Safwan Zabalawi



Darshams was born in a middle class family in Damascus/Syria,1947.

At the age of 19 he received a scholarship to study electronics in Poland, and followed a Master of Science course in telecommunication, graduating from Gdansk Technical University (1973).

After further engineering studies in The Netherlands (1978) he continued working in the Syrian Telecommunication Establishment in Damascus as a network engineer.

Darshams migrated to Australia (1983), and worked as a Network Engineer in Amalgamated Wireless Australasia in Sydney, then worked in the State Library of New South Wales in security and information units, until retirement in 2016.

Meanwhile, he joined online courses in Philosophy of Mind (2010) and Philosophy of Religion, (2012), organised by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and a course on Science, Philosophy and Religion (2018) organised by The University of Edinburgh.

Darshams has also published in The Philosophical Society Review the following articles:

Modern Eastern Philosophy and the Problem of Body & Mind

The Cogito in Eastern Philosophy

The Concept of Certainty

What is Identity?

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The Hard Problem

The Role of Philosophy in combating Extremism

The Three Inherent Values

The Role of Consciousness in the Process of Evolution

The Problem of Self-Reference and the Law of Identity

Do Dreams Exist

How Changing a Pronoun affects the Meaning of God

The World of Potentials

Nonlocality of Insight

Can Good Lead to Evil

Sexual Drive and the Evolution of Humanity

For over 35 years, Darshams has been studying Eastern philosophy, the foundation of his published answers on a Q/A Forum “Quora”, “Medium” and articles in his website

Fascinated by the mystic influence of the Lotus Flower on the spiritual beliefs of various civilisations, Darshams published a book in Arabic :“The Humanistic Meaning of the Lotus Flower”.

The book is also available online: - and an English version of the book is planned to be published in the near future.

Of various inspiring quotes, Darshams' preferred motto is:

“The Archer Never Blames The Target” - signifying the spirit of taking responsibility and constantly seeking self-improvement.