aber dennoch keine menschlichen Wesen, sondern geistige Erweiterungen des Lebens von Dr. Dahesh in verschiedenen himmlichen Welten des Universums. Ihre geistigen Grade sind erhabener als jene von menschlichen Wesen. Daher unterliegen sie nicht den Naturgesetzen dieser Erde, wie z.B. dem Gesetz der Schwerkraft, dem Gesetz von Zeit und Raum oder dem Gesetz des Todes.

 

Als Folge der Verschwörung gegen ihn, wurde Dr. Dahesh im Jahre 1947 an der iranischen Grenze erschoβen und später in Azerbajan beerdigt. Die Zeitungen der arabischen Welt sowie die Zeitungen der Einwanderungsorte brachten die Nachricht von seinem Tode und illustrierten sie mit Photographien. Hunderte von Elegien wurden sowohl von Freunden als auch von Feinden geschrieben. Viele Bücher wurden geschrieben, die sich mit diesem Vorfall befaßten. Aber zu diesem Zeitpunkt lebte Dr. Dahesh immer noch im Libanon. Nicht er war erschoβen worden, sondern eine seiner himmlischen Persönlichkeiten war erschoβen und beerdigt worden. Aber sobald er begra­ben worden war, wurde er vom Tode wiedererweckt, denn er ist nicht aus dem Lehm dieser Erde gemacht. Diese vielfachen Persönlichkeiten erschienen mir viele Male und auch Dutzenden von anderen Menschen, wie z.B. Edward Noon, einem Anwalt, und Dr. Najib Ashi und vielen anderen, die dieses Privileg erfahren durften. Die Inkarna­tion dieser Persönlichkeiten beweist nicht nur die Gegen­wart von Leben auf den Planeten, sondern sie löscht auch den offensichtlich paradoxen und hauptsächlichen Streit­punkt zwischen dem Christentum und dem Islam in Bezug auf die Kreuzigung Christi aus. (Bei näherem Intereβe bitte ich meinen früheren Vortrag zu lesen, der genauere Einzel­heiten zu diesem Gegenstand ausführt.)

 

Aber die Inkarnation wird nicht nur durch die Persön­lichkeiten des Dr. Dahesh bestätigt. Viele andere Inkarna­tionen fanden vor vielen Zeugen statt. Es genügt, von diesen nur die folgenden zu erwähnen:

 

Anfang August 1942 war Dr. Dahesh in Begleitung von Herrn Yusuf El Hajj und Halim Dammous, dem Dichter, im Hause des Letztgenannten in Ras-Beirut. Der Mann der Wunder stand um 22 Uhr in dem hell erleuchteten Raum und schaute durch das Fenster zum Sternenhimmel empor. Wenige Augenblicke später erschien den drei Personen etwas, das einer Wolke glich und das näher und näher kam und sich schließlich verdichtete, bis es mit einer menschen­ähnlichen Erscheinung, rotgesichtig mit durchdringendem Blick und einer glänzenden Stirn vor ihnen stand. Die Erscheinung begann sogleich, in einer merkwürdigen, ihnen unbekannten Sprache mit ihnen zu sprechen. Dr. Dahesh trat nach vorne und zeichnete das daheshitische Symbol über seinen Mund und sofort begann er, auf Arabisch zu sprechen.

 

Er sagte, daß er ein Einwohner einer der Welten sei, die der Mensch nicht sehen könne, daß er vor einigen tausend Jahren ein Einwohner unserer Erde gewesen sei und daß er sich, sobald er gestorben und seinen Körper den Wür­mern überlaβen hatte, in einer großartigen und äußerst schönen Welt befunden habe. Und nachdem er ihnen viele wichtige Dinge mitgeteilt hatte, wurde sein Körper vor ihren Augen wieder zum Nichts reduziert, bis er vom Unbekannten vollständig absorbiert worden war.

 

Durch derartige Inkarnationen und Wunder wurde offensichtlich, was Jesus meinte, als er sagte: "Im Hause meines Vaters sind viele Wohnungen" (Johannes - 14:2); und auch, was Paulus meinte: "Es gibt auch himmlische Körper, und irdische Körper, aber der Ruhm der himm­lischen ist eines und der Ruhm der irdischen etwas anderes. Es gibt nur einen Ruhm der Sonne, und einen anderen Ruhm des Mondes, und einen anderen Ruhm der Sterne; denn ein Stern unterscheidet sich von einem anderen Stern am Ruhm" (Korinther 15:40-41). Es wurde auch erklärt, was diese herrlichen Verse bedeuten: "Ja, ich schwöre bei

dem Ort der Sterne und siehe! Dies ist wirklich ein unge­heurer Schwur, wenn Ihr es nur wüßtet." (Sure - Das Ereignis: 75, 76).

 

Leben umfaßt das ganze Universum und dies ist die einzige Rechtfertigung für alles, was existiert. Paradies und Hölle sind nur die Planeten und die Sterne - als Kategorie gesehen, das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare.

 

Nun ist es Zeit zu sehen, mit Hilfe des Daheshismus, daβ der Mensch nicht das Maß aller Dinge ist, wie dies angenommen wurde. Er ist nicht einmal der Maßstab für die gesunden äußeren oder offensichtlichen Merkmale des Lebens und er ist auch nicht der Gipfel der Evolution des Lebens. Der Mensch ist nur eine einfache und schwache Kreatur, ein relativ rückständiger Aspekt der zahllosen Manifestationen des Lebens im Universum. Er muß seine Grenzen, seine Fähigkeiten und seinen Wert kennen und er muß wiβen, an welcher Stelle er auf der Leiter der mensch­lichen Zivilisationen steht, eine Tatsache, die es ihm unmög­lich macht, seinen Weg nach oben zu gehen, zu majestätischem Ruhm, zu Wiβen, Macht, Reinheit und Glück, und dies nicht einmal durch Imagination. Wenn er andererseits einsieht, daβ sein Verhalten und seine Taten in einem früheren Leben ihn in seine gegenwärtige, elende Lage unter den erhabenen Wesen gebracht haben, dann ist es Zeit, daß er alle Anstrengungen machen sollte, um sein psychisches Selbst zu entwickeln, damit er verstehen kann, was wahres geistiges Wiβen ist. Der Ruhm der himmlischen Welten kann nicht durch eine Rakete oder ein Raumschiff erreicht werden, sondern durch eine geistige Sublimierung von innen, die ihn nach seinem Tod für würdig erachten wird, in dem erhabenen Planeten inkarniert zu werden, den er verdient. Aber wenn er seine Seele dem Niedrigen ver­schreibt, sich nur mit irdischen Angelegenheiten beschäftigt, dann wird er seine Seele dazu bringen, von den niedrigen Welten angezogen zu werden. Seine Ströme werden dann auf einem Planeten wieder geboren, wo das Unwiβen groβ ist und wo das Böse, die Qual und die Trauer unermeβlich wachsen.

 

Wir sind ganz sicher, daβ wir die Persönlichkeiten von Dr. Dahesh und die vielen anderen Inkarnationen nicht hätten sehen können, wenn sie sich nicht den Bedingungen angepaβt hätten, die in unserer Welt herrschen. Dies erklärt unsere Unfähigkeit, den Geist, wie er ist, zu sehen oder die Engel und die anderen himmlischen Wesen zu sehen, die nicht zu unserer Welt gehören.

 

Die Wiβenschaft hat sichergestellt, daβ sich sterbliche Fähigkeiten auf eine begrenzte Anzahl von Sinnen begren­zen, die sich auf zwei Gröβen erstrecken - zwischen dem Minimum und dem Maximum. Das Auge kann z.B. nur Gegenstände sehen, die sich in dem Bereich von 20-40 Vibrationen/Sekunde und bei einer Geschwindigkeit, die unter jener des Lichtes liegt, bewegen. Auch das mensch­liche Ohr kann nur die Töne hören, die in dem Bereich 15-20.000 Vibrationen/Sekunde liegen. Daher kann der Geist uns sehen und hören, während wir unfähig sind, ihn zu sehen oder zu hören.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUN, WER IST DAHESH?

 

Wir glauben nicht an ihn wie an einen Gott. Wir glau­ben, daβ er einer jener Führer ist, die von Gott gesandt wurden, um uns den rechten Weg zu zeigen, genau, wie dies der herrliche Vers sagt: "Und für jede Gruppe einen Führer" (Sure, Der Donner: 7). Und wir sind Gruppen von Menschen mit verwirrten Vorstellungen, getrennten Religionen und mit streitenden Parteien und Sekten. Es gibt viele Ungläubige unter uns und der Glaube hat der Hypo­krisie Platz gemacht. Daher hat der Gnädige Gott einge­griffen und uns einen Führer geschickt, der uns aus unserer Verworrenheit, Unordnung und unserer Not führen sollte und der unseren Glauben an Christus, die Propheten und an den Herrn der Welten wiederherstellen sollte.

 

Einigen dieser Führer hat Gott eine reine Seele und einen aufgeklärten Verstand gegeben, wie z.B. Sokrates, Ghandi und Imam Ali. Er gab auch anderen den Heiligen Geist und daher führten sie im Namen Gottes Wunder aus, um ihre geistige Botschaft zu bestätigen.

 

"Der Geist", so sagte Jesus, "weht dort, wo er gut aufgenommen wird" (Johannes 3:8). Und es war Seine Wahl, im Libanon zu wehen. Sollen wir zu den Verlierern

und zu den Unwiβenden zählen, wenn wir ihn nicht anneh­men? Gott, gesegnet sei Sein Name, hat das Recht, jeden aus der Schar seiner Diener zu erwählen, um von Seinem Heiligen Geist ergriffen zu werden. Dies stimmt mit Seinen Worten überein: "Der Erhabenste aller Ränge, der Herr der Throne, schüttet den Geist seines Befehls auf denjeniger seiner Sklaven, den er wünscht, damit er den Tag des Treffens ankündige." (Sure - Der Gläubige: 15). Es war der Wille Gottes, der den Geist auf einen Mann aus dem Libanon ausgieβen wollte, aus dem Land der Propheten, und dieser Mann ist DR. DAHESH! Wer sind wir, daβ wir mit Gott streiten und seinen Willen zurückweisen sollten?

 

Die Geschichte hat niemals einen Segen für die Ver­folger von Sokrates, Buddha, Christus und Mohammed bereitgehalten, sondern hat sie im Gegenteil verurteilt. Andererseits hat die Geschichte jedoch die Führer, die Boten Gottes und die Wohltäter als unsterblich eingestuft und ihre Miβionen waren vollständig und ewig. Alle Institu­tionen, Staaten oder Nationen, die in ihrem Weg standen, wurden von der Geschichte mit ewiger Verdammnis gezeich­net oder sie wurden der Vernichtung übergeben.

 

Zivilisationen können niemals blühen, wenn sie nicht durch eine Reihe von geistigen Werten genährt werden. Jede Nation, die diese Werte verachtet, ist zur Auflösung verur­teilt, ungeachtet der Tatsache, wie hoch sie auf der Leiter der Zivilisation geklettert ist, und der trügerische Irrtum, mit welcher Macht und mit welchem Einfluß er auch verbun­den sein mag, dauert nur eine kurze Weile. Die Geschichte ist die beste Zeugin hierfür. Diese geistigen Werte haben jedoch keine Hecke zu ihrer Verteidigung, auβer den geistigen Botschaften und den reinen, humanitären Miβionen.

 

Sogar die sozialrevolutionären Bewegungen erhalten von diesen Werten die Hauptstütze für ihre Reformen. Denn Gerechtigkeit, Brüderschaft und Zusammenarbeit oder Entfernung von Unterdrückung und Ausbeutung, die diese Bewegungen zum Ziele haben, haben ihre Wurzeln in der Tiefe der wahren geistigen Botschaften.

 

Der wahre Wert jeder reformativen Bewegung wird daran gemeβen, inwieweit sie diese geistigen Werte in der Praxis verwirklichen kann. Das wirkliche geistige Ziel von Religion als eine erhabene und lebenskräftige Gegenwart, die innerhalb des Individuums und der Gesellschaft Gutes tun soll, wurde von jenen ausgebeutet, die ein Geschäft aus dem machten, was heilig und geheiligt ist und die die Religion in die Zwangsjacke der Theorien und der metaphy­sischen Begründungen steckten und die die Religion als Werkzeug benützten, um ihren Einfluβ zu erweitern oder um Schätze anzuhäufen.

 

Durch die Gnade Gottes erschien der Daheshismus vor allem, um die Menschen aufzurufen, der Religion ihre Reinheit, ihren unwiderstehlichen aktiven Einfluβ und ihre Einheit wiederzugeben. Diese neue göttliche Berufung, Daheshismus genannt, hat die Aufgabe, jeden menschlichen Charakter neu zu gestalten und ihn zu einem ehrlichen Bürger zu machen und schlieβlich zu einem freien, koope­rativen Helden, in dem Gerechtigkeit und Sympathie walten - ein menschliches Wesen mit edlen Zügen.

 

In keinem System kann eine Reform gelingen, so lange das Individuum korrupt ist. Es ist der Mensch, der die Gesetze machte und nicht umgekehrt und es war zu seinem eigenen Vorteil, daβ diese Gesetze gemacht wurden. Aber es ist immer der Geist hinter den Gesetzen, der zählt. Ist es möglich, eine befestigte Burg zu erbauen, mag der Architekt noch so brilliant und genial sein, wenn die Steine nicht fest sind? Was ist der Nutzen einer goldenen Taβe, wenn sie tödliches Gift enthält statt Waβer? Andert sich der Wert eines wertlosen Gemäldes, wenn der Holzrahmen sehr teuer ist? Es ist daher offensichtlich, daß keine lebenswichtige Reform möglich ist, wenn das Individuum verdorben ist. Daher wollen wir die Schleier abwerfen, die unsere Augen decken, und erkennen, daβ wir uns nicht überschätzen sollten, denn wir sind nicht allein im Universum. Wir sollten auch erkennen, daß der wahre Fortschritt es erforderlich macht, daβ wir eine absolute Wahrheit annehmen, d.h., daβ wir Gott annehmen als unser Symbol der Perfektion und unseres schlieβlichen Zieles; auf diese Weise folgen wir dem rechten Weg, der uns zu tiefem Frieden und zu groβem Glück führt.

 

Es muβ anerkannt werden, daβ all unsere Schwierig­keiten, Schwächen, Angste, Unruhen und all unsere Nöte das Ergebnis unserer Taten sind und daβ wir daran die Schuld tragen. Aber wir sind verantwortlich und wir sind erwählt, um diese Verantwortung zu tragen. Und wenn wir nicht unser inneres Selbst verbeβern, wird sich unser Los nicht ändern. Sagte denn der Herr nicht: "Siehe! Allah ändert nicht die Bedingungen der Menschen, bis sie sich selbst in ihren Herzen ändern" (Sure - Der Donner: 11).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERAUSGEGEBENE WERKE DES DR. DAHESH

 

1) Der Schlaf des Todes

2) Der Schlaf des Todes (Poetische Form von Abdel Khalek)

3) Die Wörter des Dr. Dahesh

4) Die Hymne der Hymnen

5) Die Hymne der Hymnen (in Französisch von Marie Haddad)

6) Die sechs Götter (2 Ausgaben)

7) Die sechs Götter (in Französisch von Dr. George Khabsa)

8) Ashtarut und Adonis

9) Ashtarut und Adonis (in Französisch von Marie Haddad) 10) Die Hölle des Dr. Dahesh

11) Blitz und Donner

12) Tagebuch von Dinar

13) Tagebuch von Dinar (in Französisch von Marie Haddad) 14) Die Hymne der Liebe

15) Die auserwählten Bücher des Dr. Dahesh 16) Emotionen und Stürme

17) Pfeil und Schwertscheide

18) Die nicht beabsichtige Einbildung oder Leben auf dem Mond

19) Komische Geschichten und unglaubwürdige Märchen (3 Ausgaben)

20) Das Zittern meiner Hände

21) Die unsichtbare Einbildung - Die Einbildung des Sandes

22) Der Fluβ der Träume

23) Das Tagebuch des Jesus von Nazareth 24) Die Geheimniβe der Götter (2 Teile)

25) Traurige Hymnen

26) Das traurige Lied der Harfe oder die wehmütige Seele

27) Briefwechsel zwischen Dr. Dahesh und Dr. Mohamed

Huβein Heikal Basha

28) Die Harfe der Götter (2 Teile)

29) Das scharfe Schwert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIE REISEN DES DR. DAHESH UM DIE WELT
(IN 20 TEILEN)

 

Erste Reise:     Von Ost bis West mit Dr. Khabsa 1969.

Zweite Reise:  Fünf Reisen in die arabischen Emirate, Saudi Arabien, Rom, Malta, Lybien  Cypern, Afrika 1970.

Dritte Reise:    Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Rom 1971.

Vierte Reise:   Athen, Lybien, Ägypten 1971.

Fünfte Reise:   Iran, Kairo, Istanbul, Bukarest 1971.

Sechste Reise:Europäische Länder 1972.

Siebte Reise:   Ruβland 1972.

Achte Reise:    Bulgarien, Rumänien, Polen 1972.

Neunte Reise:  Frankreich 1973.

Zehnte Reise:  Frankreich, Italien 1974.

Elfte Reise:     New York 1976.

Zwölfte Reise:            Boston 1976.

Dreizehnte Reise: Marokko 1976.

Vierzehnte Reise: Montreal/Kanada 1976. Fünfzehnte Reise: Disney World/Florida 1976. Sechszehnte Reise Californien, Nevada, Arizone 1977. Siebzehnte Reise: Qubec/Kanada 1978. Achtzehnte Reise: Virginia 1978.

Neunzehnte Reise: Frankreich 1978.

Zwanzigste Reise: Griechenland 1979.

 

 

 

DEN GARTEN DER GOTTER SCHMUCKEN DIE

BLUMEN DES PARADIESES (IN 10 BANDEN)

 

 

1) Die Erinnerung

2) Freude und Leid 3) Das Liebeslied

4) Das Verlorensein in der Wüste des Lebens

5) Der Fluβ des Genuβes

6) Sand und die Luftspiegelung der Fata Morgana

7) Die singende Seele

8) Die schwebende Poetrie

9) Die Harfe der Liebe

10) Die Lobpreisung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAS PARADIES DER GOTTER IST MIT SEE ROSEN
GESCHMÜCKT (IN 10 BANDEN)

 

1) Der Liebhaber schöner Frauen

2) Die Hoffung des Wunschtraumes

3) Die Quelle der Glückseligkeit

4) Die wunderbaren Worte des Propheten

5) Die Lieder der Seen

6) Die Berge der Glückseligkeit

7) Der Wald der Veilchen

8) Die wunderschöne Stimme der Nachtigall

9) Die Frühlingslieder

10) Das Lied des Amor

 

 

 

NICHT HERAUSGEGEBENE BÜCHER

 

1) Blitz und Donner (Poems von Halim Dammous )

2) Die eingebildete Einbildung (Poems von Halim Dammous)

3) Die religiösen Lieder und Gedanken der Zukunft

4) Die religiösen Lieder und Gedanken der Zukunft (Poems v. Halim Dammous)

5) Ashtarut und Adonis (Poems von Salah Aβir)

6) Die weinende Seele (Poems von Halim Dammous)

7) Die Zufriedenheit (in 3 Bänden)

8) Die Zufriedenheit (Poems von Halim Dammous)

9) Die Hölle (Teil zwei und drei)

10) Die Hölle (Poems von Halim Dammous)

11) Die Hölle (Poems von Sheick Abdallah Aleyli)

12) Alles, was das Herz lieben kann

13) Alles, was das Herz lieben kann (Poems von Halim Dammous)

14) Der Schlaf des Todes (Poems von Halim Dammous)

15) Das Tagebuch von Dinar (Poems von Halim Dammous)

16) Die sechs Götter (Poems von Halim Dammous)

17) Emotionen und Stürme (Poems von Halim Dammous)

18) Lanzenspitze und Schwertscheide (Poems von HalimDammous)

19) Bibel der Liebe

20) Gebrochenes Herz

21) Hölle der Erinnerungen

22) Die Glocke der Traurigkeit

23) Die unterirdischen Gewölbegänge 24) Das Heiligste vom Heiligen

25) Die Ahnung eines Waldes

26) Das göttliche Buch

27) Die Differenz zwischen Daheshismus und Katholizismus

28) Die Geheimniβe des Todes

29) Meine Geheimniβe

30) Erinnerungen eines Tagelöhners

31) Der unschuldige Gefangene (Tagebuch eines Gefangenen)

32) Die Ahnung von Gefangensein, Entehrung und Verbannung

33) Die Finsternis

34) Die Minderwertigkeit des AuBgestoBenen Abdel Rahim Al Sharif aus Al Khalile

35) Wie ich den Verdammten Abdel Rahim Al Sharif aus Al

Khalile ausgestoβen habe.

 

 

DIE SCHANDE DER LUGE UND ZAUBEREI

 

 

36) Die Entüllung der Lüge und der Zauberei des Dr. Salmon

37) Die Lächerlichkeit des Zauberers Nourreddine Al Jawi

38) Die Entlarfung des Betrügers Tahra

39) Das Geheimnis der Hypnose

40) Die Aufdeckung der Betrügerei unter Hypnose.

 

 

 

HERAUSGEGEBENE BÜCHER ÜBER DR. DAHESH UND SEINE ANHÄNGER

 

1) Das Außergewöhnliche des Dr. Dahesh und die vereinig­ten Religionen von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

2) Das Auβergewöhnliche des Dr. Dahesh und die vereinig­ten Religionen in Französisch von Marie Haddad.

3) Das Außergewöhnliche des Dr. Dahesh und die vereinig­ten Religionen in Englisch von Antoine Touma.

4) Die Einstufung des Daheshismus unter der Außergewöhn­lichkeit von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

5) Die Einstufung des Daheshismus unter der Außergewöhn­lichkeit von Dr. Brax in Englisch von Antoine Touma.
6) Die Studien der Psychologie Gibrans durch die Theorien Dahesh's von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

7) Die Stimme des Dr. Dahesh von Eliya Hajjar.

8) Dr. Dahesh Meilensteine in der Weltgeschichte von Nicolas Daher.

9) Wie ich ein überzeugter Anhänger des Daheshismus wurde von Majed Mehdi,

10) Ich und die Dahesh - Anhänger von Antoine Iβa in Französisch.

11) Der Kampf von Dr. Dahesh von Pierre Rufeil.

12) Magda - die Daheshistin von Karam Melhem Karam.

13) Erinnerungen von Magda von Karam Melhem Karam.

14) Die Todesklage über Dr. Dahesh von der Preβe, Politikern, religiösen Oberhäuptern und Schriftstellern.

15) Das Außergewöhnliche und Uberragende des Dr. Dahesh von Lutfi Radwan (früherer Leiter er Zeitung "Mussawar" ).

16) Wie ich Dr. Dahesh kennenlernte von Sheick Abdallah . Aleyli.

17) Die Meinung' von Schriftsteller, Journalisten, Politikern und Religions oberhäupetern etc. über Dr. Dahesh.

18) Dr. Dahesh und die Heiligkeit von Youssef el Hajj.

19) Die Studie von Dichtern, Schriftstellern und Journalisten über das Buch "Die Erinnerung von Dinar".

20) Die Meinung von Dichtern, Schriftstellern und Journa­listen über das Buch "Der Schlaf des Todes".

21) Die Beurteilung der literarischen Bücher von Dr. Dahesh von Schriftstellern, Poeten und Journalisten der ara­bischen Welt.

22) Der außergewöhnliche Dichter Dr. Dahesh unter den größten der Literaten von Najwa Brax.

23) Erinnerungen von Dinar in Englisch von Dr. Fawzie A. Burjas.

24) Die Gärten und Paradiese der Götter (20 Bände, die die Schönheit der Paradiese beschreiben) von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

25) Die literarischen Stärken in den Werken Dr. Dahesh's von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

26) Dr. Dahesh, der auβergewöhnliche Dichter von Dr. Ghazi Brax (Dieses Buch ist ein Vergleich zwischen dem Buch "Die Hölle des Dr. Dahesh und dem Buch von Dante "Die Hölle Dantes").

 

 

 

DRUCKREIFE BÜCHER OBER DR. DAHESH
UND SEINE ANHÄNGER

 

1) Die Fakten des Daheshismus in 20 Bänden von Halim Dammous.

j 2) Dr. Dahesh, der beliebte Führer (sein Leben, die Bücher über seine Mirakel und seine phantastischen Lehren (in 3 Bänden) von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

3) Der Glücksbote und der Warner von Dr. Ghazi Brax.

4) Dr. Dahesh, der Gründer des Daheshismus (sein Leben, seine Literatur, seine Mirakel, sein Tod und seine Auferstehung) von Baβil Dakak.

5) Dr. Dahesh zwischen seinen Freunden und Feinden.

6) Das Leben des Gründers des Daheshismus und seine Mirakel in Französisch von Zeina Haddad.

7) Dr. Dahesh zwischen Ebbe und Flut.

8) Das Leben des Gründers des Daheshismus und seine Mirakel übersetzt ins Arabische von Najwa Brax.

bornagain 

Born again with Doctor Dahesh

 

FOREWORD

 

By Fares A. Zaatar, Esq.

 

            The story related in this book is a true story composed of important true facts and events; and the opinions voiced are deeply held beliefs by the author. It is, however, an extraordinary story made up of extraordinary events. For some readers, it may appear a work of fiction, at least in some of its unusual aspects. Yet, no matter how it is taken, or considered to be, it remains fascinating, insightful, and uplifting. It takes us onto a life journey within ourselves and touches upon the ever felt conflict between our material and spiritual needs, and the impossible, frustrating, balancing and compromising acts one tries so often unsuccessfully to strike between them both, when putting them on an equal footing.

            The writer of this extraordinary book is an industrial engineer by education and training and a successful businessman by occupation. He describes in the following pages his ascent from financial strains and poverty to success and affluence, with a simple, direct, lucid, and concise style. Yet such description makes up only the backdrop of the main theme and the important events he lays out. For paralleling his struggle with financial hardships, and his life journey from poverty to affluence, was another deeper, more significant and durable journey and ascent from relative spiritual unawareness and heedlessness into spiritual richness and enlightenment. The material and spiritual courses in his life were contemporaneous, and proceeded together, although the birth of his spiritual reawakening seems to predate his professional exploits. Notwithstanding that, however, when the author reaches greater self-awareness and maturity, he sadly regrets the precious time he squandered over his materialistic pursuits, when the irretrievable opportunity for greater spiritual and moral enrichment was, then and there, at his reach. It is quite moving to read, within the context of the events of this book, his bitter berating of the common adage, ”time is money”:

 

Fortunately, I was traveling with a man who did not

believe that time was meant for only making money. I was

the travel companion of a man who taught us that time is a

God-given opportunity to spiritually improve ourselves.

Time is a period intended mostly to give every creature,

man included, a chance to uplift their souls and elevate the

qualities of their Sayals.

Time is not money. Time, as Doctor Dahesh taught us,

is a span to reflect upon and to ask ourselves whether we

are morally and spiritually better off today than we were

yesterday.

           

 

            The great importance of this book is derived from its central figure, Dr. Dahesh, around whom all the events related therein evolve. It is an unpretentious, humble, and true testimony of the man, his deeds, and doctrine, written as a token of gratitude and tribute to his humanity and unsurpassed greatness, which had the fundamental effect of transforming the author’s life entirely, making him experience an actual rebirth of his self. Truth must be attested to; it must be upheld, defended, and presented to all the family of humankind, in the hope of discovering their true humanity in the durable, moral and spiritual values that may help draw them nearer to each other and discard all divisive, ephemeral, and marginal attributes, which lock them in cycles after cycles of interminable bloody conflicts.

            Like all the great reformers in history, Dr. Dahesh’s personality is inseparable from his Message. The man incarnates and reflects the Message, and vice versa. Such, for example was the case of Socrates, Christ, as well as Mahatma Gandhi; and such, indeed, is the case of Dr. Dahesh. From this perspective, also, the importance of this book is paramount. For it provides a close-up look of Dr. Dahesh by the author who had been his sole companion in his travels to twenty-three countries, and, who was closely associated with him for about twenty-five years.

            The author, being an educated, intelligent, mature and experienced man of perception and integrity, the events related by him in this book, and the opinions deriving from them, cannot be dismissed or ignored. They caused the total transformation of his life as well as that of some members of his family, his younger brother, Ali, had given his life for them.

            This book is therefore, also a true reflection of the life and inner self of the author. It is written with every throb of his heart, and with every fiber of his being. It is written with love and gratitude, but also with a deep sense of responsibility towards his fellow human beings, hoping for his words to kindle a similar spiritual reawakening in some kindred souls.

February 2, 1992

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

            ”Introduction to Daheshism” was the title I used for a four-page article I wrote about my first encounter with Doctor Dahesh, an extraordinary and unique man who brought forth a new religious philosophy.

            I felt encouraged to write a short article on the subject when I received a letter from the Daheshist Publishing Company in New York City. They requested a concise four-page article, on how I met Doctor Dahesh and why I became a Daheshist.

            When I received that request specifically asking for the article to be written in English, a language which I did not fully command, I was a bit reluctant to do so at first. I was not sure I would be able to write effectively. Yet, in spite of my doubts and hesitations I decided to make the attempt, out of great respect for Vout, a Daheshist sister(1). For many years, Vout urged me to write in English about my Daheshist experiences, and frankly, had it not been for her incessant urgings and encouragement, I would have never thought of writing this book.

            I once explained to that remarkable sister in the presence of Doctor Dahesh who was ill at the time, that perhaps I was incapable of writing a book in English. I admitted to her that my experience in that language had been limited to writing business letters and reports. She was not deterred and insisted that I had an important story to tell. She was convinced that I would be capable of writing such a book. I am truly indebted to her for her unshakable confidence which has made this book possible.

            I am also grateful to Haimanola, a devoted and intelligent young Daheshist whose unflinching support has encouraged me to turn the original four-page article into a book. Haimanola, after reading my first article, urged me to continue and write whatever came to my mind about my experiences with Doctor Dahesh. From the beginning, she took charge of the material I sent to the Daheshist Publishing Company, and she made sure that everything I sent was accurately presented and properly positioned to be printed when the time came.

            I am also very thankful to my daughter, Suzanne, who eagerly volunteered to edit all the material I wrote. Without her help this material would have contained many grammatical errors. I also wish to thank my friend, Mr. Charles Meinhardt, who helped in the final editing of the book, and my wife Kathleen who assisted me in remembering some of the events mentioned.

            The task of writing a book about my Daheshist experience in a language which is not my own was not easy at all. In addition to that problem, I had to rely mostly on my own memory for practically all of the events mentioned, including those relating to my travels with Doctor Dahesh. Although I was his constant travel companion for over two years, unfortunately I did not maintain a diary which would have helped me to remember the exact events that took place.

           

            The Doctor’s description of those travels which he published were very helpful and they brought back the memory of the major incidents that occurred. However, they were of little help when I had to remember special occasions in which the Doctor told me certain things, or when specific revelations occurred. Sadly, I do not remember the exact words the Doctor might have used about special events mentioned in the book. Despite that, I made sure to be as faithful and as accurate as possible to what the Doctor meant and implied.

            Another difficulty I encountered in writing this book was when I tried to explain some aspects of the Daheshist philosophy and principles in terms that are easy to understand. Explaining, for example, some aspects of the nature and characteristics of the ”Sayal” was an extremely difficult undertaking(2). This fundamental Daheshist principle, which is the basis and cornerstone for understanding the Daheshist religion, is a complex concept which I have attempted to simplify. I had to spend considerable time thinking about the Daheshist concept of Sayal and how to articulate it into a comprehensible writing. I had to piece together and incorporate all the ideas I gathered from reading what was then in print of Doctor Dahesh’s inspired writings and from listening to him. I had to integrate Doctor Dahesh’s revelations and miracles which dealt, for example, with the instant realization of thoughts into concrete objects, into the Daheshist concept of Sayal. In addition, I referred to scientific articles and to the Bible and the Koran in order to make the Daheshist concepts more accessible to the reader. Even then, I had to write and rewrite about this subject several times in Arabic to clarify certain points before I was finally able to express it in English.

            What I wrote about the Sayal was only the part I could see of its whole picture, because, in my view, the final reality of the Sayal remains a spiritual secret which can never be fully understood. The final spiritual reality of the Sayal defies man’s imagination, experience and rationale. It is far beyond our conceptional ability to understand it, or even express it fully in words.

            The book begins with the circumstances which led me to meet Doctor Dahesh, and how I witnessed for the first time some of his miracles. Then, it deals with my return from the United States to live in Lebanon. It also describes how I faced difficulties in trying to earn a living there.

            In the middle of the book, I wrote about how I became drawn more and more to Doctor Dahesh and to his spiritual Message. I also wrote about my gradual awareness of the fact that the Doctor was the founder of a new religion endowed with divine revelations and miracles. Later, I described some of the travels I took with him and mentioned the unusual spiritual events that took place during those journeys. I tried to give the reader a few glimpses and insights into the unique and extraordinary reality of the man with whom I was closely associated for over twenty years. I also attempted to briefly explain some of his ideas and teachings: ideas I deduced from my long association with him.

            Toward the end of the book, I wrote about the ongoing destruction of Lebanon and the gloomy fate of civilization. Finally, I summarized what the Daheshist experience has meant to me, and what insights I have learned from Doctor Dahesh who is and will be in my heart and thoughts forever.

            The book, which I, later on, titled Born Again With Doctor Dahesh, is my own brief interpretation of the man and the philosophy behind the most illuminating spiritual Message of all times.

Salim Onbargi

December 16, 1991

 

CHAPTER I

 

            My first encounter with Daheshism began in the summer of 1963. I had returned to Lebanon from the United States and was visiting my mother and other family members to share with them moments of grief and consolation for the sudden death of my father. He had died unexpectedly a few weeks earlier of a heart attack.

            The tragic news of my father’s sudden death came to me while I was in Chicago working as an industrial engineer for a manufacturing company. I was hired for that job after almost two years of exhaustive search, deprivation, and hardship. I was just beginning to earn a decent living when the sad news came. Upon hearing it, I immediately asked the company for an urgent leave of absence of six weeks. I then borrowed a few hundred dollars and headed for Lebanon, leaving behind my pregnant wife and my baby daughter.

            I hardly began to recover from the shock of losing my father, when my younger brother Ali, who was seven years my junior, began talking to me about Doctor Dahesh, a man he admired and revered immensely. He persistently urged me to visit Doctor Dahesh with him, and on every occasion kept telling me of the wonderful and unbelievable miracles that Doctor Dahesh was capable of doing and of the new spiritual and religious Message he was proclaiming.

            At that time, I was neither interested in miracles which I did not believe in, nor in any so-called spiritual Message. I was totally happy leading a life void of any religious attachment. I was born a Moslem and as far as I was concerned, that was it. I did not practice my religion and was happy to leave it at that. I did not wish to revive memories of religious bigotry and fanaticism of the Lebanese and Middle Eastern societies which I thought I had left behind in going to America. Thus, when my brother talked to me fervently about Daheshism I did not share his enthusiasm and did not want to be involved in what I thought to be a new sect. The last thing I wanted to do was to get involved in some religious cult. It would complicate my life and distract me from the task of earning a living in a complicated and materialistic society such as that of America. I had left behind my wife and baby daughter alone with very little money to live on. I left them alone in a cruel world where having money or not having it would make the difference between living in comfort or suffering in degradation. I did not have money, and I was determined not to let anything, especially a new religious philosophy, distract me from earning it.

            Another factor which added to my hesitation about being drawn to Daheshism was the perception the family had of Ali. They saw him as a rash young man, always getting into trouble and often offending people by making the wrong decisions and saying the wrong things at the wrong time. He had upset the family by dropping out of school and defiantly marrying the woman he loved only a month after his father’s death. He was only twenty-two years old and did not have any stable means of support. To make matters worse for himself, he and his new bride moved into a one-room apartment in one of the poorest areas of Beirut. To support himself and his new wife, he took a job as an errand boy with a travel agency that paid him a meager salary which was very low even by Lebanese standards. Yet despite that I loved him dearly. He was the closest of my brothers to me and I admired his spirit of defiance and pride, his honesty and straightforwardness.

