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According to Sharia law, a man is allowed to have 4 wives simultaneously. This clearly clashes with the Divine concept of romantic love, as it would be seen as a form of adultery. Mohammed himself had many wives, and yet the Gnostic doctrine teaches that only one partner at a time is allowed.

Is it perhaps the case that Divine law changes with time? What is seen as wrong in one particular time may not be the same in another. Or perhaps, even more likely, people misinterpreted the teachings of Mohammed.
7 years ago
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Accepted Answer
It is important to define what Shariah really means within the context of esoteric studies (including Gnosticism and Buddhism) as opposed to its degenerate, exoteric form in the Middle East:
From The Secret Path of the Heart:

In the Buddhist sense, we have the following schools:
•Shravakayana
•Mahayana
•Tantrayana / Vajrayana

Yana means vehicle, and indicates a vehicle of instruction, a vehicle of giving forth the Torah, the law, the Dharma, whatever name or label you want to give it. Shravaka means "someone who listens," so in the beginning of any spiritual instruction, we have to listen first. The beginner always listens to receive that type of teaching, and therefore its the vehicle by which we take in that instruction for the first time.

Mahayana means "Greater Vehicle" and it relates more to how we work practically to help other people. You may be familiar with the term Bodhichitta, which we're going to talk about in relation with the soul of the doctrine. And then you have the spirit which is Tantrayana, the very essence, root or core of a doctrine, which is very advanced. Vajra means "lightning" or "diamond." So this indicates the most pure teaching we know of.

We find this even in Sufism.
•Shari'ah
•Tariqah
•Haqiqah / Marif'ah

We have the body of the law, Shari'ah; we have the soul, Tariqah, which means "path;" it's really the esoteric path. And then we have the final two, which really are one: Haqiqah and Marif'ah. Haqiqah means "truth" and Marif'ah means "Gnosis, knowledge."

Shari'ah is the written law or code of Islam, Al-Qur'an and Al-Hadith. This is the code of conduct any spiritual aspirant must fulfill. Such ethical discipline is the foundation of all religious practice and spiritual achievement. Tariqah is the soul of the teachings, the practical techniques for achieving spiritual change. These practices have never been given openly by the Muslim initiates, but were transmitted by mouth to ear. However, we now have such techniques available in the writings of Samael Aun Weor. Tariqah also represents the philosophical teachings that explain Al-Qur'an and Al-Hadith, which we find in the Sufi writings of Rumi, Ibn 'Arabi, Al-Qushayri, and others. Haqiqah is the truth, the realization of divine spiritual truths within the many explications of the great Sufi Masters. One example is the poetry of Mansur al-Hallaj, the Muslim Christ, who was tortured and killed for pronouncing أنا الحق Anā l-Ḥaqq (I am the Truth!). Truly, this master completely embodied the Heart Doctrine, since he had no psychological impurities in his mind; he had completely awakened his Inner Mind and embodied the truth.

With this explanation about the body, soul and spirit of any doctrine, we can now understand the following words from the Prophet Muhammad:

The outer law (shari'ah) is my word,
the spiritual path (tariqah) my actions,
and the inner reality (haqiqah) my inner states. —Muhammad
The Shariah law in the Middle East has lost sight of the symbolic interpretation of the Qur'an, and has precipitated itself towards devolution due to literal, dead letter fanaticism.

Polygamy is symbolic in the scriptures. For instance, Abraham (Shiva, or the Innermost) was both married to Sarah (Binah, the Holy Spirit) and Hagar the slave woman (Malkuth, the physicality that has fallen due to fornication).

This indicates that in order to be monogamous, we must destroy the lustful psychological elements in our psyche that push us towards polygamy (since adultery is to even look at another person with lust, as Jesus explains in the Gospels).

What is interesting about the life of any prophet is how their physical existence came to demonstrate esoteric truths. For example, Prophet Muhammad had thirteen wives. Thirteen in Kabbalah is the letter Mem, or the Arabic Mim, the waters of genesis or creation.

Muhammad was also from the tribe of Beni-Hashim, Banu-Hashim, or Beni-Hashamayim, a son of the "fire and the waters of heaven."

Prophet Muhammad's favorite wife was A'isha, which in Hebrew is אשה Isha, meaning "woman" or "fire."

Therefore, within the Thirteenth Arcanum of the Tarot, the waters of transcendental sexuality, the fires of the Divine Mother, Isha, are present, since this is the lightning Kundalini, b-r-q or Al-Buraq, which took Muhammad to heaven in his miraj or night journey.

