Suns Ahman Ishrael—IAO (Organization)
A religiousmagic organization drawing upon Mormon traditions.
It was founded in 1981 by presiding Patriarch David
Asia Israel and four other former members of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The group believes that angels
continue to visit and deliver messages to humans, and
David Israel claims to receive regular revelations in the form
of morning and evening oracles.
Besides the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the Suns
Ahman Ishrael (SAI) accepts a wide variety of materials as scripture,
including ancient apocryphal writings (Gospel of Thomas,
Gospel of Philip, Book of Enoch, writings from Nag Hammadi)
and modern Mormon revelations (Oracles of Mohonri, The
Order of the Sons of Zadok). The group believes in a secret oral
tradition passed from Moses to the Essenes, to the Gnostics,
and eventually to Joseph Smith Jr. That tradition is believed to
be preserved in mystical books such as the Pistis Sophia and
Sepher Yetzira.
A 22-item statement of SAI beliefs posits a heavenly hierarchy
consisting of the Heavenly Father and Mother; their son,
Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit; angels and archangels; and ministers
of the flame (righteous humans made perfect). Human beings
are the literal offspring of the heavenly parents and have
come into earthly existence to experience the mystery of mortality.
Redemption for humans comes only through surrendering
their life to Yeshu-Maria the Christ and subsequently developing
a relationship with the heavenly hierarchy in the holy
temple ordinances and ritualistic ceremonies. The SAI also follows
the Old Testament feasts and holy days.
The SAI is headed by a presiding patriarch and matriarch
under whom function (when the organization is at full strength)
a first presidency, twelve apostles, seven ‘‘arch seventies,’’ and
twelve ‘‘stake princes.’’ Each stake is headed by twelve high
counselmen, a ‘‘quorum of seventy,’’ and twelve bishops. The
church endorses the practice of polygamy, but also believes in
perfect equality of the sexes. Women are accepted into the
priesthood on an equal basis with men.
Sundari, T(irunelveli) A(vudaippan) Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
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SAI publishes a monthly periodical, Stone Magazine. During
the 1980s the group developed an international following in
England, Norway, Japan, and the Netherlands. Address
Chevrah B’Qor Community, HC 65, Box 535, Canebeds, AZ
86022.