            Once I dared mention that he had made a mistake by not finishing his college education and had married prematurely without first making sure he could properly support himself and his wife. He angrily told me that he did not need my sympathy nor my advice, and that as long as God Almighty gave him a roof over his head and something to eat, that was all he wanted. Anyway, I was not in a position to help my brother at the time, for I was poor and did not have anything to spare. The only difference between Ali and myself was that he was eking out a miserable existence in a superficial society, while I was making a start in America, a country endowed with abundance and blessed with great opportunities.

            With this background of apprehension, doubts, and fear of being involved on the one hand, and on the other, wanting to satisfy my brother’s wish of visiting Doctor Dahesh, I was about to be drawn into Daheshism. The decisive moment came when my brother asked me to go with him to meet his new wife in their apartment.

            I remember climbing up the seven stories of steep winding stairs in an old decrepit building to reach his one-room apartment on the roof. We went inside; I greeted his new bride, but my heart was still pounding and I could hardly catch my breath. As soon as I began breathing normally again after that exhausting climb, I began to notice the condition of stark poverty in which my brother and his new bride lived. There are moments in a person’s life where lasting impressions become ineffaceable memories, and that was one of them.

            Leading into the one-room apartment there was a small hallway. On one side was a little bathroom, and on the other side, opposite to the bathroom, was a sink. Beside it stood a medium-sized rectangular table on one side of which were some pots and pans, a few plates, cups, and some utensils thrown inside an open wooden box. On the other side of the table lay a transparent plastic bag filled with Arabic bread, a jar of green olives, a few onions, a half-filled carton of eggs, and a few tin cans which I assumed contained sugar, salt, pepper, cooking oil, and coffee. In the middle of the table was a little stove connected to a gas container tucked under the table. There was no refrigerator in the apartment. The bedroom was used as a living-room with the bed used as a couch. There were a couple of old chairs next to a small wooden table with a metal ashtray on it. My brother and his bride were living in extreme poverty, and unfortunately, neither I nor any of our family members who wanted to help Ali were in a position to do so. We were all poor, but none of us as poor as Ali.

            After I wished them both a happy marriage and a successful life together, Ali’s wife went to prepare the customary Arabic coffee. As she was busy preparing it, my brother casually mentioned that Doctor Dahesh had visited him and his wife a few weeks ago. He asked his wife to tell me what had happened during that visit. She began by saying that a miracle of an unbelievable nature had occurred to her through Doctor Dahesh. But she was reluctant to mention it to anyone for fear people would not believe her story and would ridicule her. At any rate she began to narrate what had happened.

            One day, as she was preparing to fry some potatoes, she accidentally dropped some water into the boiling oil which splashed over her face, burning it all over. She resorted to dousing her face with water but this only made matters worse. My brother and his wife could not afford to seek medical treatment and did not want the family or anyone else to know about their predicament. The young bride stayed home and did not come out for several days fearing that someone might see her badly burned face.

            One Sunday morning as they were wondering what to do about their distressing problem, there was a knock on the door. My brother opened it and, to his pleasant surprise, there stood Doctor Dahesh with his companion, Doctor Farid Abu Sleiman. They greeted the young couple; and after a few minutes of friendly conversation, Doctor Dahesh, suddenly began to write the Daheshist prayer, and after burning it, he picked a pinch of the ash, came back to the young bride and traced the Daheshist Ramz(3) on her forehead. She said a miracle began to take place for she could feel the itching and burning sensation disappear. The wounds immediately began to heal, and by the next day, there was no trace of burned tissue left on her face, that was restored to its normal state. She was happy that the whole episode had passed away as if it were a bad dream.

            Upon hearing this story, a strange feeling ran through my entire body, and suddenly a strong desire to meet Doctor Dahesh took hold of me. If such a man exists, I thought, I would indeed be lucky and privileged to meet him. I had no reason whatsoever to doubt the authenticity of the story I had just heard. Why should my brother or his wife lie to me, and what would they gain from making up such a story. At any rate, I asked my brother to take me with him the next time he visited Doctor Dahesh. As I was leaving, Ali gave me three books written by Doctor Dahesh. I enjoyed reading all of them but one in particular, Memoirs of a Dinar, captivated my imagination and still fascinates me to this day. The book relates breathtaking adventures narrated by an imaginary golden coin, the Dinar, as it passes from one holder to the other. The events described by the coin span a ninety-year period.

            A few days later, my brother came to me happy and excited and told me that we were going to visit Doctor Dahesh that afternoon. To him, visiting the Doctor was always the happiest moment in his life. That afternoon, on the way to our appointment, I still had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I felt excited that I would be meeting such a mysterious and much talked about man, and on the other hand, I was a bit apprehensive that Doctor Dahesh might just be an overbearing and domineering person with some inexplicable mystical power.

            The taxi meandered through the streets of Beirut before finally stopping next to an old building with a large steel door. ”This is it,” Ali said to me. He walked a few steps and rang the door bell three times. The door latch was opened from above by means of a rope running from the second floor of the building to the lower floor.

            We climbed the steps to the second floor entrance of Doctor Dahesh’s residence. At the entrance stood a friendly lady who greeted us and led us to the living room through a corridor which had numerous books stacked along one side. The living room was filled with many objects of art. There were several oil paintings and tapestries on the walls; statues of ivory, bronze and wood stood in every corner of the room. Any person entering Doctor Dahesh’s residence for the first time would be overwhelmed by the imposing cultural and artistic atmosphere of the house.

            A few minutes passed. Suddenly, a man in his early fifties entered. He kissed Ali on the cheeks and then greeted me. My brother whispered in my ear that this was Doctor Dahesh. He was a handsome man, of medium height and build, of fair complexion with striking features, and tender eyes. After greeting us warmly he sat down beside us. I noticed that he was quiet, a bit shy and extremely polite. He spoke very little, and there was something about him that was kind and reassuring.

            As I sat contemplating this gentle man, a sobering thought flashed through my mind. It made me wonder about the strange relationship which bound my brother to Doctor Dahesh. From strictly an earthly point of view, they were worlds apart. Doctor Dahesh was a man of great repute, a man of wide culture and art, a prolific author of scores of books of different literary, religious and philosophical subjects. On the other hand, my brother worked as an errand boy. He had a limited educational background and was very poor. Surely, I thought, they had nothing in common. Later, I was to discover how wrong I was, for I was viewing their relationship in terms of shallow materialistic considerations, neglecting to take into account the strongest bond of all – that which binds the souls together, the spiritual bond.

            Later, I learned that Doctor Dahesh judged people not by their wealth, position or influence, but by their inner souls and their spiritual qualities. Many times, he would refuse to receive prime ministers, people of high repute and men of wealth, and yet, he would not hesitate to receive the most humble and poor of visitors.

            We sat there for a few minutes not saying a word. Then I decided to take the initiative and talk to Doctor Dahesh. I told him that Ali was very fond of him, and that he was constantly on his mind. Doctor Dahesh replied that Ali was very special, and that he and my brother were one and the same – meaning that he felt the same way about my brother.

            I told him I had read his book Memoirs of a Dinar and found it fascinating and very enjoyable. Although the book depicted mainly the darker side of human nature, it is a breathtaking odyssey of a central character, the Dinar, through which the thoughts and desires of the other various characters were communicated to the reader. It revealed human events and aspirations that were truly base and evil. Doctor Dahesh asserted that although the stories in the book were sad and horrifying, they were essentially facts of life and should be taken as such.

            As we continued talking, a lady brought in a tray of small cups of Arabic coffee. She was the same lady we had met at the entrance. Doctor Dahesh introduced her as sister Zeina. I greeted her again as I took a cup of coffee. My brother already knew Zeina and they exchanged a few words before she left the room.

            Turning to Doctor Dahesh, I remarked that the paintings on the wall were very beautiful and that I had never seen so many gathered in one place, except perhaps in a museum. Doctor Dahesh asked me if I was familiar with paintings or with art in general. I replied that I was not and really could not tell a good painting from a bad one, but the paintings he had were so beautiful that I was truly impressed by them.

            The Doctor then went on to say that ever since his youth he had always been fond of all kinds of art and as he was fascinated with it, he could not resist buying objects of art whenever he could, be it a painting, tapestry, statue, or an engraving. He was interested in anything that was beautiful and artistic.

            After our conversation he asked both of us to follow him for a brief tour of the house. Every room we entered seemed to be a miniature museum. It is impossible to describe the beautiful objects of art and the paintings that appeared everywhere. Even the house itself was unique. It must have been at least a hundred years old and had numerous rooms with extremely high ceilings. One large room in particular attracted me. It was approximately in the center of the house and was surrounded by high book shelves. To reach the uppermost shelves, one had to use a tall ladder. The shelves were stacked with books of all kinds. On the last shelves stood many beautiful and majestic stuffed birds. Some were small and exotic, while others were large birds of prey, such as eagles and vultures. In the middle of the room were two large tables with chairs surrounding them. The whole room, I assumed, was used as a library.

            As we left the room, we entered a wide corridor. It appeared to be used as a sitting room by the Daheshists and had four couches, two on each side: the couches faced each other and had many pillows on them.

            An elderly couple engrossed in reading sat on one side of the couches. As we walked past them, they looked up, and Doctor Dahesh introduced them as sister Marie and her husband, brother Georges Hadad. They were Zeina’s parents, and I found out later that they were the in-laws of former Lebanese President Bishara al-Khuri. Mrs. Hadad was also a prominent Lebanese artist and a writer. I greeted them with a nod of my head and continued to walk with Doctor Dahesh until we reached the entrance hall. From there we returned to the living room where we again sat down.

            I asked Doctor Dahesh about the amazing and hard-to-believe story of the healing miracle which my brother and his wife had narrated to me a few days earlier. I said I believed my brother, for I had no reason whatsoever to doubt his veracity; and that a healing miracle did occur. However, I admitted to the Doctor that I could not fully understand why such a phenomenon should happen in this day and age of scientific discoveries and intellectual progress.

            Doctor Dahesh replied that miracles or spiritual revelations occur in this increasingly atheistic world to strengthen the bond of faith and belief in God. We live, the Doctor said, in a period which is dominated by excessive materialism. Money and earthly possessions have replaced God in most people’s hearts and souls. This is, he said, a century of great scientific discoveries and inventions where man has devised the most sophisticated of machinery to make his life more comfortable and pleasurable. Yet, along with these material and scientific achievements, man has also made life very unsettling by inventing the most lethal and destructive weapons in history – weapons which could annihilate all forms of life on earth. People, in general nowadays, tend to believe that the only things which make life worthwhile are physical comfort, power, wealth and pleasure. Since these can only be attained through material means, the urge and motivation to acquire them have made most men greedy and sinful. Consequently most people are driven by wicked compulsions. Man’s unrestricted quest for selfish ends and material gains have made life on earth full of misery and suffering, causing crime, war, and injustice everywhere. These evil deeds are perpetrated not only by individuals, but by entire nations as well. For this reason, people need guidance or a spiritual reawakening. It is for this that spiritual manifestations occur, as a reminder that there is a living God above us all. The Doctor continued to say, that even though spiritual manifestations may vary in nature, be they prophecies, transformations of things, healings, or whatsoever, they all have one thing in common. They are far beyond the power of man and ungoverned by the physical laws of nature. They bear witness to God’s great power and glory and occur only for spiritual reasons.

            Doctor Dahesh ended his conversation, and we just sat in silence for a few minutes. I sensed it was time for us to leave for we had already taken so much of his time. Neither I nor my brother wished to burden him with further questions, so we asked his permission to leave. As I was bidding him farewell, I found myself spontaneously embracing and kissing him on both cheeks. I thanked him sincerely for his kindness and for the valuable time he had spent with us. On the way home my brother turned to me and asked: ”Well, what do you think of Doctor Dahesh?” I replied, ”The best thing you have ever done for me in your life was to introduce me to the Doctor.” My brother then said he wished I had witnessed some spiritual revelation, something unusual which would have made me a believer. He said that perhaps I should have asked Doctor Dahesh to see something, for as the saying goes ”Seeing is believing”.

            My answer to Ali was that although I would have loved with all my heart to have witnessed a spiritual revelation, I could not have asked the Doctor for one. It would have been highly inappropriate, especially since he had just finished explaining to us that revelations occur for spiritual reasons, and that they are not to be viewed as an unusual or entertaining event. Besides, the fact that I had not witnessed a revelation did not affect my deep respect and admiration for the man. Everything about the Doctor was unique and special. His sincere humbleness, kindness, and dedication to higher moral and ethical values were beyond any doubt.

 

 

CHAPTER II

 

            During the next few days I was busy preparing for my return to Chicago, to my job and family. The six-week leave of absence I had obtained was coming to an end. However, before leaving I eagerly wanted to see Doctor Dahesh again. I decided to call him, hoping that I would be able to visit him before my departure. Zeina answered the phone and then the Doctor came on the line. I asked him if it would be possible for me to see him anytime soon, since I was planning to leave Lebanon the day after tomorrow. He replied that I could see him at 2:00 P.M. the next day. I was delighted that I was to visit him the following day.

            An hour before my scheduled appointment, I decided to take a taxi and go straight to the Doctor’s house. In normal traffic conditions that trip would have taken anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes, but in those days Beirut was a bustling metropolis and the possibilities of getting caught in a traffic jam were very high. Therefore, I decided not to take any chances and to be there at the exact appointed time. Surprisingly the traffic ran smoothly that afternoon, and I found myself at Doctor Dahesh’s house almost thirty minutes ahead of time. In any case, I knew I should not go into the house before 2 o’clock because the Doctor always had visitors. I decided to walk up and down the street several times until it was the exact appointment time. My brother Ali was not with me for I had completely forgotten to ask Doctor Dahesh if he could join me. Later, when I informed my brother about my visit, he was thrilled to hear about it.

            Upon entering the house, Zeina greeted me and then led me straight to the living room. There, Doctor Dahesh was waiting for me, and beside him stood a middle aged man. He was bald, wore spectacles, and had facial features that reminded me of Buddhist monks. This time I greeted Doctor Dahesh very warmly, kissing him on both cheeks with sincere affection, as if I had known him for years. I also greeted the man whom Doctor Dahesh introduced as Doctor Farid Abu Sleiman. Later, I discovered that Doctor Abu Sleiman was Doctor Dahesh’s faithful companion and confidant. He was a prominent physician and had his private clinic in addition to a position with the health department of the municipality of Beirut. Doctor Abu Sleiman resigned his position while rejecting at the same time an offer to double his salary and a higher position as the head of the department of gynecology in one of Beirut’s general hospitals, in protest against the government’s persecution of Doctor Dahesh.

            I sat there for a few moments before Doctor Dahesh began the conversation by asking me general questions about America. He then asked me whether Ali had told me that the Daheshists have their own prayer which they do in writing on yellow papers. I answered that my brother did mention it vaguely, but I did not have a clear idea of how it was done, nor for that matter anything about it. Doctor Dahesh asked me whether I would like to learn how it was done. I replied, that indeed I would. He asked Doctor Farid to bring a blank yellow rectangular paper approximately three inches wide by four inches long and proceeded to show me how the Daheshist prayer was written. He also showed me how to fold it in a special way before burning it. That process was repeated several times until I finally learned exactly how to do it. Doctor Dahesh emphasized the importance of being precise and accurate in writing such a prayer.

            All of a sudden Doctor Dahesh stood up and asked me to write out a Daheshist prayer in which I was to ask for a spiritual revelation to be immediately manifested with the permission of God Almighty. When the Doctor asked me to do this, a strange feeling of awe and reverence ran through my whole body. I realized at that very instant that I was about to witness a miracle, something that I had often heard of from many people when they talked of Doctor Dahesh, something which until now I had not seen.

            I did exactly what the Doctor asked me to do, and after burning the prayer, he told me to pick any blank white paper from a pile which was on top of a small side table. He then asked whether I had any paper money with me. I replied that I did and asked what denomination he wanted. He said that any would do, and somehow I pulled out from my pocket a one pound Lebanese note (a Lebanese lira). The Doctor then asked me to cut the white paper to the size of the Lebanese one-pound note. I cut it with a pair of small scissors which Doctor Farid handed me. Then he asked me to write my name on the white paper and to circle it. I followed his instructions precisely, and at no time did Doctor Dahesh hand me any other papers. All he did was to give me the instructions verbally and from a distance. He then asked me to crumple the paper into a ball and to close my hand over it. He asked me to repeat the following: ”In the name of God and His Guiding Beloved Prophet, may the white paper inside my hand be transformed into a Lebanese one-pound note.” After I repeated what Doctor Dahesh had told me to say, I could swear that I felt something moving and stirring inside my closed fist. Something strange and unusual was happening. Doctor Dahesh asked me to open my hand, and when I did, to my great surprise, I found a Lebanese one-pound note. It was folded into a triangular shape, exactly like that of a folded Daheshist prayer. I was just about to open the folded Lebanese pound note when the Doctor told me not to open it yet, and that I should only open it when I was told to do so. There was a spiritual reason for this which I would later find out. For the present I was to keep it in my wallet and carry it with me all the time.

            I placed that Lebanese pound-note inside my wallet and would not open it until almost seven months later. I sat there for a few minutes, visibly surprised and amazed by what had just happened. I expressed my deepest gratitude to Doctor Dahesh for allowing me to witness such an unusual spiritual revelation. After a while it was time for me to leave. I bade the Doctor a sincere farewell, embracing him warmly, for I felt I would not see him again for a very long time. Then I shook hands with Doctor Abu Sleiman.

            In the evening Ali and his wife came over to my mother’s house to bid me farewell, for I was planning to leave for the United States the following morning. As the family gathered that evening, I related what had happened during my visit to Doctor Dahesh. No one was more pleased than my brother Ali.

            The next day, Saturday, I took a fifteen-hour flight back to Chicago. By the time I arrived in Chicago I was very tired. The trip was long and tedious. Yet, I was happy to be home with my wife and baby daughter. The next day, I was not feeling well, for I was having trouble adjusting to an eight-hour time differential between Beirut and Chicago. I needed to be well and in good physical condition by the following day. Monday was to be my first day of work after a long leave of absence.

            Thoughts of Lebanon, my mother, Doctor Dahesh, and the rest of my family seemed to run constantly in my mind. I left part of my heart behind when I left them. I loved them all and loved their innocent and uncomplicated way of life. Returning to America, with its fast-paced and materialistic way of life, depressed me. I have always felt that my cultural and spiritual roots were deeply imbedded in the Middle East, and I could never truly be happy living anywhere else.

            The mere thought of being back at the factory the next day, setting up new and more efficient work standards, did not please me. The very idea of trying to make laborers work more efficiently by taking their every spare moment and converting it into productive use for the company bothered me. At any rate, I knew this was the reality of business life in America; and although I felt some aspects of it to be inhumane and ruthless, I realized that I had to get accustomed to it if I were to survive in the United States.

            Several months passed, and I became deeply engrossed in my job and in trying to improve my standard of living. The debt I owed was paid off; my wife and I were even thinking of changing the used and unwanted furniture given to us free of charge by friends and by my wife’s relatives. Lebanon, Doctor Dahesh, and the family in Beirut were becoming nostalgic memories – memories of a serene, uncomplicated and spiritually rich way of life, which unfortunately I would never be able to find in America.

            Upon returning home from work one day, I found a letter addressed to me from a Lebanese company in Beirut. The president and owner of that company had obtained my name and address from a relative of mine who used to do business with him. He offered me a job as chief industrial engineer with a starting salary of 1000 L£ per month (about $300) for the first three months, and thereafter it was to be increased automatically to 1500 L£ per month for one year. After that, a new contract would be drawn up with a promise of a substantial increase in salary.

            I read the letter with excitement and thought the offer was not bad at all. In those days a salary of 1500 L£ per month was considered excellent by Lebanese standards. In monetary terms, that amount was roughly equivalent to what I earned in Chicago, but in Lebanon it would go much further since rent, food, transportation, and other living expenses were much lower. I wrote back to the Lebanese company asking them to confirm their offer in an official letter. I also suggested a starting date which would give me ample time to make the necessary arrangements. I had to terminate my services with one company in the United States and begin with another in Lebanon, half way across the world. Within two weeks, I had the letter of confirmation, and I immediately submitted my resignation to the U.S. company, giving them thirty days’ notice.

            The task of moving back to Lebanon with a wife and now two baby daughters, one three years old and the other five months, seemed extremely daunting. To begin with, I did not have enough money to pay for my trip back to Lebanon, and I had made the terrible mistake of not requesting travel expenses from the Lebanese company. I am sure had I asked for some travel expenses, I would have received them. Another problem was the large quantity of accumulated unsalable household items and furniture. We had no idea of what to do with them, short of donating them to the Salvation Army. My wife wanted to salvage as many household items as possible for our future home in Lebanon.

            To travel by air was out of the question. Therefore, I decided to write to one of my brothers in Lebanon who worked for the Lebanese Government. I asked him to arrange for me and my family to come to Lebanon by sea as soon as possible. He wrote back telling me that travel arrangements had been made and gave me the telephone number and address of a German shipping agency in New York. He also gave me the name of the person I was to contact. I immediately called the shipping agency, and they confirmed having received a telex from their Beirut branch. It requested them to make travel arrangements for me and my family free of charge. They told me the name of the German cargo vessel on which I would be traveling, the pier at which it would be docked, the date of departure, and the expected time of arrival in Beirut. The ship was to make a one-day stop in Tripoli, Libya. I requested the agency to provide me with all pertinent information and the hoarding passes. Within a few days I received them.

            As the departure date approached, I began to search for the most economical way to get to New York. Renting a car would be very expensive; so I started searching for an alternative. I began to look at newspaper advertisements, and one day my attention was drawn to an ad. It asked for drivers to deliver vehicles to a New York car dealer. I called the agency in Chicago which ran the ad and expressed an interest in driving a car to New York. The man in charge asked me a few questions and then told me to come over to their office to sign some forms. After that, he said I would be able to take a car and be on my way. I explained that I could not do so immediately, for I still needed at least a week to settle some unfinished business. I asked if that would be a problem, and he replied that it was not because they were constantly sending cars out to their New York branch. Whenever I was ready, I could go and select one of the cars they had scheduled for delivery.

            Two days before I went to pick up a car, my wife began to pack. She gathered all the items and packed them in carton boxes, and if I remember correctly, there were thirteen of them plus three large suitcases. My old car was sold to a friend for a small amount. It was an old car which I had bought from a car dealer a few months earlier. I also had a small television set which I sold to a neighbor. The car and the television set were the only two salable items we possessed. Nobody wanted the rest of our furniture. However, a day before our departure, we did arrange for the Salvation Army to come and pick it up along with the rest of the household items we could not take.

            Four days before the German cargo ship was scheduled to leave New York, I went to the car dealer to pick up the vehicle. There were several earmarked for delivery to New York. I was hoping to find a large enough van to hold all of our belongings. Unfortunately, there were none, but I did find a nice looking red car which I requested to drive to New York from the man in charge. To him, it did not make any difference which one I chose. He asked for my driver’s license, and when I showed it to him, he wrote the number down together with some other information. He made me sign a few forms, and then said that I had exactly seventy-two hours to deliver the car to its designated address in New York City. If I failed to show up within that time, the vehicle would be reported as stolen. I told him not to worry because the car would be delivered on time. I asked him how much money he was going to give me for gasoline, food, and perhaps a night in a motel. ”Twenty dollars,” was his reply and even before I had a chance to argue over this inadequate amount, he rudely said ”take it or leave it.” I said, I would take it. He opened the drawer and handed me a twenty-dollar bill.

            It was a sharp Buick, relatively new with very low mileage. It looked and felt expensive, and it was a luxury automobile. I had never before driven such an elegant car. After driving the car out, I immediately went to a U-Haul center and rented a medium-sized moving van. It was also to be deposited in New York within five days. I gave the attendant a small tip and asked him to attach the van to the car, making sure it held securely. He did, and I was on my way back home ready to begin the arduous long journey by early next morning, first to New York and then by sea to Beirut.

 

CHAPTER III

 

            That night we all slept at my mother-in-law’s house, and by eight o’clock the following morning on a very cold day, the U-Haul was loaded and we were all ready to begin the journey. We took some sandwiches to snack on, three cups and a large thermos filled with coffee. We also had two carry-on bags filled with baby items such as disposable diapers, jars of baby food, powdered milk and bottles. We dressed the two babies in warm thick woolen clothes, and we also took two large blankets to keep them warm. We began the journey on a cold winter day, not knowing what the future held in store; we were just hoping for the best. We took all the money we possessed which was less than six hundred dollars to help start our new life in Lebanon.

            The first three hours of the trip went smoothly. I was driving cautiously and steadily, not going more than fifty miles per hour. I could not go beyond that speed because the car with the loaded van attached to it felt very heavy, and the road conditions were not the very best.

            By the time we were half way through Indiana, I realized that the trip was going to be a rough and dangerous one. The driving conditions worsened as heavy snow began to fall making the roads slippery and hazardous. In addition, the two children began to get restless and tired, forcing us to stop the car every two hours or so, to tend to their needs. In normal conditions the trip from Chicago to New York City would have taken no more than eighteen hours including stopping for food and gas. However this time, I realized that it was going to take at least twice as long. Even with that delay, I was confident that we would be able to reach New York a day ahead of the ship’s scheduled departure.

            Almost fourteen hours had passed since we left Chicago and we were still in Ohio. At that rate, I began to get worried that something unexpected might just prevent us from making it on time to New York. The bad weather conditions did not help. We still had over five hundred miles to cover, and pressure began to build up on me to get to the ship as soon as possible. Anything could happen to us between Ohio and our final destination. If for any reason we failed to board the ship, it would be a disaster.

            The mere possibility of being stranded in New York with a wife, two children, so much baggage, and very little money horrified me. Should that happen, I knew we would be in deep trouble. First of all we would have had to find a storage place for our baggage in New York. Then, we would have to look for an apartment to live in for two or three weeks until another German freighter left for Beirut. The only other unpleasant alternative was to return to Chicago and live with my mother-in-law until the next German ship’s departure. We had no choice in the matter since we were traveling free of charge.

            For that reason, I was determined to avoid that possibility at all costs, even if it meant driving all night non-stop. I knew we would not be completely safe and secure until we boarded the ship. I also wanted to deliver the car intact before any complications arose due to the bad and hazardous driving conditions. I had violated the car delivery agreement by attaching a U-Haul trailer to the car, and I would be legally responsible should anything happen to the vehicle because of that. All these problems would simply vanish, I thought, if we could arrive in New York by tomorrow afternoon at the latest. Therefore, I decided to keep on driving in spite of the fact that everyone was becoming extremely tired.

            By midnight we were half way through Pennsylvania, but then I could no longer continue to drive. We all desperately needed some rest, especially the children. I decided to take a side road which I thought would lead us to a small town where we could spend the night. The road I took happened to be a small desolate one, bordered on either side by snow-covered farm lands. There were no houses, nor lights nor signs of any life on that very cold night. My wife suggested that we stop and check the map and find our way back to the main highway. I slowed down and tried to pull over to the side of the road, but unfortunately we skidded to the right.

            The car plus the loaded trailer veered sharply to the right, and it almost overturned in a ditch to the side of the road. We were partially submerged in the thick snow. I got out of the car to inspect the damage and I realized that we were in deep trouble. Both the car and the trailer were slightly tilted in the deep snow. I tried repeatedly to dislodge the car and set it back on the road, but it was impossible. The wheels spun and the car did not move.

            We were in a desperate situation: helpless and alone with no one around who could help. Nothing could help us in that deserted black cold night except God. We prayed with all our hearts for God to help us. In that hour of distress, I suddenly thought of Doctor Dahesh and the Daheshist prayer which he had taught me in Beirut. I felt a need to write a Daheshist prayer but did not have the yellow paper or any other writing material. All I found was a Kleenex box in the glove compartment. I decided to write the prayer with a pencil on a Kleenex tissue, asking God and His Beloved Prophet for help. I burned the tissue and went back inside the car to try once again. As soon as I stepped on the gasoline pedal something unbelievable happened. The car and the trailer were pushed and lifted out of the snow as if an invisible force, some unexplained spiritual power, had lifted and placed us in the middle of the road to continue our journey. Neither my wife nor I could ever forget that miracle for as long as we live.

            We were safe, and we thanked God and His divine power for helping us. After that, we continued on our way. We drove on that same road until we came to an intersection, where we saw signs indicating small towns in either direction. We chose the nearest town and headed toward it. We found a small motel where I rented a room for the night. Exhausted, we slept soundly that night.

            Early the next morning we were on the road again. Driving cautiously we crossed through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and finally New York City where we arrived by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. We went straight to the harbor. There, I asked some people to direct me to the pier where the German freighter, Troutenfels, was docked. Minutes later I saw the ship. It was a medium – sized cargo vessel, sturdy and well built.

            I went to see the captain who turned out to be a big stern looking man. He talked in a curt abrasive manner and acted as if he were a navy officer. He knew of our travel arrangements from the New York office. I asked him if we could board the ship then, but he said that we could not because the scheduled departure time had been postponed one full day. The ship’s regulations stipulated that travelers could only board the ship twenty-four hours before the scheduled departure. However, he said we could board at any time the next day. I then asked him if we could at least leave our luggage on the ship as we had no place to store it. He agreed and immediately sent two sailors to help us with the luggage. They placed all the boxes and suitcases in a large net and hoisted them to the ship. With some difficulty, I found the U-Haul agency. Dropping off the trailer was a great relief. By then, it was getting late and we were all hungry and desperately needed some rest. I began searching for a hotel to spend the night. Many downtown hotels refused us simply because we had children with us. In that heartless city, I must have tried six or seven hotels for accommodations, and yet they all refused to accommodate us once they found out we had two children. Finally, some distance from Manhattan I went into a drab looking hotel. An old man sat at the reception desk. When he asked me how many we were, I lied and told him that we were only two adults and a three-year old child who was already asleep and would not be any bother. He hesitated, but I pleaded with him explaining that we were exhausted from a very long journey in which I had driven almost non-stop for two days. All we needed was a room for just one night. He agreed that we stay for that night only, but he insisted to be paid in advance. He also demanded that the child be kept quiet and inside the room until our departure the following morning. I agreed and paid him what he asked, plus a two-dollar tip just in case he ever found out about my other six-month old daughter. I had to let her mother sneak her inside the room, and fortunately the receptionist did not notice her. However, the following morning he did notice her, but it was too late anyway for him to do anything about it. All he could do was grumble and give us a dirty look. That morning we got up early and had a good breakfast. Then we started looking for the car dealer in New York City where the car was to be delivered. After making a few inquiries on how to get there we delivered the car, and the man in charge gave me a release form. We then took a taxi and went straight to the German ship. This time the captain allowed us to board, giving us two adjacent rooms with four beds. These rooms were to be used by us for the entire journey. We decided to use only one room for all of us to sleep in, while the other room was used to store our suitcases and other belongings which we would not be using while on board.

As soon as we settled in our rooms, the steward came to see us. He was a young man, in his mid twenties, and proved later on to be the exact opposite of the captain – kind, courteous, and very helpful. He inquired whether we needed anything to make our journey comfortable and then told us that we were the only passengers on board. When I asked him how many passengers were normally taken, he replied none. Being a cargo ship, it seldom took any passengers. However, in case of an emergency, the vessel was equipped with three rooms reserved for that purpose, and they could accommodate up to six people. The ship was strictly a cargo vessel and did not have the usual facilities for passengers. The steward informed us that we were to dine with the captain of the ship, the chief officer, and the chief engineer. Throughout the journey the meals would be served in the main dining room. Breakfast was served buffet style between 6:30 and 8:00 o’clock, and we could help ourselves anytime during that period. Lunch and dinner would be served at precise times: lunch was at 12:30, and dinner at 6:00 P.M. We were to be at the table at those exact times. The captain, the steward said, was a very punctual man who liked his meals served on time. He then showed us where the dining room was, along with the main lounge. They both were just a short distance from our rooms. For our first dinner on the ship, we got dressed up for the occasion, taking with us our three-year old daughter, smartly groomed and dressed. We left our six-month old daughter in the room quietly amusing herself with her pacifier. We hoped that she would not cry while we were having our first decent meal since we left Chicago. As we entered the dining room, the captain and the other officers stood up and greeted us. All of them were friendly and kind, even the captain went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and to show us that he too could be a very charming gentleman.

 

The dining room was immaculate, and the service was meticulous. It was the steward and his assistant who served the meals. Our first meal on the ship was not very much to our liking. It was strictly German, and very heavy on fatty pork. All I ate were the boiled potatoes and the vegetables, skipping the pork. My wife and daughter ate what was served unappetizingly. The dessert, however, was delicious and we all enjoyed it. The following afternoon we were scheduled to set sail, but there was a delay of several hours and the ship could not leave until late that night. Finally the ship was guided out of New York harbor by a tug boat and we were out in the open sea. As the ship was sailing away, we watched the beautiful glittering lights of the city and its magnificent skyscrapers. The sight was unforgettable. It made me feel a little sad. I was leaving, perhaps forever, this great country in which I had just begun to establish myself. Although I felt I would be happier living in Lebanon, closer to my family and because I preferred to live in a Middle Eastern society, in my heart I knew that it was America, not Lebanon, that had given me the opportunity to work my way through college and receive an education. It was in America that I gained my professional experience as an engineer, and it was there that I began to raise my small family. I owed a lot to that great and vibrant country which we were now leaving. As I stood there watching for the last time the receding lights of New York City and as the distance between us grew larger and larger, I became emotional and pensive. I was having second thoughts about whether I had really made the right decision. I knew that my move to Lebanon would bring me closer to my family and to Doctor Dahesh – the people I wanted to be near most of all. As for having a secure job and a good future, of that I was not sure. I was taking a big risk by staking everything on the letter I had received from some Lebanese company offering me a job. How large or reliable the company was, I did not know. I did not even check it out and accepted the job on the spur of the moment with no questions asked. All I could do now was hope and pray that everything would be all right, and that the Lebanese company would turn out to be a serious and reliable firm. Admittedly, I was making an unwise decision in leaving America, the richest and most advanced country in the world, for Lebanon, a small developing country terminally ill with corruption and sectarian fanaticism. Anyhow, the decision had been made and there was no turning back. We were on our way to Lebanon.

