By Roya Monajem, Tehran
No doubt, since the sudden appearance of the group called Daesh or ISIS in the last summer, their rapid progress and spread shocked all of us throughout the world, wondering ever since who are they?
Chatting with some friends about their grandfather who had apparently helped Navab Safavi, the founder of Fadayian-e Islam (literally devotees of Islam) who assassinated Ahmad Kasravi, the known Iranian ex-clergy, scholar and Constitutionalist Reformer in 1946, and censoring the details of the rest of the related contemplation, the idea suddenly crossed the mind: My goodness, those people, like today’s Daesh seem to apply the same techniques founded by Hassan Sabbah (d.1124), the great master-mind of Ismaili sect and the founder of the secret organization of Hashashin or Assassins whose followers managed to hold their main headquarter in Alamut Mountain for almost three centuries after Sabbah’s death. Only Mongols managed to bring about their fall. But they couldn’t have disappeared from the surface of the Earth, particularly as the origin of such a way of thinking apparently goes back to Crusade wars and there is a theory that those who fled Iran and went to Sicily, founded Mafia later on?! Not that improbable really.
We actually read in school history textbook first about Hassan Sabbah. His followers were like the icon of devotion. With a brush of Hassan’s hand they sacrificed their lives. Later, when I heard from the Iranian scholar Manouchehr Sotoudeh that it is said, “Hassan gave them Hashish (where the word Hashashin comes from) and good wine in Alamut Headquarter and once they were dead drunk, they were taken to a heavenly garden nearby where beautiful maids were waiting to act like those promised nymphs in Heaven according to Islam. And they were then transferred back to where they were, and on waking up, remembering the taste of what happened to them the night before, they were told that’s the kind of life they would have if they join Hassan Sabbah’s sect.”
Very doubtful. Here is what it is said about the effects of this drug: “The most well-known effect of hashish use is the same euphoric, drowsy, sedated effect of cannabis. But along with this comes a number of other effects: Distortions of time and space. Because a person may not realize how much time has passed or how fast they are traveling, driving a car is quite dangerous. Cannabis is the most common drug found in the bodies of drivers who die in accidents, sometimes in combination with other drugs or alcohol. These distortions also make it difficult to play sports, meaning that anyone who is athletic may not maintain their prior level of accomplishment if they start smoking hashish.
In other words, if those under its effects, feel drowsy sedated, cannot even play sport, we can very well assume that they will be more for ‘make love’ rather than ‘war,’ particularly the kind which needs immense consciousness and presence. Instead, what seems more logical and reasonable is that those original assassins and their contemporary counterparts were-are hypnotized. Most probably the legend was created to keep the actual technique a secret. Let us not forget that Hassan Sabbah was a sage, an expert in philosophy, astronomy, mathematics (especially geometry), languages and metaphysical sciences.
Since the advent of suicide bombers we all have wondered what makes these people sacrifice their lives in this way. Yes, ignorance, poverty, extreme despair and manipulation of emotions can make an excellent ground to bring about the illusion that one can at least make one’s life meaningful in sacrificing it?! But is that enough to overcome our most powerful survival instinct and thus aversion of death? What else is probably being used? Why is man the only living creature killing his own kind for even apparently no reason?
In the long search for an answer to the last question, no ‘theory’ satisfied the curiosity, as much as the two chapters in Gurdjieff’s Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson (who by the way is called Hass(ei)n) on Beelzebub’s Opinion of War and Hypnotism.
Continuing the reflection on whether can Fadayian Islam of the beginning of the last century and the groups now known as Islamist terrorists (from Al-Quadeh to Daesh and Boko Haram) belong to that old sect of Assassins; and remembering the above two chapters again, it suddenly flashed: Hypnosis can very well be that hidden factor in regard to both the old and new assassins!? Another proof is the strange obsessive attraction of western youth (by blood) enjoying basic standards of the material life (thus ruling out the factor of poverty and to some extent ‘ignorance’) in a peaceful environment, to join them in their inhuman plan to bringing about destruction and mass-assassinations!
If this makes sense, would the specialists in the history of fighting techniques reveal to us their techne!
Does anybody know what is the quick antipode for hypnosis before the whole Middle East immerses in red blood as the result of its black gold?
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