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Mimadamos: The Eden of Choice by Chadi B. Ghaith is a spiritual fiction published on July 6, 2017, by Windstream Partners, LLC. It has 450 standard pages and is told through third-person omniscient narration. It talks about spiritual philosophies and struggles through a brilliant, mystical fable. I saw a book published by Booklogix on December 21, 2015, by the same author and title, but no subtitle and the same book cover but upside down. It looked like the same book but it may have been altered and improved. There was no enough information about it so I can only speculate.
Over the course of understanding this book better, I think it is instrumental to define what Chadi B. Ghaith shares on the dedication page of this book, over the internet about him, and what I will share with you from this book. Chadi’s religious identity is Druze and authentic identity is Gnostic. The Druses have faith in one God and believe in the Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of high Islamic leaders and Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato. The Druses also believe in reincarnation and Chadi professes Æthero was his name in the previous life he lead in ancient Greece. The word Gnostic is derived from the Greek word, “Gnosis,” meaning to know. Gnostics are people who believe in Gnosticism. Gnosticism, with a capital G at the beginning of the word, mostly refers to Christian Gnostics.
Their beliefs vary but what they have in common is that they choose to follow personal revelation and mysticism over dogma (blind faith) taught within the cold walls of churches. What I initially got from this book, from the very get-go, is an unusual support for Adam, the first man,
the marriage of flesh and spirit-the point-the atom-at which heaven and the earth converge,
as Chadi puts it. That made me think about what I had read about the extreme Gnostic theologians who theorized that the earth was created by an imperfect creator, called the Demiurge, who had spun off from the Higher Father but did not comprehend it. The Cainites (descendants of Cain) even went further and believed the Demiurge was evil and worshipped as saints all who stood against him in the Bible- Cain, Judas. So, what does this book entail? I urge you to not be too quick to jump to conclusions and have an open mind because there is a lot to learn from it.
No truth at this point in our lives is ever truly new. I have been reading into the major religions of the world over time, trying to sort through their concepts, philosophies and what have you, but I had not really met with the Gnostics/Druses, that is until I found this book, or should I say it found me? I have to admit that it was with welcome anguish and spiritual prodding that I started and finished the book. I got to know quite a lot that I did not know and the book altered me in ways no book has.
The poetry in the first pages touched my heart,
I liked its high originality the most as Chadi takes old knowledge and presents it in a new and unique way that sets it apart from other religious and spiritual books. The fable has scores of characters, among them the haunted Destiny and the formidable Fate. The Agents of Awakening, who had split from Adam, are waiting for the Messiah, Choice, so that they can be able to,Oh, we needed the sun to light our Destiny, how we need the cycles to drive our Choice; and we would martyr our lives to fuel the hour, not realizing that we could overturn the clock by simply shining here and there…
And ultimately destroy the Archons,dream a new reality into being
but this was only after the recycling of the current world.
Other characters like Time, Space and Hope join in and set off on a journey that ends with a cliffhanger ending, or should I say begins with a cliffhanger beginning?
I do not agree with some of the things Chadi attempts to pass across, one of them being his assumption when he says in his note,
By the term matter, he means,Spirit and matter are not enemies, as the religions and the scientific traditions would like you to believe.
the spirit solidified,
so we’re in agreement up to there, somehow, because to me, of course, matter means the (human) body that holds the Spirit of God and the soul of man. Since God is in everything and is holding everything together, according to the Bible, I would assume that He is a part of matter too. Matter is His body and since the body is a part of the two in the trinity, we can safely say matter is a part of the Spirit too. So, that was easy to get, right? I will not speak for the other religions or for science, but I will speak for Christianity and say that the body is not the enemy, or rather an enemy of the Spirit, but rather a tool that is used by the enemy to lead the soul astray (away from the Spirit which is God). When we are told to crucify the body, it is understood that the body is the symbol of sin and not actually the sin. Romans 6:6 says,
Let me be quick to point out that Chadi might have been referring to the considerable religious (and scientific and atheist groups) that punish and mutilate their bodies to acquire salvation or satisfaction, just as the Gnostics believe that attaining mystical knowledge is a means to salvation.Knowing this, that our old man [the whole nature of man (body and soul) turned away from God and devoted to self and earthly things] is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
What I did not like about this book is it became a bit of a drag with one or two of its notions, but other than that it was brilliant. There were no editing issues to talk of, and with all this in mind, I give it a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. If you have ever asked yourself whether this is all there is and will ever be in life, or if you are looking for something different from what you have been reading, or if you are a spiritual person or a poetic person; this is the book for you. It will make you have questions about the things you think you know and set you on a path of self-exploration and self-discovery. Take up the challenge and decide for yourself.
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