What is the Essene Diet?
Essene diet is not like any other diet. Its main objective goes beyond losing weight or counting the calories required in our day to day.
Incorporating an essene diet into our lives is not an easy task, since before everything else we have to understand well: why?, how?, when? and, for what? it is the purpose of each bite we carry in our mouths. In addition, to initiate the essene diet entails a significant change of habits, and surely, a lifestyle little different from the one that we had until now.
On the other hand, we must be willing to follow this diet conscientiously and without pressure of any kind. The essene diet is very special in this sense, since it carries a spiritual purpose that must be spontaneous and fluid.
An important aspect to highlight is that the Essene diet should not be cataloged within any type of religious or sectarian ideology. While it is true, the Essenes, who practiced these healthy eating habits, were people with a high spiritual level, this does not mean that they belonged to any particular religious idea. In fact, according to some records, the Essenes studied and respected all existing religious doctrines, and even those that were no longer practiced.
Their great tolerance and wisdom allowed them to rescue the best of each one of the doctrines, putting into practice the concepts that they considered a contribution for their spiritual growth and for humanity in general.
Who were the Essenes?
The Essenes were a spiritual community of Palestine that originated 300 years BC. They were along with Pharisees, Sadducees and Zealots, one of the “Jewish sects” more numerous, important and respected by all neighboring towns.
Josephus, speaks of six thousand Pharisees and four thousand Essenes. Those who speak about them in history are: Philo, Josephus, Pliny the Elder and Dio Chrysostom. However, only since 1947, after the discoveries of the manuscripts of Kirbet Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea, (in excavations of the ruins belonging to the Essene colony that lived there), we have real points of contrast to locate and identify them.
Thanks to the extraordinary discovery, the history of the community, its doctrine and organization can be reasonably reconstructed, although it should be borne in mind that all Essenes did not live in Qumran.
Although some have tried to erase them from all places, the finding of the Scrolls with Scriptures found in the Dead Sea, offer testimony of their beliefs.
The narratives of contemporary historians speak about communities that obeyed particular rules. Communities that had special beliefs, with different moral concepts, and that interpreted in a unique way the words of the ancient scriptures.
Some of the descriptions arose from misunderstandings and envy that they caused in certain people due to their special faculties, since they were able to heal and also had mediumistic abilities.
From this it can be deduced that the teachings of Jesus and those of the original Christians, had nothing to do with the usual teachings we know today.
How was the Essenes Community Lifestyle?
They were known to reach an advanced age, for their vigor, strength and health. Their high consciousness allowed them to perform extraordinary acts, such as spiritual healing or working together intensely with animals and plants. They were the true forerunners of Christianity and lived both in Israel and in other countries.
Their “Egyptian brothers”, for example, knew them by the name of “therapists”.
They lived in villages forming communities (of men, women and children) and their training centers or schools, had a great reputation. The most famous training center was on Mount Carmel, and with that same name, was known.
In Carmel, it was where Jesus made his training as Esenne teacher. This is also where, for a time, he was teaching before receiving baptism at the hands of John the Baptist.
The Essenes offered all their love and all their strength to others without asking for anything in return. They helped those who had some need such as orphans, widows, sick people, etc.
Additionally, they taught their peers in many areas and transmitted their knowledge about the laws of nature, agriculture, astronomy, nutrition and esoteric sciences, among others.
Sick people came to them to get care and receive healing through remedies with plants, oils and through spiritual healing.
The life of Essenes and, therefore, all their acts could be understood under the following motto:
The active contact with the conscience was one of the fundamental objectives of the Essenes, and they had a concrete way of connecting with these energies.
At the beginning of the new day (at night) they joined the angels of the Heavenly Father and in the morning, to those of the Earthly Mother.
At midday, they meditated in the Septuple Peace, and in this way, they managed to maintain the balance of their 3 bodies: thinking, feeling, and willing.
The so-called “Communions with the Angels” that they made daily, was the way they had to meditate and at the same time, the contemplative prayer, which allowed them to feel in their own body, the subtle energies that they called angels.