But historically, in the times of the Prophet, marriage was often contracted towards widows who had no other means of subsistence after the death of their husbands. This was more of a social and economic contract, not a sexual one. In the case of the Prophet, this was an act of mercy and a means of teaching the initiates Kabbalah. But of course, this custom was abused and adulterated with time.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

7 years ago
·
#10073
Accepted Answer
It is important to define what Shariah really means within the context of esoteric studies (including Gnosticism and Buddhism) as opposed to its degenerate, exoteric form in the Middle East:
From The Secret Path of the Heart:

In the Buddhist sense, we have the following schools:
•Shravakayana
•Mahayana
•Tantrayana / Vajrayana

Yana means vehicle, and indicates a vehicle of instruction, a vehicle of giving forth the Torah, the law, the Dharma, whatever name or label you want to give it. Shravaka means "someone who listens," so in the beginning of any spiritual instruction, we have to listen first. The beginner always listens to receive that type of teaching, and therefore its the vehicle by which we take in that instruction for the first time.

Mahayana means "Greater Vehicle" and it relates more to how we work practically to help other people. You may be familiar with the term Bodhichitta, which we're going to talk about in relation with the soul of the doctrine. And then you have the spirit which is Tantrayana, the very essence, root or core of a doctrine, which is very advanced. Vajra means "lightning" or "diamond." So this indicates the most pure teaching we know of.

We find this even in Sufism.
•Shari'ah
•Tariqah
•Haqiqah / Marif'ah

We have the body of the law, Shari'ah; we have the soul, Tariqah, which means "path;" it's really the esoteric path. And then we have the final two, which really are one: Haqiqah and Marif'ah. Haqiqah means "truth" and Marif'ah means "Gnosis, knowledge."

Shari'ah is the written law or code of Islam, Al-Qur'an and Al-Hadith. This is the code of conduct any spiritual aspirant must fulfill. Such ethical discipline is the foundation of all religious practice and spiritual achievement. Tariqah is the soul of the teachings, the practical techniques for achieving spiritual change. These practices have never been given openly by the Muslim initiates, but were transmitted by mouth to ear. However, we now have such techniques available in the writings of Samael Aun Weor. Tariqah also represents the philosophical teachings that explain Al-Qur'an and Al-Hadith, which we find in the Sufi writings of Rumi, Ibn 'Arabi, Al-Qushayri, and others. Haqiqah is the truth, the realization of divine spiritual truths within the many explications of the great Sufi Masters. One example is the poetry of Mansur al-Hallaj, the Muslim Christ, who was tortured and killed for pronouncing أنا الحق Anā l-Ḥaqq (I am the Truth!). Truly, this master completely embodied the Heart Doctrine, since he had no psychological impurities in his mind; he had completely awakened his Inner Mind and embodied the truth.

With this explanation about the body, soul and spirit of any doctrine, we can now understand the following words from the Prophet Muhammad:

The outer law (shari'ah) is my word,
the spiritual path (tariqah) my actions,
and the inner reality (haqiqah) my inner states. —Muhammad
The Shariah law in the Middle East has lost sight of the symbolic interpretation of the Qur'an, and has precipitated itself towards devolution due to literal, dead letter fanaticism.

Polygamy is symbolic in the scriptures. For instance, Abraham (Shiva, or the Innermost) was both married to Sarah (Binah, the Holy Spirit) and Hagar the slave woman (Malkuth, the physicality that has fallen due to fornication).

This indicates that in order to be monogamous, we must destroy the lustful psychological elements in our psyche that push us towards polygamy (since adultery is to even look at another person with lust, as Jesus explains in the Gospels).

What is interesting about the life of any prophet is how their physical existence came to demonstrate esoteric truths. For example, Prophet Muhammad had thirteen wives. Thirteen in Kabbalah is the letter Mem, or the Arabic Mim, the waters of genesis or creation.

Muhammad was also from the tribe of Beni-Hashim, Banu-Hashim, or Beni-Hashamayim, a son of the "fire and the waters of heaven."

Prophet Muhammad's favorite wife was A'isha, which in Hebrew is אשה Isha, meaning "woman" or "fire."

Therefore, within the Thirteenth Arcanum of the Tarot, the waters of transcendental sexuality, the fires of the Divine Mother, Isha, are present, since this is the lightning Kundalini, b-r-q or Al-Buraq, which took Muhammad to heaven in his miraj or night journey.

But historically, in the times of the Prophet, marriage was often contracted towards widows who had no other means of subsistence after the death of their husbands. This was more of a social and economic contract, not a sexual one. In the case of the Prophet, this was an act of mercy and a means of teaching the initiates Kabbalah. But of course, this custom was abused and adulterated with time.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

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