 

CHAPTER IV

The first three days out at sea went by smoothly. Nothing unusual happened, and we spent our time watching the sea and moving about between our rooms, the lounge and the dining room. I can honestly say that during our entire journey, we did not enjoy the food at all. The German cuisine was not to our liking. Every main dish seemed to contain some kind of pork. Unfortunately, we soon found out that this was the captain’s favorite meat. His favorite soup, which was served almost every other day, was made of pigs feet! Being raised as a Moslem I had never eaten pork before, and I was not about to eat it then, just because the captain happened to like it. Likewise, the captain who must have noticed our eating problems did not show any inclination of slightly compromising his eating habits on this journey. Why should he? He certainly was not about to change his menu for the sake of what I suspect he may have considered just a couple of sea hitch-hikers and their three-year old daughter! Throughout the entire journey, the captain did not seem to care if we ate our dinner or not. Besides, we could not complain. We were getting a free ride to Lebanon, and if the food was not to our liking, well, that was too bad. We had to accept it, or do without. My wife and three-year old daughter were able to tolerate the food. The problem therefore was not as bad for them as it was for me. It was also no problem for our six-month old baby who had plenty of Gerber baby food and powdered milk. Whenever chicken and fish were served, we ate to our heart’s content. Desserts were always delicious and the steward who sympathized with our eating problem invariably gave us a generous portion. Breakfasts were always good and we used to make up for our lack of dinner by eating big breakfasts and plenty of desserts. By early morning on the third day, the weather changed drastically. We were having difficulty eating our breakfast, the only meal we enjoyed on board, because of the violent swaying of the ship. It was almost impossible for us to sit at the table or to keep the plates in their places. The steward suggested that we stay inside our cabin and not move around in order to avoid being hurt. He said he would bring us our meals to the room. As the tossing of the ship became more and more violent, we decided it would be best to place the mattresses, blankets and pillows on the floor, and thus avoid hurting ourselves if we should fall out of bed. We would all sleep on the protected floor between the two beds. By nightfall, the storm was terrifying. The storm raged furiously and inside the cabin the cracking sounds caused by the pressure of the storm on the ship’s hull were horrendous. About 10 o’clock at night, I heard a knock on the door. It was the steward who came to inform us that the captain had ordered us to remain inside our rooms at all times until further notice. Food would be brought to our rooms from now on. He told us that we were traversing a violent storm and the situation was quite serious. The ship was in real danger. As soon as he left, I locked the door of the cabin and came back to lie down on the floor beside my sleeping family. During that turbulent and anguished night, I tried to get some sleep but could not. Inside the dark and shaking room I began to pray silently, imploring God to again help us out of the terrifying situation. The fury of the storm that night was tremendous, and we were in actual danger of drowning. Yet in spite of that, somehow I was at peace with myself. I was not afraid, and deep down in my heart I felt we would be safe from that horrible ordeal with the help of God’s grace and mercy. The following morning the steward brought us some sandwiches and tightly covered stainless steel containers filled with coffee, hot milk, and hot water. Meanwhile, the storm was still raging furiously with no end in sight. We stayed in our room just as the captain had ordered, but eventually I got bored and decided to venture outside the cabin to see what was going on. As I went carefully out on deck, I grasped tightly to anything I could reach so that I would not fall. What I saw was awesome. Huge mountains of sea surrounded us, tossing the ship up and down like a piece of straw caught in a frenzied torrent. The sky above us was very dark and menacing. The sight was terrorizing, and yet inspiring. One cannot help but feel utterly insignificant and helpless before God’s creation and nature’s rage and fury. The storm unleashed its wrath upon us for three whole days during which I would occasionally venture outside the cabin for a few minutes to watch. My wife and two daughters never once left the room. Eventually the storm subsided, and we were allowed to move about freely on the ship and have our formal lunches and dinners with the captain again. We continued our journey for about ten more days until we finally arrived at Tripoli, Libya, in the evening, four days behind schedule. The delay was caused by the storm and by the captain’s decision to change course in mid ocean and sail south toward Cuba and Bermuda in order to avoid the full fury of the storm. The following morning we decided to disembark and take a short tour of the city. We took the children with us as we thought it would do them good, especially our six-month old daughter who during most of the journey was kept in the room. For the first time since we left Chicago, our six-month old sat happily in her buggy anxious to see the outside world. The center of the city was located only a short distance away from the harbor, a mere fifteen-minute walk. We strolled through the port and into the streets of Tripoli. There was nothing to see of particular interest in the city. The country was still poor and underdeveloped. However, as we walked through the port to the city we could see a tremendous amount of construction equipment scattered all over the harbor. There were huge piles of large pipes and steel piping equipment everywhere. The port bustled with activity. The reason for all that frantic work was the construction of pipelines which would bring oil from the Libyan oil fields in the desert. The country was on the verge of becoming a rich and important oil producer. We walked through the streets of the local market place where I changed a twenty-dollar bill into the local currency. Then I started looking for a restaurant where we could enjoy a meal with food totally different from what we had been eating on the ship all these days. However, we could not find a suitable restaurant in which to eat. All we found were some small untidy sandwich and tea shops that looked uninviting. We decided to forget about eating in a restaurant and continued to walk toward the main shopping area. Suddenly, the word ”Ristorante” caught my eye. It was written above an entrance door to what looked like a bar. We went inside. It was a small Italian combination bar and restaurant run by an Italian man and probably his wife. The place was clean and nicely decorated with typical Italian paraphernalia like empty straw-covered wine bottles and checkered tablecloths. The whole setting of the restaurant was pleasantly Italian, and nothing inside indicated that it was in an Arab country. The menu was written in Italian, and the customers inside, foreigners as well as Libyans, were all conversing in Italian.

 

We ordered spaghetti with plain tomato sauce, no meat whatsoever. The German cuisine on the ship made us detest the mere thought of meat and almost turned me into a lifelong vegetarian. Incidentally, my three-year old daughter grew up never caring for meat of any kind and is now a strict vegetarian. I cannot say for sure whether her experience on board the ship with the fatty pork had anything to do with this or not! We all welcomed the Italian food and enjoyed the spaghetti very much. On our way back to the ship we bought some oranges and a few souvenirs.

The ship pulled out of Tripoli’s harbor late that afternoon, and we sailed directly to Beirut. Thankfully, this time nothing else marred our journey. The Mediterranean weather was pleasantly cool, and the sea was generally calm. After almost three more days we arrived in Beirut on February 22, 1964, at noon. However, the ship was unable to dock at the capital’s port because all the piers were occupied. We had to wait our turn along with the other cargo vessels out on the open sea. We were told that the ship would have to wait for three to four days until a place was available inside the harbor. My family in Beirut was aware of the situation and decided to help us disembark while still out at sea. They sent a motor boat alongside the ship to bring us and our belongings ashore. Before disembarking, I went to the captain and thanked him. Then I went to the steward and expressed my gratitude for his kind help. I tried to give him a tip of twenty dollars as a gesture of my appreciation, but he adamantly refused. I felt terrible that perhaps I had unintentionally insulted him and hoped that I had not offended this kind and proud German man. Then we disembarked on to the motorboat alongside the ship. Our luggage was placed in a large net, and as the men lowered it, the hook suddenly snapped and all our luggage fell into the sea. Six crates containing all the heavy and important items we had brought with us sank immediately. The rest of our belongings were salvaged by two sailors from the motorboat who jumped into the water. After that unfortunate incident, we went through Lebanese customs. They asked us a few routine questions and then allowed us to pass without even inspecting our wet luggage. From the harbor we went straight to my mother’s house and we arrived there late in the afternoon. Practically all the family was there to greet us. Ali came about an hour later with his wife and his new-born daughter. The house was crowded with family and friends who came to welcome us. After resting a while, Ali came to me and suggested that I call Doctor Dahesh, for he had told the Doctor a few days ago that I would be arriving today. I informed my brother that I was planning to call tomorrow, but that instead I would call him now. I called Doctor Dahesh, and he was pleased to hear that I had arrived safely with my family. The Doctor asked me if I was still carrying the Lebanese one-pound note in my wallet and whether I had opened it or not. I replied that I still had it and it was still unopened. He told me to open it and to read it in front of everybody. I pulled the one-pound note from my wallet and unfolded it for the first time. On one side my name was encircled, just as I had originally written it on the white paper that had transformed into the one-pound note. And on the other side an amazing prophecy was written foretelling the events that had occurred. The prophecy stated that I will arrive in Beirut safely with my wife and two daughters(4) on February 22, 1964, by noon after the ship had changed course while still out at sea heading toward Cuba and Bermuda to avoid the full fury of the storm. The prophecy was precise to the very last detail and it foretold events that occurred almost seven months after the doctor had given it to me. The prophecy also mentioned the winning lottery numbers of the last drawing. Everybody in the room was astounded when I read the text of the prophecy. I was totally amazed and shaken by the prophecy and from that date on I became a believer in Doctor Dahesh and visited him whenever he permitted.

 

CHAPTER V

A few days later, I commenced my work with the Lebanese company, hoping to find there a secure and rewarding job. Unfortunately, the job on which I had based all my hopes and dreams proved to be a very painful and shattering experience. The president of that company disappointed my expectations. He was ill-tempered, moody, and unscrupulous. Barely a month had passed since I began working for him, when I realized that he was not at all interested in general factory reforms nor in better and more efficient work standards. He did not even care when I expressed the need for applying the industrial engineering knowledge I had learned and practiced in America. I could not understand why he hired me nor why he made me leave a steady job in the United States to come all the way to Lebanon with my family and endure all the hardships just to deliberately prevent me from doing the work for which I was hired. His attitude toward me was absurd and totally beyond my comprehension. Perhaps I was just part of a ploy the man had devised to impress the shareholders of the company into making them believe that the factory was being updated with the latest equipment and manned by experienced technicians and engineers. Or perhaps to his dislike, I was beginning to discover too many illegal aspects and practices going on at the factory, matters with which he did not want me to interfere. By the middle of the second month after I had begun working for him, I realized that I had fallen victim to this man. I knew I had made a terrible and costly blunder by not having checked out the company nor the man who ran it before coming to Lebanon. I could have written to the Commercial Attaché at the American Embassy in Beirut inquiring about all these matters, but I did not, and now I had to face the consequences. At first, the president of the company welcomed me and pretended that I would have a free hand to institute the needed manufacturing improvements, provided I thoroughly studied the operations at the plant for several weeks. I accepted his suggestion and eagerly began my study of the factory. I was very anxious to do a good job and prove myself worthy. It was during this so-called ”get acquainted” period that I first noticed many illegal and bad work practices. First, there were far too many machines left idle. They just sat there without any apparent use. I also observed a lot of redundant work, quality problems that were overlooked, and poor safety standards about which nobody seemed to care. However, the most shocking thing that I discovered in the workshop was the rough handling, intimidation, and occasional beating of workers by hired thugs. Inefficiency and malpractice I expected to find in a Lebanese factory, but an organization as such with thugs roaming around intimidating the poor laborers in full daylight for everyone to see, that I never expected nor could I ever find tolerable. All these problems at the factory disturbed me, but the one thing that really bothered me most was the presence of the two to three villains who constantly prowled around the workshops making sure that all the workers did their job without complaining. If any worker showed any sign of discontent, he would surely find himself assaulted by these ruffians. They did not do anything useful in the factory except bully the workers and report back to their unscrupulous boss.

 

Another matter which bothered me greatly was the tremendous amount of capital waste caused by the many idle machines scattered all over the factory departments. I later discovered that these overpriced machines were there to exaggerate the book value of the factory. When I tried to draw these problems to the attention of the company’s president, suggesting that we correct them, he demanded that I return to the workshops to conduct some more studies. This went on for several more weeks, and finally one day in the middle of my second month at work, I decided to tell the president that I had done enough studies and was now ready to implement the industrial engineering reforms for which I had been hired. By this time, however, I was beginning to suspect that he was not at all interested in improvements. How could such a man possibly be interested in reforms while his entire factory ran rampant with illegal and dishonest practices? This time, as soon as I raised the issue with him, he flew into a wild rage and for the first time ridiculed me as an inexperienced fool. He shouted insults at me so loudly and so clearly that everybody in the nearby engineering and accounting offices heard them. I wanted to walk out on him right then and there, but I could not because I needed the job. In a corrupt and clannish social order such as Lebanon’s, jobs were very hard to find. Therefore, I swallowed my pride and did not say a word. Besides, the man had a reputation of being rude and vulgar to everybody that worked for him. He had insulted people for the slightest reasons many times before and always managed to create a tense atmosphere at the factory. Subsequent attempts on my part to create a working relationship between us failed. He refused any suggestions I made for reforms, and his whole attitude toward me became more and more callous. Eventually, he minimized my role in the company to the point where I no longer had access to important factory records, and all management meetings were held without me. All this was happening far too rapidly. In fact, I had only been working for him less than two months when all these developments began to take place. Working at the company became an intolerable and humiliating experience. The man did not like me at all, and I sensed that my presence irritated him. He wanted me to resign just as simple as that, as if all the financial and physical hardships I had gone through meant nothing. I was not about to give him the satisfaction of resigning that easily without making him pay for all the damage he had caused me. I knew he wanted to get rid of me, and I was just waiting for him to make the first move. I thought that if he fired me, I would be able to file a law suit against him for breaching my employment contract. In Lebanon, however, that thought proved to be wishful thinking. There was no communication between us, and I just sat in the office marking time. I was trying to figure out what to do next and how to get out of the predicament in which I found myself. I did not even bother going to the workshops anymore, because it was a waste of time to conduct further studies. My days were numbered and I was just waiting for him to fire me. During these terrible weeks, while in this place I was being mentally tormented and emotionally bruised by insults and humiliations at the hands of this man, in another place, I was being comforted, reassured and spiritually uplifted at the hands of a kind and divine man, Doctor Dahesh. During those weeks of suffering, visiting the Doctor whenever he would allow me became a pleasant refuge from the cruel and heartless world outside – a time of consolation, hope and spiritual fortitude. One day, toward the end of my second month with the firm, I stayed later than usual in the office. I was trying to finish the resume I was preparing in the hope of finding a better job. As I was about to leave, I heard loud panicked screams coming from the president’s office.

 

Instinctively I rushed to the office and opened the door to see if someone was hurt or needed help. What I saw was unbelievable. A worker, his hands and feet tied tightly, was being held upside down by two thugs. The president was lashing the poor man with all his might on his bare feet with a sturdy whip, while shouting curses and insults at him. The worker was screaming with pain and was pleading for mercy. I could hardly believe what I was witnessing. I was shocked to know that such evil deeds were still being perpetrated against helpless and poor people in this day and age inside a fairly large company. I knew the president had two or three gangsters roaming around the factory intimidating the workers who complained, but I did not expect him personally to engage in such a cruel act. When the president saw me bursting into his office unexpectedly, he flew into a rage. He probably thought that everybody had gone home. However, when he realized that I caught him red-handed beating a poor helpless worker, he immediately began to curse me with profane language that only hoodlums would use. Full of hatred, he maliciously shouted insults at me. He then told me not to ever come back to the factory, and that he never wished to see me again. At this point, I was so fed up with this man and his cruelty that if I could have assaulted him without getting beaten myself by his two thugs, I would have gladly done so. I never hated anyone in my life as much as I did this Lebanese gangster who had caused me so much anguish and pain. I looked at him with disgust and hatred and did not say a single word. I slammed the door in his face and walked out, taking with me the few personal belongings I had in the office. I felt relieved that it was all over. I knew it was just a matter of time before I would have been fired, and it finally happened. The question now was what to do next, and how to manage financially until I could find another job.

 

When that cruel man fired me, it was at the end of my second month of work. He owed me a full month’s salary of 1000 Lebanese pounds. It was not much, but I needed it. A few days later, I called the accountant of the company and asked him to mail me my check. He said he could not because the president of the company had stopped my paycheck and I was not to he paid. Even if I had been paid the salary they owed me, I felt the financial damage and hardship inflicted on me were immeasurable. The total sum I had collected since I first began working was a mere thousand Lebanese pounds, a meager trial salary of a single month which was the equivalent of $300. Whichever way one looked at it, it was a very bad deal. I was truly a victim of a ruthless and unprincipled Lebanese businessman. That evening as I returned home, I was not sad that I had lost my job, because I knew that sooner or later I would have left the company. I was confused and did not know what to do next. I needed a job to support my wife and children. My only consolation was that we still had a roof over our heads, for we lived with my mother who had vacated a room for us. We would also be sharing whatever food the family had until I could find another job. As soon as I entered the house, my wife sensed that something was wrong. She knew I had been miserable at work for the last several weeks. When I told her that I got fired she became upset and distressed, not because I was fired, but because I had given up a good job in America to end up unemployed and practically penniless in Lebanon. The whole affair was such a terrible and shocking experience. I was deeply hurt and felt victimized. Life seemed to be full of sad and painful experiences created mostly by man and his insatiable capacity to inflict harm and suffering on his fellow human beings. A few days passed and I decided to seek the help of the United States Embassy in Beirut. I met the Commercial Attache and explained the problem with the Lebanese company. I hoped that the embassy would try to pressure it into paying me some compensation, based on the violation of my employment contract. After all, I was a financially ruined United States citizen whose rights had been ruthlessly violated by a foreign firm. If the company refused to make a fair compensation, I hoped the embassy could exert some sort of subtle pressure, like threatening to report it to the United States Commerce Department, or some other international business rating agency, which would create a bad business reputation for that company. The U.S. Embassy offered me no help and ignored my plea for possible interference. They did not even attempt to contact the firm or bother to inquire about my case. The Commercial Attache made it clear that they did not interfere with business conflicts between United States citizens and foreign companies. He suggested that I handle the matter through a local lawyer. In the meantime, he advised me to make arrangements to return to America without waiting for the outcome of the case. In other words, he wanted me to practically forget about all the financial damage done to me, not to mention the physical and mental hardships I had gone through. I explained that I did not have any money for the trip, and that I was practically penniless with a wife and two baby daughters to take care of. His reply was that they could not help. It was not their problem. Having received no help or satisfaction from the United States Embassy in Beirut, I sought the help of an old experienced attorney. After explaining the problem to him, the lawyer frankly told me that the Lebanese judicial system was very slow and cases like mine would take a very long time to resolve, if ever. Even though I had a convincing argument, the letter of employment did not say anything regarding compensation in case of work termination. For this reason my case would not be able to stand in court. Therefore, my chances of obtaining a fair settlement within the next three to five years were practically nil. The lawyer further discouraged me by indicating that the president of the company was a very wealthy man who had influential friends in the Lebanese courts and in the government. He concluded that I should not waste my time in court and try to forget about the whole matter. However, he would try and persuade the owner to pay me the one-month salary they still owed me. I tried to explain to the lawyer that what he was suggesting was utterly unfair, for I had been financially ruined by that company. He persisted that his suggestion was the best he could offer under the circumstances. He said that I was free to do whatever I wished, but should I go to other lawyers, they would charge me exorbitant fees and the end result would still be the same. I told the lawyer to do whatever he wished with the case and walked out of his office outraged at the system’s injustice. Eventually, he was able to recover the salary still owed me... a mere 1000 Lebanese pounds. By any measure or standard, a real crime had been committed against me. I gave up a good job and a home in America to join a Lebanese firm which offered me a position as an industrial engineer with a reasonable salary and a promise of a rewarding future. I accepted the offer in good faith and went through so much trouble with my family to get to Lebanon. Then, practically as soon as I arrived, I found myself unemployed and almost penniless with a wife and two babies to support. The deplorable aspect of it all was the ease with which that dishonest Lebanese man got away with it. I received no compensation and was actually fired for wanting to do the job for which I was hired. If I did not have a mother in Lebanon to live with (until I was able to make it on my own again), I would have ended up with my family on the streets of Beirut as destitute.

 

CHAPTER VI

A month later, I found another job in a Lebanese plumbing factory. I did not have a long term future there and only worked for six months. The owner was an old businessman. Although he was honest and straightforward, he was somewhat tight fisted and was well known by his employees for paying low salaries. The old man apparently was a firm believer in always keeping his employees short of cash. Anyway, for the first time in the history of that factory, specification and cost analysis sheets were made for every product. The owner appreciated my work and did not want me to leave. However, by the end of 1964 I had to accept an offer of a better job with a large Lebanese international catering firm. I was hired as part of a management team with a starting salary almost twice as much as the salary I earned at the plumbing factory. I enjoyed working for the new company, and my financial situation improved substantially. The owners were three brothers, kind and generous people. They treated me with respect and appreciation. After two years of working for them, I became a fully fledged member of the top management team. I was consulted frequently and was often sent out on industrial engineering assignments all over the Middle East and Africa. One day, I was assigned to the company’s fresh produce division on the outskirts of Beirut. I was to study the general management of that division and recommend and implement any necessary improvements. I had been on the assignment for only a few days when I noticed the arrival of several truckloads of fresh green avocados. They were to be graded and packed in special cartons at the warehouse, and from there, shipped to England. As the avocado order was a large one, everyone at the warehouse was very busy grading and packing the fruits for several days. In fact, everyone worked hard to get the avocados shipped out on time. Out of curiosity I asked the general manager how an avocado was used and served, for I had never tasted one before and was quite interested to learn more about it. He told me that it was a rich tasting fruit, not well liked in Lebanon, but very popular in Europe. It could either be eaten in a salad or just plain. He suggested that I take a few and try them when they were ripe, for they were still very hard and inedible. He told me I would have to wait for at least two weeks before they were mature enough to eat. The manager then brought me about six large avocados which he placed in a brown paper bag. Later that afternoon, I gave Doctor Dahesh a call and asked if I could visit him that evening. He replied that I could come at any time. When I left the warehouse that evening I went straight to the Doctor’s house. On the way I remembered that he was fond of exotic fruits and thought perhaps he would enjoy the avocados. Therefore, I decided to give them to him. Upon entering the house, I went into the living room and greeted the Doctor and the many other Daheshists who were there. I handed the bag of fruits to the Doctor without saying a word, for I thought the matter too insignificant to mention. After giving him the bag, I tried to find a place to sit in the crowded living room. I do not remember exactly how many Daheshists were there that night, but the room was really crowded and I was having difficulty finding a place. I finally found a seat at the opposite end of the room from the Doctor. After a while Doctor Dahesh opened the paper bag to see what was in it. When he saw the avocados, he asked me how I knew he liked them. I replied that I did not know, but I thought that perhaps he would like them since I knew he was fond of tropical and exotic fruits. Unfortunately, I added, the avocados were still unripe and too hard to eat at that time. He would have to wait for about two to three weeks before the fruit was ripe enough to be eaten. Doctor Dahesh, suddenly overcome with the Spirit, said that he would ripen the avocados that very instant. He took an avocado out of the bag, placed his fingers over it, and said: ”In the name of God and his Guiding Beloved Prophet, may this avocado become ripe this instant.” Instantly it became ripe, turning from a light green fruit into a deep green one speckled with dark brown spots. It became so ripe that his fingers went right through it. He did the same with another avocado and then tossed the bag containing the remaining fruits to me. He told me and the other Daheshists to eat the two ripened avocados, for they contained a good spiritual Sayal. ~ We all shared the two avocados, even though we each had a small portion. It was the first time I had ever tasted the fruit. As for the other avocados in the bag, they were still hard and unripe just as before. All of us in the room praised God Almighty for allowing us to witness such a wonderful and awe-inspiring spiritual revelation. It was during those days that my attachment to Doctor Dahesh and Daheshism deepened. Visiting the Doctor at his house became a source of great joy for me. It was a time for spiritual knowledge and awakening, and the Doctor’s house became a place for witnessing God’s revelations and wonders. Yet it was not easy to visit the Doctor, and sometimes a week or more would pass before I or my brother Ali were allowed to visit him. Literally thousands of people wanted to see him for one reason or another, and naturally he could not see them all. When I could not visit Doctor Dahesh, I would instead go and see his companion and confidant Doctor Farid Abu Sleiman at his clinic in down-town Beirut. I was not, however, the only person who did so; many others did the same. Dr. Abu Sleiman was sought by those who knew Dr. Dahesh personally, as well as, by those who looked forward to meet with him. Among them were the truly and genuinely interested in learning about the wondrous man of miracles and his spiritual Message, as well as, the mean-spirited disguised informers and undercover enemies.(6) As time went by, my visits to Doctor Dahesh’s house became more and more frequent. He allowed me to see him more often, and I was beginning to be accepted as one of the Daheshists. To my greatest pride and joy, the Doctor was now referring to me as ”brother” even though I was still a beginner and did not fully understand the Daheshist philosophy. Although at that time I did not totally comprehend the full significance of the Daheshist spiritual Message, I was completely captivated by Doctor Dahesh. I was becoming more and more devoted to him, just like my brother Ali. I was awed by his spiritual revelations and miracles and by his inspired philosophy and divine teaching. I admired both his devotion to all that was good and of enduring value and his abhorrence of all that was evil and valueless. I became a believer in him! I became a Daheshist! In those days the number of visitors who were going to Doctor Dahesh’s house was literally in the thousands. I could not understand how he had the patience or the stamina to see all those people. It must have been an exhausting strain on him both mentally and physically. Visitors came from all walks of life for various personal reasons: spiritual, intellectual, emotional or even material. However, despite the reasons that underlay their initial visit, many became good Daheshists, while others who may have been Daheshists at the beginning could not continue to abide by the moral and spiritual principles of the Doctor’s Message and eventually gave up. Some, the Doctor chose not to ever see again. Many a time I would go to visit Doctor Dahesh but would be unable to see him, except perhaps for a few minutes due to the many visitors who were constantly coming and going. At those times, Zeina would simply usher me into the Daheshists’ sitting corridor. There, I would meet with the other Daheshists who happened to be at the house at that time. It was during those times that I became acquainted with other Daheshist brothers and sisters. I learned from them about their experiences with Doctor Dahesh and what they thought about the man and his spiritual Message. Many of them had miraculous and moving stories to share about their beloved Doctor!

 

CHAPTER VII

The Daheshists I met came from all walks of life: rich and poor, old and young, ordinary and shrewd. Some were physicians, lawyers, engineers, and university professors; while others were workers, mechanics, carpenters, students, and housewives with their children. Some were originally Christians while others were Moslems and Jews. They all fused into the new Daheshist faith, loving and caring for one another. Doctor Dahesh’s house was always open to anyone who truly sought spiritual salvation and awakening. Not all of the Daheshists had the same temperament, nor were they all of the same level of religious awareness and commitment. Some of them had been Daheshists for many years while others were just beginning to embrace the new faith. Yet, they all loved, obeyed, and respected their beloved Doctor and believed, to various degrees, in his religious Message. At that time, it seemed to me that they all interpreted the spiritual identity of Doctor Dahesh and his Philosophy slightly differently from one another. The Doctor did not seem to mind, for he left it up to the individual to arrive at his or her own conclusion regarding him and his spiritual Message. In this regard, I can honestly say that ever since I have known Doctor Dahesh, I have never heard him once rebuke a person for whatever belief he may have had. Nor have I ever heard him say about himself that he was a prophet. However, when overcome by the Spirit, on several occasions, I have heard the Spirit refer to Doctor Dahesh as the ”Guiding Beloved Prophet.” Without exception, all the Daheshists I met at Doctor Farid’s clinic or in Doctor Dahesh’s house during that period and since, believed that the Doctor was the founder of a new divine religion. Divine, because it was attested by spiritual revelations and miracles which Doctor Dahesh could only perform when overcome by a Holy Spirit. These revelations and miracles, the Daheshists believed, could only have come from God because they are not governed by the physical laws of nature. To all members of the faith, Doctor Dahesh was the founder of a religion; his religion is not a sect nor a cult and is unlike some of today’s religious movements which are cropping up here and there in the world and which are designed to win followers by appealing to their whims and inclinations. The Daheshists I met did not believe there was an easy way to salvation, nor were they ever told ”Be yourself and just do whatever you feel like doing naturally and spontaneously” as one Indian Guru taught his followers to do in order to attain spiritual salvation and enlightenment. That so-called religious message was one I read a few years ago. It appeared as a half-page advertisement in one of the leading American weekly magazines. What an insult to all common sense and what an affront to all the divine teachings of the world! All Daheshists know that to be a good believer meant one has to lead a life of spiritual and moral self-discipline, to conduct oneself in a virtuous manner in deeds and thoughts, to follow the pure divine religious teachings whose essence is to love, worship, and obey God and His commandments, for He is the Creator of all things, the source of all power, wisdom, and mercy throughout the universe. The Daheshists believe in God’s angels and His holy spirits for they administer God’s will throughout the entire universe. They believe in rewards and punishments and always remember the rule: ”for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). One is responsible for his deeds, good or bad, and will be rewarded or punished accordingly on this earth and in the hereafter. This golden rule is a universal one and is applicable throughout God’s kingdom. It implies that whatever you do or even think about no matter how insignificant, it will be recorded and held for or against you. That golden rule implies, as far as Daheshists are concerned, the existence of reincarnation, for only through reincarnation can the phrase ”As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: Thy reward shall return upon thine head” (Obadiah 1:15) have any real meaning, and God’s infinite justice and mercy can be understood. Reincarnation is the only rational explanation of the disparities and contradictions of human conditions and events, without which there can be no divine justice and mercy. Daheshists also believe that the universe is teeming with God’s innumerable living worlds, be they material or spiritual, celestial or infernal. Man and his earth are just one of God’s infinitesimal creations. Therefore, man should know his very modest place in God’s infinite kingdom. Everything in the universe is subject to God’s justice, and all His creations justly receive what they deserve. Those were the general outlines of the Daheshist philosophy as I understood them at the time. Later on, more detailed aspects of the Daheshist faith became more clear to me through reading Doctor Dahesh’s inspired writings and listening to his spiritual teachings and reflections. Although, I have been a Daheshist for over twenty-five years, I can say there are still some aspects of the Daheshist philosophy which I do not completely understand because they are beyond my intellectual and spiritual ability to comprehend. Daheshism teaches that absolute Truth is beyond human understanding. On the other hand, truths revealed by Dr. Dahesh lead us gradually toward that absolute Truth. Besides, the spiritual way to perfection reveals itself gradually and proportionately as one attains higher spiritual maturity and awareness through virtue and purity. If an individual attains a certain level of spiritual awareness – that is, a higher Sayal – he will be able to better understand and accept Doctor Dahesh’s teachings and philosophy. He will then believe in Doctor Dahesh’s inspired writings and revelations which teach, for example, that plants, animals, and even inanimate objects possess consciousness, can communicate with one another, have the capacity to differentiate between good and evil, according to the rules of the spiritual system governing their respective worlds, and are themselves subject to being rewarded or punished according to their merits, just as humans are. This is a very difficult concept to accept because its reality is hidden. But Daheshists believe it to be a fact because it has been spiritually attested and revealed. Part of this reality has already been discovered by a few scientists, and although they are not Daheshists per se, they possess a high spiritual awareness and intuition which have led them to such discovery. To further explain the concept of ”Truth” revealed only to those who are spiritually prepared to perceive it, the following example is an illustration thereof. An individual may witness a miracle which is obvious and undeniable. Yet, because that individual does not possess a high degree of spiritual awareness, he dismisses it under any pretext, even though others who witnessed the same miracle will attest to its occurrence. That individual is not ready nor is he deserving to understand the significance of the miracle, and therefore he cannot comprehend it. In this case, while truth was so obvious to some, it remained hidden from that one individual. As for the spiritual identity of Doctor Dahesh, the Daheshists believe that he is a prophet. He is the ”Guiding Beloved Prophet,” as well as the ”Comforter” mentioned in the Bible who would come at the end of times. As far as I was concerned, I believed that he is a prophet, a Holy Man, because of his miraculous powers, and because of his divine spiritual teachings. I loved him dearly, no matter who he was. In those days being part of the Daheshist spiritual family became for me and my brother Ali the happiest and most important event in our lives. The most endearing times were when we sat together with other Daheshists, surrounding our beloved Doctor as we listened to his inspired words and witnessed spiritual revelations and miracles realized by the grace and power of God. I especially remember those memorable times when we would all be sitting together in the corridor talking, while the Doctor would be inside with visitors. Suddenly, the Doctor would walk in to see us for a few minutes and everybody would stand up, happy and thrilled to see him. Unless one is a true Daheshist, it is very difficult to describe the special bond of love and devotion which bound the Daheshists to their beloved Doctor. It is a relationship akin to the relationship which Jesus described in the Bible: ”I am the good shepherd and I know my own. My own in turn know me” (John 10:14). The Daheshists surely knew who their good shepherd was. I recall one day I visited Doctor Dahesh in the afternoon. He was not very busy and therefore, fortunately, sat with me for quite a while. We talked about many different subjects, and just before I left for home, he gave me the New Testament to read.(7) He asked me to return it whenever I finished. I had never read the Book before, and as I came home from that visit, I wondered why the Doctor would give me the New Testament to read.

 

That night as I lay in bed, I began reading the New Testament, and although I was fast becoming a Daheshist, I was still influenced by my Moslem background. As I read the Bible, I felt somewhat uneasy when I came across references to Christ as the Son of God, and that God, the Father, was in Jesus Christ, and He in the Father. These words I took literally, and to me, they sounded a little offensive and somewhat blasphemous, because as a Moslem I believed in the uniqueness of God and could not accept the idea of Jesus as the Son of God. I did not understand the symbolism of these references until later, when I became a fully committed Daheshist. In any case, I continued to read the Bible and the initial jolt of the phrase ”I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) began to wear off. It did not bother me anymore, and I began to enjoy reading about the miracles of Christ, such as when he healed the blind and the crippled and when he brought Lazarus back to life after he had been dead for four days. Incidentally, all Moslems believe in Jesus’ miracles, and they a1so believe in the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. As I read The Book of John with interest and joy, I suddenly noticed the word ”Comforter” and the ”Spirit of Truth,” as well as other verses related to them, all underlined in red. Then I came across verse 12 in chapter 16 of John, also underlined in red, which stated:

I have still many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes however, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own account but will say whatever He hears, and He will make known to you what is to take place.

I read that intriguing verse and began to wonder if there was a connection between Doctor Dahesh, the ”Comforter” and the ”Spirit of Truth” mentioned in the Bible. I began to reason why the Doctor had asked me to read The New Testament when I had never read it before.

 

Was it to notice those verses underlined in red? I concluded that Doctor Dahesh was trying to tell me something hut he wanted me to deduce it for myself. Therefore, I said to myself, the Doctor must be the Comforter, and I really was overcome with joy. After this, I continued reading the Bible even more enthusiastically until I could no longer keep my eyes open and fell asleep. That same night I had the most extraordinary dream of my life. I dreamt it was Judgment Day. The sky above me was wide open, and colossal columns of bright sun rays descended from heaven. Inside those huge bright columns of sunlight, angels were descending and ascending, while down on earth millions of people gathered from all over the world, forming huge infinite queues. The people that gathered wailed in agony for they were in distress and fear. Many pleaded and cried for mercy for they knew of the terrible suffering and punishment they were about to receive. I approached someone and asked him where all these people were going. He replied that they were all on their way to Egypt to see Doctor Dahesh. They were going to him to ask forgiveness and help so that God would have mercy upon their souls in this terrible hour of retribution. As the man was answering my question, I heard another cry out in a very loud voice for everyone nearby to hear. ”It was no use”; he shouted, ”they would not get any help, for it was already too late. Only those who had believed in Doctor Dahesh and had followed his teachings and those who obeyed God’s will and commandments would be saved.” I woke up in the morning trembling with joy from that wonderful and unusual dream. I narrated it to my wife who also thought it was very beautiful and strange. That evening, I visited Doctor Dahesh. As soon as I entered his house, I told him about my strange dream. Doctor Dahesh agreed that it was a very unusual dream, and he asked Doctor Farid to record it. I followed Doctor Farid into an adjacent room and narrated the details of the dream. He recorded my every word. After that I went back into the living room where Doctor Dahesh was sitting. He did not comment on my dream, and I did not mention anything to him about my conclusion regarding the Comforter mentioned in the Bible. It was not until 1968 that the matter of Doctor Dahesh’s spiritual identity was resolved once and for all in my mind. One evening I went to visit Doctor Dahesh. I mentioned to him that in a couple of days I was to leave Lebanon on a business trip to America. I asked him whether there was anything in particular I could bring him back from the United States. He replied that there was nothing he wanted but asked if I could do him a favor by taking an Arabic manuscript of a book he had written many years ago. It had not been published and was entitled Memoirs of Jesus of Nazareth. He wanted me to give the manuscript to a Daheshist who lived in New York, and who at one time was a university professor in Cairo, Egypt. The book was to be translated into English. A day before my departure, I visited the Doctor again and took the manuscript which at that time had been read by very few Daheshists. I asked him whether it was permissible for me to read it on the plane. He said I could. On the plane, I began reading the unpublished work. It was the most moving book I had ever read in my life. I kept reading it with intense emotional feelings until I came to the part where Christ, as a youth, tells of his Second Coming. The connection between Christ’s Second Coming and Doctor Dahesh in the manuscript was so obvious and clear, that when I read that part, tears began to fall from my eyes. The man sitting next to me noticed them and turning to me asked whether there was anything wrong, and if he could help. I thanked him and replied, that my tears were tears of joy, and it would be very difficult for me to explain.