Essenes were the first to use the term “angeology” which refers to the study of those energies, and their use consciously.
The way to evoke to create reality, through the union of mind, emotion and body, has been literally called: “The true way of praying”.
Edgar Cayce and the Essenes
In 1936, eleven years before the discovery of the Dead Sea manuscripts, the readings spoke of a “Jewish sect” called the Essenes. According to Cayce, this community appeared in 400 BC and became extinct because of the persecution of the first Christians.
Edgar Cayce gave extensive details about the ways they had to live and work:
“They took Jews and Gentiles as members alike. The Essenes were a group of individuals sincere in their purpose but unorthodox as the rabbis of that particular period… who taught the mysteries of man and his relationships with those forces and how they could manifesting themselves from within and without…. The Essenes… were students of what you would call astrology, numerology, phrenology, and those phases of study of the return of individuals, (or reincarnation) which led to the proclamation that a certain period was a cycle, and these had been the studies at that time of Aristotle, Enosh, Mathesa, Judas and those who were in the care or supervision of the school (as you would call it in the present). These having been persecuted by those leaders Sadducees, who taught that there was no resurrection, or that reincarnation does not exist (which is what the resurrection meant in those periods)”.
In 1951, six years after Cayce’s death, archaeological excavations evidenced the existence of an Essene community in Qumran, near the site where the Dead Sea manuscripts had been found.
The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Essenes
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a series of twelve caves around the site known as Wadi Qumran, near the Dead Sea in the West Bank (of the Jordan River) between 1946 and 1956.
The authorship of the Dead Sea scrolls is still a mystery, although it has already been refuted by several experts the Sadducean authorship, since the rules of Qumran and the Damascus Document explicitly demand the community of goods as an entry requirement, which was opposed to sadducees practices.
The Qumranites were designated as “the poor”, while the Sadducees belonged to the cream of the rich and aristocratic society. Although the authors of the scrolls found claim their priestly origin and therefore a common origin with the Sadducees, they also denounce that the Temple was contaminated by the corruption of the priests who remained there, so it is impossible for the latter to flee have preserved the rolls.
During the years of Sadducean control of the Temple (from 134 to 76 BC), under the reigns of Juan Hircano, Aristobulo I and Alejandro Janneo, the authors of the scrolls were severely persecuted; therefore it is clear that they were not Sadducees, but their contradictors.
On the other hand, Angelology, as well as the insistence of the various scrolls in following the solar calendar of the Book of Jubilees and the First Book of Enoch, also exclude the possibility of Sadducean authorship.
Is the Essene Diet a cure for all diseases?
It was necessary to give a brushstroke in the Essene history to finally refer to their diet, which little by little is gaining followers in various parts of the world.
Now that we know something about who the Essenes were, we will see why their diet can be an important contribution to the well-being of our health.
There are recent testimonies of people who have incorporated the Essene diet into their menu, after abandoning chemotherapy treatments under no chance of cure, due to the advance of the disease. These patients have experienced “miraculous” results after rigorously following the Essene diet and facing the situation with positivism and inner strength.
This could be considered a great alternative of hope for those people who do not have life expectancies in conventional medicine.
However, this diet is not for everyone, which is totally understandable. There are people who simply do not believe that they will obtain favorable results after performing this diet or any other, or consider a menu without meat, for example, impossible. Whatever the reason, the decision is very personal and must be taken freely and with total conviction.
Anyway, if you have accompanied me to this point in the article, it is because you are interested in learning about the Essene diet and its benefits. So, let’s go there.
The Essene Gospel Of Peace
Below you will read an excerpt from The ESSENE GOSPEL OF PEACE, Book One (apocryphal), a direct translation of the Aramaic of the words of Jesus, as recorded by his disciple John.
This translation of Dr. Edmond Bordeaux Székely, was published in 1937.
These are words that, beyond the specific quotations about wheat and milk, which obviously respond to the context of the time (it was a time with other grains, with scarce nutritional resources and without permeable intestinal mucosa), make us reflect on great biological truths.
