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Old 02-12-2007, 02:56 AM
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the quraan states clearly that : Dont eat porc meat(Horima aaleikom lahm il khinzeeer). The Jews also are forbidden to eat it .
Can i know the opinion of Dr.Dahesh about this subject ?

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Old 02-12-2007, 10:09 AM
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OK, before I answer that question, I need to issue the following general announcement (and I can't believe I am actually saying this) just in case anybody out there (no Sonic, this is NOT addressed to you...) has any funny ideas ... plus, what's a reply about food, by yours truly, without a dash of humour and a sprinkle of controversy?

Listen up people:

After I am done replying to Sonic, don't you (Muslims and Jews) go thinking : "Cool! We'll switch! After all, Dahesh IS a prophet!"

Read this first:
There a famous Daheshist who (WHILE BEING A DAHESHIST) had the brilliant idea to convert to ISLAM (he was Christian... as far as his nationality papers were concerned) to PLEASE HIS INLAWS ... and so that his wife won't lose the inheritance! He wasn's JUST any Daheshist, OK? This was a MOUNTAIN of knowledge... Proof once again that information does not always equal intelligence!

Do you think the Doctor was pleased? It is actions such as these (in my opinion always) that have necessitated the Doctor to dictate a long list (many volumes' worth I hear) about the "Dos and Don'ts"

And that is HOW a divine faith, built upon the MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE as its key ingredient—where each individual knows what they have to do— DEGENERATES into RELIGION with priests going about reminding us what we can and can't do!

Now, I'll reply to you Sonic:

I was in the Doctor's kitchen. It was in 1979. I was staying at his house and was making my way up to the shower that was located on the roof... There was a conversation taking place between Dr. Fareed Abu Suleiman and another Daheshist. The Doctor was sitting at the head of the kitchen Table—his usual spot. Fareed was pressing a lemon... He drank the juice of a lemon every day for the Vitamic C. Fareed was a real Doctor (MD) by the way...and I think the conversation might have been about eating or not eating eggs... I can' remember... but what I DO remember and will NEVER forget is Dr. Dahesh interjecting HIS opinion (he wasn't asked, he was just a listener) and Dr. Dahesh said in Arabic: "Waaha Yaakul Kul Shi" which translates to "One should eat everything." Put in context: Everything in moderation.

Now, did Doctor Dahesh eat "everything?" No. He liked certain foods and wouldn't even dream of touching others. For example, when I made FROG LEGS, that was funny to him.

And, lucky for me he didn't want to eat the Shrimp that someone had brought to the house circa 1979. Zeina turned and said "Mario, do you want the shrimp?" (I've never had REAL Shrimp before in my life)

From what I saw, Doctor Dahesh appreciated good food. There are some he ate, others he didn't—out of personal preference. My mother was a great cook and she was making stuffed eggplant at the house (you know, the miniature ones stuffed with rice and meat) and the Doctor discreetly asked her if she can add extra pommegranite syrup (for you "Batenjaan Mehshi" connaisseurs) into the mix.

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Old 02-12-2007, 12:41 PM
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With all respect Mario but I think it is incomplete information, maybe no one has asked the Doctor about this specific subject? Or no one saw Dr dahesh eating porc?



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Old 02-12-2007, 12:58 PM
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I've seen the Doctor eat a Big Mac from MacDonalds... I don't remember if he ate pork. I know we (my brothers and I) ate pork (Ham, mortadella etc) often and he never said anything pertaining to that.

All I know is that the Doctor said what he said... If pork was a Muharram, he wouldn't have said "Waahad Yakul Kul Shi" he would have said "One should eat everything EXCEPT...

Also, when I knew him, he had to watch his Cholesterol level. So he even declined to eat Avocados once (in front of me) because of his health and he loved Avocados.

But, you're techincally correct, unless someone (and someone who is RELIABLE) asked him SPECIFICALLY about pork, we can't say that it is allowed (because, obviously, we don't have "the manual" on that) NOR CAN WE SAY IT IS FORBIDDEN.

In any case, your argument is valid.

But I will say once again: Daheshism is NOT Islam although MANY Daheshists were Muslims before they WILLINGLY CONVERTED to Daheshism.

Also,in Daheshist belief: wanting, dreaming, yearning, etc. for something is practically as IF one is actually doing it. In other words, thoughs are accountable as well. Now, are they AS accountable as the actual action? I don't know to what degree. But they are not to be taken as mere harmless thoughts.

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Old 02-16-2007, 04:21 PM
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Did Dr. Dahesh ever give any guidance regarding the use of alcohol and tobacco products?
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Old 02-18-2007, 02:30 AM
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Based on Sonic's response to my initial response to his question pertaining to eating pork, I'll go on record saying that I never heard Doctor Dahesh say anything pertaining smoking and alcohol (except for the comment about marijuana, of course, which I've posted in another thread).