 

From that moment on, the spiritual identity of Doctor Dahesh was never again questioned in my mind. He was, I concluded, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Guiding Beloved Prophet. He was the one and the same prophet that God in his infinite mercy keeps sending down to earth for man’s redemption and salvation. Each time the prophet was sent to earth in the past, he revealed only part of the truth which could be understood and accepted by the people of that period, just as Jesus said: ”I have still many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, however He will guide you into all Truth” (John 16:12). This time the Guiding Beloved Prophet would guide us into the whole Truth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER VIII

Being close to Doctor Dahesh and to the Daheshist brothers and sisters made a big change in my life for the better. Fortunately, the Doctor permitted me to see him almost daily. The old friends and acquaintances I had before becoming drawn to Daheshism seemed to fall out of place. I no longer found in their company a shared view or common interest, and they, too, must have found in me a changed man and a dull companion. The only time I was truly happy was when I visited the Doctor, or when I was among the other Daheshists with whom I shared similar thoughts and aspirations. By 1967, I was completely happy and content living in Lebanon. The shocking and painful experience I first went through with the company had long since been forgotten. My work with the catering company was rewarding both financially and mentally and I enjoyed it. By this time there were new additions to my family. I now had another baby daughter and a son. Life appeared to be rewarding and well worth living. My brother, Ali, also changed his job for a better one and his family now consisted of two daughters and a son. He also was content with life, especially when he was close to Doctor Dahesh and the Daheshists. Although his income improved slightly, he remained very poor. But money was never important to Ali and he always shared what little he had.

 

One day as I was reading the local newspaper during my lunch hour, my attention was drawn to a large advertisement by an American export company. It called for a general sales manager to head their entire sales operation in the Middle East. The man they required had to have vast sales experience in international trading and should be willing to travel extensively throughout the region. They also preferred that the candidate have a technical background. The ad mentioned that remuneration and benefits were excellent, although it did not specify the amount in details. If anyone qualified wished to apply for the job, he was invited to go for an interview at the company’s office in Beirut at a certain time in the morning. The job interview was to last four days, and if anyone interested could not make it at those specific hours in the morning, the interview could be arranged to be held in the evening at the Phoenicia Hotel, a well-known hotel in West Beirut. Out of curiosity, I called the company’s office in Beirut and expressed a desire to apply for the job. The man who answered the telephone was an Arab. He asked me a few questions before passing me to another person who was American. I talked briefly with the man and told him that I could not come for an interview in the morning because of my present job. He agreed to meet me at his suite in the Phoenicia Hotel at 6:00 P.M. that same day. The hotel was only a short drive away from the Starco Center where I worked. Before going home that evening, I went straight to my appointment and found myself knocking at the door of his suite at the exact appointed time. A bald and very friendly man opened the door. He was the owner and chairman of the export company responsible for the advertisement. There were two other men with him, both of whom were also Americans. One of them was an Arab with a U.S. nationality. He was the general sales manager they wanted to replace, as he wanted to leave his post in Lebanon and return to the United States. The three interviewed me for about an hour and asked me various questions. At the end of the interview, one of them asked me how much I was currently earning. I replied that I earned a good salary and at the moment did not wish to disclose the amount. I told him that in fact I was quite satisfied and happy with my present job. ”Why then did you bother yourself with this interview?” He asked me. I replied that I wanted to find out how good their offer was. If it were as good as the ad suggested, I might consider accepting it. If not, I would not change my present job. I was blunt and honest with them. I said what was on my mind because I did not really care whether I was hired or not. When they asked me what salary I wanted should they consider employing me, I gave them a figure of almost twice what I was earning. They asked me if I would consider accepting the offer should they decrease the salary but increase the percentage of commission on sales. I remained firm and made it clear that I would not work for anything less. The truth is, I was not playing hard to get: I honestly did not care whether they selected me or not. I was just being candid. It was not until years later that I discovered that was exactly what one had to do when applying for jobs with most American companies. You have to be tough and firm, making them believe they need you. If they feel you need them, no matter how competent you may be, they would automatically take advantage of you and might even consider you to be incompetent for the job. A few days later, I received a call from the Middle East sales manager asking me to go to their Beirut office for a general aptitude test. I explained that I could not go as I was working. He told me that if I could not make it during the week, he would make special arrangements to have his secretary go to the office on Sunday morning at about 9:00 A.M. to give me the test. I agreed to that arrangement. When I went to the office that morning, the American secretary opened the door. She immediately confronted me with a pile of questions that were to be answered. She handed me so many questions that I felt like walking out of the office right then and forgetting all about the whole thing. The sales manager did not tell me on the telephone that the test was a very long one. Had he told me the test would take up to four and a half hours, I would never have taken it. At any rate, once I was inside the office and realized that the secretary had come especially for my convenience, I did not want to walk out without taking the test. I began to answer the questions at about 9:00 A.M. and did not finish until about

1:30 P.M.

During all that time, the secretary kept me supplied with fresh coffee. She poured cup after cup so that I would not fall asleep during those long and tedious questions. When I finished answering the questions, I handed them to her. She casually mentioned that about 200 people had applied for the job, but that only seven individuals were selected to take the written test. About six weeks later, I received another call from the sales manager of the American company in Beirut. He informed me that I had been selected for the job and he congratulated me. He also told me that there was a long congratulatory telex from the chairman of the company waiting for me at his office. Before going home that evening, I went to the office and picked it up. The telex officially offered me the position of the company’s Middle East sales manager, and they agreed to pay me all that I had asked for, including a certain percentage of commission on sales. All traveling expenses were also to be paid in full. The telex was signed by the chairman. He congratulated me and wished me a long and successful career with them. Even though I had been selected for the job out of many who had applied, I was really not too sure about the long term prospects of the offer. In reality there was no need for me to take a risk by changing my current job. I had applied for that position just out of curiosity. When it was officially offered to me, I thought that perhaps in the long run I would be better off by turning it down. I had good reasons which made me initially hesitate in accepting the offer. First of all, the Lebanese catering company for whom I worked treated me well financially and otherwise. I had a secure and rewarding career with them and I also had a very good rapport with the owners. Second, I found out the hard way by trying to make a living in the U.S., that working for an American company could be very risky. One is never certain of having a long and enduring career with it. For any reason, be it a change of management, acquisition, reorganization, or whatever, you could suddenly find yourself fired. This is especially true with sales-oriented companies, such as the one offering me the job. As long as the going is good, and profits are rolling in, and you happen to be one of the ”boys”... you have it made. But, as soon as things begin to falter and for some reason or other, you are unable to come up to the company’s expectations, watch out! You could be ruthlessly fired unhesitatingly and without the slightest twinge of conscience, regardless of the many years of service you may have put into the company. Third, and most importantly, the job offer was made to me in June 1967, a time when the whole Arab world was in a state of shock and turmoil following the Arab-Israeli 6-Day War of June 5th, 1967. It was a very humiliating war for the Arabs and created an intense anti-American feeling throughout the region. The Arabs accused the U.S. government of complicity with Israel. The news media demanded a complete break of diplomatic relations with the United States and a total ban on American products. At that time I thought it would be very unwise and a bit risky to work for a U.S. company in an area that was becoming increasingly anti-American. However, before rejecting the job offer right out, I felt perhaps it would be better to ask Doctor Dahesh for his opinion. Normally, the Doctor did not like to interfere in matters of that nature and would leave it up to the individual to decide for himself. It was for this reason that I was hesitant to ask him for his advice. But because the offer was indeed a very tempting one, and it represented a substantial leap forward in my career, I decided to discuss the matter briefly with him. The following day I visited Doctor Dahesh and I mentioned the fact that an American export company had officially offered me the position of being their general sales manager for the entire Middle East. I told Doctor Dahesh that they offered me a salary of almost twice as much as I was currently making, plus a commission of a small percentage on all sales. As the new job called for extensive travel, they would pay in full all my travel expenses. I remember telling him that perhaps, under the circumstances, it would be better to forget the new job and turn it down. I mentioned to him that I did not think it was wise to work for a U.S. company at a time when the whole Arab World was overflowing with anti-American sentiments. I recall very well what Doctor Dahesh’s reply was to me. He told me not to pay too much attention to what I heard or read about the boycott threat, and that within a short period the whole matter would be forgotten. The Arab countries, he said, would do business with the United States as usual. I interpreted Doctor Dahesh’s remark as an indirect encouragement for me to go ahead and accept the new job. I did and thus began to work for the American export company. The departing sales manager stayed briefly, during which time he acquainted me with the sales operations. He then decided to return to the United States. His American secretary had already left the company a week earlier. I found myself on my own and in charge of a large sales distribution network covering the entire Middle East. Only one salesman remained behind and he was to report to me. The other salesman had already left several months earlier. During that short takeover period, I learned all I could about the product lines I was to sell. There were far too many, ranging all the way from small household appliances to heavy construction equipment. Anyone seeing the piles of product line catalogues which I first carried with me on my business trips would think that I was either a genius salesman for knowing all those products or simply an idiot for carrying all that cumbersome weight! Altogether, there were over a hundred and twenty product lines. Trying to learn all about most of these products in such a short time seemed to be impossible, and it was. It took me only a few trips before I realized that I was carrying far too many useless catalogues, and I eventually dropped most of them. I took only the catalogues of product lines from which I did most of my sales. Besides knowing the products I had to sell, I also had to learn about the customers the company had, what merchandise each client bought and under what payment terms. Also I had to learn about their credit ratings in general, and what other lines, besides our products, they dealt with. No sooner had I begun to get acquainted with my new job, when I received a telex from the company’s headquarters requesting that I proceed immediately to Bahrain. They wanted me to resolve some technical problems concerning an air-conditioner order they shipped and also to submit a price quotation on three hundred units of room air conditioners which were to be installed in a government housing project in Bahrain. When I received the telex, I very much doubted that I would be able to handle the assignment. I had only been working for the company less than two weeks and did not have sufficient time for proper training or preparation. At any rate, I had no choice in the matter and had to follow the company’s instructions. Therefore, I made the necessary travel arrangements and went to Bahrain determined to do my very best. If I should fail, so be it. At least I could say that I tried and did my best! Upon my arrival in Bahrain, late in the evening, I took a taxi and went straight to the hotel where I thought I had made a reservation. The weather in Bahrain was extremely hot and humid. When I arrived at the hotel, there was no room reserved for me, and the receptionist claimed that when he received my cable requesting room accommodations the hotel was already fully occupied. With that answer, I asked him to at least help me find another hotel, and he called several places. They too were all fully booked. Apparently, unknown to me, there was a convention on the island. Thus, the few available hotels, first and even third class, were all fully occupied. I waited patiently in the lobby in the hope that the receptionist would eventually locate a room for me. If he could not, I was willing to spend the night on the couch. At 1:30 A.M. I was still without a room and felt exhausted and in desperate need of a cool shower and sleep. A few minutes later, the receptionist informed me that he had finally located a room for me. The room was in an old hotel used mostly by Indian workers who came to work in Bahrain on special assignments. It was not a very good hotel, the receptionist said, but it was better than nothing. I agreed that any room would be better than sleeping on the couch and asked him to reserve it for me anyway. He instructed a taxi driver where to take me. The cab drove through small winding alleys and narrow dusty roads until finally it passed through what looked like a deserted open vegetable and fruit market. The market was closed and void of any activity except for a few stray dogs and cats which came in hopes of finding something to eat. The stench of rotten vegetables and fruits, made worse by the excessive heat, was overwhelming. Finally, the taxi stopped in front of a very old but exceptionally large wooden house. It was distinctively colonial in style but with an Indian touch. It must have been built by Indian laborers brought in by the British who had ruled Bahrain for a very long time. The construction and the definite Indian style of the house suggested that it was built during the height of the British Empire. The taxi driver went inside the hotel and soon came back with an Indian bell boy who was half asleep. I paid the taxi driver and went inside with the bell boy to the receptionist’s desk. The lobby was also hot and humid, and the very old and worn-out furniture had an unpleasant odor of perspiration. The receptionist, an Indian, was sleeping when we walked in. He handed me a card to complete and requested that I leave my passport with him until the morning. The bell boy was given a key and was told to take me and my luggage to a room. I followed the bell boy as he carried my luggage up some winding stairs, until we reached the third floor. From there we crossed a small wooden bridge which connected the two parts of the building. The heat and humidity, even at that early hour in the morning, was suffocating. What made matters worse was the pungent smell of curry and spicy Indian food which seemed to be coming from everywhere. Apparently, the Indian workers using the hotel must have been doing their own cooking inside their rooms. The Indian cuisine, I later found out, had a very acrid smell which lingers on and on. If someone like myself was not used to it, the smell could be very unpleasant. I finally found myself inside a small and scantily furnished room. It had a bed which seemed to occupy most of the room, and next to it stood a small table with a tin ashtray. The private bathroom was ridiculously small. It had a shower, a toilet, and a sink with a rusty mirror on top, all crammed together. An obese person would definitely not be able to use that bathroom! The walls of the room, including the ceiling, were all painted a drab blue. There were three electrical switches next to the bed: one for the fan on the ceiling, the second for an air-conditioner mounted on the wall opposite the bed, and the third switch was for the light. I was too exhausted to let these unpleasant surprises annoy me.

 

All I wanted was a bed to sleep in. I did not even bother to take a shower and just turned the switch of the air-conditioner on and fell asleep. When I awoke the following morning about 10:00 A.M., the first thing I noticed was the terrible throbbing noise of the air-conditioner. It was awful. How I ever fell asleep with that noise, I do not know! When I went to the bathroom to take a shower and shave, I was disgusted to see large brown cockroaches running all over. However, their presence did not deter me from taking that shower, but even then the water was brackish. I cleaned myself as best as I could with that salty water, got dressed, then went downstairs to have breakfast. As I approached the dining room, the pungent smell of Indian cuisine overpowered me. I went into the dining room and saw a few Indian clients as well as two young British hippies having a late breakfast. The other Indian clients, I assumed had already had their breakfast and were off to work. The waiters were all Indians, clean and dressed in white. The white uniforms of the waiters, as well as the sharp disinfectant smell of the dining room, reminded me of the British government hospitals in Palestine which I used to visit with my father as a young boy. I only ordered some tea, and it was served already mixed with milk. It was truly the best tea I have tasted. After that delicious tea, I took a taxi and asked the driver to take me to the address of my Bahraini customer. He was not in his office, but I was told that he would be back at about 4:00 P.M. To do business successfully in the Middle East, one has to do it directly with the person in charge. Otherwise, nothing will be accomplished. Therefore, I decided to come back later in the afternoon. Before going back to my room, I stopped by the original hotel where I thought I had made reservations, in the hope that a room was now available. There was a different receptionist at the desk, but he too insisted that there were no rooms available. I accepted the inevitable and decided to tolerate my cockroach-infested hotel. I had come to Bahrain to solve some urgent business problems, and I had to succeed. That, I thought was much more important than my personal comfort. In the afternoon, I met the Bahraini customer. He turned out to be a very prominent businessman in his country. I introduced myself as the new sales manager of the U.S. export company with which he did business. No sooner had I finished introducing myself and sat down in his office, when he began blasting the Americans for their bias against the Arabs. He then reprimanded me for working for the Americans and allowing myself to be used by them. During almost the entire two hours I spent in his office that afternoon, the discussion centered on nothing but politics and the Arab-Israeli War, and how to get even with the U.S. who had double-crossed the Arabs in that war. Every time I wanted to discuss business matters with him, we would be interrupted by some visitors who would just drop by his office to pay their respect and to have a little friendly chat while sipping Arabic coffee. They would not stay very long, not more than fifteen or twenty minutes at the most. But no sooner would one visitor leave, than another would enter. Sometimes as many as six or eight visitors would gather in his office at one time, greeting each other and talking politics while enjoying coffee and tea. The habit of dropping by unexpectedly on people at their offices and during business hours is very common in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. The constant interruption is a very irritating experience for people who go on business trips to that part of the world. That time the interruptions by the visitors were even more so due to the subject of the 6-Day War which dominated all other subjects. I sat in frustration as I watched his visitors coming and going. There was absolutely nothing I could do except tolerate their irritating interruptions and politely pretend to be interested in listening to whatever they had to say. Naturally, the conversation would soon turn to the war and the American covert involvement in it against the Arabs. One Bahraini visitor, a young articulate man, even suggested that the Arab governments should jointly expropriate all U.S. investments in the region. The U.S. government, he said, is a government of businessmen. It is a government run by bankers, lawyers, and big business executives. The language these people understand best is the language of money and of profits and losses. For this reason, the Arabs should hit the Americans where it hurts them most: in their pockets. That, he continued to say, would surely teach the U.S. government a painful lesson which they would never forget. As I listened to their repetitive and monotonous conversation, I began to wonder if I would ever make any business progress at all in such an anti-American atmosphere. That whole afternoon was wasted. I did not accomplish a single thing, for I really never had the chance. When I returned to the hotel that evening, I was so dispirited and felt helpless. My first business encounter in Bahrain, I thought, was a bad omen of worse things yet to come. The next morning, I went back to the customer. This time he was friendlier and paid more attention. Fortunately, we did not have any unexpected interruptions. He offered me some tea and coffee and then introduced me to his technical people. The engineering problem was not too difficult to solve. It involved replacement of certain parts. I worked patiently with the technical department for two days until all problems were solved, including preparing a long list of needed spare parts. At the end of my third day in Bahrain, I was fortunate to win the customer’s confidence. He accepted all the recommendations I made and signed a new order for three hundred air-conditioners. Before returning to the hotel, he insisted on inviting me to dinner at the most expensive and exclusive hotel in Bahrain. The following morning all formalities for the new order were made with a Bahraini Bank and I was given the details. I telexed the main office back in Chicago informing them that the technical problem had been resolved and that a new order for three hundred room air conditioners was finalized. The company in Chicago was extremely pleased with my achievements and sent a cable of congratulations to the hotel where I was staying. When I look back at these events, I cannot help but think how ironic the situation was. For, when I first arrived in Bahrain and had my frustrating encounter with my customer and his visitors, I thought that I would not be able to sell any U.S. products. But, just as Doctor Dahesh predicted, the Arabs did continue to do business with the Americans. Even our friend, the Bahraini businessman, who talked so bitterly about the U.S. policies in the area, seemed to have quickly forgotten his anti-American sentiments. When it came to his business interest, he went right ahead and bought U.S. products.

My new job signaled the beginning of extensive travel throughout the region which lasted so many years. A great deal of my time, perhaps sixty percent of it, was spent on traveling away from home. Sometimes I would be away for as long as four to six weeks at a time, especially when I had to cover many countries in a single business trip. As I began to travel more and more, I had less opportunities to visit Doctor Dahesh. However, before traveling I would always make sure to visit him and ask for his blessing. I would also ask whether there was anything in particular he wished me to do in the various countries I would be visiting, such as bringing him certain books or newspapers that were published in those countries. Almost always he would ask for nothing and would simply wish me a safe and successful journey. When I first started traveling, an average business trip away from home lasted two to three weeks. Later, I adjusted my business trips according to my own schedule. Sometimes they would stretch out for several weeks, and sometimes they would last for only a couple of days, depending on the urgency and the business circumstances of the time. Usually, as soon as I returned to Lebanon, the first thing I would do was to go and see the Doctor. I tried to make up for all the lost time by visiting him as often as possible. Sometimes I would even visit him twice the same day: once in the morning and then later on either in the afternoon or in the evening. On one occasion, I remember visiting the Doctor before leaving on a business trip to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. I indicated that I would be leaving the following day and asked him whether there was anything I could bring back for him. This time, he asked if I could possibly bring him some large white onions of which he had heard. Apparently, in certain parts of Saudi Arabia very large and sweet tasting white onions were cultivated. The plane I was supposed to take to Saudi Arabia was delayed twice and finally took off. I arrived in Jeddah very late that night. The following morning, I did not awake until 10:30 A.M. Instead of visiting the company’s customers as I normally would do, I took a taxi and headed straight for the vegetable market in search of large white onions for which the Doctor had asked. I had been to Saudi Arabia on several occasions before, but I never paid any attention to the very large white onions which the country produced. This time, however, I was looking specifically for them and they immediately caught my eye. They were truly very large onions, just like the Doctor said they would be. I selected the largest ones I could find from the various vegetable stands, put them in a large bag, and returned to the hotel. After my business trip to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region which lasted for about a week, I returned to Beirut. From the airport, I took a taxi and went straight to Doctor Dahesh’s house where I gave him the bag of onions. Everyone who saw them was truly amazed at their unusually big size. One onion was so large, it weighed almost three pounds. Doctor Dahesh loved onions very much, whether they were cooked or raw, but he preferred them raw, especially the sweet and large kind. He had mentioned on many occasions that onions contained good Sayals. From that trip on, I started looking for unusually large onions to bring back for the Doctor from wherever I traveled. Besides those large white onions from Saudi Arabia, I also found some very large brown ones in Libya. They were just as large, if not larger, and just as sweet as the Saudi Arabian variety.

 

CHAPTER IX

In 1969, Doctor Dahesh, accompanied by his dear and beloved Daheshist friend Doctor Georges Khabsa, went on a trip around the world. The journey lasted little over ten weeks, and it was the first trip he had taken out of Lebanon in a very long time. I remember well, and yet somewhat sadly, going to the Beirut airport with my brother Ali and other Daheshist brothers and sisters to wish the Doctor and his companion a safe and pleasant journey. Both of them at the time seemed to be in the best of health, especially Doctor Khabsa, who was a robust man full of energy and life. He had his movie camera strapped to his shoulder and was full of vitality and excitement as he chatted happily with his fellow Daheshists. They were gone for almost a month when Daheshist brothers and sisters began to receive postcards from Doctor Dahesh. I received one which was sent from Bangkok. However, the card I received sounded rather depressing. I could detect that the Doctor felt a sense of despair and hopelessness at the wretched spiritual state of the world. Wherever he went on earth he was not happy, and his soul yearned to return to his true home – the World of the Spirit, the world of goodness and serenity from where it came. Both he and his companion, Doctor Khabsa, seemed to be in good health and were continuing their journey as planned. When they returned from their trip, ten weeks later, we were all shocked to see how dramatically Doctor Khabsa’s health had deteriorated. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw him upon his arrival. He was very sick and had changed so much during that trip that it was hard for us to believe he was the same man we saw off at the airport just ten weeks earlier. He had aged considerably and looked like a sick man in his eighties instead of his actual sixties. Doctor Khabsa had lost a tremendous amount of weight, over forty-five pounds, and could barely walk. In fact, he was terminally ill with a blood poisoning disease. He was rushed to the hospital four days after his return and remained very sick for sixteen more days before passing away. We found out that Doctor Khabsa had contracted a rare blood disease during the first few weeks of his journey, and his health had progressively deteriorated. By the time he returned from his journey, he needed urgent hospitalization and required constant blood transfusions. No sooner had blood been transfused than it had to be replaced because of the recurring blood poisoning. I sadly recall how all the Daheshist brothers and sisters rushed to the hospital in the hope that their blood matched that of Doctor Khabsa’s. All were willing to donate their blood to save him and to keep him supplied with fresh blood for the daily transfusions he required. The Daheshists stayed in the hospital beside him day and night until the end. Doctor Khabsa’s death was a tremendous loss to all the people who knew him, especially, the Daheshists. He was a well-loved brother, kind, generous, compassionate, proud, and God-fearing. Doctor Dahesh mourned him dearly and eulogized him in a special heart-breaking book full of sorrow and grief.(8) We had all lost a dear and noble brother.

Several months later, I suggested to Doctor Dahesh that he might enjoy visiting some of the countries where I traveled and in particular Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Those two areas were interesting to see for they represented true Arabian customs and traditions, and the Doctor had never visited that part of the Middle East before. Should he decide to visit that region, I told him, I would be happy to be his companion. Doctor Dahesh hinted that he would be interested in visiting those countries and might just do that in the near future. A year had passed after Doctor Khabsa’s death when I began to travel with Doctor Dahesh. I had gone to see the Doctor one evening, and as I usually did on previous occasions, I mentioned to him that I would be going to the Gulf region on my next trip. I asked if there were anything special he wished me to do. Quite unexpectedly he said he would like to travel with me on that journey! I had not anticipated the Doctor’s answer, especially in view of the fact that I was traveling in the summer time – a season in which that region is extremely hot. When I mentioned that to Doctor Dahesh, it did not seem to bother him. I was overwhelmed with joy to think that finally he would be traveling with me. I immediately asked for his passport to make the necessary arrangements and to get the required visas for Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Dubai. Doctor Dahesh promptly gave me his passport and within a few days all the visas and travel tickets were in hand. We were finally ready to begin our first journey together. When Doctor Dahesh decided to take that first journey with me, I had no idea that the trip heralded the beginning of many more trips which we would take together. In fact, for a period of almost two years, from the middle of 1970 to the middle of 1972, I was Doctor Dahesh’s constant travel companion. We visited twenty-three countries, including East and West Africa, the Soviet Union, most of the Arab World, Iran, and part of Europe. With the Doctor, I visited over thirty cities, some of which we passed by more than once. Doctor Dahesh recorded those journeys, along with many others he took with other Daheshists in a twenty-volume series entitled Dr. Dahesh’s Journeys Around the World. If there is one thing I regret most in my life, it is the fact that I did not keep a diary of those memorable journeys. I say memorable because indeed they were, since I was the travel companion of an unusual man, a man of God, of miracles and inspiration, a man of immense culture and wisdom. So many unusual events took place during those journeys, and I was there to witness them. Why I did not keep a diary, I do not know, and it was a terrible mistake, one which I shall always look upon with regret. At the time, I suppose I did not realize the full significance of those journeys, and regretfully, I took traveling with Doctor Dahesh as an exciting, yet ordinary occurrence. Now, twenty years later, and in retrospect, I honestly can say that I do not quite remember the exact details of what he said to me, or what he precisely did. Traveling with Doctor Dahesh was quite an experience in itself, for he was not an ordinary person by any measure or standard. Anyone who lived with, or accompanied, him for any length of time, would come to the conclusion that Doctor Dahesh was truly a stranger in this world. And although his body lived with us on earth, his soul, like his spirit, did not belong to earth. His intense emotions and passionate dreams were always focused on spiritual values. What people generally liked and held important, Doctor Dahesh dismissed as irrelevant. Wealth, power, fame, prestige, and tradition, he shunned, considering them to be meaningless. What only mattered to him was his Lord and Creator – Our Everlasting God! Dr. Dahesh has come to earth on a mission – to serve the Lord. He lived his whole life to fulfill God’s Will on Earth and tried to guide people onto the path of righteousness, goodness and salvation. Doctor Dahesh lived as a stranger in this world, alone and uncomfortable except when he was surrounded by his Daheshist followers. The ingratitude and persecutions he suffered at the hands of the Lebanese people, especially the Lebanese authorities and the Maronite Catholic Church, filled his heart with sorrow and pain. His experience with people, even with those who were supposed to be close to him, despaired him.

 

Discovering how base and evil they could be made him generally weary and distrustful of the human race. What he saw during his travels throughout the world only increased his despair and sorrow. His travels convinced him even more than ever that we live in an evil and corrupt world, a world which on the surface appears to be highly progressive, civilized and materially advanced, but inwardly is sinful and spiritually bankrupt. Everywhere the Doctor went, he found that materialism, sensuality, cruelty, and greed reigned supreme. As for spiritual values and sincere obedience to God’s Commandments and Will, very few seemed to take heed. Doctor Dahesh’s disenchantment with people stemmed directly from his observations and experiences with them. He cherished the good and decent virtues of man, and he detested and assailed his evil tendencies. Any act that was not moral and virtuous saddened him. Any transaction that was unfair and deceptive disturbed him. For Doctor Dahesh, an extremely sensitive and compassionate man, to see injustices, sometimes even written into laws and practiced in one form or another, depressed his soul wherever they occurred. Notwithstanding the reasons and justifications, the sight of appalling poverty and homelessness, while billions of dollars are being squandered upon weapons, grieved Doctor Dahesh’s heart. Doctor Dahesh, an art expert himself, would be offended to see a questionable painting sell for forty to fifty million dollars, while forty to fifty million children in the world went to sleep hungry each night. To him, such a transaction is not a legitimate business deal, but rather an act involving arrogance and insensitivity on the part of the buyer, and greed and deceit on the part of the seller. Such was the man I knew in Doctor Dahesh, and such are the things that wounded his trust in people and made him lose faith in them, their laws, their values, and their institutions.

 

The Guiding Beloved Prophet was continuously concerned with

man’s sins and sufferings, and he was actively involved in trying to cure them. The corruption of man and the quest for man’s rehabilitation was a subject of constant challenge and disappointment for Doctor Dahesh. It was a frustrating pursuit that saddened him deeply and left him disillusioned. This elusive dream developed into an unhappy and recurring theme that appears in all his literary works. As a youth of only twenty-two years old, he wrote about the corruption of man and continued to talk and write about it throughout his life. Doctor Dahesh’s pessimistic – yet real – notion of man was not an exaggerated and unique view held by him alone. It was a steadfast view held by all of God’s Messengers before him. The Book of Genesis, the New Testament, and the Koran, all talk about the evil of man. To change the sinful nature of man, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed took upon themselves an arduous task that absorbed their full energies. They spent their lives in agony and frustration in their attempts to reform people. Their efforts to save and redeem man drained their patience and strength. In the end, their efforts generally failed, and their dreams were left unfulfilled. Doctor Dahesh had prophesied many times in his writings that as long as man continues in his evil and sinful ways, one day soon, sooner than most people realize, mankind would be utterly destroyed. And that God’s wrath would swiftly descend upon the earth thereby annihilating man and his environment in one single blow – that of a nuclear war! (9)

 

In spite of those rather ominous and pessimistic views the Doctor had regarding man’s future, there were many happy moments which I shall always remember. Of course, there were times when he was visibly happy: he enjoyed visiting museums, monuments, and art galleries, or he browsed meticulously through libraries looking for special books of interest. The Doctor loved and appreciated all objects of art. He was an art expert and an avid and voracious reader of books, newspapers, and magazines. More particularly, he was interested in literature, art, science, history, and philosophy. He was an extremely versatile man, self-educated, well-informed, and an extraordinarily talented author of over a hundred and fifty books. Everywhere we went, tens if not hundreds of books were bought and carried or shipped to Lebanon to enrich the Daheshist Library, which, in my opinion, is perhaps one of the largest private libraries in the Middle East, if not the world.

 

CHAPTER X

On June 26, 1970, we began our first journey together by arriving late at night at the Sheraton hotel in Kuwait. I had previously made reservations from Beirut for a double room. When we arrived, we were given a nice and comfortable one, and by the time we retired, it was well past midnight – we were both extremely tired. The following morning, I awoke early and to my surprise I found the Doctor already dressed. He was sitting at a desk by the window, writing down the events of the previous days. Ever since Doctor Dahesh was a young man, he had always kept a diary. I got dressed and as I waited for him to finish writing in his diary so that we could both go downstairs to the dining room for breakfast, the Doctor was suddenly overcome by the Spirit. He turned to me and said, or rather the Spirit said, that I was very fortunate to be the companion of the Guiding Beloved Prophet on those journeys. And, as long as those journeys were mentioned, my name would also be mentioned. As soon as he finished saying that, I was overcome with joy and embraced the Doctor with happiness and appreciation. After this rather pleasant beginning of our journey, we went downstairs to the dining room where the Doctor ordered only a cup of hot tea. I too had only a cup of coffee. After that, we decided to go to the main center of the city which was at a short walking distance from the hotel. We walked through the streets for at least two hours, visiting the various shops. We were not looking for anything in particular. Doctor Dahesh just wanted to get an idea of the prices in general and of imported goods in particular. However, he did find the prices in Kuwait to be rather high. At about 10:30 A.M., the Doctor decided to return to the hotel by himself. The summer heat in Kuwait was unbearable, and he must have felt quite uncomfortable to stay outdoors and so decided to go back to the coolness of the air-conditioned room. I told Doctor Dahesh that I had to remain in the city to call on the company’s Kuwaiti customers. I had some business matters to attend to, but I would be back at the hotel by 1:00 P.M. at the latest. Upon my return, I found the Doctor resting in the room reading. When I asked him if he had eaten or would like to have something to eat with me, he replied that he did not feel like it. He was a bit tired from lack of sleep the night before and just wanted to take a short nap. In the afternoon, the Doctor felt much better and was eager to go out and see the city again. However, before going to the main shopping area, he wished to see the vegetable market in Kuwait and asked me to take him there. Not knowing where the vegetable market was, I asked a taxi driver to take us there. Doctor Dahesh enjoyed his browse in the vegetable and fruit market, going to almost every stand. He was interested in the fresh produce on display, and before leaving the market, we bought some fruit, a few cucumbers, and tomatoes to take back with us to the hotel. I later found out that in almost every city the Doctor and I visited, the first place we would visit, if there were no museums or art galleries, would be the fruit and vegetable markets. He did so not because he liked to eat, nor because he was a food connoisseur, but simply because he was a keen observer of people and things. He was curious to find out what fruits and vegetables were produced in or imported to each country.

 

Doctor Dahesh preferred simple food, and sometimes would go for days just eating cheese and olives, fruits, plain bread, and vegetables such as lettuce, fresh tomatoes, raw onions, uncooked small eggplants. These were his favorite foods. Sometimes, he would eat proper dinners and enjoy them too. But most of the time I was with him, I noticed that he was not keen on eating full meals. The Doctor ate meat but, if I remember correctly, he did not care much for it and preferred uncooked food like cheese, olives, and raw vegetables. After approximately a half-hour tour of the vegetable market in Kuwait, we took a taxi to the main business center. Once more, we visited many shops and finally stopped by one of my major customers whose showroom happened to be located in that same area. We entered the large showroom overlooking the main street and I was pleased to see some of the products I had sold him, appliances and room air conditioners, attractively displayed. At the end of the showroom we climbed a few steps to the offices above. We went straight to the president’s office, but he was away on a business trip. However, the general manager, who was also the junior partner of the business, was using the president’s office. When he saw us he welcomed us warmly, and I introduced Doctor Dahesh to him. He had never heard of the Doctor, and naturally in such circumstances I never attempted to explain who Doctor Dahesh really was. I simply introduced him as a very dear friend who was accompanying me on this

trip.