…And Jesus continued:
“God commanded your forefathers: ‘Thou shalt not kill”. But their heart was hardened and they killed. Then, Moses desired that at least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts. And then, the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and beasts likewise.
But I do say to you: Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also.
For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also.
And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are. Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed.
For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. Be not like the foolish husbandman who sowed in his ground cooked, and frozen, and rotten seeds. And the autumn came, and his fields bore nothing. And great was his distress.
But be like that husbandman who sowed in his field living seed, and whose field bore living ears of wheat, paying a hundredfold for the seeds which he planted.
For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and your souls also”.
“Master, where is the fire of life?”, asked some of them.
“In you, in your blood, and in your bodies”.
“And the fire of death?”, asked others.
“It is the fire which blazes outside your body, which is hotter than your blood. With that fire of death you cook your foods in your homes and in your fields.
I tell you truly, it is the same fire which destroys your foods and your bodies, even as the fire of malice, which ravages your thoughts, ravages your spirits.
For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is that which you think.
Eat nothing, therefore, which a stronger fire than the fire of life has killed. Wherefore, prepare and eat all fruits of trees, and all grasses of the fields, and all milk of beasts good for eating.
For all these are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels of our Earthly Mother. But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives savor, for such is of Satan”.
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“How should we cook our daily bread without fire, Master?”, asked some with great astonishment.
“Let the angels of God prepare your bread. Moisten your wheat, that the angel of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air also may embrace it. And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the angel of sunshine may descend upon it. And the blessing of the three angels will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat. Then crush your grain, and make thin wafers, as did your forefathers when they departed out of Egypt, the house of bondage.
Put them back again beneath the sun from its appearing, and when it is risen to its highest in the heavens, turn them over on the other side that they be embraced there also by the angel of sunshine, and leave them there until the sun be set.
For the angels of water, of air, and of sunshine fed and ripened the wheat in the field, and they, likewise, must prepare also your bread. And the same sun which, with the fire of life, made the wheat to grow and ripen, must cook your bread with the same fire.
For the fire of the sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread, and to the body. But the fire of death kills the wheat, the bread, and the body. And the living angels of the living God serve only living men. For God is the God of the living, and not the God of the dead”.
“So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees.
For everything beyond these is of Satan, and leads by the way of sins and of diseases unto death. But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see diseases.
For the table of God fed Methuselah of old, and I tell you truly, if you live even as he lived, then will the God of the living give you also long life upon the earth as was his”.
“For I tell you truly, the God of the living is richer than all the rich of the earth, and his abundant table is richer than the richest table of feasting of all the rich upon the earth.
Eat, therefore, all your life at the table of our Earthly Mother, and you will never see want. And when you eat at her table, eat all things even as they are found on the table of the Earthly Mother. Cook not, neither mix all things one with another, lest your bowels become as steaming bogs. For I tell you truly, this is abominable in the eyes of the Lord”.
“And be not like the greedy servant, who always ate up, at the table of his lord, the portions of others. And he devoured everything himself, and mixed all together in his gluttony. And seeing that, his lord was wroth with him, and drove him from the table. And when all had ended their meal, he mixed together all that remained upon the table, and called the greedy servant to him, and said: ‘Take and eat all this with the swine, for your place is with them, and not at my table”.
“Take heed, therefore, and defile not with all kinds of abominations the temple of your bodies. Be content with two or three sorts of food, which you will find always upon the table of our Earthly Mother. And desire not to devour all things which you see around you. For I tell you truly, if you mix together all sorts of food in your body, then the peace of your body will cease, and endless war will rage in you. And it will be blotted out even as homes and kingdoms divided against themselves work their own destruction.
For your God is the God of peace, and does never help division. Arouse not, therefore, against you the wrath of God, lest he drive you from his table, and lest you be compelled to go to the table of Satan, where the fire of sins, diseases, and death will corrupt your body”.
“And when you eat, never eat unto fullness. Flee the temptations of Satan, and listen to the voice of God’s angels. For Satan and his power tempt you always to eat more and more. But live by the spirit, and resist the desires of the body. And your fasting is always pleasing in the eyes of the angels of God.