I'll also go on record saying that I have SEEN the Doctor smoke cigarettes on RARE occasions. In fact, I remember being shocked that he visited (if I am not mistaken) Nat Sherman's on Fifth Avenue and brought back an interesting assortment of custom-made cigarettes (so, these were not off-the shelf, and I would assume did not contain the chemicals typically found in mass-produced cigarettes). These cigarettes were certainly unique as far as the color of the paper (and print) in which the tobacco was rolled in, as well as their lengths. Some were (something in the order of) 8 inches long, for example. In any case, very unique. In one case, and during one of this stays with me, he and I were sitting in the living room of the apartment, and he lit and smoked a cigarette whose length was the standard (small) size. It might have been turquoise as far as the paper color... Anyway, I blinked and the cigarette became about 8 inches long!

That aside, let me know tell you what I heard: He smoked Tobacco (based on what reliable sources told me) for specific reasons, applicable only to him. And I can't honestly say that outside of those rare times I've seen him stop everything and sit down to smoke, that he was a smoker. In other words, I never ever saw him (for example) light a cigarette and sit and chat, work, etc.

I might have heard from my brother (telling someone) that he did in fact also drink wine (again, on rare occasions, and for reasons that are hidden perhaps)

But I've never seen him drink any alcohol.

I saw him drink tea, juice, coffee. Rarely (if at all) have I seen him drink water (except for the daily hot water, lemon, and honey drink I made for him).

I heard him once tell that he even tried juicing onions... he didn't like the taste.

Now, have I seen Daheshists drink... anywhere from moderate drinking to a LOT ... most definitely. In one eery circumstance, I dreamt I was telling a Daheshist that I could no longer be his brother because he was drinking so much and driving... soon after that, his mother told me he ended up going to jail for DUI.

I've also seen Daheshists smoke... both men and women...

And, speaking of DUI, the Doctor once kept me with him, on purpose, for several days, so that I would not be involved in an accident in which a drunk driver would have rammed my car and caused my body to be completely crushed... He told me "I had this vision of your chest etc. completely crushed... you wouldn't have died... but you would have become an invalid... " he then told me "this isn't your fault. There is a spiritual fluid that means you great harm..."

So imagine that meeting...

Then, a few days later, he called me and asked me to come to see him. I was driving at night and I was on the Hutchinson Parkway in NY state. At one point, I saw this white Lincoln in front of me that was sort of driving funny and slow... we're talking 30 or 20 miles per hour... I was following the car in the right lane, waiting for my chance to pass it when I noticed that EVERY TIME another car tried to pass the white car the latter literally looked as it it was going to crash into it by making a sudden lane change the left! One after the other, the cars passing that white car, escaped... I, on the other hand, remembered the conversation with the Doctor form a couple of nights before and something told me to stay put and no attempt to pass that—now I see—drunk driver. So, I followed him for miles... going at a snail's pace, until we got to the Merit Parkway, and there were now several lanes. The white car slowed down and finally came to a full halt... That's when I finally passed it, but not before I got a good look at the driver. He could hardly keep his head up.

And I continued on to see the Doctor. He was staying in the "Cottage" and I when I saw him I said "I am sorry for being a little late..." and I explained what happened. That's when said to me "You were very wise in not passing that car. That Spiritual Fluid that wanted your demise was angry that you escaped and it was still trying to get you..."

Since that day, I've seen a couple of car crashes due to drunk driving. I've made sure I kept my distance.

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Old 08-27-2007, 09:00 PM
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I once heard from a spiritually enlightened individual that the smell of tobacco smoke sticks to one's soul even after passing away.

The theme of abstaining from alcohol and harmful substances seems prevalent among inspired religions in the last two centuries.

LDS (Latter-Day Saints) health code ("Word of Wisdom") with related blessings:

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/89

In the revelation it says that "And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill." From the information here, I assume that the Doctor used tobacco rarely for health reasons for which he knew how to use with "judgment and skill". LDS members refrain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, caffeinated teas (it is believed that coffee and tea is what the Lord was referring to as "hot drinks"), and illegal or harmful drugs. Many choose also to refrain from caffeinated soda pop even though it is not a religious requirement.

LDS members are not restricted as far as eating pork or any other meats but are encouraged to eat in moderation and ideally "sparingly". LDS are told in another revelation that it is not God's will for man to abstain from meat, but that meat from hunting or killing animals should not be wasted.

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/49/18-19,21#18

I thought this account would be an interesting read:

"We crossed the Embarras river and encamped on a small branch of the same about one mile west. In pitching my tent we found three massasaugas or prairie rattlesnakes, which the brethren were about to kill, but I said, "Let them alone—don't hurt them! How will the serpent ever lose his venom, while the servants of God possess the same disposition, and continue to make war upon it? Men must become harmless, before the brute creation; and when men lose their vicious dispositions and cease to destroy the animal race, the lion and the lamb can dwell together, and the sucking child can play with the serpent in safety." The brethren took the serpents carefully on sticks and carried them across the creek. I exhorted the brethren not to kill a serpent, bird, or an animal of any kind during our journey unless it became necessary in order to preserve ourselves from hunger.