As we sat in the air-conditioned office sipping a cold soft drink, Doctor Dahesh noticed a magnificent bronze eagle majestically mounted on a marble base on the president’s desk. The bronze bird had its wings spread open half way as if ready to fly. Its beak was made out of ivory. The whole piece was truly a beautiful work of art. The Doctor was very impressed by the eagle and we asked the general manager about it. He informed us that the bronze eagle belonged to his senior partner, the president. It had been given to him as a present while on one of his business trips in Europe. That was all he knew about the bird, but he did admit that we were not the only ones who had admired it. After a while, as I was discussing some business matters with the general manager, a customer entered the office and requested the help of the manager in selecting a few appliances from the showroom downstairs. The manager excused himself and said that he would return as soon as he was through with the customer. We sat alone in the president’s office for a while, and again Doctor Dahesh brought up the subject of the eagle. He suggested that I should take a better look at it, to see if there was anything special, a label for example, or a mark which would indicate where it was made and by whom. I went to the president’s desk and tried to lift the eagle, but it was very heavy. I then looked at it carefully on all sides, but there was nothing visible which could identify the bird. Once again I tried to pick it up to look underneath the marble for some kind of identification, but I decided not to for two reasons. First, the bronze statue was indeed quite heavy and I did not want to attempt to lift it for fear of dropping it on the customer’s engraved and expensive desk. Secondly, it would have been embarrassing should the general manager come back unexpectedly and find me tampering with the eagle. In the meantime, Doctor Dahesh sat where he was and did not come close to inspect the statue. Before returning to my seat I felt like marking the eagle with a Daheshist sign. I marked a visible Daheshist star on its base with a pencil. The reason why I am mentioning the story of the bronze eagle in detail is because it involved a spiritual revelation of important significance. That very same eagle which we saw in Kuwait, and which I personally marked, was spiritually brought to Beirut by Doctor Dahesh. This miracle happened almost two years after we saw the eagle in Kuwait and I had completely forgotten about it. One evening on a visit to Dr. Dahesh in Beirut, I was sitting in the corridor with the Doctor and other Daheshists when he suddenly asked me to follow him by myself. He went straight to the living room, and I followed close behind. As soon as I sat down, I sensed from the expression on his face and the tone of his voice that he was in a spiritual state. He asked me to look at the table in the corner, and as I did the bronze eagle instantly appeared. I immediately recognized it to be the very same one we had seen in Kuwait. I got up and approached the table where the eagle was. I looked at it closely, and when I saw the barely visible star I had marked on it, I was shaken. It was definitely the same bronze eagle we both saw in Kuwait almost two years ago! I kept staring at it for a few minutes in bewilderment and in great awe. I then turned to ask the Doctor about this amazing manifestation. No sooner had I finished talking to him when I noticed that it had disappeared. It had vanished in a glance just as it had appeared. Objects temporarily appearing in such spiritual revelations have to return to their original place. However, if the object appearing belongs to the person witnessing the miracle, it will remain in his possession. Many such miracles which involved the instant apparition of objects, no matter how far they may have been, have been witnessed and attested to by people who knew Doctor Dahesh. This proves beyond a doubt that the Spirit performing the miracle can instantly transport any form or any object at superluminal speed. The Holy Spirit is not limited or bound by our three dimensional experience. During the entire time I witnessed this amazing revelation, the Doctor was overcome by the Spirit, as he always was when performing a spiritual miracle. When Doctor Dahesh was no longer in a spiritual state, and after the miracle had occurred, he as a normal person was not aware of what had happened. When I told him of how the same bronze eagle we saw together in Kuwait appeared, he was just as surprised as I was. Being with Doctor Dahesh one had to be constantly alert and had to pay very close attention to whatever he would casually mention. Things which under normal circumstances would have been taken as simple conversations, would be later found to have spiritual significance. I say this now, not because I was exceptionally alert when I traveled with Doctor Dahesh; at the contrary, had I been alert enough, and knew then what I know now, I certainly would have kept a diary of my travels with him. I became aware of this fact years later, when my journeys with Doctor Dahesh were practically over. Many times, the Doctor would casually mention something to me, but at the time I did not take it as being of any special importance. Later on, to my regret, I would discover that what he hinted at or said was spiritually important. Fortunately, in the case of the bronze eagle, I was alert and paid full attention to whatever he said or hinted. When the eagle revelation occurred two years later in Beirut, I was very much aware of every detail pertaining to that bird. Looking back at the circumstances surrounding that particular revelation and how the Doctor got me interested in the eagle in the first place while he sat aside, can only suggest one thing. He intuitively wanted me to remember everything about that bird so that when the spiritual revelation occurred two years later, I would instantly recognize it to be the very same eagle. From Kuwait we continued our journey to Bahrain, Qatar, and Dubai. We did not stay more than a few days in each place, except for Dubai where we stayed four days. The reason why we did not stay long in those countries was due mostly to the weather conditions which were extremely hot and humid. The Gulf region is known for its excessive heat year round, but in the summer it is unbearable. We were traveling in the peak of the hot season when temperature of 110 F with a humidity content of over 95% are quite common. Another reason why we shortened our visit was that those countries were basically commercial centers in an arid desert region. Once beyond city limits, one sees nothing but sand and inhospitable lands. There are no farms or green pastures, no trees or vegetation – nothing but desert. The countries we were visiting, however, are extremely rich in one commodity – oil – and are basically limited in everything else. The whole economy of the region depends on oil exports for revenue. When Doctor Dahesh visited the area with me twenty years ago, there were no museums or historical landmarks to visit. There were no botanical gardens or zoological parks either. While there, the only thing he could do was to visit the shopping centers or simply enjoy a walk through the vegetable and fruit markets. He would observe the people and their customs and get a general idea about their culture and traditions. Many a time we would hire a taxi and ask the driver to take us for a tour around the city, showing us places that might be of interest. We would ask the driver to take us to fishing areas or to residencies of the rulers of that country. In Bahrain, Doctor Dahesh and I visited the Bahraini businessman with whom I had my first business encounter while working for the U.S. company. He greeted us well and was warm and friendly. After a short visit with him, we went for a stroll in the vegetable and fruit market, which was only a short distance away. As we walked, we could not help but pass by the old and very unpleasant hotel in which I had to stay during my first business trip to Bahrain. When we returned to our new and modern hotel in the evening after a long and tiring day, I asked the Doctor to accompany me to the dining room for supper. He was not very hungry and asked me to simply order for him some watermelon and hot tea to be brought up to the room. He had also declined to eat a full meal the night before in the Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait. In fact, during the three days we had been together, the Doctor had not eaten anything solid, except for a few fruits. Ever since we left Beirut, he had riot had, what I would consider, a proper lunch or dinner, and whenever I asked him to have a full meal, he would refuse. Although he would only ask for some cold soft drink or some hot tea to be brought up to the room, he did eat some fruits which we brought back with us from the fruit market. The extreme weather conditions must have been very discomforting for the Doctor so much that it did not make him feel like eating. However, the following day when we returned to the hotel at noon, he decided to have lunch with me. We went downstairs and had a several course meal in the pleasant and cool dining room overlooking the sea. It was the first full meal he had eaten since we left Beirut, three days earlier. After our short visit to Bahrain we left for Doha, Qatar, and once again as soon as we checked into our modern hotel, the Doctor wanted to see the city. Our hotel was located on the outskirts of Doha, so we asked a taxi driver to take us to the main shopping center. He took us into a busy area full of small shops clustered together along one main street and a few side streets or alleys. We got out of the taxi and walked down the main shopping street and through the few crowded and twisted narrow alleys. Frankly, the Doctor was not at all impressed with Doha’s shopping center. There was not much of variety or interesting goods to see; most of the wares in the small shops were of Japanese origin, such as watches, fans, cameras, and electronic goods. However, some shops did carry Indian garments and a few gold jewelry. After a short walk in the center of the city, I asked whether the Doctor did not mind visiting a customer with me. It just so happened that this client was close to where we were. Doctor Dahesh did not object. As we entered the customer’s office, he greeted us warmly and immediately offered us a cold soft drink to quench our thirst. The Doctor sat with us for a few minutes, and then he decided to go for a short walk by himself around the shops in that area. I stayed behind and discussed business matters with my customer. About half an hour later, Doctor Dahesh returned. He was soaking wet with perspiration from the intense heat and humidity outside. He sat with us in the cool air-conditioned room for a while, and then I sensed that he wanted to leave, perhaps to go back to the hotel or somewhere else. At any rate, we excused ourselves. My Qatari customer, however, insisted on placing his car at our disposal and asked his private driver to take us wherever we wished. We took him up on his generous offer and were driven all over the city, admiring its beautiful seashore and harbor. From there we passed through the commercial center on our way back to the hotel. The driver inadvertently went into a small alley where Doctor Dahesh noticed a small vegetable market. Hundreds, if not thousands of jute bags of onions were stacked everywhere, and in fact there seemed to be hardly anything else. That market seemed to specialize in the sale of onions, and as a matter of fact, we were told, it was the ”onion market.” We asked the driver to wait a few minutes as we walked in that square. The onions were sold wholesale, the minimum being a fifty-pound bag. Doctor Dahesh, just out of curiosity, asked a vendor the price of one such bag and he was told that it costs four Riyals, or the equivalent of a single dollar! After our short tour of the market, the driver took us back to our hotel. The following morning, Doctor Dahesh wished to remain behind in the hotel to rest and to write down in his diary events of the previous day. I left him on his own and went to the city to call on some of my other clients. At noon I returned to the hotel, and on my way back, I stopped by a fruit stand and bought some for the Doctor. When I entered the room, I found him reading. I greeted him and began to take the fruit out of the warm bag. As I took some to wash for him in the cool water, the paper bag fell to the ground. Doctor Dahesh immediately picked it up and took it over to a table where he sat down and began to write on it at an amazing speed. I did not have the slightest idea of what he was writing. I washed the fruits and came back to give him some, but he was still busy writing and I did not wish to interrupt him. I could not figure out what prompted him so suddenly and unexpectedly to write on such an unusual piece of paper. What amazed me most of all, however, was the speed with which Doctor Dahesh wrote! I was absolutely bewildered. He continued writing with an astonishing speed for about six minutes, and when he finished he stood up and held the very paper bag on which he had just written. He then looked at me with an inquisitive smile and said: ”I have written a short piece; would you like to hear it?” ”Of course,” I replied. He began to read it. They were very caring and moving poetic verses addressed to me:

 

To My Brother Salim (If you remain a Daheshist)

The hours flee like passing clouds; The minutes fade away for ever, not to return; The days perish carrying their suffering and misery; And the years are consumed by fate, Like sheep devoured by wolves. But suddenly, yes suddenly, 0 my beloved brother Salim, We shall cast off our earthly bodies And enrobe the wondrous spiritual gown! Such a magnificent precious robe! Together we shall roam happy worlds In those divine dwellings afar, Where happiness, my brother, will follow us, And a number of our beloveds will accompany us. Sweet hymns of angels in praise of God Will captivate our radiant souls with their melodies! There, my brother, no sadness, sorrow or tears exist! And ecstasy in such surroundings Will inhabit our souls! We shall gradually attain spiritual sublimity; On that very day will be revealed to us The secrets of death and that of eternity! Ages will go by, and generations will linger Yet our felicity will be heightened! We will worship God – Praised be His Name, As we shall dwell in bliss for all eternities!

Doha, July 1st, 1970, at 2:00 P.M.

As the Doctor was reading the poem to me, emotions of gratitude and happiness overwhelmed me. Its very words moved me. It was filled with promises of gratification and deliverance should I remain true to my Daheshist faith. I felt truly honored and fortunate to have such wonderful words addressed to me by my beloved Doctor Dahesh. No one had ever written anything about me before except a psychologist who analyzed my test results before I was hired by the U.S. company. He said of me, that I was aggressive, stubborn, disorganized and required frequent supervision, yet I might turn out to be a good salesman. With that kind of a report, I often wondered why the company bothered to hire me in the first place! When I became vice-president of that U.S. sales company, the chairman confided in me that he did not really take those tests of psychological analysis too seriously. He complained that those reports always seemed to be worded in such a way that they could never decisively know whether a candidate would turn out to be a good or a bad salesperson. At any rate, to have that gratifying and beautiful poem written for me by Doctor Dahesh, the Guiding Beloved Prophet, was just too much for me to expect. It filled my heart with hope and joy, and when Doctor Dahesh finished reading the piece, I rushed over to him and hugged and kissed him in appreciation and gratitude. I have often heard from other Daheshists that when Doctor Dahesh wrote, he always did so with astonishing speed. His thoughts seemed to come to him faster than he could write them down. What he did write down was almost always the final draft, with no corrections or alterations. In fact, all the books the Doctor wrote, and there are over a hundred and fifty books in all, were written in that same manner. One book in particular, Memoirs of a Dinar, which is an extraordinary and exciting story of people and events beautifully presented in a chronological order, was completed by the Doctor in several hours divided among twelve days of interrupted writings. In the introduction to the book, a Daheshist brother, Mr. Halim Dammous, who was the Daheshist chronicler, mentioned that it took him a whole week of almost continuous work to copy down what Doctor Dahesh had written. Doctor Dahesh was truly a talented and prodigious writer of immeasurable stature. His literary works cover an immense variety of subjects which deal with topics of all facets of life. However, the most astonishing thing about all this is that he did not really have a formal education. All he had received as a young child was a few months of elementary schooling. His family was forced to take him out of school at an early age due to his poor health, and because of their limited means, they could not afford to send him to school. Yet, today, Doctor Dahesh’s literary works stand out as a monumental tribute to such a remarkable and unusually gifted man. (10)

When Doctor Dahesh had finished reading the poem to me, I asked whether I could copy it down. He said that I could, and he handed me the brown paper bag. I did so and kept the copy with me for several months thereafter. One day I saw it printed, word for word, as he had originally written it, in one of his then newly published books. The title of the new book was Selections from Doctor Dahesh’s Books.(11)Later that afternoon, we were invited to visit a private zoo which belonged to the ruler of Qatar at the time, Sheikh Ahmad Al Thani. My Qatari client whom we had visited the previous day had made all the necessary arrangements and had obtained permission for us to visit. Our Qatari host picked us up from the hotel. We drove for about twenty minutes until we reached an area that looked like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It was a large fenced-in area containing many tall trees and lots of greenery which stood in sharp contrast with the desolate and arid sands surrounding it. As we walked through the pleasant and clean park, we saw several attendants busily working. Some were watering the trees and plants, while others were tending to the animals. The park appeared to be well taken care of and every effort was put into making it pleasant and attractive. Although we saw many animals, their numbers and species were limited. After crossing most of the park, we soon came upon a fairly large area which was also fenced-in. It housed a good number of Arabian oryx, an endangered desert gazelle. We were told that Sheikh Ahmad wanted to save the animal from extinction, and it was for that reason that he built the zoological park. After visiting the zoo, we were invited along with other guests to have dinner at my customer’s house. The other guests were all from Qatar, and some were curious to know what branch of medicine Doctor Dahesh specialized in. I told them he was a Doctor of Arts and Literature, for under the circumstances I did not want to reveal who he really was. The following morning, I awoke at about 7:00 A.M., and as usual, I found the Doctor busy writing in his diary. I quickly got dressed and asked him if he wished to come with me for breakfast. He was not hungry and just asked me to have a cup of tea brought up to the room. I ordered for him what he had asked for, excused myself, and then went down for breakfast. When I returned to the room, he was still writing, but as soon as he saw me, he asked me to bring him one hundred Riyals in single bills as soon as possible. He told me that they were to be placed inside an envelope to be delivered to a needy person in Doha, Qatar. I asked the Doctor if a single hundred riyal bill would do, since I had one in my pocket and could put it right then in an envelope. Doctor Dahesh replied that the spiritual instructions called for one hundred Riyals in single one-riyal bills.(12) As soon as I returned to the city with the Doctor that morning, I went into a bank and obtained what he had asked for. Once we were inside our hotel room, I placed the money in a white envelope and quite routinely asked Doctor Dahesh for the address of the man who was to receive the money. He explained that there was no need for an address. The envelope was going to be spiritually transferred to a place where only that needy man and no one else could readily find it. When he told me this, I simply handed him the envelope containing the money, and as soon as he touched it, it disappeared! The Doctor then explained that there is a just and merciful eye watching over all of us. Whatever happens, anywhere in God’s infinite Kingdom, is known and recorded. As large and infinite as the Universe may seem, not a single event passes God’s attention, His justice, and His mercy. Our every prayer, our needs and our hopes are all known by Him. Every little detail about us and about the billions of other creations, past, present, and future are all known and recorded, just as Jesus said: ”But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). Later that afternoon we went to Doha’s airport to take a flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. However, as soon as we arrived at the airport, we were told that there was a two-and-a-half hour delay. There was nothing we could do except wait at the airport. I asked the Doctor if he wished to eat something at the airport restaurant, because I knew he had not eaten anything at lunch time. He did not object and we went up to the restaurant on the second floor. As it was rather late in the afternoon, about 3:30 P.M., the restaurant was empty. We were the only customers there. I asked the waiter if they had anything special to offer at that time. He said that he would check with the cook to see if there was still some curried rice with lamb meat left over from lunch. The waiter left for a couple of minutes and then came back to tell us that he could serve us vegetable soup and curried rice with meat. The Doctor ordered both, but I just settled for a bowl of soup since I had already eaten at the hotel before coming to the airport. Doctor Dahesh ate his dinner with great appetite and enjoyed a very large white Saudi Arabian onion with his meal. He ate everything that was offered to him, and when I asked whether he was still hungry, he replied that he was. I ordered a second serving of the curried rice with lamb meat. This time, the Doctor did not want another bowl of soup, and he ate the second portion just as heartily as he did the first. I had been traveling with the Doctor for several days now, and I had never seen him eat with so much relish as he did that afternoon. Up to that moment, I was beginning to believe that he was indeed a very poor eater who really did not care about food. However, in that restaurant at Doha, after seeing him eat a bowl of soup and two large servings of curried rice with meat, plus a very large raw onion, I did not know what to think. As I was wondering about all this, the Doctor, suddenly overcome with the spirit, looked me straight in the eye and said: ”I know what you are thinking. You are wondering why the Guiding Beloved Prophet is eating so much. He is eating so much to feed two starving people who must receive the food Sayals from the Prophet to keep them alive.”(13) Finally, after a three hour delay at the airport in Doha, our plane took off and we continued our journey to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

 

CHAPTER XI

Upon arriving in Dubai the first thing we noticed as we descended from the plane was the unbearable and suffocating heat and humidity. It was far worse than any we had ever encountered on our travels through the other Gulf countries. We took a taxi to the Carlton hotel where we checked in. It was located in the center of the city, just a few minutes walk from the main shopping area. After checking into our room we washed up and changed our clothes. Then, we decided to go to the dining room and have a full course meal. Doctor Dahesh was anxious to see the city that very night. As soon as we finished our dinner, we went for a walk to the shopping center. Even though it was quite late in the evening, the shops were still opened and the streets were teeming with people and vendors, most of whom were Indians. We walked through an open area where hundreds of vendors sold fruit and vegetables. Some were sitting on the ground as they tried to sell a crate or two of mangos which they had beside them. Others had more elaborate carts loaded with fruit and vegetables imported from India, Pakistan, Iran, and Lebanon. The whole open space market was lit up with hundreds of kerosene lanterns which hung over the crates of fruit. The heat generated by the kerosene lamps added even more heat to the already suffocating atmosphere. Doctor Dahesh and I walked through the crowded market, shoving our way through as we went from one vendor to the other. We saw a great variety of fruit and vegetables on display, but the fruit we admired most was the Indian mango. Before leaving the market, we bought some mangos, bananas, and a few onions to take back to the hotel. From there, we continued our walk to the main commercial center where hundreds of tiny shops were located. The blaring sound of Indian music coming from sidewalk cafes and radio shops seemed to be everywhere. Most of the people we saw on the streets of Dubai were either Indian or Pakistani. The Arab natives of Dubai, even today, are the minority. However it is the Arabs of Dubai who control the government and the economy of the country. Walking through the dark streets of the old commercial center at night, one could not help but feel to be walking somewhere on the sub-continent of India. At any rate, we continued to walk by many shops and sometimes we would go inside to check the price of some article or another. Eventually, the heat and humidity began getting to us. We could no longer tolerate the suffocating and debilitating heat of Dubai. We were perspiring so much that our clothes were soaking wet. Incidentally, I have never seen anyone perspire as much as Doctor Dahesh. He even perspires during the cold winter months. The most unusual thing about this, however, was that it was odorless. I was amazed to notice this when I washed the Doctor’s undershirt which was soaking wet from the previous day. It did not have any odor whatsoever. I also noticed that he rarely took showers but always smelled clean. On our first night out in Dubai, we only visited the old commercial center in one part of the city, as the other part was separated by the sea. To visit that part one had to cross over by motorboat or by a bridge which was located at the southern end of the town. As it was getting very late, we decided to visit the other part of the city the following morning. The commercial section we were in had numerous buildings with small winding roads and twisted alleys. The whole center at night seemed to come alive with teeming crowds bustling around and intermingling with street vendors in a totally chaotic manner. In addition to all the activity and confusion of that night, we had to contend with not only the discomforting heat and blaring music but also with the annoying sound of air-conditioners. The throbbing sound of hundreds, if not thousands of room air-conditioners, seemed to come from every shop and building in the city. We decided to end our uncomfortable walk and return to the quiet coolness of our hotel room. On our way back to the hotel, we went by the street overlooking the old harbor. As we walked, we could see the other side of the city which was separated by water. The glittering lights reflected on the placid and unperturbed waters formed a serene and breathtaking view. The view of the other side of the city at night looked so peaceful. Walking along the pleasant and calm quay with the Doctor, I could not help but rejoice at the fact that beautiful memories and dreams sometimes do come true. Several years earlier, as I sat on the balcony of my hotel room in Dubai at night and alone admiring that very same serene view, I thought of Doctor Dahesh, his revelations and wonderful philosophy. I wished he were then with me. Now, as we slowly walked together, my dream had come true. On our side of the city there was still some activity going on. Small vessels and cargo ships loaded and unloaded merchandise way into the late hours of the night. Those vessels ferried trade and passengers legally and illegally between India, Pakistan, Iran, Dubai and the other Gulf states. As we continued to walk toward the hotel, we saw some poor foreign laborers. They were trying to get some sleep, stretched out on wooden planks placed beside the old harbor. The excessive and intolerable heat kept them twisting and turning in great discomfort. I turned to Doctor Dahesh and remarked that those people must be suffering from the unbearable heat. He remarked that unfortunately they were indeed. I asked him whether it was just circumstances which led those poor laborers to be in Dubai at the peak of its hot weather. I said that they had made their free choice and obviously had to endure the miserable climate. The Doctor replied that nothing we see or experience is coincidental. Everything about us, at any particular time, is never accidental. Our circumstances, he said, are dictated by and tied to our Sayals and to the spiritual level they have attained. Therefore, all those laborers we saw stretched out on the wooden planks had their spiritual Sayals evolved to that level which brought them to the heat and misery of Dubai. Things do not exist in isolation, and events do not take place because of local variables and circumstances. What exists and what transpires in nature without exception is fundamentally linked and determined by its spiritual origin. Nothing at all happens without a spiritual reason behind it. Nothing at all is coincidental, even though it may appear to be so. There is an intricate web of spiritual interrelationships between things and their circumstances, between causes and their effects. Who we are, and what we are, is brought about by our own free deeds and thoughts through the cycles of our lives – birth, death, and reincarnation. If our deeds and thoughts are evil, likewise evil, misery and suffering will follow us wherever we go. On the other hand, if our thoughts and deeds are good, virtuous and God fearing, then goodness and mercy will follow us on earth and in the hereafter. Physical comfort or suffering, however, should not be taken as an indication of the spiritual level and qualities of the Sayals. What appears to people as fortune or misfortune may or may not be spiritually relevant. Therefore, the suffering of those poor laborers we saw at the harbor in Dubai did not necessarily mean that they were being punished for their bad spiritual Sayals. All it means is that those laborers had their Sayals evolved into a spiritual level which brought them to that place at that particular time. The Daheshist philosophy is very clear on this, and Doctor Dahesh’s many books and teachings emphasize this fact. Frequent references are made of people who ruled the world but had the most debased and evil Sayals, and in contrast, of poor individuals unknown and ridiculed in their time, and sometimes even put to death, and yet they possessed the most noble of spiritual Sayals. The history of mankind amply bears witness to this reality, as John the Baptist, for example, did not have wealth nor power. In fact, he ate locusts in the wilderness. He also wore garments of camel hair which only the very poor wore in those days. Herod, the king of Judea, on the other hand, was rich and mighty. He even had the power of life and death over the people he ruled. To please a degenerate woman, Salome, he ordered the beheading of John, who according to Jesus was a prophet. Jesus said of him: ”Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John” ( Matthew 11:11). Herod, the rich and mighty king, was very evil. Therefore, the spiritual qualities of the Sayal can never be judged or measured in terms of physical comfort, power, or possession. After walking in the streets of Dubai for about an hour and a half, we decided to return to the hotel. We got back late in the evening, around 10:30 P.M., and as soon as we entered into our room we washed ourselves and fell asleep. The following morning, I decided not to call on the company’s customers in Dubai. Instead, I wanted to spend the whole day with the Doctor taking him wherever he wished to go. The first stop, that day, was by the travel agent to reserve two seats on a return flight to Beirut.

 

The Doctor seemed anxious to return home and did not wish to remain in Dubai for more than a few days. The reason was undoubtedly the excessive heat and humidity of the climate. It was just intolerable and made it almost impossible for us to enjoy our stay. From the travel agency, we walked a short distance to the harbor. There, we boarded a small motorboat which ferried us to the other side of the city. Once across the waterway, we disembarked and immediately found ourselves in the old enclosed commercial center where literally hundreds of tiny shops clustered around one main narrow road and a few side alleys. Some of the shops we saw were so small that not more than two or three people could go in at one time. The goods we saw on display were mainly Japanese electronic products. However, there were a few jewelry stores and others that specialized in Indian garments and wares. The buildings looked old and worn out and appeared neglected and bleached from the scorching sun. We did not enjoy our walk through that shopping center and only visited a small number of stores. Once again it was the unbearable heat which cut short our tour of that section of the city. On our way back to the hotel, we took another motorboat and crossed the waterway. Our hotel was just a short distance away from where we disembarked – barely a few minutes walk. But, because it was so hot, we had to take a taxi to the hotel. We were so exhausted and so uncomfortable from the excessive heat that it was almost impossible for us to walk even for a few more minutes. As soon as we arrived to our room, the Doctor washed his face and changed his clothes. I decided to take a cold shower. At noon, the Doctor did not feel like going out for lunch. He just ate some of the fruits we had brought back the night before from the fruit market. That same afternoon, Doctor Dahesh wished to visit a private zoo which was temporarily opened in Dubai. It was owned and set up by a Swiss zoologist. Apparently, the receptionist at the hotel had informed the Doctor about it. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon we hired a taxi and headed for the zoo. When we passed the city limits, we found ourselves on a wide straight highway which seemed to run in the middle of the desert. The taxi driver drove very fast for about fifteen minutes before he finally stopped at an entrance gate to a very large fenced park. Besides the gate stood a small wooden shack with an Indian zookeeper inside. He was sitting there half asleep. He was perspiring heavily and seemed to be in great discomfort from the excessive heat. He had neither the energy nor the incentive to be friendly to us or to anyone else. After paying him the entrance fee, he quickly admitted us. We were the only two visitors in the park. Our taxi driver waited for us outside the gate as we visited the zoo. Although the park was quite large, there was no shade and no benches to sit and rest on. All we could see were cages, large and small, scattered all over the vast grounds. The animals in their cages were lazy and motionless – they too were suffering from heat exhaustion. Frankly, I was not very interested in watching the animals because the scorching sun above us was unbearable. All I could think of was how to protect my head from the burning sun rays as I kept pace with the Doctor. He, on the other hand, was quite interested in the creatures and briskly went from one cage to the other. I was hoping he would cut short his tour of the zoo and decide to return to the hotel. The Doctor’s face was red with heat and he was perspiring heavily. We were both soaking wet and extremely uncomfortable. Finally, to my great relief, he decided not to walk to the farthest end of the park where the lion and tiger cages were kept. We returned to our waiting taxi. The driver drove us straight to the hotel at a very fast speed. Once we were inside our room, we washed and changed our soaking wet clothes. Doctor Dahesh decided to rest in the room, and when I asked him whether he wished to come down with me to the dining room for dinner, he declined. He said that he was not hungry and did not feel very well. I reminded him that he had not eaten anything all day except for some fruits. I suggested that perhaps if he had a bowl of soup or something light, he would feel better. The Doctor repeated that he did not want anything and would just like to rest in the room. He told me that he had some writing to do. I left him alone and went downstairs to the dining room. After a light dinner, I went to rest for a while in the main lounge, leaving the Doctor undisturbed and resting in the room. I spent a couple of hours watching TV and then read some Lebanese newspapers and magazines. When I finally returned to the room, it was still rather early in the evening, about 8:30 P.M. However, to my surprise, Doctor Dahesh was already asleep and all the lights were turned out. It was far too early for me to sleep, and as I did not want to disturb the Doctor by putting the lights on, I decided to spend a few more hours in the lounge. Later, when I finally returned to the room, Doctor Dahesh was still sound asleep. He seemed to be breathing heavily and with some difficulty. I changed my clothes quietly in the dark and went to bed. The following morning when I awoke, I saw the Doctor sitting in his bed. He indicated to me that he did not feel well at all and wanted to remain in the hotel. I asked him if he felt like having breakfast, and he replied that he did not. He just wanted a cup of tea sent up to the room. I was beginning to worry about his health. He had not been feeling well since we returned from the zoo. I thought that perhaps he needed a good rest all morning, and that in the afternoon he would feel much better. I asked Doctor Dahesh if he wanted me to bring him back anything from the city, such as newspapers or any particular fruit that he liked, but he was not interested in anything. I excused myself and told him that I would be back by noon. I had to make a few business calls on some of my customers in Dubai. I returned to the hotel at about one o’clock. Upon entering the room, I was very surprised to see the Doctor still in bed. This time, he was moaning and appeared to be in pain. I asked him what was wrong, and if I should get a doctor. He refused a visit by a doctor and kept on moaning. I placed my hand on his forehead, and I could tell that he was running a very high fever. I then took his temperature with the thermometer I knew he always carried and was shocked to see it reached almost 40’ C or 104’ F! I realized that with such a high fever, he was quite sick and needed urgent medical attention. I was in a great dilemma and really did not know what to do. I knew that I should call a physician, but that would have been against his wish, and I did not want to do that. At one point, I thought of actually calling Beirut and asking for advice from the other Daheshists on whether I should call a physician regardless of Doctor Dahesh’s wish. Suddenly, I thought of writing a Daheshist prayer, a Ramz, in which I would pray to God Almighty to help him recover. As I sat down to write the Daheshist ”Ramz,” (14) the Doctor, suddenly overcome with the Spirit, sat up in his bed. He quietly and calmly talked to me. I instantly realized that it was the Spirit and not Doctor Dahesh who was talking to me; for only moments earlier he lay delirious in bed. The Spirit in effect told me that I received a special Sayal which induced me to think of writing a Daheshist prayer. In this prayer I would ask God Almighty to help the Guiding Beloved Prophet to recover. The Ramz was necessary, the Spirit told me, because the Guiding Beloved Prophet had been struck with a sunstroke. The Prophet, the Spirit continued to say, had disobeyed the laws of nature which God decreed for the planet earth. Those natural laws apply to all people and creatures living on earth including prophets. Walking unprotected under the scorching rays of the sun is a violation of those laws. For this reason, the Prophet has been affected by a sunstroke. The Spirit said that once I had written the prayer and burnt it, I was to take a bit of the ash and trace a Daheshist Star on the Prophet’s forehead. Once I did that, the Guiding Beloved Prophet would recover immediately. Saying that, the Spirit left, and the Doctor fell back into his delirious state. I was stunned by what I had just heard. Feelings of excitement and awe overwhelmed me. It is very hard to describe the feelings and thoughts that ran through my mind at that particular instant. Words cannot adequately convey the degree of happiness and bliss I felt. I was trembling with joy that I would be the instrument and witness of a spiritual and miraculous recovery of the Prophet. There I was with all my faults and human frailties asked by the Divine Spirit to make a prayer not for the recovery of an ordinary person, but for the recovery of the Guiding Beloved Prophet. What a wonderful thought and honor it was for me. When I look back at that incident, I honestly feel that I did not deserve such an honor. I quickly began to write down the Daheshist prayer on a yellow paper asking God, the Merciful, to make Doctor Dahesh well again. When I finished burning the Ramz, I took a pinch of the ash and went to the Doctor who still lay delirious in bed. I traced the Daheshist Star on his forehead, just as the Spirit had instructed me to do. He was still in pain, but just as I finished tracing the Ramz on his forehead, I swear, a miracle occurred. The Doctor instantly opened his eyes and sat up in bed as if there had been nothing wrong with him! He looked at me and asked what had happened? He told me he felt very well and actually was quite hungry. I explained what had happened, down to the last detail, and he was quite surprised to know how sick he really had been. I asked him to let me check his temperature again and when I did, it had dropped down to the normal 37’C or 98.6’ F. Just moments earlier, his temperature was at a dangerous 40’ C. The Doctor had fully recovered, thank the Lord. Feeling well again, but very hungry, he decided to accompany me to the dining room for lunch. He took with him a large white onion which we had bought at the market two days earlier. This time, Doctor Dahesh ate heartily and when he finished, he returned to the room to do some writing. I, on the other hand, left the hotel and went to call on one of my customers who wished to place an order for room air-conditioners. The day before, I had made arrangements for that business meeting. However, when the client came to pick me up at the hotel, I was not particularly interested. The last thing on my mind was business matters. I did not even care whether I signed a large order or not just to please the company back in Chicago. I was in a state of spiritual awe and reverence caused by that amazing miracle which I had witnessed a few hours earlier. As I sat in the office with my Dubai customer, I could not help but think of Doctor Dahesh’s miraculous recovery from his sunstroke. The thoughts of that amazing revelation, now locked into my memory and soul, overshadowed everything else. The company’s urgent business matters which had to be attended to, and which were a high priority in my mind just a day before, seemed to fade into insignificance. Everything except the Doctor became irrelevant, and the only thing that mattered to me was Doctor Dahesh and the awesome truth of his divine spirituality. That afternoon, after experiencing such a unique and blessed event, I could hardly concentrate on business. Nothing at all seemed more important than the miracle I was fortunate enough to witness. For a brief moment I thought of the millions of business transactions that are conducted everyday all over the world; they come and go and eventually disappear into oblivion. But, Doctor Dahesh and his divine truth, that I knew, would always be an everlasting reality. In an instant, that miracle revealed to me even more clearly the majesty of God’s infinite justice and mercy and the splendor of the Daheshist religion. The image of the Guiding Beloved Prophet lying sick in bed with a sunstroke kept coming back to my mind. I kept visualizing him in pain and delirious, moaning and unable to rest or sleep because he had violated God’s laws by walking unprotected beneath the scorching sun. Doctor Dahesh should not have violated the laws which God created and decreed for our planet earth. In a sudden spiritual revelation which left me awestruck, I realized how infinite God’s justice and mercy are. His laws must be obeyed and observed by every single being, including prophets. The Guiding Beloved Prophet whom He loved and to whom He gave power to heal and perform miracles was no exception. Doctor Dahesh, claiming no pretensions or special privileges from his Creator, needed prayers, just like everybody else, asking God for mercy and forgiveness to help him recover. These were the emotions and thoughts that ran through my mind as I tried to discuss business matters with my client that afternoon. At the end of that inconclusive meeting, we agreed to meet again the following morning for further discussions. When I returned to the hotel later that afternoon, I found the Doctor waiting for me. He was quite anxious to go for a short walk to the shopping center. He had not been out of the hotel for over a day, ever since he had returned from visiting the zoo. This time our stroll into the city did not last long, and after visiting some shops and a few bookstores we returned to the hotel. Originally, we were planning to return to Beirut the following morning, but because of some unfinished business I had to attend to, we did not leave until a day later.