So give heed to how much you have eaten when your body is sated, and always eat less by a third”.
“Let the weight of your daily food be not less than a mina, but mark that it go not beyond two. Then will the angels of God serve you always, and you will never fall into the bondage of Satan and of his diseases. Trouble not the work of the angels in your body by eating often.
For I tell you truly, he who eats more than twice in the clay does in him the work of Satan. And the angels of God leave his body, and soon Satan will take possession of it. Eat only when the sun is highest in the heavens, and again when it is set. And you will never see disease, for such finds favor in the eyes of the Lord. And if you will that the angels of God rejoice in your body, and that Satan shun you afar, then sit but once in the day at the table of God. And then your days will be long upon the earth, for this is pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.
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Eat always when the table of God is served before you, and eat always of that which you find upon the table of God. For I tell you truly, God knows well what your body needs, and when it needs”.
“From the coming of the month of Ijar, eat barley; from the month of Sivan, eat wheat, the most perfect among all seed-bearing herbs. And let your daily bread be made of wheat, that the Lord may take care of your bodies.
From Tammuz, eat the sour grape, that your body may diminish and Satan may depart from it. In the month of Elul, gather the grape that the juice may serve you as drink.
In the month of Marchesvan, gather the sweet grape, dried and sweetened by the angel of sun, that your bodies may increase, for the angels of the Lord dwell in them.
You should eat figs rich in juice in the months of Ab and Shebat, and what remain, let the angel of sun keep them for you; eat them with the meat of almonds in all the months when the trees bear no fruits. And the herbs which come after rain, these eat in the month of Thebet, that your blood may be cleansed of all your sins. And in the same month begin to eat also the milk of your beasts, because for this did the Lord give the herbs of the fields to all the beasts which render milk, that they might with their milk feed man.
For I tell you truly, happy are they that eat only at the table of God, and eschew all the abominations of Satan.
Eat not unclean foods brought from far countries, but eat always that which your trees bear. For your God knows well what is needful for you, and where and when. And he gives to all peoples of all kingdoms for food that which is best for each.
Eat not as the heathen do, who stuff themselves in haste, defiling their bodies with all manner of abominations”.
“For the power of God’s angels enters into you with the living food which the Lord gives you from his royal table. And when you eat, have above you the angel of air, and below you the angel of water.
Breathe long and deeply at all your meals, that the angel of air may bless your repasts. And chew well your food with your teeth, that it become water, and that the angel of water turn it into blood in your body. And eat slowly, as it were a prayer you make to the Lord.
For I tell you truly, the power of God enters into you, if you eat after this manner at his table. But Satan turns into a steaming bog the body of him upon whom the angels of air and water do not descend at his repasts. And the Lord suffers him no longer at his table.
For the table of the Lord is an altar, and he who eats at the table of God is in a temple.
For I tell you truly, the body of the Son of Man is turned into a temple, and his inwards into an altar, if he does the commandments of God.
Wherefore, put naught upon the altar of the Lord when your spirit is vexed, neither think upon any one with anger in the temple of God. And enter only into the Lord’s sanctuary when you feel in yourselves the call of his angels, for all that you eat in sorrow, or in anger, or without desire, becomes a poison in your body.
For the breath of Satan defiles all these. Place with joy your offerings upon the altar of your body, and let all evil thoughts depart from you when you receive into your body the power of God from his table. And never sit at the table of God before he call you by the angel of appetite”.
“Rejoice, therefore, always with God’s angels at their royal table, for this is pleasing to the heart of the Lord. And your life will be long upon the earth, for the most precious of God’s servants will serve you all your days: the angel of joy”.
“And forget not that every seventh day is holy and consecrated to God. On six days feed your body with the gifts of the Earthly Mother, but on the seventh day sanctify your body for your Heavenly Father.
On the seventh day eat not any earthly food, but live only on the words of God, and be all the day with the angels of the Lord in the kingdom of the Heavenly Father. And on the seventh day let the angels of God build the kingdom of the heavens in your body, as you labor for six days in the kingdom of the Earthly Mother. And let not food trouble the work of the angels in your body throughout the seventh day. And God will give you long life upon earth, that you may have life everlasting in the kingdom of the heavens.