I had frequently spoken on this subject, when on a certain occasion I came up to the brethren who were watching a squirrel on a tree, and to prove them and to know if they would heed my counsel, I took one of their guns, shot the squirrel and passed on, leaving the squirrel on the ground. Brother Orson Hyde, who was just behind, picked up the squirrel, and said, "We will cook this, that nothing may be lost." I perceived that the brethren understood what I did it for, and in their practice gave more heed to my precept than to my example, which was right."


Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., 2d ed., edited by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-51), 2:71-72.

I strive to live the above health code, but I believe each person has the right to decide the health code they will live by and thus what physical and spiritual blessings they wish to receive as a result.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:50 AM
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Identifying oneself with a particular belief system is never as simple as obeying what one thinks are the abc’s of that particular belief system. One does not magically °poof° become a particular faith because of a few “do this', don’t do thats” scenarios.. In Daheshsim, the INTENT is more important than any specific actions. (not that actions aren't important!)... (this actually applies to every other belief system as well, but few if anyone ever truly understands that.) Also, to further cloud the complexities, what is good for one individual (prophet or ‘civilian’) may or may not be good for another individual. Therefore, again, everything comes back to INTENT. I think the overall message here, that I have heard from Mario and others that lived with and observed Dr.Dahesh on a regular basis, MODERATION is key in all things in light of these seemingly gray areas. THOUGHTFUL moderation… “why am I doing this?” “what are the physical (spiritual) ramifications of my doing this?” “do I control this action, or is this action controlling me?” “am I truly being honest with myself within the confines of my actions?”
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Wonderful words of wisdom Johnson. I believe intent is everything as it reflects the inward condition of the soul. With God being the source of love and creation, to grow closer to Him, our goal might be to become both absorbers and mirrors of that love through prayer, creativity, and service. The secret I have learned is the more love we give away, the more we receive.

I believe the body itself is a temple that not only houses our own spirit, but it can also be a temple for the Spirit of God. The better we treat this physical gift, the more freedom and sometimes time we will have to accomplish much good in this life and the better receptor of Heavenly inspiration we become.

I know I still have much to learn and much to improve on. I thank Heaven for God's continuing patience for me.
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Old 09-02-2007, 05:01 PM
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Winged... thank you for bringing up the wonderful adage that "my body is my temple"... I think with all the "awakenings" we are coming in to with homeopathic and "alternative" (funny term... given the long standing elemental beauty of the natural healing power in the organic world around us!) medicine. Much of what is haram (that which is unclean) or khamr (intoxicants) in Islam or not Kosher by observant Jews (can only eat meat with a cloven hoof, ie. cows and sheep... no pork, even though pigs have a cloven hoof, they are not ruminants, being they don't chew their cud)... much of this, while in the realm of a physical act; dealing with recommended hygiene and care of our physical bodies; it is actually a model of caring for our spiritual selves which is inseperable from our spiritual entities... hence, coming back to taking care of our bodily temples.

We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. We now understand the potential deadly allergies certain people have for various shell fishes, we understand the potential hazards pork meat can cause our physical bodies as a result of the ingestions that pigs enjoy partaking in... many people are lactose intollerant (and I believe we are the only species that drinks another creatures milk) or have deadly allergies to nuts or even have wheat allergies... If any of these ailments or allergies disturb our system (and we are all different...) those things are truly verboten to us.

None of these observations are to condone or criticize one's belief system... each of us must find the path that is right for us... right for our own personal beliefs and personal, inner intentions...

Personally, I think in today's modern world, we can each find what is "haram" or "kosher" for each of us.

(***NOTICE ALERT... the following represents the sole likes, tastes and preferences of the author only!!! These expressed biases are based upon the author's decisions that he has made soley for himself and in no way are to be construed or implied that this personal preference is good or best for anyone else, other than the author's mind, body and spirit...***)

Whew...

For me, personally, much of my diet regime modifications have had to do with looking to foods that help my immune system and minimizing the various foods that exacerbate toxins or inflammations within my body. As a result, yes, much of my diet would historically be considered mostly kosher and exclusionary of many of the meats and foods that are considered haram. Physically (actually SPIRITUALLY) I inherited the wonderful mallady of arthritis from my parents and from their parents. I find that many meats, especially pork products (and to a lesser extent, for me, products from cows and chickens) contain a lot of purines and these adversely affect my joints. I also find that eating a lot of breads (and certainly there is the whole carbohydrate debate...but aside from that) I find that a lot of wheat, can cause a moderate swelling in my tissues; especially my joints... so I think I have a moderate allergy to wheat...

It sounds so cliche... but, we have to listen to our bodies... our bodies are not independent of our spiritual lives... our bodies are indeed the vessels of our spirit... our spiritual temples... in fact they are all ruled by the same spiritual fluid entities. I know, that again, for ME... if I eat a lot of pork and eat a lot of bread... my physicality, my spirituality even, feels weakened... I am in physical pain (hence, spiritual) and I cannot do the things I want to do or feel I should do... the pain can sometimes cause complete immobility and this in turn can lead to frustration, depression... and well, we all have the means to our own inner downward spirals!
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