 

CHAPTER XII

In Beirut, I continued to be very close to Doctor Dahesh, visiting him at his home almost daily. For the next two years I constantly traveled with him and we visited over twenty-three countries together. The details of those journeys, as well as other travels the Doctor took, were all recorded by Doctor Dahesh in his twenty-volume series entitled Doctor Dahesh’s Journeys Around the World. When I read the Doctor’s description of those memorable journeys we took together, I can vividly remember the places we visited, the things he said and the things he did. I also recall the unforgettable spiritual revelations that took place in his presence. When I remember all of these things, I cannot help but be overwhelmed with deep emotions of inner comfort. Those journeys we took together were the most endearing events that ever happened to me, and their memory will always be with me. When I look back and reflect upon those journeys, I often feel I made several grave mistakes of which I was unaware at the time. Now, many years later, I regret that I did not keep a diary. But most of all, I regret not having devoted all my time to the beloved Doctor Dahesh. I should have been more in tune with his desires and wishes, and I should have done exactly what he wanted me to do instead of worrying about what the company in Chicago expected of me. I also should have been entirely at Doctor Dahesh’s service and wishes, instead of trying to do my work and at the same time be with him. I regret the lost opportunities and the missed chances the Doctor hinted at, things I did not fulfill because of business considerations and commitments. I lament the fact that I was not totally free to do the things he wanted me to do because I was under pressure by the company to fully use my time for business matters. Unfortunately while I was traveling with Doctor Dahesh, I unwisely thought that I had to divide my time into two equal priorities. On the one hand, I had to meet the business demands required of me as a salesman, and on the other, I wanted to be Doctor Dahesh’s devoted travel companion. That arrangement, business on the one hand and loyalty and devotion to the Doctor on the other, was a terrible mistake. When I look back, I sadly realize that my time priorities were indeed badly judged. I ask myself now, how could I have put the material demands of business in parity with the spiritual demands of a Prophet. How could I have let the greed and contradictions of business distract me from the serene and resplendent calls of the Spirit. I had failed to appreciate the full significance of being, even for a very short period of my life, the privileged companion of the Guiding Beloved Prophet, and I sadly failed to see the spiritual opportunities offered to me by the beloved Doctor. Regretfully, until I became my own boss I always had someone over my head telling me where to go and what to do with my time. I should have never allowed that to happen while I traveled with Doctor Dahesh. I should have learned from my earliest sales experience, never to allow anyone blinded by money and greed to force me into doing something against my wish. That bitter experience happened in 1960, before I joined the American sales company, and before I even knew Doctor Dahesh. I was in America at the time and my wife had just delivered our first baby daughter. Out of desperation to earn a living for my family I worked as a door-to-door salesman for a cosmetics company on a commission basis only. The sales supervisor who hired me was my direct boss as well as the boss of several other salesmen. He was a young American, about my age at the time, very aggressive and at times very arrogant. He worshipped money and could think of nothing but how to make more and how to get rich quickly. In short, he was one of those young Americans anxious to climb the success ladder of corporate America at any cost. I recall on my first day of work, he spent the whole day training me, and we went from door to door trying to sell cosmetics. I followed him and watched how he approached potential customers and made his sales presentation. This went on for several hours of uninterrupted calls, and my supervisor continued to knock on doors well into the lunch hour. We did not stop until finally someone slammed the door in our faces cursing us because we had interrupted him while he was having lunch. Even then we only stopped for a few minutes to have a hamburger before continuing our sales calls. In spite of all his efforts, my supervisor was not very successful in writing orders. Most of the people we called on appeared to be poor and were not interested in buying cosmetics, and, if I remember correctly, he only wrote up three orders totaling less than twenty-five dollars. Yet, despite his dismal performance, he kept reminding me all day long of the importance of hard work, and how it was essential to use every available minute to call on customers. I recall his words to me: ”The more calls you make, the more chances you will have of writing up orders.” Everywhere we went, he kept reminding me of the importance of time and the necessity of working hard. At times, I felt extremely irritated by him, especially since I was not being paid by the hour. My income was based solely on commission. If I sold cosmetics I would earn some money, and if I did not I would not earn any. It was as simple as that. However, I realized that my young supervisor was only interested in good salesmen for a good reason of his own. Before we parted company, he showed me some statistical charts of the sales growth in certain areas covered by salesmen under his supervision. He even told me that if I followed his advice, in a short time, I would be able to earn up to 150 dollars per week in commission. In those days that amount sounded like a lot of money to me, and I was quite anxious to begin my work. He assigned me to an area in the south side of Chicago. It was a new sales territory to which no one had been previously assigned. Before leaving, he handed me some brochures and order forms and then told me to meet him three times a week at a certain time and place. The following day I got up early, took the subway and went all the way down to the area he had assigned to me. I carried the cosmetic sales kit and began work earnestly doing exactly what he had told me to do – going from door to door. It did not take me very long to come to the conclusion that the area to which he assigned me was very poor indeed. Very few people were interested in buying cosmetics, and even if they were interested they could not afford it. I would call upon perhaps fifteen or even twenty homes before someone would let me in, and even then they would only place an order for a few dollars. This went on for about ten days during which I earned a total of less than thirty-five dollars in commission. I would return at night to my mother-in-law’s house, where I lived with my wife and baby daughter, totally exhausted from walking all day long. Regardless of the hard work I was putting in my job, I was getting nowhere. The area my supervisor assigned me to was one of the poorest in Chicago. I asked my supervisor many times to transfer me to another area in order to make some earnings. I even pleaded with him, explaining that I needed some income but he refused to reassign me to any other territory, claiming that all the other areas were already covered. He insisted that I should persevere. One day, however, toward the end of my second week at work, my luck seemed to have changed for the better. I rang the doorbell of a home, and as soon as the middle-aged woman opened the door, she said I was just the cosmetic salesman she had been waiting for. I was thrilled that at last someone was looking for me to place an order. The woman ordered cosmetics for over fifty dollars, all to be delivered at one time. That was the largest single order I ever wrote as a cosmetic salesman! The following day when I saw my supervisor, he was very happy about the fifty-dollar order, and to stress a point he casually commented, that all it took was perseverance and then everything would fall in place! A few days later, I received the merchandise which was to be delivered. I placed it in a large bag and happily rushed over to the woman’s house, thinking of the fifteen or sixteen dollars commission I would be making on that single order. When I rang the doorbell, the same woman opened the door, but before I could greet her or even say anything, she shouted ”you again, get out of here, I do not want any of your cosmetic stuff.” I told her ”look, you ordered the cosmetics, don’t you remember? I just came to deliver the products you ordered.” She did not want to take any of the merchandise and told me to leave or else she would call the police. She rudely slammed the door in my face. I stood at her door for a minute or so completely stunned and taken by surprise. I did not know what to do, nor how to explain to an ignorant woman that what she just did was unethical to say the least. How could such a woman understand that I lived in poverty, and if she did not take what she ordered, I would have to pay for the unwanted cosmetics with money I did not have. I knew she would not understand and decided to leave. I went home that evening very disappointed, carrying with me a bag full of cosmetics for which I knew I had to pay. When I saw my supervisor the next day I told him what had happened. I asked him amiably if he could somehow help me return the unwanted merchandise back to the company, even though I knew that once a salesman ordered a product, the company’s policy was not to take it back. As soon as I made the request, instead of at least being rejected in a nice sympathetic way, my supervisor was livid. Not only did he reject my request in a rude manner, but to make matters worse, he went on to insult me and accuse me of being a bad salesman who lacked motivation and that I was a habitual complainer incapable of communicating with people. He said that had it been him instead of me, he would have convinced the woman into accepting the order. Up till that moment I had been patient and courteous with him, doing exactly as he wished because I was hoping to earn some income by working for his company. But now, on top of not earning any money – in fact I was losing some – I was being rudely insulted. That was just too much for me to take, especially from a narrow-minded arrogant man. I suddenly found myself shouting at him and venting out all my frustration and anger. I told him what I really thought of him and of his like and then threw my cosmetic sales kit at him and walked out. That bitter experience should have taught me never to allow anyone blinded by greed to push me into doing things that I really did not want to do. It also should have taught me not to take at face value what others think or say about certain things in life. I should have let my inner self and spirit be the judge of what is right and best for me. I accepted some business advice and cliches made by others, only to discover that life is too complicated to fit nicely into held beliefs and slogans. I worked extremely hard as a cosmetic salesman and yet, I was going nowhere. Working hard to succeed in life under the wrong circumstances and for the wrong cause is a waste of time and could be a heart-breaking experience. Working very hard to succeed in life is also often a myth invented by those who want to justify their disproportionate salaries and income. Living in America, I discovered that some of those who earn millions are neither smarter, nor harder workers than those who struggle to earn their living. In spite of that early sales experience, when I traveled with Doctor Dahesh, I was again under pressure to be productive, and to use my time only for business. Working in a very competitive sales environment, like mine, one is often subjected to certain business views and cliches which automatically become part of work ethics and psychology. In time these business-held views and slogans become accepted fallacies. One such fallacy, commonly accepted by the majority of the business community of America, and certainly accepted by the sales company I worked for, was that time is very important. In other words, ”Time is money.” This so-called statement of business wisdom is often used by the professional and the business community of America. It is frequently used by physicians, business consultants, contractors, attorneys, accountants, sales supervisors, and sometimes it is even abrasively used by plumbers and TV repairmen who are called upon to fix a leaky faucet or a broken TV set. Eventually this fallacy, so often heard and applied, becomes an assumed business rule which is to be practiced. It becomes the key to business success. Such was and unfortunately still is the business rule one has to accept and tolerate when working for a growing U.S. company. If one shows any signs of contempt to such slogans and work ethics, he would be accused of lacking motivation. I did not find that fallacy ”Time is money” convincing when I first heard it back as a freshman at the University of Texas, and I certainly did not believe in it when I traveled with Doctor Dahesh twenty years later. I tried to resist operating under the pressure of that sinister phrase whenever I could, even though its ugly shadow always seemed to follow me wherever I went as a salesman. I feel that whoever first coined that demeaning phrase ”Time is money,” did a great injustice to the basically generous spirit of the American people. Fortunately, I was traveling with a man who did not believe that time was meant for only making money. I was the travel companion of a man who taught us that time is a God-given opportunity to spiritually improve ourselves. Time is a period intended mostly to give every creature, man included, a chance to uplift their souls and elevate the qualities of their Sayals. Time is not money. Time, as Doctor Dahesh taught us, is a span to reflect upon and to ask ourselves whether we are morally and spiritually better off today than we were yesterday. Have we, so far, spent our time in righteous living according to God’s will? And, when death finally comes, can we say as we stand alone before Him: ”Lord, we have tried to live and spend our time on earth in a righteous way, worthy of Thy mercy and grace; may we now dwell in Thy house for ever and ever”?

 

CHAPTER XIII

Work pressure and other business considerations may have been factors which occasionally interfered with what the Doctor wished me to do. Unfortunately, another factor which may have added to the problem was the lack of awareness on my part, to be really in tune with Doctor Dahesh. I sadly admit that I was not a very alert companion, and I did not fully appreciate the significance of what the Doctor might have casually said, or what he might have hinted at. At the time I did not know, nor did I fully understand, that when he casually referred to something or hinted at doing a certain thing, that something should have been taken seriously. That hint should have been carried out irrespective of anything else. In retrospect, I think that had the Doctor made known to me his wishes and if he had made a request in a direct way, I would have certainly followed his instructions regardless of the consequences. On many occasions he specifically asked me to do certain things, and I always did them gladly. I was reminded about my mistakes and shortcomings of listening to the Doctor only too late, and when the damage was already done. I once was even reminded spiritually about a certain mistake I had made almost a year after the event, when I had completely forgotten about it. I regretfully discovered this fact only many years later, when my travels with Doctor Dahesh were almost over. I recall at least two particular occasions when Doctor Dahesh hinted, or suggested certain things, but either because of work considerations or just plain unawareness on my part, I did not fulfill them. One such occasion happened in Saudi Arabia. I remember the Doctor suggested that I go with him to the city of Tail, along with other Daheshists who lived in Saudi Arabia at the time. I told him that I had an important business appointment and that I was unable to go with him. He asked me whether I could postpone that appointment, but I replied that I could not. I should have realized right then that the Doctor wanted me to go with him for a reason, but I did not. Almost a year later, after completely forgetting about the incident, I was reminded in a special spiritual revelation that I had made a mistake by not going to Taif with the Doctor. Had I gone, it would have been of spiritual benefit to me. The second time I made a similar mistake was when I failed to heed Doctor Dahesh’s suggestion. We were just about to leave for Monrovia, Liberia, from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, when suddenly he suggested that I send a cable to his friend the Lebanese ambassador in Liberia, giving him the details of our arrival. The Doctor did not specifically tell me to send a cable, he just suggested it. From experience, I thought that sending a cable that late would be ineffective, as it would not arrive on time. I told him that we would probably arrive in Monrovia long before the cable ever reached his friend. However when we arrived, we were denied entry into the country because we did not have the necessary visas. We explained to the airport officials that their embassy in Beirut assured us that transit visas would be issued at the airport. They refused to accept our argument and even denied our request to call the Lebanese ambassador. They were rude and abrasive to us and insisted that we return to the plane on which we had just come. It was heading for Dakar, Senegal. As we began to run into trouble, Doctor Dahesh reminded me that had I listened to him and did what he had suggested, we would have definitely entered Liberia. We were forced to board the plane leaving for Senegal. To make matters worse, the Liberian officials gave our passports to the stewards of the plane. Those stewards were just as unfriendly to us and insisted that we pay them for the flight from Monrovia to Dakar before they would even consider returning our passports. When the plane landed in Dakar we almost faced the same problem because we did not have visas for the Senegal either. But, eventually and after some initial difficulty at the airport, the Senegalese authorities proved to be more kind and more understanding than their counterparts in Liberia. They gave us a special seventy-two hour transit visa. However, they held our passports with them until we left the country. At the airport, I changed some dollars into the local currency and we hired a taxi. I asked the driver to take us to any first class hotel in the center of the city. As I had never been to Senegal before, I did not have the slightest idea in which hotel to stay. The Doctor and I somehow found ourselves in a country we did not know, a country not on our travel itinerary. The taxi driver took us from one hotel to the other in the hope of finding a room. We must have gone to at least six or seven hotels ranging from first to third class, all fully occupied. It just so happened that our arrival in Dakar coincided with the state visit of the French President, Georges Pompidou, and his party of officials along with reporters covering his visit. Practically all available hotels in Dakar were fully booked. Somehow, after we almost gave up in desperation, we finally stopped at a fifth-rate hotel called ”Vichey”. I spoke to the receptionist and inquired whether he had a room for two people. He replied that he only had one double room left unoccupied. I checked the room to find out its condition, and it really was terrible. The room looked awful, uncomfortable, and had very old and worn-out furniture. I went back to the Doctor who was waiting for me inside the taxi and explained the situation, telling him of the available room and its deplorable condition. The Doctor went inside the hotel to check the room. He did not like it at all, but he told me we should take it as we had no other choice. By the time we brought our luggage to the room and settled down it was already late in the day. We went for a short visit to the city and then returned back to the hotel. The Doctor and I put our pyjamas on, and we ate some of the fruits we brought with us from the Ivory Coast. About 10:00 P.M. Doctor Dahesh got up and began to get dressed. I thought he wanted to go for a walk as usual, so I too began to get dressed to go with him. He turned to me and said he would like to go for a walk by himself. I told him that I would keep him company, as he did not know the city and might get lost. But he insisted that I should not worry and that he had to go alone for a reason. Having said that, there was not much for me to do except comply with his wish. The Doctor was gone for a long time, and by midnight I began to get worried about him. I thought for sure he must have gotten lost in one of the many narrow and winding streets of the city. By 1:00 A.M. I was beginning to get extremely worried. Just as I was about to leave the room to go and awaken the hotel manager or the receptionist to take me to the police station, Doctor Dahesh suddenly entered the room with a group of Lebanese friends! I was greatly relieved to see him and he introduced me to his newly found friends. One of them told me of the unbelievable way they had met the Doctor that evening. They had been sitting on the open terrace of their home with some other Lebanese guests talking and enjoying themselves after a nice dinner. Somehow the conversation turned to the subject of Doctor Dahesh and the unusual revelations and miracles they had often heard about. Suddenly they saw a man enter and he said: ”I am Doctor Dahesh, the man you were talking about!” He went on to say, you should have heard the screams and shouts of shock and surprise that came from the people gathered on the terrace. But once the commotion quieted down, everybody enjoyed a pleasant evening in Doctor Dahesh’s company. These Lebanese people treated the Doctor exceptionally well, and he appreciated their generosity and kindness toward us. They were constantly with us ever since he first met them. They took us everywhere and stayed with us until we boarded the plane leaving for Rome. We only stayed a few days in Rome visiting mostly museums and art galleries before we finally returned to Beirut. Doctor Dahesh wanted to stay a few more days in Rome, but we could not since I had to get back to Beirut because of work considerations. Just as there were many times in which Doctor Dahesh simply suggested or hinted at doing certain things, there were other occasions where he explicitly asked me to do certain things. In those cases, I did what he asked without hesitation. I recall one such instance. One afternoon I was very busy in my office, having just returned from a long and tiring business trip. I was preparing follow-up telexes and letters which had to be sent out to my various customers in the Middle East, when suddenly the phone rang. It was sister Zeina(15), and she told me that the Doctor wished to see me. I asked her if it was urgent or not, and whether he wished to see me right away or later on in the day because if it was not urgent, I would come in the afternoon. Zeina replied that it would be preferable if I went to the Doctor’s house as soon as possible. I left everything on my desk and headed straight to the house. When I arrived, Zeina greeted me and then led me into a small sitting room adjacent to the entrance. There I found a folded Daheshist prayer, Ramz, waiting for me on a small plate. As soon as I sat down, Zeina informed me that Doctor Dahesh was not in. However, he had left specific instructions that I was to be called immediately to his house, and that I was to burn the special Ramz which was on the plate. She also informed me to repeat, for at least six times, the following phrase as I burnt the Ramz: In the Name of God and His Guiding Beloved Prophet May everything turn out to be all right.

I did exactly what Zeina asked me to do. As I was burning the Ramz, I worried that perhaps some harm was going to befall me or one member of my family. I asked Zeina if she knew anything about the contents of the Ramz, but she did not. Before returning to my office, Zeina told me to throw the ashes of the burnt Ramz approximately twenty feet from the entrance of the building where my office was located. I followed the instructions that Doctor Dahesh had left with Zeina, down to the very last details. Soon after I forgot about the whole affair. One day, nearly a month later, just as I was ready to leave the office for the day I received a phone call from an important customer. He had stopped in Beirut for the night before continuing his journey to Europe. He asked if I could see him at his hotel suite right away because he wanted to place some orders for refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. The customer explained that he was leaving early next morning and that is why he was unable to visit me at my office. I told him that I would come to see him immediately. Actually, I was happy he called me, for he was a good customer. I knew when he said he needed some equipment and wanted to place some orders, he meant what he said. I was sure that after visiting him at his hotel, I would walk out with large orders. He was one of those customers whom I really respected. He was a straightforward businessman who knew his business very well and was very knowledgeable about competition and the prices in general. I always made sure to give him the very best prices I could quote. With him there was no haggling, and business transactions were quickly accomplished in a straight, simple and clean manner. At any rate, when I finished visiting my customer and finalized the orders he wanted, I left his hotel. On the way home, although I was driving cautiously, out of nowhere a speeding large red car struck me like lightning on the right side. All I could remember from that devastating impact was the overturning of my car. Suddenly I found myself standing outside the car without a single scratch. How I got out in one piece, I really do not remember. As for my vehicle it was a mass of mangled steel and glass and it was on fire. In the confusion that followed, the red automobile sped away. No one in the crowd that had gathered to see the accident thought of taking down its license number. My car was a total wreck and the driver who had done the damage, almost killing me, got away. When I told the crowd that just moments earlier I was inside the burning vehicle they were amazed to see that I was still alive. A few days later I went to visit Doctor Dahesh, and I casually mentioned that I was involved in a very bad car accident which almost cost me my life. Before I could continue the conversation, the Doctor told me to follow him to his bedroom. Then he opened a chest drawer which was full of spiritual messages folded in yellow Ramz papers. He asked me to pick any one of the folded Ramzes in the drawer. After picking one, he asked me to open it and read it. What I read put me in a state of semi-shock. It prophesied the exact details of the accident, indicating that it would be fatal. But with God’s help and mercy I was to be spared and would not be harmed. At the end of that message, there was a request for the Guiding Beloved Prophet to write a special prayer for me. And once it was written by Doctor Dahesh I was to burn it as soon as possible. The Doctor explained that he knew the accident was going to happen after he read the spiritual message. For that reason he had instructed Zeina to call me at my office so that I would go to his house and burn that special prayer. He was sure that with God’s help and mercy, no harm would come to me. Another occasion in which Doctor Dahesh specifically asked me to do something was when he asked me to travel with him to the Soviet Union. I gladly accompanied him after telexing the company in Chicago that I would be gone for a two-week vacation. I did not even bother to inform the company where I would be. That trip was the only one in which I was totally free to do whatever the Doctor wanted. I had no business considerations to think about nor any business problems to resolve. We actually went with an organized tour which was arranged by a travel agency in Beirut. We were just plain tourists and all we wanted to do was visit museums, historical landmarks, famous parks, old palaces, and do some plain sightseeing. During that trip, I was constantly with Doctor Dahesh. Wherever he went, I was right there with him. Later in Leningrad, we were joined by another Daheshist brother, Ibrahim Shukr, who was studying electronic engineering in the Soviet Union. In Russia we visited many museums, old churches that had been transformed into public halls, and many old palaces and historical landmarks. The art treasure found in the Soviet Union is truly priceless. Doctor Dahesh was very happy to see all the museums we were taken to, especially the Pushkin Fine Arts in Moscow and the Hermitage in Leningrad. He said of the latter that it was one of the best museums in the world. Our Russian tour was quite a busy one. We were taken almost daily to visit different places. If it was not a museum, it would be a palace which formerly belonged to some Tzar, or a famous park, or a historical landmark. One day, we even toured the Red Square and the Lenin Mausoleum. Despite all the marvelous places we visited and the busy touring we did, the Doctor somehow did not feel very much at ease in the Soviet Union. There was something about the country which made a foreigner feel, whether justifiable or not, that he was constantly being watched, and that he was being tolerated but not really welcomed. Unfortunately, that was how we felt when we were there. While we were on tour visiting the different places, Doctor Dahesh bought a few small paintings and some other small Russian objects of art and souvenirs. However on our way back to Beirut, he was singled out at Moscow’s airport for thorough inspection. Someone in the tour must have informed the Russian custom authorities that he had bought some paintings and other objects of art. That person, whose identity I knew later from Doctor Dahesh, might have been annoyed by the Doctor’s habit of admiring paintings longer than anybody else, and thereby always being last in the group. When we arrived at the airport, we were not aware that it was forbidden to take out of the Soviet Union anything that could be classified as art. As they began to search the Doctor, they casually looked at my luggage and told me I could go ahead and join the group which was getting ready for departure. I refused to leave and remained with the Doctor. They then began to thoroughly search through his luggage, piece by piece, checking everything including sealed letters. I even recall one mean Russian officer disassembling a ball-point pen the Doctor was carrying. Naturally, they found nothing illegal. However, they gave us a hard time about the oil paintings we carried. Having found nothing illegal in the Doctor’s suitcases, they took him inside a special room for further inspection. By then, the plane on which we were supposed to leave had already departed for Lebanon. We were left stranded at the airport, still undergoing mistreatment and humiliation at the hands of the Soviet officials.

 

As they were giving the Doctor a particularly hard time, the other Daheshist brother who had come to see us off at the airport was watching from a few yards away. When he realized how roughly they were treating Doctor Dahesh, he burst into screams in Russian at the officers for their rudeness and insensitivity. At one point that brave Daheshist brother dashed inside the inspection zone and almost got into a fist-fight with one of the meanest officers. Three or four Russian officials ganged up on him, and for a moment, I thought they were going to throw him in jail. Luckily they did not. When Doctor Dahesh came out of the inspection room, he was visibly shaken and told us that he did not feel well. They found nothing on him, and the whole search was unnecessary. The humiliating experience and the great inconvenience was a traumatic one for the Doctor. After having finished searching him and finding nothing, they decided to thoroughly check me. They asked me to reopen my luggage, and this time they went through it piece by piece. Then, they took me inside a special room and searched me physically. They went through my pockets and wallet and almost ripped the lining of my jacket to see if there was anything hidden inside. When they found nothing, they let me go. As I came out, I saw the Doctor with the Daheshist brother waiting for me. He did not look well and appeared pale and exhausted. We were now stranded at Moscow’s airport along with the Daheshist brother who stayed with us. There was no place for us to go to and the only thing we could do was hope for a quick connecting flight which would get us back to Beirut. In the meantime as we waited at the airport, Doctor Dahesh became very sick and had cold chills all over his body. We brought him some hot tea to keep him warm, but that did not help. He told us he was having trouble with his heart and was actually suffering irregular heartbeats. In my opinion, he needed urgent medical attention, but the Doctor refused any.

 

Finally, after spending an uncomfortable sleepless night, we were able to find a plane which was leaving Moscow for Yerevan, in the Soviet Republic of Armenia. The plane was supposed to leave in the morning at six and arrive at approximately 9:00 A.M. Later in the afternoon we would be able to take another flight which would be leaving Yerevan for Beirut. The plane was delayed in Moscow for several hours and we did not arrive in Yerevan until about noon. There, in the Armenian Republic they confiscated two paintings. They also searched our luggage, but it was a routine check which we did not mind. The Doctor told me that all this trouble and suffering was caused by an envious woman who had reported us to the authorities. He told me who this woman was and that she had been on our tour. A few days after we arrived back in Beirut, I tried to call this woman’s husband to have a few words with him. However, when I called him at his office, a secretary answered my call and informed me that he was absent and would not be returning to his office for several days. The secretary told me that a tragedy had befallen his family. His only son, a youth of twenty years, had suddenly died of a heart attack. I asked the secretary whether his son had been sick, but she told me that he was always very healthy and athletic. She said the whole tragedy was so perplexing and shocking, and that there was no apparent explanation for the youth’s sudden sad death. After I hung up, I immediately called the Doctor to inform him of that strange and unfortunate incident. The instant he picked up the phone and before I could even utter a single word, I heard a voice saying: ”But their evil plots will turn back on the plotters themselves” (The Holy Koran, The Originator: 43). I immediately realized that the voice I heard on the phone was that of Doctor Dahesh overtaken by the Spirit, and I also knew to what he was referring. Later, when I discussed the unfortunate incident with Doctor Dahesh, he was deeply saddened.

 

would be ill at ease and because of that all of a sudden he would have sweat running down his forehead. I remember traveling with Doctor Dahesh on an organized five day safari tour to Kenya and Tanzania. On the second day of our tour we were lodged in a hotel on the Tanzanian border, right next to the beautiful African mountain of Kilimanjaro. We were the only two guests in the hotel. The moment the Doctor went inside the lodge and saw the European general manager, a huge man with a monstrously deformed eye, and the few native servants, he suddenly became ill at ease and told me that the general manager, the servants and the entire hotel possessed evil spiritual Sayals. I thought the Doctor was joking and did not take what he said seriously. We had to stay in that hotel as we had no other choice. It was part of the organized safari tour. After we checked into our room and washed our faces, we decided to go down and have a walk around the lush green forest of Kilimanjaro surrounding the lodge. We were gone for about an hour and a half and when we returned to the hotel it was already late in the afternoon. We sat down in the lobby and I ordered a cup of hot tea for the Doctor and some coffee for me. As we sat there we noticed a young blond man walking outside the entrance of the lodge. The Doctor turned to me and said in a sudden and abrupt change of tone that that man had been reincarnated into a dog. I looked at the Doctor in disbelief and thought that for sure he was just joking. I never even gave his remarks any serious attention and continued to drink my coffee. Suddenly, the man disappeared and I saw a light brown dog enter the lounge. We were the only two people in the lobby. The dog stood motionless for a minute or two, looking from a distance at Doctor Dahesh and then it came dashing to where he was sitting. The dog stood by Doctor Dahesh’s feet shaking all over. I was motionless with awe from what I was witnessing. Then the Doctor took some water from a glass and sprinkled the dog with it saying: ”From water We created every living thing” (The Holy Koran, The Prophets: 30). Having finished saying that, he instantly was overtaken by the Spirit and told me that we should return to our room and burn several Ramzes to ward off the evil Sayals of the entire lodge and the people in it. The dog then left and I followed the Doctor to the room where he began to write and burn special Ramzes. When the Spirit left him, I explained what had happened. After a while we heard a knock at the door. Before I even opened the door to see who it was, Doctor Dahesh told me to tell whoever was knocking at the door that we did not want to eat any supper and to just send him away. When I opened the door, a native waiter told us that supper was ready. I said to the man we were not hungry. I locked the room after he left, and turning to Doctor Dahesh I jokingly said that perhaps they were planning to poison us. Doctor Dahesh, suddenly overcome by the Spirit, told me that they were indeed planning to poison us in order to rob us of all our money. It was all very creepy and to make matters worse all the lights in the room began to flicker. I became a bit nervous and worried, but at that moment, the Doctor, overtaken by the Spirit, told me not to worry for the Spirit was watching over us. We did not eat any hotel food that night and settled for a few bananas and mangos which we had brought back with us to the lodge. I told the Doctor later about the details of this incredible revelation. The following morning, Doctor Dahesh refused to eat breakfast or have anything to do with that hotel, and we left in a hurry to continue our safari. We stopped at another hotel, a few miles away, to have some coffee and

tea.

Bad Sayals are not confined to people and living things. They could be in the food we eat, in the materials we touch or wear, in anything. I remember once I was with the Doctor along with a Daheshist brother who lived in West Africa. We were invited to a very large dinner party. The man who invited us was a prominent Lebanese businessman. He had never met the Doctor before and wished to meet him. Initially, the Doctor did not want to go to that dinner party, but then he accepted the invitation when everybody insisted on him to go. When we arrived the following evening, the house was crowded with people who wanted to meet Doctor Dahesh. There must have been at least 40 guests present. The Doctor was the guest of honor, and all those Lebanese people at the party were very anxious to meet him. Upon entering the house, the Doctor became very uncomfortable. In the meantime, several hired waiters were preparing the dinner table. It was an impressive party. The dinner table which must have measured at least 15 feet long was covered with so many varieties of food. When the host asked the Doctor to begin the dinner party, he declined. He refused to eat. It was so strange and somewhat embarrassing, but the Doctor remained adamant. He refused to have even a cup of tea. The other Daheshist brother who knew all the Lebanese guests at the party, noticing the Doctor’s apparent discomfort told the group that the Doctor was not feeling well. He explained to the host that he had not been feeling well all day long, and that he should return to his hotel to rest in bed. We excused ourselves and left, leaving everyone disappointed. On the way to the hotel, the Doctor told us that he could not have eaten anything in that house. Had he eaten anything he would have been very sick. We understood from his remarks that the overwhelming spiritual Sayals of the house, the food, and some of the people gathered that night were incompatible with his. On another occasion, I remember we were in Tripoli, Libya. It was on a Friday, the official resting day in all Moslem countries. Usually on this day, businesses and shopping centers are closed. However, I had found a small tourist shopping area by the harbor which had remained opened.

 

I asked Doctor Dahesh if he wished to visit the market with me to pass some time, but he preferred to stay in the room to write down in his diary. I left him alone in the room and went to the shopping area. As I began to browse through the shops, a beautiful brown tweed suit made in Italy caught my eye. It was of good quality and I decided to try it on. Unfortunately, it was too small and I asked the salesman in the shop if he had the exact suit in a larger size. He did not and informed me that the suit was the last of its kind. As it was a good buy, I decided to buy it for my brother Ali who was a bit shorter than I. The salesman wrapped the suit up for me and put it in a box. He placed the box in a large brown paper bag and handed it to me. From there, I took a taxi and returned to the hotel where I went straight up to the room. The door was slightly opened and before entering I knocked to let the Doctor know that I was coming in. He was sitting at the table, busy writing. The moment he saw me he said: ”I wish you had not bought that suit; it has bad spiritual Sayals. Anyhow, it is too late to do anything about it now, except to burn this special Ramz I made for you.” He instructed me to say ”In the Name of God, and His Beloved Prophet, may the bad Sayals in this suit be harmless.” Incidentally when I went to the market, it was not my intention to buy a suit. The thought did not come into my mind until I saw that tweed suit on display. I was truly amazed at this revelation which proves that even a suit can contain bad Sayals. That spiritual revelation proved beyond any doubt that the spiritual Sayals are found in all forms and objects. Two days later, still being in Tripoli, Libya, the Doctor and I decided to go to the main shopping center. This time it was he who admired a suit on display. We went inside the store and I asked the man to bring a suit like the one Doctor Dahesh admired, but in his size. The man went and came back with a suit which he handed me. The Doctor took off the jacket he was wearing to try on the suit, but no sooner had I put the new suit jacket on him when he began to twitch all over. He quickly shouted at me, as if though he was in pain: ”Take the jacket off me immediately, it contains horrible Sayals.” He left the shop in a hurry. I gave the suit back to the man who was standing with us and he did not understand a thing of what was happening, nor why we quickly went away! Another event I remember that happened on my travels with Doctor Dahesh was the time I was with him and his sister Antoinette, in Malta. We checked into a first-class hotel in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. The Doctor and his sister took a room and I took another adjacent to them. A day or so after being in Malta, he saw a golden necklace in one of the hotel lobby boutiques. The Doctor held it in his hand, looked at it carefully and then turned to me and said: ”You should buy it for your wife because it contains good Sayals.” Usually, I do not buy jewelry from boutiques in first-class hotel lobbies for the obvious reason that the prices there are normally far higher than anywhere else. However, when he told me to buy that necklace for my wife, I did so without any hesitation. The manager placed it in a special attractive box which I was going to give to my wife as a surprise. I put it away inside the catalogue case I always carry. After staying a few days in Malta we went to Tripoli, Libya and then to Benghazi before returning to Beirut. As soon as I arrived home, I remembered the beautiful jewelry I bought in Malta. I did not find it. I looked all over, but there was no trace of it. I presumed I had lost it somewhere on my journey. I did not tell my wife about it because she would be upset at me for not having taken good care of it. Anyway, that was not the first time I had lost valuable items while traveling. A few months later, I telephoned Doctor Dahesh to see if I could visit him with my wife that evening. He said that I could come and requested that I should bring with me one of the spiritual Ramzes which he gave me a year earlier. There were many people there that evening and after sitting for a while in the living room, Doctor Dahesh entered. He greeted everyone and especially welcomed my wife. He then said that he had a special gift for her, and although it was not from him personally, it had appeared spiritually. He said that had she not come to visit him, the gift would never have been found. He went inside and came back carrying a white envelope. He gave it to my wife and told her to open it to see what was inside. When she opened it and saw the beautiful necklace she was very surprised and did not know what was happening. I turned to the Doctor and told him that was the gold jewelry I had bought for my wife in Malta a few months ago. Doctor Dahesh told me to read out loud the wordings of the Ramz I brought with me. The prophecy stated where and when I would buy that golden necklace for my wife. It also stated that I would lose it, but that it would spiritually reappear, to be given to my wife on a certain date, and that my wife should wear the necklace because it contained good spiritual Sayals. Those incidents and revelations prove that there are good and bad Sayals in people, food, clothes, and everything else. There are, as I soon will explain, basically different levels of spiritual Sayals, even in societies and nations. The Bible and the Koran are full of stories of nations and communities which God utterly destroyed for their iniquity and sin. As I traveled with the Doctor, I also learned that he liked some countries more than others. For example, he liked Egypt for its friendliness and warmth of heart. He admired Italy for its artistic qualities and savor and loathed the permissive and promiscuous character of some nations. The Doctor criticized America for its excessive materialism and yet praised it wholeheartedly for its love of democracy and freedom. He felt very uneasy with the harsh and stifling qualities of the Soviet Union. He was saddened by the ignorant and corrupt nature of some of the countries we visited. To Doctor Dahesh, nations are like individuals: they possess entities of their own. Every country or society, on the whole, reflects the dominant spiritual Sayals of its people. If the majority of the people making up a country are cruel and corrupt, then it follows that their government will also be both cruel and corrupt. The general rule, however, is that peoples and nations will always have the government they deserve, according to their moral and spiritual conduct. Likewise, if the people are selfish and materialistic, then their country will certainly be a materialistic and selfish one. In short, what the majority of the people are, how they think, feel, and act, so shall be the characteristics of their nation and government. Such are the spiritual realities behind peoples, societies and nations. I once asked Doctor Dahesh about this subject, and he told me that even the nationality of an individual is never an act of coincidence. For example, why a German is a German, or an Italian an Italian, or an African an African? The Daheshist explanation to this, as I understood it, is simply because the German child is born with the general characteristics of the German people’s Sayals on the whole. The Italian child is born with the Sayals of the Italian people and likewise the African child. The spiritual Sayals of the child are dormant at birth, but as he or she matures, the spiritual Sayals begin to assert themselves. They begin to shape and influence the behavior and the character of the individual. Consequently, in the case of the German child who is born to German parents, even before being reincarnated as a child, he had his spiritual Sayals similar in characteristics with the spiritual Sayals of the great majority of the German people. As the child grows into maturity, his spiritual Sayals begin to mold him into the German character. The same holds true for the Italian child who at birth has reincarnated dormant spiritual Sayals in harmony with that of the Italian people and their characteristics. When those Sayals are fully awakened, that individual will have the Italian spirit and mood. As for the native African child, he too will possess spiritual Sayals, which when fully developed will be in tune with the general characteristics of that African society to which he was born. Some might say that such an explanation cannot hold true for a large country like the U.S., which has a large proportion of naturalized Americans – Americans who were born elsewhere from parents who may have never even set foot in the U.S. That might well be the case, but the answer would still be that those people who become Americans must have found something in America which drew them to it. In other words, their spiritual Sayals and that of the U.S. are in harmony and in affinity with one other. The spiritual Sayals in individuals will always be attracted to the corresponding spiritual environment in which they can fully express themselves. Some might even argue that the environment factors determine the characteristics and the behavior of an individual. For example, a violent environment will probably produce violent individuals. While this may appear to be true on the surface, that assertion by itself would be rejected by the Daheshist philosophy. The environmental factors are indeed important and play a significant part in influencing the character of the person, but in the final analysis, what determines the attributes of a person in terms of what he likes, hates, feels, and knows, will always be his spiritual Sayals. However, there is a definite link between the spiritual Sayals of an individual and that of his environment. The environment reflects the aggregate mood and expressions of its inhabitants. The environment in which a person grows is very important, for it helps the spiritual Sayals of that individual to find their fulfillment. It was the artistic environment of Florence in the Renaissance that helped Michael Angelo’s Sayals to flourish and find their true spiritual expression. For spiritual reasons, it was the Middle Eastern environment that gave birth to all the monotheistic religions of the world. I remember once asking Doctor Dahesh about this and why the monotheistic religions of the world came from the Middle East. His answer was that there are certainly spiritual reasons for this. The known prophets, from Adam to Abraham and Moses, and later Jesus and Mohammed, came from there. In conclusion, we can say that each country and environment possesses its own spiritual Sayals. Each will draw to it people and individuals with Sayals similar in their general characteristics. Accordingly, we can speak of the ”psychology of nationalities,” as we speak also of the psychology of the individual.

