An unusual novel which Dr. Dahesh had composed in less than 24 hours spread over 12 days (from the third to the fourteenth of January 1946).
The hero, a Dinar(a golden coin), by virtue of its transference from one hand to another roams several countries for almost a century. It wanders into cities, villages, palaces, cottages, monasteries, nighclubs; it travels in the air and dives to the bottom of the seas; it accompanies good and bad people, kings and commons; it listens to animals and witnesses two national liberation movements in India and England as well as two World Wars and later a third World War! Above all, it records its observations with the genius of a spellbinding storyteller and renders its judgments with the wisdom of a philosopher.
The book is a summary statement of the views of the author regarding society and its corruption, clergymen, politics, human rights, courts of justice, money, love, psychology of wars, art and literature. Underlying his harsh critical attitude is the author’s deep desire for reform.
The life of Christ until the age of 30 raises many unanswered questions: How did he spend his childhood days and his youth? How long did he stay with his parents in Egypt? Who received them as his guests there? Did he get any education? Did he perform any miracles prior to his miracle at Cana of Galilea? What is the attitude of his family towards him and his message? When did he meet Peter for the first time? Did he reveal any of his teachings before the proclamation of his message? Did the four gospels mention all his teachings or is it that some of them had not been revealed to the world?
This inspired book reveals three years of the Nazarene's life beginning at the age of twelve.
“All the journalists who are my colleagues who did not believe in Daheshism at least unanimously agreed that the man is a phenomenon in every sense of the word. Iskandar Shahin
“Dr Dahesh opened for us all the doors of his house… every door opened unto a suite which differed completely from every other suite. It differed in its precious antiques, its oil paintings, and its piles of books or its stuffed birds”. The Newspaper Al-Liwa
“Whatever the case of Dr Dahesh is, everyone who meets him cannot but reach one conclusion that the man is a strange phenomenon in our society”. The newspaper “Al-Gareeda”
“Daheshism is above all a spiritual notion… the transmigration of souls is a Divine mercy; if it didn’t exist, all human beings would have perished …” “Al- Isbuu’ Al- Arabi” Magazine.
Travel is not accidental in the life of Dr. Dahesh. He traveled wide and far—to the Middle and Far East, Russia, North America, and almost all of the African and European countries. He recorded, in this series, facts of his travels, his observations, and his wide-ranged commentaries.
Dr. Dahesh’s travel literature stands out for its fidelity to facts in narration and description, its accuracy in recording the exact time and numbers, its exploration of the natural, cultural, social, and economic aspects of each country he visited, the similarities and differences among nations.
Dr. Dahesh’s Journeys come close to being an autobiography, acquainting the reader with the personality of the author, his attitudes, taste, spiritual philosophy, and the manner of his life.
الدكتور داهش بأقلام نخبةٍ من معاصريه
إضمامةٌ من زهور الفِكر والاٰدب تضعها الدار الداهشية في نيويورك بكلِّ محبة واعتزاز على مائدة الادب العربي بمناسبة الذكرى المئوية الاولى لولادة الدكتور داهش.
مصباحٌ يتوهّج بالمعرفة، ويلقي بنورِهِ على جوانب مهمّه من حياة رجل المعجزات وأسراره. ويرسم ملامحَ واضحة لشخصه وأدبه.
كما يُظهر غير قليلٍ من معجزاته وخوارقهِ. بعضُها يكشفُ السِترُ عنه للمرّة الاولى إذْ كان مخبوءًا تحت ألسِنة الكُتّاب الذين اجتُرِحَتْ بحضورهم هذه المعجزات.
في الكتاب تعريفٌ بشخص الدكتور داهش وبمؤلَّفاته على اختلاف انتماءاتها الفكريَّة والأدبيَّة والفلسفيَّة. وعَبَقٌ من سيرةِ حياته العَطِرة، وقبساتٌ من ورودِه وبرودِه وبروقهِ ورعودِه.
داهش يتحدّث عن نفسه ويكشفُ بعض أسراره وكتّابٌ يتحدثون عنه ويُسهِمون في كشف هذه الأسرار.
نُخبةٌ مِن كتَّاب لبنان والعالم العربي دخلوا محراب أدب الدكتور داهش وهيكله المقدس، وأدلَوا بدِلاء المحبة والوفاء للكلمة والتاريخ.
منهم مَن عرفه ورافقه في رحلة النور والمعرفة والحقِّ واليقين.
ومنهم مَن تعرّف إليه من خلال أدبه وروائعه وما ذكِرَ وأُثِر عنه. وقد تتشابك أفكار الكتَّاب حيناً او تفترق، ولكنَّها تلتقي جميعها على فرادةِ هذا الرجُل وفذوذيّتِه وإتيانه بالجديد والمفيد الذي لو أُحسِن الاستماعُ إليه لاوصل سفائن الناس وقلوبهم إلى شواطئ الأمان .
كتابٌ ثرٌّ زاخر بالنور والمعرفة. بين دفّتيه كثير عن حياة الدكتور داهش وكنوزه ورموزه. وكثير إلى المتشوقين للتعرّف إلى رجل الروح والأسرار. والوقوف على آرائه ومعتقداته ومعجزاته.
In this book, Dr. Dahesh rephrases most of what he has written between 1930 and 1950 into octave-rhymed stanzas; then the poet Halim Dammous "being aware," as he says, "of the impact of these inspired words and of the origin of these heart-deep feelings," transposes them from rhymed prose into rhymed verse. In the verse version, the reader finds an almost total faithfulness to the original rhymed prose and at the same time an easy flow of rhythm.