(Rev. Nazirmoreh/ Nahziryah Monastic Community gives thanks to the Creator always, and in all ways. Many thanks to all of the local townspeople who contributed to this article. Much thanks goes to reporter Ginger Shiras for her interest and research. All blessings and respect due to the Reverend Nazirmoreh for the truth, light and love, wisdom, knowledge and understanding that the Reverend (ABRD) shares with all.)
EXCERPTS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 6, 1999
Harrison, AR DAILY TIMES
Order of the Purple Veil Quietly Practices Religion in Ozarks BY GINGER SHIRAS/ Times Staff

YELLVILLE - ...folks with purple robes and esoteric religious beliefs have moved into… Marion County.
     "They're tremendous citizens of the county", says banker Judy Loving. 
     "I don't have anything but nice things to say about them", says Janell Kirkwood, mayor of Yellville, where a few comely… women in purple robes sell handmade necklaces and incense (handcrafted jewelry, incense and oils) in the old city park across from the Hilltop Restaurant some Fridays and Saturdays.
     Has Sheriff Carl McBee had any problems with them? "None whatsoever."
     They (residents) call them the purple people.
     They've had a mountaintop retreat with garden to support their vegetarian diet in south Marion County near the Searcy County line for six years, but they've been coming into town more in the last few months.
     Their leader says their reception in Marion County has been "beautiful".
     Perhaps that is because they don't proselytize.             
     "We don't say this is the way. We try to live a full harmonious life," he says. 
    The spiritual leader of the Nahziryah Monastic Community and the Order of the Purple Veil has graying hair… (wrapped) with purple yarn and reaching his feet.
     A Rastafarian might envy these (hairlocks), although his website, www.nmcnews.org, says he and his people also are mistaken for Muslims, Hindus or Jews.
      He sounds a bit like a Protestant preacher when he starts talking about "what is, was and ever shall be.
     The locals call him Reverend Kedem. His

"students" call him Nazirmoreh.
     He agreed to meet a reporter at the park Saturday and politely and unhurriedly answers questions, but the reporter came away with more good feelings than information.
     How many people are in his group?
     "We accept all people as our brothers and sisters, all existence, all beings as one with our Creator."
     How many live in Marion County?
     "There are a few people coming and going. It's not huge. It's a little small gathering."
     He has a Center for Metaphysical and Esoteric Learning in New Orleans. Is he originally from New Orleans?
     "I am from the Divine Source of all that is, was and ever shall be, which we all are from."
      "We're one with all existence. Everything in life has a purpose in life, has an experiential need in life, something to learn, something to grow from. We're all striving to return back to the Divine Source of all that is, was and ever shall be - whatever name you want to use."…
     And the hair?
     "We're not this body, or course, but we're traveling in bodies for a reason. These bodies are like our feet on the ground and our head in the clouds. We're walking in between heaven and earth. In our involutionary/evolutionary cyclic experience there are various things that assist you to return to the source. Hair is like antenna. It draws certain energies from all existence. It's a sensitizer."

(Note: The Reverend has relocated the Veil of Truth Center for Metaphysical and Esoteric Learning from New Orleans to the Monastery grounds in Arkansas in November/1999.)

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