Ecclesia Gnostica Bayani Universalis
Ecclesia Gnostica Bayani Universalis

A New Qabbalah is Born

The release of Wahid Azal's Liber Decatriarchia Mystica: Sketchings of the Thirteen Encompassing Spheres of the Tree of Reality and assorted material, spawns the birth of a new qabbalistic model of the universe.

Gold Coast, Australia, February 07, 2006 --( Liber Decatriarchia Mystica: Sketchings of the Thirteen Encompassing Spheres of the Tree of Reality and assorted material
Author: Wahid Azal
Publisher: Library of the Most Great Name, 2006 
ISBN: 1-4116-7422-7
361 pages

Liber Decatriarchia Mystica is the published portion of Wahid Azal’s grimoire and in it is introduced the high qabbalistic theosophy of Bayani Gnostic Universalism with a new model of the Tree of Life consisting of 13 Spheres and 36 Subtle-Ray Pathways. This new Tree is dubbed by Azal the Tree of Reality (shajarat’ul-haqíqa). The main treatise of the work is the author’s inspired re-write of the Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzirah) based on a syncretism of a post-Islamic Ibn ‘Arabian Sufism with Alamut Isma’ilism, Hermeticism and Shamanic gnosis all wed to Bayani gnosis (Babism) radically re-interpreted and universalized within a qabbalistic framework. Besides Islamic and qabbalistic arcana, Azal also addresses Enochian magick and even rewrites the Emerald Tablet of Hermes in one of the final sections of the treatise. The glosses to the treatise provide an advanced primer on high Shi’ite Islamic esotericism with copious quotations from the works of the Essence of the Seven Letters, including Imáms ‘Alí and Ja’far Sádiq, Shaykh Ahmad Ahsá’í and Ibn ‘Arabí. A detailed treatement and a unique interpretation of the magickal Greatest Name symbol is also given. The final gloss of the treatise even reproduces one of the lost chapters of the Qur’án, bolstering the case for the succession and vicegerency of ‘Alí. 

Besides the central treatise of the work, with solid historical source documentation, Azal provides a detailed analytical history of the Bayani gnostic faith itself, providing little studied and never before translated portions of Bayani texts, challenging prevailing assumptions, arguing instead that modern Baha’ism is an illegitimate usurpation and thus an aberration of the Bayani gnostic faith (Babism). He underscores the violent beginnings of Baha’ism, the murders of Bayání figures on the orders of Baha’i founder Bahá’u’llah (d. 1892), some of its present controversies, the totalitarian and cultist nature of its community and authority structures, the leadership’s abuse of members, and the generally problematic claims of the creed. As well as this, Azal makes high prophetic claims of his own and then within his claims questions the validity of Paulianist Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism and Sunni Islam as well. In true Gnostic fashion, Azal argues that the predominant creeds of modern Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’ism hold no gnostic-salvific Truth or legitimacy whatsoever. Instead he maintains that, regardless of creed, salvific Truth holds within those inner Wisdom traditions and specifically in the universalist matrix of gnosis and shamanism. The historical counter-narrative Azal provides regarding the genesis of the Western religions is particuarly intriguing and one almost gleaned from the Gnostic narratives of the Nag Hammadi. He maintains that the entire Old Testament Biblical narrative is deliberately flawed and obfuscated; that the 18th dynasty Solar Mono-Unitarian Pharaoh Akhenaten was actually the true Joseph of history and that his chief disciple, who he identifies as Mu-Sa (an Egyptian not Israelite), was the true Moses of history; that James the brother of Jesus, who he identifies as the Dead Sea Scroll Teacher of Righteousness figure, is the real central figure of proto-Christianity, and that the first real Avatar of humanity was a woman, viz. Eve. He also claims that Hermes Trismegistus and the Biblical Melchizedek figure are one and the same person, whom he identifies as an Old Kingdom Egyptian Heliopolitan High Priest of Atum-Re, Nefertem Menakhare, who Azal also claims is the true Father of the Qabbalah and the entire Hermetic tradition.

LIBER DECATRIARCHIA MYSTICA is not a book for the feint hearted, and its author does not pull any punches in its esoteric polemic against exotericism. It staggers in its profundity and presentation of a new qabbalitic model of the Kosmos, informs in its meticulous attention to the details of esoteric arcana, and then shatters with the truths its historical controversy unveils. A profoundly disturbing book, indeed it is bound to create a whirlwind of controversy, especially in its attempt to shake the occult-esoteric world down to its foundations as well as in its call to a worldwide solidarity of esotericisms as the last chance of a humanity in turmoil and under assault by the agendas of exoteric religion and fundamentalism. Azal also re-appropriates the discourse of gnosis and esotericism away from the Right and brings it back to the (Green) Left by arguing for a Liberation Theosophy and Theophanocracy. If Che Guevara and Franz Fanon were to meet Jacob Boehme and the Sufi Ibn ‘Arabi, fuse into one person, we would find Wahid Azal, a radical twenty-first century prophet of gnosis and a Nietzchean “esoteric” Zarathustra for our times.

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