 

 

 

CHAPTER XV

My travels with Doctor Dahesh came to an end in 1973, and during this period the Doctor visited all the countries I normally go to on business. Later, he continued to travel around the world with other Daheshists. Even though my travels with Doctor Dahesh had ended, I continued to be very close to him. If I was not away on business, I would visit him almost daily, and sometimes even twice a day. By early 1975, the dark clouds of civil war began to gather over the skies of Lebanon, sowing in their wake hatred, bigotry, and violence. The Lebanese state began to crumble apart. Armed militias, controlled by cruel and corrupt politicians, cropped up out of nowhere. At one point, there were no less than thirty armed bands scattered all over, fighting one another in a tiny nation no larger in size than some of America’s large counties. All the armed bands claimed to be fighting for a noble cause, for a so-called ”healthier and better Lebanon.” Yet, atrocious criminal acts, that can never have any relation to any noble cause, were committed everywhere in the country. Many innocent lives were lost just because of their religions or affiliations. Terror reigned supreme all over. The world still remembers with revulsion the criminal bloody massacres in Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Beirut during the Israeli invasion in September 1982. The Lebanese civil war that broke out in 1975 ushered the gradual and systematic destruction of Lebanon. Not a single region in Lebanon was spared. The devastation of villages, cities, factories, public utilities, and even crops and domesticated animals, was widespread. Entire communities on all sides were wiped out. The savagery of the crimes, atrocities, and the massacre of innocent people defy description. A western reporter who happened to witness the Phalangist massacre of the Palestinian refugee camp of Tel-El-Zaatar described it as being one of the ugliest and goriest he had ever seen in his life as a war correspondent. Innocent people were being killed daily for no other reason than their religion. Christians, Moslems, and Druze were all massacred by opposing parties. The agony and self-destruction of Lebanon which is still unsettled seventeen years after the start of the civil war are an extraordinary example of spiritual punishment which the people of Lebanon have brought upon themselves. Lebanon, contrary to all of its superficial glitter and civility, was a den of corruption and wickedness. From a Daheshist perspective, what happened in Lebanon and what is still happening could not be anything but a spiritual phenomenon. Behind the traceable causes of the war, there are the spiritual causes. Lebanon is paying the terrible price of divine justice and retribution it deserves. The country is being severely punished for its iniquity and corruption, but above all for its denial and persecution of Doctor Dahesh – the Guiding Beloved Prophet – and his spiritual Message. For ten continuous years (1942-1952), Doctor Dahesh and his adherents were victims of a brutal religious persecution, instigated mainly by the Christian Maronite clergy, and carried out by the then president Bishara al-Khuri, aided and abetted by other high government officials and public figures. As a result of this criminal conspiracy, Doctor Dahesh was subjected to a ferocious defamatory press campaign; he was denied his right of defending himself and denied by the government Censorship Bureau any public reply to the defamation by the press. He was subjected to constant police surveillance and to repeated arbitrary investigations; finally, he was unjustly arrested on August 28, 1944, stripped of his Lebanese nationality, and expelled from his country, by unprecedented despotic measures, concocted and executed in total secrecy, without affording him any trial or hearing, or any other guarantee of due process of law, whatsoever. Worst still was the attitude of the Lebanese public officials and the other leaders of public opinion like the journalists, academics, and writers. For there was none among them who came forth to champion the cause of truth and justice in the case of Doctor Dahesh. The conspiracy of silence was no less brutal and effectively contributed to the perpetuation of the crimes committed. In his exile, Doctor Dahesh suffered hunger, pain, and destitution. The Lebanese authorities continued to persecute him, and in 1947 he found himself at the border of Azerbaijan where he was arrested and executed by a firing squad. Yet, despite the terrible crime done unto Doctor Dahesh, God’s watchful eye spared him and frustrated his enemies. The person whom the Lebanese authorities banished to the borders of the Soviet Union was one of Doctor Dahesh’s Six Spiritual Personalities.(16) That incident is well documented, and pictures of Doctor Dahesh’s execution were published by several Lebanese newspapers which reported the event. Not one newspaper covering the story had the professional courage to even comment or raise the question of why an innocent man had been persecuted by the government and had been left to die unjustly at the border of a foreign country. Not a single paper ever bothered to ask the authorities why they had inflicted such a crime on an innocent Lebanese citizen whose only ”crime” was to spread the Word of God, telling the Lebanese people to love one another and to shed off the religious fanaticism and bigotry that dwelled in their hearts. Doctor Dahesh, and his faithful Daheshist adherents, however, fought hack with singular courage, demanding that justice be done, rights restored, and damages redressed. From his hiding place, Doctor Dahesh wrote, published, and distributed sixty-six Black Books, and one hundred sixty-five Black Pamphlets and leaflets, wherein he exposed, to the benefit of the public opinion, the criminal conspiracy and the crimes committed against him in its execution. He even went beyond the confines of his case and laid out stinking corruptions and abhorrent abuses of power committed by the same public officials who were involved in his persecution. These Black publications contributed to the disgraceful downfall of president Bishara al-Khuri on September 18, 1952, by a general popular uprising. The succeeding government restored to Doctor Dahesh his nationality and abrogated the Decree of his expulsion, acknowledging, thus, that all the measures whereby Doctor Dahesh was stripped of his nationality and expelled from his country were illegal. The analogy between the present-day destruction of Lebanon and the destruction of Biblical Jerusalem in A.D. 70 is remarkably striking. Both communities brought upon themselves the wrath of God and they were punished for their evil ways and for their denial and persecution of God’s messengers.’ Two thousand years ago, the Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem denied Jesus Christ. They ridiculed and finally crucified him with the help and instigation of the powerful Rabbis. As a result, God punished the inhabitants of the Biblical Palestine at the hands of the Romans, who crushed them and scattered them all over the world.

 

This time, the Lebanese people and their government, once again instigated mainly by the religious leaders of the Christian Maronite Church, denied and defamed Doctor Dahesh. They persecuted him and even tried to assassinate him. For this crime, Lebanon is now paying the ultimate price – that of its total destruction and its eventual disappearance as an independent country. The Lebanese people, like the Jewish people of ancient times, are now being scattered all over the world. One evening, I remember going to visit the Doctor. He was seated in the corridor surrounded by Daheshist sisters and brothers. As we sat there, the conversation turned to the intractable problems facing the country. Everybody was wondering whether the situation would deteriorate further, when suddenly the Doctor pulled out of his pocket a literary piece he had just finished writing a few hours earlier on that same day, October 25, 1975. That inspired piece was appropriately entitled ”0 Miserable Lebanon”.(18) He read the article out loud for all those present to hear. We listened attentively to every word he said, and when he concluded, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lebanon was in the grip of a devastating civil war, a war that was going to be so vicious and so cruel that the country would never be the same again. Not long after that, things began to take a turn for the worse. Incidents of armed clashes and random killings taking place everywhere in the country were reported by all local newspapers. Printed stories of kidnapping, torturing and killings became more and more frequent. The whole atmosphere in the country was becoming increasingly nerve racking.

 

At the time, I lived in a Christian neighborhood, very close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Tel-El-Zaatar. The building we lived in was located on a hill, overlooking the camp. From our balcony one could clearly see the camp which was only about four hundred yards away. The only thing that separated us from the camp site was a large open space covered with tall pine trees and a highway that ran parallel to the camp leading up to the mountains. One morning as I was getting ready to go to work, I heard some unusual commotion going on in the building. I opened the door to see what was happening, and I noticed several young Phalangist militiamen in their military uniforms, fully armed. They were scurrying up to the roof of the building to take up positions. And, from the balcony of our apartment I also noticed another Phalangist group taking up positions behind some of the pine trees in the yard. I had no idea why they were doing that, nor for what purpose even though I had an uneasy and suspicious feeling about their motives. Suddenly, and without any warning, they opened fire on the people in the refugee camp, at anything and everything that moved in that unfortunate camp. At first, I did not see at what they were firing, but then I noticed a small three-story high building which was under construction. It consisted of nothing more than a foundation, some columns, ceilings and a stairway running from the basement up to the other floors. There were no walls yet in the building, and many laborers were busy at work that morning carrying possibly cement, bricks and other construction materials to the unprotected upper floors. When I saw some of those poor laborers dropping dead like birds from the hail of the merciless bullets, I realized with horror the Phalangists were firing at those poor victims. The sight of innocent people being murdered in cold blood was just too sickening to witness. It was one of the most horrifying sights I have ever seen in my life.

 

Up till that point I had never seen crimes committed against innocent people before, nor had I ever expected to encounter in my lifetime such remorseless individuals who could be so callous and devoid of any twinge of conscience. Whoever trained and indoctrinated those young thugs into killing innocent people for whatever political reason must have had the most depraved and evil of hearts. Later on however, I saw Moslem armed hooligans committing similar merciless crimes against innocent Christians. This convinced me that both sides of the civil war in Lebanon comprised notorious criminals and heartless killers. In order to defend themselves, the Palestinians at the camp returned the fire in our direction, and for the next two days no one dared go outside to the streets for fear of being hit by the flying bullets and the falling mortar shells which flew in every direction. On the third day, there was a lull in the fighting which led to some sort of a cease-fire. This allowed the people to get out, buy food and go about their business. A week or so later the heavy fighting resumed, and this went on and off for several more weeks. In the meantime, the war was quickly spreading all over the country. The fighting between the Christian and Moslem militiamen was taking place on many fronts. Each side was aided by local and regional allies. While people were being killed daily and their property being savagely destroyed, Lebanese politicians and warlords were jockeying for position and influence, displaying utter arrogance and callousness of heart toward the plight and agony of their dying nation. At this stage of the civil war, there was still some hope that the Lebanese government, which was still functioning, would be able to control the situation. People in general felt that the violence and the unrest would eventually die down, restoring the country’s fragile and superficial peace and public order. Lebanese newspapers were filled with commentaries and articles which gave the impression that a solution to the problem was near. One newspaper even printed a front page article anticipating an end to the fighting and the return to normalcy in a very short time. The article predicted that the Western countries, particularly the United States, would not permit the situation in Lebanon to get out of control, since the country was far too important for the West, as a political and commercial base in the Middle East. As the country waited and hoped for a political settlement to the crisis, many Lebanese were already thinking of moving to other countries. As for Dr. Dahesh, he was planning to undertake a series of journeys to different countries.


 

CHAPTER XVI

Gradually but surely, the Doctor began to prepare for departure. The Daheshists did know, however, that this time Lebanon was in for a terrible spiritual punishment(19). The prophecy which Doctor Dahesh had made about the country’s destruction back in 1948 and published on January 4, 1948 by Al-Hayat newspaper of Beirut, was coming true. By the summer of 1975, the neighborhood I was living in became a war zone. Heavily armed clashes broke out daily between the Phalangists and the Palestinians, and casualties in our neighborhood were mounting. In our building, the concierge was killed by a stray bullet. Often times, I was unable to go to work for days, and sometimes I would huddle up and sleep with the rest of my family for days in a narrow corridor located in the center of the apartment. The corridor provided us with some kind of protection in case our apartment was hit by mortar or rocket shells. We decided to leave our apartment the very first chance we got, and one day I took advantage of a lull in the fighting to take my family away temporarily from that neighborhood until the situation improved. We left everything behind and moved into a small furnished apartment we rented on a monthly basis in West Beirut. Unfortunately, we were unable to take the large family dog with us to the new apartment, and when my daughter went back to bring him two days later, she found him shot. From that moment on, I never set foot in East Beirut. Eventually Christian armed bands broke into our apartment and stole most of our furniture, all of the carpets and whatever lightweight and expensive objects they could carry. They would have taken away everything were it not for my next-door Christian neighbor who stopped them. When Doctor Dahesh heard of the break-in into my apartment, he sent two brave Daheshist brothers who were Christians by birth(20) to that war-zone in order to salvage whatever was left of my apartment. My brother Ali also lived in a neighborhood which came under heavy fire. The building he lived in was frequently subjected to mortar and rocket shelling. Eventually, he too had to leave his apartment. I let him and his family temporarily move into my large office until arrangements could be made for him to move into safer quarters. One day Ali took a risk by going to check on his apartment. When he returned, he was visibly saddened and told us that the building he lived in had been hit by several rockets. His apartment, or what was left of it, had been completely destroyed by a rocket. There was nothing left of his furniture except for a few bits of charred fragments and some burnt household items. The entire neighborhood, he said, looked like a ghost town and had been totally deserted by its inhabitants. The only people he saw were some Moslem gunmen taking up positions in some of the destroyed and abandoned buildings. Those gunmen were very unfriendly to Ali and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave the area. Toward the end of 1975, the Lebanese politicians, unable to reach an agreement on a common policy to save the country, paralyzed the government and in effect prevented it from carrying out its responsibilities of law and order. This development, right from the beginning, encouraged the armed thieves and hooligans to appear everywhere and enforce their own rules. Those armed thugs roamed freely in West Beirut breaking into homes, stealing, beating and even killing innocent people in daylight for no other reason than theft and vandalism. Doctor Dahesh’s house was located in one of the most dangerous war zones in West Beirut. It was also deliberately targeted by old antagonists, who bombarded it with rocket and mortar shells, and armed hooligans attempted to rob and vandalize it. Divine mercy kept the house from utter destruction. Most of the rockets fell near and around the house. With practically no government around to protect people and their property from violence and theft, Daheshist brothers volunteered to guard Dr. Dahesh’s house and to keep it under surveillance twenty-four hours a day. This went on for several months in which there were always Daheshist brothers eager and willing to take up positions to defend their beloved Doctor and his house, even with their lives. Ali was one of the Daheshist brothers who eagerly volunteered for the job. He began to spend frequent nights at Doctor Dahesh’s house along with the other Daheshists who guarded it and helped in the packing and moving of the crates from the house to other safer areas. As the violence increased and the general political situation deteriorated further, I could no longer return with my family to our apartment in the Christian neighborhood. The mere fact that I carried an identity card that showed my religion by birth to be Islam and that I spoke Arabic with a Palestinian accent would have meant instant murder had the Phalangists gotten hold of me. I later found out that one of the Phalangist ringleaders, who patrolled the area where I lived, confided in one of my Christian neighbors that they had not known that I was originally a Palestinian and a Moslem too. They probably regretted the fact that I sort of slipped through their fingers. Unable to return to our apartment in the Christian section of East Beirut, I decided to send my family to Chicago for a few months until the situation in Lebanon stabilized. I was planning to remain in Lebanon and to use one of the rooms in my office as a temporary place of residence. My office was located in the Moslem section of West Beirut. On the eve of my family’s departure to the United States, I went to visit the Doctor. I asked him if he could possibly write a special prayer for my family, so that their new move to America would be a safe and successful one. Doctor Dahesh wrote the Ramz – the Daheshist prayer – as I sat beside him. In it he asked God Almighty to keep a merciful watchful eye over my family. He then folded the Ramz and told me that the following morning I was to copy it down exactly as he had written it, and I was to burn what I had copied just before my family left for the airport. The following morning, I unfolded the Ramz to copy it, but the writing in it had changed. Instead of the original prayer the Doctor had written, there was an awesome spiritual message which declared that God is very patient, and yet he is also a very just and watchful Lord. Mentioned also in this message is that the Guiding Beloved Prophet has lived among the Lebanese, and that for over thirty-three years he has tried to mend their wicked ways and to bring them back to the spiritual path of salvation and righteousness. Instead of listening to him and following his advice to save themselves, they vilified and calumniated him. They persecuted him, rejected him, and caused him great suffering and pain. For this, God Almighty is going to smite them down so hard that they will never be able to recover again.

 

Toward the end of 1975, the Doctor’s house was increasingly becoming a very dangerous place to visit. Almost daily, rocket shells from East Beirut fell around the Daheshist house. Often times they missed, but occasionally they would hit the house. Many times we would be sitting in the house, usually away from dangerously exposed areas, when suddenly a rocket would hit a corner or a wall in the old building thereby shaking its very foundations. One time, I remember a rocket hit the roof of the building and it almost blew the entire roof off. It left a great gap in the ceiling which took several days of work to restore. On another occasion, I recall, coming to visit the Doctor one early morning, I found the whole street leading to the house cordoned off by demolition experts. Apparently, a Daheshist brother had spotted an unusual attachment tucked under his car which was parked right outside Doctor Dahesh’s house. Upon checking the car he noticed that there was an explosive device underneath it. He immediately called the explosive experts who carefully dismantled it. I was later told that we were indeed very lucky that the bomb had not exploded for if it had, it would have completely demolished the entire house. One afternoon I went to visit the Doctor with my brother Ali, who at that time lived temporarily with his family in my office. I had vacated most of my office for his use but left one small room in which I would conduct the company’s business and also sleep. We spent several hours at the Doctor’s house, and later when it was time for me to leave, Ali informed me that he was going to spend the night at the Doctor’s house, along with some other Daheshist brothers. He asked me to tell his wife not to worry about him. The next morning a Daheshist brother came to my office and informed me that the Doctor’s house had come under heavy rocket attack last night, and as a result, Ali had been slightly wounded. I asked him where my brother was, and he told me that they had taken him to an emergency hospital. I sensed something was wrong and immediately rushed over with the Daheshist brother to the hospital where they had taken Ali. The ”emergency hospital” turned out to be a large high school basement which had been converted into a makeshift clinic, used solely for emergency cases. The clinic was crowded with wounded people, and several nurses and a few attending doctors were busy taking care of the wounded patients. I asked one attending physician to direct me to Ali. He led me to a section which appeared to house the most seriously wounded. When I saw my brother I was horror-stricken and felt the roof had caved in on me. I realized instantly that Ali was seriously wounded, perhaps mortally. His head was swollen beyond recognition and he lay unconscious. I asked the attending doctor who brought me to Ali about my brother’s condition and how serious it was. He did not want to tell me the bad news. However, from the expression on his face and the indirect remarks he made, I knew that Ali was in a very critical condition. The doctor suggested that I rush Ali over to the American University Hospital, where perhaps they would be able to do something for him and give me a proper diagnosis of his condition. At the American University Hospital, Ali was immediately admitted to the emergency room. Two hours or more passed by and still there was no word from the doctors about my brother’s condition. By that time the whole family had gotten word of what happened. Ali’s wife and children, my mother, sisters, and the rest of the family came to the hospital. There were also many Daheshist brothers and sisters at the hospital. We were all waiting and hoping that Ali would pull out of it. He did not. We were told by the physicians who had examined him and had run X-rays that there was a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain. Technically speaking he was brain-dead, but as he was a strong young man his heart was still beating. The doctor’s prognosis was clear – Ali for all practical purposes was dead. I still could not believe that my brother was gone. I rushed over to Doctor Dahesh’s house hoping and praying that the Guiding Beloved Prophet would still be able to help him. When I arrived, the house was in a state of shock and commotion. All the Daheshist brothers and sisters who heard of Ali’s accident of the previous night, and knew that he was dying, were terribly grieved. I asked the Doctor if there was anything he could do to help my brother as he still was breathing, and perhaps there was a chance for him to make it. Doctor Dahesh took me alone to an adjacent room, and for the first time in my life I saw tears running down from his eyes. He told me that he loved my brother dearly, but that whatever God willed, would be done. He made a Ramz in which he asked God Almighty to do whatever was best for Ali. He then burnt it and placed the ashes inside a yellow paper which he handed me to keep. From the Doctor’s house I rushed back to the hospital hoping that some spiritual miracle would happen to save Ali. At about 5 o’clock in the evening I left the hospital and went back to the office. I could not bear the sight of my mother, Ali’s wife, and the rest of my family shedding tears at the hospital in desperate grief. I sat in my office anticipating the bad news at any moment. At about 6:30 P.M., the telephone rang and I was told that Ali had officially died. His heart had stopped beating at about 6:00 P.M. It was a tragic time for me to lose my closest brother. He, not only was a brother of mine in the flesh, but also a dear Daheshist brother in the soul, and it was he who had introduced me to the beloved Doctor Dahesh. Upon hearing the sad news, I returned to Doctor Dahesh’s house with a heavy and grieving heart. I returned, not for anything special, but just because I felt I needed to be near the Doctor’s comforting presence.

 

When I arrived, I sensed the sad atmosphere of the place. Doctor Dahesh was perhaps the saddest of all. His eyes were wet with tears. Later, I was told by sister Zeina that in all her long association with Doctor Dahesh, she had seen him in tears only twice. The first time was when his dear friend Doctor Khabsa had passed away, and the second time was when my brother Ali had died on December 15, 1975. I opened the yellow paper in which the ashes of the burnt special Ramz had been kept. I was astonished to find that the ashes were changed back into the same folded Ramz prior to its burning. Upon opening it, I found in the place of the original Ramz two spiritual messages. The first message when translated from Arabic reads:

Dear Salim, Blessed is every Daheshist who departs into the other world, after he has made sacrifices for the sake of the Message and the Guiding Beloved Prophet, for, then, his spiritual degree will be sublime and his happiness everlasting. I said, blessed is every Daheshist who departs, and I did not say who dies, for there is absolutely no death at all. There is only a transformation from one state into another – from the state of ignorance into the state of complete spiritual knowledge, subject to deserving the Degree of Knowledge. And your brother, Ali, that brother who struggled for the Message with his words, heart, mind and feelings, and was totally loyal and loving to the Guiding Beloved Prophet, he was rewarded by the Divine Providence: his reward was an extremely glorious, extremely enchanting, extremely enthralling world, whose happiness is spiritual and bliss eternal. Furthermore, from his remote and happy world, he will save your children from an impending danger which cannot but take place – your brother, however, through a great spiritual help will prevent it from happening. Praise the Lord, and be devoted to your belief, for then your reward shall be spiritual and eternal as you shall live in everlasting bliss for ever and ever.

(Signed), Father Nahum(21)

 

The second spiritual message reads as follows:

Dear Salim Sooner or later, every soul will taste death. However, concerning the true believer, Ali Onbargi, whose belief in the sublime Daheshist Message and in the Guiding Beloved Prophet was absolute, and who now inhabits the Planet of Splendor, we impart to you the good news that he is among the happiest, engulfed in spiritual delights, and no human pen is capable of describing that everlasting bliss. The last Sayal of your brother Ali was to leave him on December 15, 1975. Regardless of Ali’s whereabouts on that date his Sayal was bound to leave him – whether he was in Beirut, or in any other city or town; or whether he was walking along the street, or sleeping in his bed, or at work, when December 15, 1975 comes, and at its exact preordained hour, his last Sayal will leave him. As for why he died in the House of the Message and his blood spilled over the ground as a result of the explosion, we shall inform you about why this had taken place, and why his Sayals departed from him at the House of the Great Message. That incident happened thus for history to record this event, immortalizing Ali’s name. For instead of saying that Ali died walking along the street, or engrossed in his work, or eating his meal, history will recall that Ali gave his life in martyrdom, while protecting the Beloved Prophet and the House of the Beloved Prophet; and all shall exalt his name.

(Signed), Father Nahum

 

 

CHAPTER XVII

Approximately two weeks after Ali’s death, I left for the United States to join my family. From there I continued to travel extensively back and forth to the Middle East on business. Every time I went to the Middle East, I made sure to stop in Beirut for a few days to be with Doctor Dahesh. In the meantime, the political situation in Lebanon was not getting any better. In fact, the fighting and level of disorder and violence was increasing, creating further deterioration and chaos in the country. In 1976, Doctor Dahesh was finally able to leave Lebanon for the United States. I was among the Daheshists who greeted him at Kennedy Airport in New York City. Almost as soon as he set foot in America, Doctor Dahesh was embraced with love and devotion by his followers and especially by a committed Daheshist sister and her family. The attention, care, and loyalty this devoted family showed their beloved Doctor is truly matchless. He loved them dearly and felt happiest when he was with them. Wherever he went, they were right there beside him, tending to his every need and wish. Doctor Dahesh appreciated the care and love they gave him. It filled his heart with satisfaction and joy. One only has to read the Doctor’s twenty-volume series of Gardens of the Gods and Paradises of the Goddesses to appreciate the extent of love, gratitude and praise he felt toward this noble sister and her equally noble family.

 

In the United States, and during his extensive travels to other countries, Doctor Dahesh, with the unlimited support of this devoted Daheshist family, continued his monumental divine work in laying the basis of his new religion. He fortified the literary and cultural foundation of Daheshism by writing several other books. He also enriched the Daheshist library by acquiring thousands of additional books from the various bookstores he visited in America and other countries. It was also throughout his travels to America, that he began to lay the groundwork for the great task of expanding and elucidating the spiritually rich legacy of the Daheshist philosophy. I remained in close touch with Doctor Dahesh in his new environment. However, my visits to him unfortunately became less frequent. One reason was because he traveled a lot, either overseas or in the United States. When he was not traveling, he spent most of his time in and around New York City. I lived in Chicago with my family, but most of my time was spent away on business trips in the Middle East. Yet, in spite of that, whenever I returned to America, I made sure to stop in New York to visit Doctor Dahesh if he was there. He also visited me twice in Chicago. In 1978, Doctor Dahesh returned to his home in Lebanon. At that time, the political situation in the country superficially appeared to have improved. There was a temporary lull in the fighting between the Christian and Moslem antagonists. Although neither faction agreed on a political solution, each realized that they could not impose their will on the other by the force of arms. Doctor Dahesh remained in Beirut until 1980, and during that time he published at least twenty volumes of his books. He meticulously supervised the material and the illustrations for each volume that was to be printed. The task of completing such a colossal amount of first quality work in such a volatile and potentially explosive situation was truly an impressive achievement. The entire Daheshist house resembled a printing shop where several Daheshist brothers and sisters worked hard into the late hours of night to meet their deadlines. Some were busy copying and reviewing the hand-written manuscripts, while others were busy developing films and pictures for the art works to be used in the books. Still, others went daily to the printing shops to make sure that everything was correct and up to the first-rate standards the Doctor had requested. In 1981 Doctor Dahesh left Lebanon on another journey to the United States. Once again, he was received with open arms by the same Daheshist sister and her family. They continued to be with him, taking him wherever he wished and assisting him in whatever undertaking he wanted to accomplish. He wrote even more inspired books and charted the directions the Daheshist Message should take. On June 6, 1983, I met with Dr. Dahesh in Geneva, Switzerland, just six days after he had celebrated his seventy fourth birthday. I witnessed during this visit a number of miracles and received a spiritual message concerning the end of the world.(22) Doctor Dahesh’s unique spiritual and cultural legacy will forever be a beacon of spiritual salvation and hope for mankind, unmatched in the annals of human history. This is a legacy he did not deduce from reading books of wisdom, nor was it a spiritual legacy he acquired from personal knowledge and experience. Doctor Dahesh brought into the world a divine Message handed to him from above, a religious Message from God attested by supernatural spiritual revelations and miracles. The Daheshist miracles and revelations were in the thousands, and the people who saw and confirmed them were also in the thousands. Those who witnessed Doctor Dahesh’s miracles admitted that what they saw were indeed miracles and could not be explained otherwise. Yet still, some would not change their way of life and follow the Doctor and his new spiritual Message. Unfortunately, not everyone who witnessed Doctor Dahesh’s revelations and miracles realized that Dr. Dahesh was given the power to perform these spiritual miracles by God Almighty in order that people would listen and heed his Message. Not everyone realized that the miracles he performed were the seal of prophecy, just as Moses and Jesus had received it before him. Yet, beyond Doctor Dahesh’s spiritual identity and beyond the fact that he performed thousands of awe-inspiring miracles, what was the main thrust of his spiritual Message and philosophy? Did he tell people something so bizarre and irrelevant to their lives that they should not even have given it a second thought? Was he trying to teach a philosophy which contradicted the divine teachings of Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed? Or, did he proclaim something that was so utterly preposterous and contrary to modern scientific knowledge and discovery? Had he even remotely tried to appeal to the wild inclinations of people by telling them what they wanted to hear? Or, had he encouraged his followers to carry out some unusual and harmful mystic practices? No, and a thousand times no. Doctor Dahesh had a spiritual Message to deliver, irrespective of what people thought. He had a divine duty to carry out God’s will and to tell the spiritual truth to whomever wished to listen. He tried to instill in the hearts of people the basic values and ethics of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He taught people to practice the universal and eternal values of decency, goodness, honesty, compassion, and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. For without those values, life would be meaningless. The Daheshist philosophy complemented the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions, but with more clarity and explanation. The Daheshist Message is a modern dynamic religion intended for the twentieth century and beyond it. It is also a religious philosophy aimed for the rationale of modern man. No other religion before Daheshism has revealed so many spiritual secrets dealing with life and death. Daheshism announces emphatically the basic spiritual foundation of everything in nature. It also reveals the extraordinary secret that all matter, including inanimate substances, are in reality living and fully conscious objects. Daheshism alone among all religions so clearly discloses the unmistakable spiritual interrelationships between causes and their effects and uncovers spiritual secrets about life and nature which only now nuclear physicists have begun to discover. I am referring to the scientific discovery regarding the constituents of matter (atomic particles) which are found to be in a constant state of transformation and change. The annihilation and re-creation of sub-atomic particles which are perpetually taking place inside the atoms of matter prove that all physical forms are fundamentally momentary and without any permanent reality. This scientific discovery which stresses the changing and elusive nature of matter gives credence and support to the Daheshist assertion that all physical Sayals (all forms and objects) are fundamentally transient and illusory. The Daheshist philosophy is not an Eastern mystic phenomenon, like those which claim that the world is neither good nor bad and could not be anything else but what it is. Daheshism does not claim that spiritual fulfillment comes from pure contemplation or by sitting quietly and mastering the art of the nonsense and the paradox: in other words, not to do anything and simply wait passively unconcerned with the pain and misery of the world, and yet hoping spiritual enlightenment will come in a so-called spontaneous flash, revealing in stages the secrets of the universe! How could such a claim be made by us, mortals! The Daheshist religion accepts none of that and proclaims loud and clear that the world is very evil and on the brink of self-destruction because of its many sins. Daheshism is telling the world that it needs an urgent spiritual reawakening of monumental proportion if it ever hopes to avoid an imminent disaster. It also declares loud and clear that spiritual rewards and enrichment can only come through positive and active participation in this world – by helping ourselves and others to understand the necessity of changing our spiritual way of life for the better. The Daheshist philosophy teaches us that peace on earth and goodwill toward men will always be a distant and unfulfilled dream so long as man is driven by materialism and greed. It also teaches us that only through disciplined and noble spiritual efforts will we be able to overcome our misery and pain and achieve justice, true happiness, and tranquility for all. Morality, ethics, compassion, involvement in making the world we live in a better place for everyone, and to love and obey our God Almighty and His laws: that is what the Daheshist religion is all about. In conclusion, what I have learned from Doctor Dahesh, among many other things, are the following: First, we, the human race, are just an infinitesimal part of a physical universe which is teeming with millions of other civilizations. We occupy a very modest and somewhat lowly place in the universal order of things. In other words, we are nowhere near the most intelligent nor the most privileged of God’s creatures. And yet, we are still part of His Kingdom and consequently included in His infinite love, mercy and grace. Second, we live in a physical universe where causes and their effects (spiritual causalities) form an intricate web of connected interrelationships which govern everything in nature. In other words, all events in nature, including sickness, pestilence, calamities, famine, flood, etc., happen for spiritual reasons. The causes and the spiritual reasons may not be apparent to us, and we often fail to make the connection. We normally explain events in non-spiritual terms, unaware of the spiritual causes behind them. The Daheshist revelations clearly emphasize the connection between the spiritual causes and their effects. ”Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Third, we are part of a physical universe in which the duality of the physical-spiritual dual aspect of the Sayals are combined to form the building blocks of the universe. Those dual physical and spiritual Sayals are interconnected and correlated in all forms and objects in the universe. Those Sayals are in a constant state of transformation and change, annihilation and recreation (Reincarnation). The universal law of transformation and change of the Sayals is one of the fundamental realities in nature, and it is the cause and the reason behind all the events that are taking place in the universe. In short, somewhere, sometime and in some form or another, we, as well as everything else in the universe, existed ever since the beginning and shall always be. Fourth, the universe and every part of it has a spiritual origin and is permeated with consciousness. Therefore, as strange as it may seem, everything in nature is a living and dynamic object capable of differentiating between good and evil. Every object in nature (time being irrelevant) is subject to the divine laws of reincarnation, which implies that we and everything in nature are what we justly deserve to be. Fifth, we hold the key to our happiness or misery, to our own rewards or punishments through our own thoughts and deeds. Whatever we see around us of misfortune or bliss is all brought about by our own making. The term ”our own making” refers to thoughts and deeds which we freely make throughout the never ending cycles of our lives, birth, death and reincarnation. Sixth, the universe and everything in it are God’s creations and we are governed by spiritual laws. The Lord is most Glorious, Merciful and Just. Without exception He rewards those who merit reward and punishes those who deserve punishment either in their present life or in subsequent lives. Whatever happens to us, whatever condition we are in, and whatever shape or form we may take, all is justly merited. The Lord is also infinitely merciful, and therefore we have always the chance of changing whatever condition we may be in through our own thoughts and deeds. These Daheshist principles, mainly the divine laws of reincarnation and the conscious aspects of everything in nature with its ability to differentiate between good and evil, are all assertions mentioned in other religions. They are clearly mentioned in the Bible and the Koran, and yet they may not have been recognized and fully understood. The Bible and the Koran both refer indirectly to reincarnation, and there are many verses in those two Holy Books which refer to the elements of nature as possessing knowledge and awareness. For example, in the Book of St. Mark, chapter 4, verse 39, we read:

He [Jesus] rose up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea ’silence be still.’ Then the wind fell and there was great calm.

Another example is in the Koran: Sura Al-Hajj or The Pilgrimage, verse 18, which says:

Seest thou not that to God bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and earth – The sun, the moon, the stars, the hills, the trees, the animals, and a great number of people?

In addition to the above holy verses which clearly indicate that the elements and everything in the universe possess thoughts and awareness, and that they have the ability to understand and worship the Lord, a number of eminent physicists are now talking about consciousness and matter as being inseparable. By that, they imply that the reality of matter is inexorably linked to thoughts and consciousness. Daheshists take this notion a step further by claiming that the realities of matter (forms and objects) are not only linked to thoughts and consciousness, but that they are themselves only the temporary and specific physical aspects of the Sayal! Everything around us, cars, houses, trees, people, animals, hills,... everything whether made by man or propagated by nature reflect a temporary state and level of the Sayals they are made of. When nuclear scientists probe inside the sub-atomic structures of rocks or steel, they do not find massive solids and lifeless indestructible matter. Instead they detect active, fluid, and dynamic particles of energy. They detect atomic particles that are undergoing a constant process of transformation and change. Thus, another reality which Daheshism uniquely introduced into the world is the concept of Sayal. The concept of the constantly changing Sayal as being the spiritual and material foundation of the physical universe and the reason for all the changes and transformations that are taking place inside it, is truly one of the most remarkable spiritual revelations ever disclosed in any religion. Finally Doctor Dahesh, in addition to being the Guiding Beloved Prophet, and the founder of the Daheshist religion(23), is also the talented author and founder of the Daheshist Library, the art expert and the curator of the Daheshist Museum. Above all, he is, in my opinion, the greatest teacher of all times. He taught us to always think for ourselves, to be tolerant and forbearing with those who disagree with us, but yet, not to be apologetic or defenseless with those who try to harm us. Doctor Dahesh taught us not to take things at face value, and not to be impressed with appearances, for appearances are not substance. It is the high spiritual quality that is the substance in individuals and nations.

