Frank Herbert book of Dune
|In the book "Dune" the author
Frank Herbert, describes the rise of the Messiah 8000 years from now.
Herbert who studied among others ecology, psychology and eastern
philosophies created a reliable world that describes in minute detail
the rise of "qwitzat haderach" - the messiah (qfitzat haderech is an
ancient kabalistic term that describes the ability to be in two places
at once). The whole book is interwoven with wisdom that can serve the
enlightened reader in his personal growth.
process and change that the books' hero, Paul Atreides goes through
is in fact a process of enlightenment and divine consciousness and the
recognition of our higher self that exists within us all.
One of the
lines in the book is: "he who surrenders rules" - This
holds the secret of true human enlightenment. All the cosmic forms are
in fact a creative expression of one force. All the mystical traditions
say that one can experience cosmic unity through various exercises by
which the practitioner gradually eliminates his false identity/self and
his connection to the
material world, until finally the practitioner is able to fully
experience the whole cosmos every single moment. When this is achieved
the higher self is awakened. The conscious person understands and
experiences cosmic perfection in everything and results true awareness
of all the processes and occurrences within the universe and he remains
totally uncritical of anything. He who awakens to unified cosmos has
powers, vision and wisdom that are far greater than the average person
who is still identifying with the illusion and the false "self".
Dune Kwizatz Haderach
The hero of the book, Paul Muad’ dib serves as an example of a new kind
of human being who is transformed and unites his consciousness with the
greater cosmic purpose. This transformation is achieved when the hero
drink the “Water of life
author describes the hero as the “Kwizatz Haderach" a man who is able
to look beyond the masculine and feminine limitations/aspects of
creation. To seek unity with the "One" and to look beyond the process
of creation itself to within the great void. The term "Kwizatz
Haderach" was taken from the kabbalistic term "qfitzat
haderech"-meaning a "short cut" – the ability to be at different places
at the same time.
Is Dune a prophetic novel?
In depth reading of the book raises the question: is Dune a prophetic novel?
The book was written in the early 1960s. The book is dedicated to
“Those whose actions differ from the realm of ideas to the kingdom of
solid reality - To the ecologists of the desert plains, who ever they
may be, in each generation – to them I dedicate this experiment in
predicting the future with humility and admiration”.
At the writing of this book the two main superpowers of the world were
the U.S.S.R and the U.S.A. Terms such as the Islamic Holy war/Jihad or
the rise of Islamic fundamentalism were seemed totally unfeasible.
However Frank Herbert focused on the future and saw the rising power of
the Jihad and Islamic extremism taking over the civilized world. The
book is full of Muslim terms and infect the hero of the book is called
the “Mahdi”- the Muslim Messiah.
The book’s similarity to the present time (2004) is startling.
The defeated Caesar is called “Shaddam”. The world in which the battle
takes place is called “Arrakis”. The battle is for the control of the
“Spice mélange”. Now just change the name “Shaddam“to
“Saddam”,”Arrakis “to “Iraq” and the “Spice Mélange” to “oil”.
The most surprising element is a new young Shi’ite leader in Iraq whose
followers call him the “Mahdi”….
Dune ring engraving
– "He who
He who surrenders rules - judaism
In Judaism there is a story in the ancient Gemmara wherein the Creator
showed Moses at the time he received the Ten Commandments the future
time when a man called Rabbi Akiva will be given the secret of the
"Tagim" - the small lines that appear above the Hebrew letters in the
Torah Scrolls. When Moses saw the modesty of Rabbi Akiva he told the
Creator that he should give the commandments to Rabbi Akiva. The
Creator's answer was "keep silent - rise within the thought". The
Gemarra explains it this way - The word "keep silent" doesn't mean in
ancient Hebrew - "shut up!" rather "cancel yourself" - in other words
the Creator tells Moses to transcend himself so that he can ascent and
understand the Cosmic Thought.
Dune ring elements
The hawk that appears in the center of
the Dune ring
is the symbol of the House of Atreides from whom
the "Qwitzat Haderach" is derived. The hawk represents the higher self
who sees the entire big picture and symbolizes the understanding of the
The green emerald stones on the
blackened Dune ring's surface
, symbolizes the black and green
flag of the House of Atreides, while the green emerald also symbolizes
the heart center and compassion.
The Arabic writing on Dune ring
is a variation of the Arabic nickname of Pual Atreides "lisan il gayeb"
meaning "The language of the one who came".
The Hebrew letters of the "hanichna
"he who surrenders rules" were taken from the dead
The meaning of the Hebrew words written on the pendant is “from
the waters shall come all life
”. The design of the Dune pendant
is inspired by the
water jewelry worn by native people of the desert planet Arrakis.
The Dune pendant is a small vessel sealed with water. I have personally
conducted my own experiments based upon the principals of sacred
geometry and the Book of “Zohar
where through concentrated meditation I have been able to change the
quality, taste and vibration of water.
The wearer may experience an initial short term reaction to this higher
energy vibration until he/she becomes accustomed to wearing the Dune pendant
. The pendant conveys
water’s molecular secret that is common to so many of the world’s
religious beliefs. The pendant holds within it the cosmic secret
inherent in the triangular molecular composition of water which is the
key to all life in the universe. This molecular trinity represents the
three creative cosmic forces and the past present and future (see Gordian knot
, Mobius ring
Herbert states in his book that water is the key to all life in the
cosmos and because of its great value it was worn as a precious jewel
by the native people of Dune –The Fremen.