For I tell you truly, if you see not diseases any more upon earth, you will live for ever in the kingdom of the heavens”.
“And God will send you each morning the angel of sunshine to wake you from your sleep. Therefore, obey your Heavenly Father’s summons, and lie not idle in beds, for the angels of air and water await you already without. And labor all day long with the angels of the Earthly Mother that you may come to know them and their works ever more and more well.
But when the sun is set, and your Heavenly Father sends you his most precious angel, sleep, then take your rest, and be all the night with the angel of sleep. And then will your Heavenly Father send you his unknown angels, that they may be with you the livelong night. And the Heavenly Father’s unknown angels will teach you many things concerning the kingdom of God, even as the angels that you know of the Earthly Mother, instruct you in the things of her kingdom.
For I tell you truly, you will be every night the guests of the kingdom of your Heavenly Father, if you do his commandments. And when you wake up upon the morrow, you will feel in you the power of the unknown angels.
And your Heavenly Father will send them to you every night, that they may build your spirit, even as every day the Earthly Mother sends you her angels, that they may build your body. For I tell you truly, if in the daytime your Earthly Mother folds you in her arms, and in the night the Heavenly Father breathes his kiss upon you, then will the Sons of Men become the Sons of God”.
“Resist day and night the temptations of Satan. Wake not by night, neither sleep
by day, lest the angels of God depart from you”.
The ESSENE GOSPEL OF PEACE
The Original Hebrew and Aramaic Texts
Translated and edited by
EDMOND BORDEAUX SZEKELY
Summary of the Essene Diet
As a summary we can deduce that:
Avoid eating dead animals
“Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also”.
What, how, when and in which way should we eat?
What foods should we eat?
“So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees “.
How to prepare the food?
“Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also”.
How to combine the food?
“For I tell you truly, if you mix together all sorts of food in your body, then the peace of your body will cease, and endless war will rage in you”.
What is the appropriate portion to ingest?
“And when you eat, never eat fullness, Flee the temptations of Satan, and listen to the voice of God’s angels. For Satan and his power tempt you always to eat more and more. But live by the spirit, and resist the desires of the body. And Your fasting is always pleasing in the eyes of the angels of God. So give heed to how much you have eaten when your body is sated, and always eat less by a third
…For I tell you truly, he who eats more than twice in the clay does in him the work of Satan. And the angels of God leave his body, and soon Satan will take possession of it. Eat only when the sun is highest in the heavens, and again when it is set. And you will never see disease, for such. Find favor in the eyes of the Lord”.
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How should we eat our food?
“Breathe long and deeply at all your meals, that the angel of air may bless your repasts. And chew well your food with your teeth, that it become water, and that the angel of water turn it into blood in your body. And eat slowly, as it was a prayer you make to the Lord.
For I tell you truly, the power of God enters into you, if you eat after this manner at his table. But Satan turns into a steaming bog the body of him upon whom the angels of air and water do not descend at his repasts”.
When is the best time to eat?
“And enter only in the Lord’s sanctuary when you feel in yourselves the call of his angels, for all that you eat in sorrow, or in anger, or without desire, becomes a poison in your body For the breath of Satan defiles all these. Place with joy your offerings Upon the altar of your body, and let all evil thoughts depart from you when you receive into your body the power of God from his table. And never sit at the table of God before I call you by the angel of appetite”.
When we fast we will purify our body
“On the seventh day eat not any earthly food, but live only on the words of God, and be all the day with the angels of the Lord in the kingdom of the Heavenly Father”.
NOTE: When it talks about “milk” it refers to a substance that very few people know today: fresh and raw milk (not pasteurized), produced by cows that did not know about artificial hormones or antibiotics, and to consume it only in one determined time of year (not daily), when the cows fed on fresh pastures.
Personally, I think it is not a coincidence that a whole chapter has been devoted to food and body purification in the Gospel of the Peace.
In my opinion, the message is very clear, what is strange to me, is: Why is this knowledge not openly shown to the world? What do you think?