 

We were told to be alert, caring, decent, compassionate and proud individuals actively involved in the world, for only through positive involvement can we find spiritual fulfillment and rewards. We were cautioned by Doctor Dahesh not to be overtaken by the dazzle of material progress and wealth, nor to be swept away by the glitter of modern day superficialities. Above all, we are to judge individuals and things for what they really are by applying the old honored Biblical rule ”Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16).(24) That simple rule alone contains all the wisdom one needs to know in order to avoid disappointments and surprises when dealing with individuals and societies. For example, one should not expect a materialistic Sayal to appreciate a lecture on spirituality or the moral need to share with others, nor for that matter to expect lenient and compassionate treatment to come from cruel and callous people. Finally, I would like to end this book with this final note. Doctor Dahesh lately became increasingly despaired and pessimistic about the utter remorselessness of the human race. In many of his latest inspired writings, and in his frequent remarks to Daheshist brothers and sisters, he warned of the impending disaster awaiting the world. Doctor Dahesh became more and more convinced that this earth with its inhabitants had become increasingly sinful and evil. And as happened in Noah’s time, if the human race does not quickly mend its vile ways, it will face imminent destruction. This time God will allow man to destroy himself by nuclear annihilation. The signs pointing toward that catastrophe are everywhere. One only has to look with an open mind to realize that we are indeed moving in that direction. Widespread breakdown of moral and spiritual values afflict every nation and society in the world. Violence and wars are frequently

 

tree, a mountain etc, in sum, all matter and energy. The known spiritual aspects of the Sayal consist of thoughts, emotions, feelings, instincts, knowledge, characters... i.e., attributes of consciousness. And since ”matter,” being a condensed spiritual Sayal, is in essence and substance spiritual, Daheshism considers the physical laws as being also divine laws. Contravening them entails punishment reflected in physical damages received by their transgressor. As both aspects of the Sayals, the physical and the spiritual are interdependent and correlated, accordingly everything animate or inanimate has a spiritual origin and is in reality dynamic and possessing consciousness. In other words, all matter and energy possess consciousness. For instance, a man or an animal is both matter and consciousness at the same time. Similarly, a stone which appears to us only as matter is also both matter and consciousness at the same time. Physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel laureate in physics and author of Physics and Beyond, has this to say in his book(25) Across the Frontiers: ”The laws of life have their origin beyond their mere physical manifestation and compel us to consider their spiritual source.”’ The Daheshist philosophy stresses the fact that everything physical is both matter and consciousness at the same time. It also makes no distinction between living and non-living objects. Doctor Dahesh revealed to us that the distinction between living and non-living objects is only a human perception which has no basis in truth. All matter and energy exist as living and fully conscious objects. This Daheshist idea of interdependence and correlation between the spiritual and physical aspects of the Sayals is an extremely difficult idea to explain, although it is a very basic principle of the Daheshist philosophy. Simply stated, the nature, character, type, and condition of any physical manifestation cannot be anything except the visible reflection of its deeper spiritual reality. We read in the words of physicist Capra: ”The clarification of the concept of order in a field of research where patterns of matter and patterns of mind are increasingly being recognized as reflections of one another promises thus to open fascinating frontiers of knowledge.” The connection and correlation between the spiritual-physical aspect of the Sayals have been emphasized innumerable times through the spiritual revelations and inspired writings of Doctor Dahesh. Hundreds of recorded miracles proved beyond doubt that the world of the Spirit which is not bound by our laws can change thoughts into matter. What Doctor Dahesh had been telling people for almost half a century about the changing and illusive nature of matter (physical Sayals), through his inspired writings and divine revelations, I believe that scientists are just now beginning to discover and affirm through modern Physics.

Physicists now tell us that what we perceive as solid matter is nothing but energy, and that energy has dual particle/wave characteristics. Physicist Fritzof Capra defines particles as ”entities confined to a very small volume, while waves are spread out over a large region of space.”(26) Thus, matter which is energy could be either particles or waves. So in reality, what appears to us as solid objects could also be waves of energy as energy is always associated with flow, activity and change. At subatomic levels, the distinction between organic and inorganic (living and non-living) substances ceases to exist, and physicists are finding out, to their surprise, that energy particles react to information and seem to possess consciousness. Should the overwhelming spiritual Sayals in any object or form attain a higher level of spiritual awareness and sublimity through lofty

deeds, or vice versa, the temporary physical manifestation of that object or form will change through death, decay, or disintegration, and a new correlated spiritual-physical manifestation will reappear through the law of reincarnation. The average length for each reincarnation cycle is different from one creature to the other. For example, a man may live a hundred years, a tree several hundreds, and a mountain or a stone several million years, but in the end they will all perish and be transformed. The divine law of reincarnation (transformation and change) applies to everything in nature, When the physical aspect of the Sayals disappears or, in other words, when the form or object dies, decays, or disintegrates, (27)the spiritual Sayals in that form or object would be liberated. It would then be instantly reincarnated into whatever form or object it merits to be, even if it is in a place millions of light-years away. The spiritual Sayal, when totally purified, regains its original nature – a spirit. Thus, it leaves the material universe and is integrated into the pure World of the Spirits.


 

(1)Daheshists refer to one another as sister and brother, not as a Sister or Brother in a religious order, but as spiritually bound individuals.

(2)See Appendix A. ’See Appendix B.

(3)A Daheshist Ramz is symbolized by a connected pentagonal star. It is written in Arabic on a yellow paper 10 cm. wide by 13.8 cm long. Depending on the context in which it is used, Ramz can mean only the marking of the star which is used by Daheshists as a symbolic sign of faith, or it can mean a written Daheshist prayer, a means of communicating one’s hopes and praise to God Almighty.

(4)My second daughter was not yet born when the undisclosed prophecy was given to me.

(5)See Appendix A.( in it. When he saw the avocados .....I would instead go and see)

(6)See p. l 70.

(7)That particular Bible, I later found out, belonged to the first Daheshist chronicler, the Lebanese poet, Halim Dammous, who was then deceased. The underlining in red of some of the verses were made by him.

(8) River of Tears (Beirut: Al-Nisr al-Muhalleq Publishing Co., 1979).

(9) Clear references to the total destruction of the earth had been intimated by Dr. Dahesh on many occasions. These ominous reflections the Doctor frequently expressed in his writings, as well as in numerous conversations he had with his followers. More than that, there are many spiritual revelations which came in the form of divine messages foretelling the desolation of man. I recall a very special event in which I was with Dr. Dahesh who was in a spiritual state; he asked me if I thought the end of the world was coming soon. I replied that as a Daheshist I believed in that. Dr. Dahesh, or rather the Spirit talking through him, agreed and said the end of the world is very near.

(10) Doctor Dahesh received an honorary doctorate degree in 1930 from the Sage Institute of Paris.

(11) Published in Beirut, October 1970

(12) A Riyal is the local Qatari currency, equivalent in those days to 25 U.S. cents.

(13) The transfer of food Sayals by Doctor Dahesh to the two starving people can only be understood in Daheshist terms. The Daheshist concept of the Spiritual-physical correlation and duality of Sayals in all matter explains the food transfer revelation or miracle. The food eaten by the Prophet, in reality like all matter, consists of both physical and spiritual Sayals. The Guiding Beloved Prophet, after having eaten the food, converted its Sayals back to the original form. The food is then spiritually transported to the starving people where they will conveniently locate it. Although this reasoning may sound bizarre to many, it is totally logical to Daheshists.

(14)Refer to definition p. 25, footnote 1.

(15)Zeina is the Daheshist sister mentioned earlier in the book.

(16)See Appendix C.

(17) In the Daheshist philosophy, the Sayal of prophecy is common to all of God’s messengers or Prophets. God keeps reincarnating this Sayal of Prophecy to deliver His spiritual Message at different intervals of time.

(18)”0 Miserable Lebanon” (1975) in Gardens of the Gods: The Lyre of Love (Beirut: Al-Nisr al-Muhalleq Publishing Co., 1980), page 114. It should be noted that when this prophetic piece was written, the Lebanese civil war was only six months old. And no one, even among the most astute expert observers, did even predict, at the time and even long afterwards, the horrendous bloody miserable years that were to come nor the bleak fate Lebanon would meet.

 

(19) The catastrophic consequences of Dr. Dahesh’s persecution by the Lebanese authorities and clergy upon Lebanon were actually foretold since the beginning of that persecution in 1942-1943. It was a warning constantly repeated in the Black Books and Pamphlets in the years 1944-1952. It was even bluntly declared to the world in two petitions to the United Nations: the first was sent to the UN General Assembly in October 1948, and the second sent to the committee of human rights of the UN Economic and Social Council in November 1949. For further reference, see Fares A. Zaatar, ”The Case of Dr. Dahesh and Watergate: A Comparative Study,” Thesis – Long Island University l985 (pp. 733), chap xiv.

(20) The Lebanese certificate of nationality indicates in one of its items the religion and the religious sect of its bearer.

(21) Father Nahum is a biblical prophet mentioned in the Old Testament. He frequently gave spiritual messages through Doctor Dahesh.

(22)See the text of the spiritual message, p. 199.

 

(23)See Appendix A regarding the Daheshist concept of Sayal and the correlation between the physical and spiritual aspects of the Sayals.

(24) Deeds reflect the quality of the Sayal in individuals and nations. occurring to settle differences and disputes. Exploitation of people and of natural resources for greed and money only, under many guises and pretexts, created enmities, destroyed human solidarity, and sowed the seeds of bloody conflicts and social unrest. Those are but a very few of the ills that are threatening us. Unresolved, these deepening moral vices and contradictions will eventually destroy us as we live in a world brimming with nuclear weapons of mass destruction – a world which is unfortunately still dominated by selfish and shallow men. The last spiritual message I received through Doctor Dahesh was originally a written prayer that had miraculously been transformed into that spiritual message. Translated from Arabic this message reads:

Dear Brother

The hour of judgment is very near – that great hour of indescribable terror and fear. For in God’s reckoning, a thousand years is but a glance. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth on that hour of tremendous horror and fear. Evil has become entrenched, and forbidden lusts are practiced by all. Everyone has indulged in forbidden sins, obeying the Devil’s call. For this reason, all deserve to die a terrible death and end up in the infernal worlds. You have understood the truth and have felt the eternal power of the Spirit. Pray to God that He may reward you, by allowing you to dwell in a happy and bright world. Also, remember that everything will come to naught, and the only reality that will last forever is the spiritual reality, one which will enable a person to dwell in a paradisiacal world of eternal happiness and bliss.

 

APPENDIX A

The Sayals ’

In the Daheshist philosophy, Sayals are considered to be the building blocks or the ”fabric” of the Universe. For the origin of the universe is spiritual and so are its essence and substance. Even matter itself is but a spiritual state whose existence as such is precipitated by spiritual causes. We do not know everything about the Sayals but what we do know are some of their physical and spiritual manifestations. Sayals are spiritual power entities. Everything in existence is made out of Sayals which are as infinitely diverse in kind and characteristics as life and nature itself. Their spiritual degree of sublimity or degradation is always a determinant factor of their level of existence. Matter is nothing more than condensed spiritual Sayal(s). In the physical world, spiritual Sayals are fused with the material elements of the world in which they deserved to be reincarnated. And the material-spiritual entity that is born out of this ”fusion” manifests itself in physical as well as spiritual aspects. That is why we can say that in all the physical universe, Sayals have dual physical as well as interdependent and correlated spiritual characteristics. The physical aspect of the Sayal is everything visible and measurable. It can take or possess the form of a human, an animal, a tree, a mountain etc, in sum, all matter and energy. The known spiritual aspects of the Sayal consist of thoughts, emotions, feelings, instincts, knowledge, characters... i.e., attributes of consciousness. And since ”matter,” being a condensed spiritual Sayal, is in essence and sub- stance spiritual, Daheshism considers the physical laws as being also divine laws. Contravening them entails punishment reflected in physical damages received by their transgressor. As both aspects of the Sayals, the physical and the spiritual are interdependent and correlated, accordingly everything animate or inanimate has a spiritual origin and is in reality dynamic and possessing consciousness. In other words, all matter and energy possess consciousness. For instance, a man or an animal is both matter and consciousness at the same time. Similarly, a stone which appears to us only as matter is also both matter and consciousness at the same time. Physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel laureate in physics and author of Physics and Beyond, has this to say in his book Across the Frontiers: ”The laws of life have their origin beyond their mere physical manifestation and compel us to consider their spiritual source.”’ The Daheshist philosophy stresses the fact that everything physical is both matter and consciousness at the same time. It also makes no distinction between living and non-living objects. Doctor Dahesh revealed to us that the distinction between living and non-living objects is only a human perception which has no basis in truth. All matter and energy exist as living and fully conscious objects. This Daheshist idea of interdependence and correlation between the spiritual and physical aspects of the Sayals is an extremely difficult idea to explain, although it is a very basic principle of the Daheshist philosophy. Simply stated, the nature, character, type, and condition of any physical manifestation cannot be anything except the visible reflection of its deeper spiritual reality. We read in the words of physicist Capra: ”The clarification of the concept of order in a field of re- search where patterns of matter and patterns of mind are increasingly being recognized as reflections of one another promises thus to open fascinating frontiers of knowledge.” The connection and correlation between the spiritual-physical aspect of the Sayals have been emphasized innumerable times through the spiritual revelations and inspired writings of Doctor Dahesh. Hundreds of recorded miracles proved beyond doubt that the world of the Spirit which is not bound by our laws can change thoughts into matter. What Doctor Dahesh had been telling people for almost half a century about the changing and illusive nature of matter (physical Sayals), through his inspired writings and divine revelations, I believe that scientists are just now beginning to discover and affirm through modern physics.

Physicists now tell us that what we perceive as solid matter is nothing but energy, and that energy has dual particle/wave characteristics. Physicist Fritzof Capra defines particles as ”entities confined to a very small volume, while waves are spread out over a large region of space.”~ Thus, matter which is energy could be either particles or waves. So in reality, what appears to us as solid objects could also be waves of energy as energy is always associated with flow, activity and change. At subatomic levels, the distinction between organic and inorganic (living and non-living) substances ceases to exist, and physicists are finding out, to their surprise, that energy particles react to information and seem to possess consciousness. Should the overwhelming spiritual Sayals in any object or form attain a higher level of spiritual awareness and sublimity through lofty deeds, or vice versa, the temporary physical manifestation of that object or form will change through death, decay, or disintegration, and a new correlated spiritual-physical manifestation will reappear through the law of reincarnation. The average length for each reincarnation cycle is different from one creature to the other. For example, a man may live a hundred years, a tree several hundreds, and a mountain or a stone several million years, but in the end they will all perish and be transformed. The divine law of reincarnation (transformation and change) applies to everything in nature, When the physical aspect of the Sayals disappears or, in other words, when the form or object dies, decays, or disintegrates, the spiritual Sayals in that form or object would be liberated. It would then be instantly reincarnated into whatever form or object it merits to be, even if it is in a place millions of light-years away. The spiritual Sayal, when totally purified, regains its original nature – a spirit. Thus, it leaves the material universe and is integrated into the pure World of the Spirits.

 

 

APPENDIX B

As an engineering student I had several opportunities to read literature on modern physics. Nuclear science, in the fifties, was an academically exciting and much talked about subject. It generated endless debates and predictions to what the future of man and his environment could be like in the nuclear age.

 

            I found the subject very interesting. I was not interested in the scientific and technical details of the new physics which I found hard and complicated, but rather in its philosophical implications which I thought to be extremely surprising. It was like someone waking up from a vivid dream and suddenly realizing that the sensations experienced in the dream, which seemed very real at the time, were nothing but imagination.

 

            The philosophical message of the new physics which I became aware of was very clear. It said, things are not what they appear to be, and the laws of nature are fundamentally different from what we thought them to be. Nature appeared to be full of secrets and surprises which are impervious to our logic and perceptions. Soon, my attention turned to other matters, and the subject of modern physics, or quantum mechanics, was buried in my sub-conscious for almost thirty years. It did not surface again until I attempted to explain the Daheshist concept of the Sayals. My thoughts took me back to what I had read about modern physics in past years. It all seemed to come alive, and I could clearly see the connection between the Daheshist interpretation of nature and what the physicists had to say. My interest in the subject was rekindled and I read more books to update my knowledge and to further assist me in explaining the Daheshist views. New quantum theories and postulates have emerged since the fifties. In one way or the other, all of these theories seem to revolve around evidence pointing to the existence of a spiritual order which governs everything in nature. From a Daheshist perspective, modern physics, or quantum mechanics, is a science that is gradually revealing some of the deepest mysteries of nature. It is a science that is edging closer and closer to the peripheries of spiritual secrets, and in so doing, it is beginning to discover and confirm some of what the Daheshists have always known. For many of us, modern physics has altered our view of nature and possibly our place in it. It has made us realize that the realities of life at their deepest spiritual level remain essentially beyond our senses – a hidden secret and a paradox. I shall attempt to illustrate what I mean with the following example. Common sense, for instance, tells us that a large stone is a solid, lifeless, and practically indestructible object. That is our common view of a stone. To a nuclear physicist probing deep inside the molecular structure of the stone, he will see something entirely different. He will find the stone to be made up of molecules of different elements held together by electromagnetic forces. Probing deeper yet into the subatomic structure of the molecules, the physicist will discover the stone not as a lifeless inert object, but as an active field of concentrated energy, consisting, figuratively speaking, of infinite areas of emptiness in which a few specks of particles are spinning at tremendous velocities, giving the stone its appearance. The physicist will also detect a continuous process of destruction and rebirth of the particles taking place inside the atoms of the stone. The stone’s physical reality, the scientist will conclude, is only a deceptive apparition and an illusion. A Daheshist, like the physicist, would agree that the stone is basically a transient object, and that its physical appearance is only a temporary state. He would also confirm that the stone is an active object, subject to the process of transformation and change. The Daheshist, however, will insist that the stone has spiritual origin, and that the transformation and change taking place inside its subatomic structure is spiritual in nature. The stone, the Daheshist would say, is in reality a fully conscious object, and like everything else in nature, it is ultimately governed by the divine and universal laws of reincarnation. Although the parallel between the Daheshist’s interpretation of nature and the physicist’s view of it are becoming increasingly obvious, still, the spiritual revelations of nature remain infinitely more illustrious and revealing. While scientists are edging closer and closer toward discovering the inner workings of nature, they will never be able to completely unlock its ultimate secrets. There will always be some spiritual barriers blocking the full discovery of the secrets of life, because life and its inner secrets are essentially spiritual phenomena that can only be partially revealed. For in reality, man does not merit the discovery of the full secrets of life!

 

APPENDIX C

In addition to his human personality, Doctor Dahesh has Six

Spiritual Personalities. The Six Spiritual Personalities appear on earth for spiritual reasons. Many Daheshists have seen one or more of these Personalities. The Personalities are identical to Doctor Dahesh in appearance and could not be differentiated from him. These spiritual identical Personalities, or extensions of Doctor Dahesh, may have appeared to be human for all intents and purposes, but in reality they were not. They belonged to a higher spiritual order and consequently they were not bound by our physical laws. They could appear and disappear instantaneously and could be at different places at the same time. They are not affected by death as we know it on earth and in general are not governed by our three-dimensional experience or laws. The person who was executed by a firing squad in Azerbaijan and whose pictures were taken and published was one of Doctor Dahesh’s Six Spiritual Personalities. The Personality that was executed did not really die and Doctor Dahesh himself was unharmed. Similarly, Daheshists believe that Jesus Christ also had Spiritual Personalities who were identical to him. Thus, the Jesus who was crucified, two thousand years ago, was one of Christ’s Spiritual Personalities. As it was the Personality that had been crucified, according to the Daheshist philosophy, Jesus Christ himself did not die and met his disciples later. However, soon after the crucifixion of one of his Personalities, Jesus went into seclusion and only a few of his disciples knew of that.

 

(1)Daheshists refer to one another as sister and brother, not as a Sister or Brother in a religious order, but as spiritually bound individuals.

(2)See Appendix A. ’See Appendix B.

(3)A Daheshist Ramz is symbolized by a connected pentagonal star. It is written in Arabic on a yellow paper 10 cm. wide by 13.8 cm long. Depending on the context in which it is used, Ramz can mean only the marking of the star which is used by Daheshists as a symbolic sign of faith, or it can mean a written Daheshist prayer, a means of communicating one’s hopes and praise to God Almighty.

(4)My second daughter was not yet born when the undisclosed prophecy was given to me.

(5)See Appendix A.( in it. When he saw the avocados .....I would instead go and see)

(6)See p. l 70.

(7)That particular Bible, I later found out, belonged to the first Daheshist chronicler, the Lebanese poet, Halim Dammous, who was then deceased. The underlining in red of some of the verses were made by him.

(8) River of Tears (Beirut: Al-Nisr al-Muhalleq Publishing Co., 1979).

(9) Clear references to the total destruction of the earth had been intimated by Dr. Dahesh on many occasions. These ominous reflections the Doctor frequently expressed in his writings, as well as in numerous conversations he had with his followers. More than that, there are many spiritual revelations which came in the form of divine messages foretelling the desolation of man. I recall a very special event in which I was with Dr. Dahesh who was in a spiritual state; he asked me if I thought the end of the world was coming soon. I replied that as a Daheshist I believed in that. Dr. Dahesh, or rather the Spirit talking through him, agreed and said the end of the world is very near.

(10) Doctor Dahesh received an honorary doctorate degree in 1930 from the Sage Institute of Paris.

(11) Published in Beirut, October 1970

(12) A Riyal is the local Qatari currency, equivalent in those days to 25 U.S. cents.

(13) The transfer of food Sayals by Doctor Dahesh to the two starving people can only be understood in Daheshist terms. The Daheshist concept of the Spiritual-physical correlation and duality of Sayals in all matter explains the food transfer revelation or miracle. The food eaten by the Prophet, in reality like all matter, consists of both physical and spiritual Sayals. The Guiding Beloved Prophet, after having eaten the food, converted its Sayals back to the original form. The food is then spiritually transported to the starving people where they will conveniently locate it. Although this reasoning may sound bizarre to many, it is totally logical to Daheshists.

(14)Refer to definition p. 25, footnote 1.

(15)Zeina is the Daheshist sister mentioned earlier in the book.

(16)See Appendix C.

(17) In the Daheshist philosophy, the Sayal of prophecy is common to all of God’s messengers or Prophets. God keeps reincarnating this Sayal of Prophecy to deliver His spiritual Message at different intervals of time.

(18)”0 Miserable Lebanon” (1975) in Gardens of the Gods: The Lyre of Love (Beirut: Al-Nisr al-Muhalleq Publishing Co., 1980), page 114. It should be noted that when this prophetic piece was written, the Lebanese civil war was only six months old. And no one, even among the most astute expert observers, did even predict, at the time and even long afterwards, the horrendous bloody miserable years that were to come nor the bleak fate Lebanon would meet.

 

(19) The catastrophic consequences of Dr. Dahesh’s persecution by the Lebanese authorities and clergy upon Lebanon were actually foretold since the beginning of that persecution in 1942-1943. It was a warning constantly repeated in the Black Books and Pamphlets in the years 1944-1952. It was even bluntly declared to the world in two petitions to the United Nations: the first was sent to the UN General Assembly in October 1948, and the second sent to the committee of human rights of the UN Economic and Social Council in November 1949. For further reference, see Fares A. Zaatar, ”The Case of Dr. Dahesh and Watergate: A Comparative Study,” Thesis – Long Island University l985 (pp. 733), chap xiv.

(20) The Lebanese certificate of nationality indicates in one of its items the religion and the religious sect of its bearer.

(21) Father Nahum is a biblical prophet mentioned in the Old Testament. He frequently gave spiritual messages through Doctor Dahesh.

(22)See the text of the spiritual message, p. 199.

 

(23)See Appendix A regarding the Daheshist concept of Sayal and the correlation between the physical and spiritual aspects of the Sayals.

(24) Sayal is an Arabic word whose exact English translation is the word ”Fluid”. The

plural of Sayal in Arabic is the term Sayalat. It is the author’s personal preference to use the Arabic term Sayal instead of Fluid, and to use the English plural form Sayals instead of the Arabic ”Sayalat.”

(25) Heisenberg, Werner, Across the Frontiers (Oxbow, 1990), p. xiv.

(26)Capra, F. The Tao of Physics (Berkeley’s Shambala, 1975), p. 351. Capra, p. 351.

(27)For an inclusive overview of the Daheshist doctrine see: Dr. Ghazi F. Brax, Daheshism: A Spiritual Truth Attested by Miracles, a lecture given in the Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Law (Lebanese University) on May 21, 1971 (Beirut: Al-Nisr al-Muhalleq Publishing Co., 1971); also see Dr. Ghazi F. Brax, Lights upon Dr. Dahesh and Daheshism, a lecture presented on March 5, 1986, at the Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions, Antwerpen-Belgium (New York: The Daheshist Publishing Co., Ltd., 1986).

 

The Galaxys flower

Essays Inspired By Daheshist Teachings

Salim Onbargi

 

 

Translated
By Najwa Salam Brax

 

ESSAYS INSPIRED BY DAHESHIST TEACHINGS

CONTENTS

   Dedication page 3

Introduction                                                                                                                page 4

What Distinguishes Daheshism from other Spiritual Messages?                                             page 6

Doctor Dahesh and his Spiritual Truth                                                                                page 9

Journey of a Lifetime in the Company of Doctor Dahesh                                                       page 11

Daheshist Reflections on the Benefits of Heavenly Messages                                                 page 14

Reincarnation in the Daheshist Faith                                                                                   page 16

A summary of Principles of Reincarnation in Hinduism, Buddhism and The Druze Doctrines

Hinduism                                                                                                                         page 18
Buddhism                                                                                                                        page 18
The Druze                                                                                                                       page 19

Reincarnation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Judaism                                                                                                                          page 19
Christianity                                                                                                                      page 20
Islam                                                                                                                              page 21

The Concept of Reincarnation in Dahesism                                                                          page 22
Conclusions                                                                                                                     page 28

Divine Justice and Spiritual Merit According to Daheshism                                                     page 30

Nature and Its Abuse by Mankind                                                                                       page 34

Daheshist Synopsis on Fallen Angels and the Creation of Adam                                              page 38

Prophets and Propogation of Beneficial Sayyals in Mankind                                                    page 39

The Soul

My Understanding of the Soul According to Daheshist Principles                                             page 42
The Meaning of the Word "Soul" in Arabic                                                                            page 42
The Soul According to Arab Philosophers                                                                              page 43
The Soul or "Consciousness" in the English Language                                                            page 43
The Soul According to Daheshism                                                                                       page 45
What Are the Constituents of the Soul?                                                                               page 46

Consciousness

Consciousness and Its Importance in the Daheshist Faith                                                      page 50
The Relationship Between Consciousness and Sayyals or Spiritual Fluids                                 page 51
The Relationship between Consciousness and Objects                                                          page 51
Do Physical Appearances Reflect The Level of Consciousness or Sayyals                                 page 53
Do Spiritual-Intellectual Faculties of the Mind Have an Existence Apart from their Physical
Embodiment?                                                                                                                   page 54
Is Consciousness In Its Capacity to Distinguish Between Good and Evil Inherent in the Soul or is it
Inherent and Acquired at the Same Time?                                                                           page 55

An Illustrative Appendix about the Reality of Sayyals in Daheshism                                         page 57

Dedication

To the man who renewed my faith in God Almighty,
His Infinite Mercy, His Just Ways and Divine Messages;
To he who rekindled in my soul the torches of consolation
and hope after despair caused by inequity and the cruelty of life;
To the man who steadfastly fought vice,
evil and corruption in all of its forms;
To he who descended to Earth in order to deliver to us
a glorified Divine Message—
a Message for which he struggled and was persecuted.
To the man who lived by
and stood for noble spiritual principles and values.
To Doctor Dahesh I dedicate this book

-   Salim Onbargi

 

Introduction

This book came to be as a result of personal convictions about certain Daheshist teachings. In it I describe such topics as divine justice, reincarnation, consciousness, the soul, nature and its abuse by mankind. These thoughts were inspired by my faith in Daheshism that began in 1963. My opinions arise from being spiritually and psychologically absorbed in everything related to Daheshism. These include many conversations that I had personally with Dr. Dahesh, the founder of this new faith, as well as discussions with other Daheshists. They also include review of Dr. Dahesh's diverse writings, where I had the opportunity to gain insight from spiritual revelations, in addition to personally witnessing the spiritual phenomena or miracles that he performed.To support my thoughts and beliefs, I try to correlate Daheshist concepts with the holy books, mainly the New Testament in the Bible and the Holy Qur'an. I also try to discuss them in light of recent scientific discoveries. However, I do not force my personal beliefs and convictions on others, whether individuals or groups.
Daheshism provides some general principles and tenets that are easy to believe and to understand. On the other hand it introduces other difficult concepts that have not yet been clearly explained. They are either hard to understand or require appropriate intellectual and spiritual capabilities to fully understand them. Therefore, disagreement in interpretation of certain concepts occurs, even among Daheshists, depending on a person's convictions and spiritual readiness.

Since the early Daheshists had varying intellectual capabilities and spiritual readiness, the founder of Daheshism would restrict certain spiritual explanations to certain individuals. Daheshism is not the only faith to withhold some spiritual truths from its believers. The holy books of the Christian and Moslem faiths also contain some matters that are not clearly illustrated and are still subject to different interpretation. Christ, glory to his name, told his disciples, "If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" (John 3:12). When companions of the great Arab prophet Mohammed insisted he show them the essence of the Spirit, the following holy verse came to him, "And they ask you about the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit is of my Lord's command, and you have not been given but a little knowledge'" (The surah of Al-Isra' or The Night Journey. Verse 85 ). All Heavenly Messages are subject to interpretation. Each believer understands the teachings of his religion through his or her own perspective, conviction and spiritual readiness.

The essays in this book contain many explanations found in other Heavenly Messages such as reward and retribution which make each individual responsible for his deeds and thoughts. However, new Daheshist concepts are introduced that are not found elsewhere, such as the concept of Spiritual Fluids or Sayyals which are the essence of man´s soul and the meaning of which I will greatly elaborate upon in this book. Another concept that Daheshism introduces is the existence of consciousness in all creatures and objects as well as other concepts that the non-Daheshist will find very difficult to understand, which those well versed in Daheshism find simple and obvious.

In my discussion, I admit to some redundancy. The reason is that the overlapping and correlation of Daheshist concepts such as consciousness, spiritual causality and reincarnation lead to repetition either in the discussion of topics or in the conclusions that are drawn. According to the Daheshist faith, for instance, all creatures are endowed with consciousness which is mandated by reincarnation and that governs all creatures. Daheshists believe in reincarnation just as simply as they believe in a Greater Being or God Almighty. If conscious powers known as sayyals or spiritual fluids in Daheshism are transfered from one being to another without exception, then all animals and plants and inanimate objects are endowed, like humans, with consciousness. This truth is firmly confirmed and repeated throughout Doctor Dahesh's books, particularly in his inspired stories. Belief in reincarnation also leads to belief in the immortal nature of the soul.
Moreover, Daheshist teachings state that the laws of reincarnation depend upon the principle of divine justice and retribution, otherwise known as spiritual causality. Once the life of an individual is ended, he who degrades his sayyals by committing sin is reincarnated into an inferior creature of a well-merited physical form. An example of this Daheshist concept can be found in Islam where the results of God´s wrath on those individuals who degrade their souls are described in the Qur'an. "Those whom Allah cursed and on whom He poured forth His wrath, transformed them into monkeys and swine..." (The surah of Al-Ma'ida or The Table. Verse 60). The reincarnated individual is subject to divinely controlled spiritual causality. Each being is punished or rewarded according to his deeds and thoughts.

Furthermore, there is a correlation between spiritual causality and the sayyals of all creatures. Causality affects them with special conditions and events whether in one life cycle or consecutive ones, depending on the spiritual level of their sayyals, whether elevated or degraded. These sayyals remain confined to their miserable earthly prisons until they improve enough spiritually to free themselves from their afflicted reincarnations and return to the non-physical World of Spirits from which they once emanated. If one understands the concept of sayyals, if one can fathom their meaning and how they instantly materialize by way of merit, how they function, move and influence things and events, one will make good progress in comprehending the fundamental Daheshist spiritual teachings. One will discover that the Daheshist tenets are, in reality, an integrated system of logical, correlated and consistent spiritual laws that are beautiful and loved by those who understand them.

Some may criticize my use of imprecise terms such as "consciousness" to indicate the power of man's mind. Daheshists refer to this consciousness as sayyals, the essence of the soul, which are capable of spiritual elevation or degradation. By means of these sayyals man can evaluate things and distinguish between good and evil, between beneficial and harmful deeds, and they explain desires and events. I use the word "consciousness" after careful examination, hesitation, and consultation because, for me, psychological faculties have roots or origins in the mind. After all, don't thoughts stimulate feelings and emotions in the soul and produce lowly or noble tendencies, desires and motivations? If not, from where do these tendencies and desires come? How can we define and describe them? By which criterion can we comprehend and control them? Aren't thoughts the best criterion to define these mind states? Can't we by thoughts alone control or stir up lowly tendencies within us such as greed, envy, arrogance, dishonesty, theft, slander, or aggressiveness?
Dr. Dahesh himself refers to these conscious thoughts or sayyals that dominate our minds on occasion. In his book, Humble Supplications, he prays to God Almighty and pleads:" Keep away from us the lowly thoughts and let them not come near us..." These reflections lead me to conclude that conscious thoughts are the main sayyals in creation. Diverse matters and events are determined according to their elevation or degradation.

I may be criticized for the way I use the word "spiritual" in different parts of the book. This word can have different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. Sometimes it is used to mean Heavenly or lofty, sometimes it refers to Divine Will. I also use it to refer to cultural, intellectual or moral tendencies in a society as well as the psyche of living creatures, mainly man, whether good or bad. When I discuss spiritual causality, thoughts, or spiritual sayyals, I refer once again, to psychological and intellectual states not only in man but in all living and material things whether elevated or degraded, and whether derived from Divine or human will.

In conclusion, I am deeply grateful for all those fellow Daheshists who read the topics in this book and gave their input.

 

-Salim Onbargi

What Distinguishes Daheshism From Other Spiritual Messages

I congratulate my fellow Daheshists, not only on the occasion of the Daheshist New Year's Day, but also on the inauguration of the Daheshist bookstore, The Daheshist Heritage, in New York City, the heartbeat of America. This bookstore will become, God willing, a source of Daheshist Light and a launching pad for our great message, which was not appreciated by the Arab world. This message therefore has turned to America where its holy Voice can be heard, and from there it will propagate, God willing, throughout the whole world. Fellow Daheshists, be delighted in your faith, for God has distinguished it from other spiritual messages. If you had not merited being exposed to Daheshism, it would not have approached and introduced itself to you, so you can appreciate its beauty and perfection.

Some may wonder what distinguishes our message from other Heavenly messages? And what new teachings does it introduce to the world that are lacking in others? I have frequently heard these questions posed to Daheshists. The founder of Daheshism along with some of his disciples would respond this way, "Our doctrine is a message of love, virtue and brotherhood; it urges people to practice good deeds, obey God's commandments, and stay away from what He forbids, really not unlike the basic messages of the other faiths." However, the Daheshist message goes beyond these tenets to assert the unity of religions. It calls on people to strongly believe in their respective religions and faithfully practice their teachings. Daheshism urges Moslems to adhere to the spirit of their religion, encourages Christians to loyally follow the teachings of Christ and his noble Gospel, and calls upon Jews to behave according to Moses' commandments, and tells the followers of other faiths to sincerely adhere to the spirit of their religious teachings. However this response that was deliberately repeated did not illustrate the whole reality and truth of Daheshism. These simplified answers were justified during the lifetime of Dr. Dahesh's life due to the intolerant environment in which he preached and his disciples lived. I refer to the intellectually self-secluded Arab society, which opposes new spiritual ideas and free thought.

There were several circumstances that caused the Daheshists in Lebanon and other Arab countries to be extremely cautious when discussing their message with others, som