Denial of the “One Principle” which was discussed in the previous essay – the denial of which, one must note, is then couched in numerous delusions and lies – in turn has a range of economic, political, and social ramifications and implications, aside from the cognitive and psychological effects of such denial which are manifested through cognitive dissonance and “logical atomism.”
Moreover, knowledge of the “One Principle” as well as the contingent knowledge which comes as a consequence of understanding such a principle equates to “knowledge for the elite,” according to traditional cultures. Such a principle cannot be comprehended by all and sundry, thus the reservation of such knowledge for a chosen elite, or “elect.” As the Gospel of Matthew states: “For many be called, but few chosen.” Most people do not penetrate the surface of such knowledge, namely, the exoteric aspect of religion, otherwise known as Shari’a. Whereas esoteric knowledge is the “pulp” or the “kernel,” the exoteric aspect of such knowledge is known as the “peel” or the “shell.” In turn, the elect is instructed not to personally benefit or profit from such knowledge, but instead enlighten and guide people through such knowledge.
Also, given that “existence is one” by virtue of the “One Principle,” it follows that the “spirit” which animates all of existence is also one; thus, the existence of a “prophetic chain” and the “synthesis” of the various prophets and wise men who preached and taught such a principle. Given that unity comes before duality in a logical sense, it follows that the principle of unity must also apply to the issue of the spirit of existence, thus the concept of a Metatron which serves as the common thread through the various prophets and sages of antiquity in addition to serving as “the very principle of prophecy,” as René Guénon argued.
In the Islamic tradition, the Metatron is known as al-Ruh al-Muhammadiya, given that the Prophet Muhammad is the last in the “prophetic chain” and thus is the synthesis of the spirit which serves as a common thread through the prophetic chain. Hence, the Ancient Greek axiom of “the end is the beginning and the beginning is the end” or vice versa. And on the other hand, the Gospel of Matthew states: “So the last shall be first, and the first last.” And as the Holy Quran states, if it were not for al-Ruh al-Muhammadiya, creation would have long been done away with and creation would no longer serve a purpose. This is the secret behind the aforementioned axioms and passages of antiquity, which are then transmitted through their respective traditions unless altered or suppressed. But the fact that these axioms and passages have been altered, misconstrued, and suppressed, it follows that Islam is the only tradition which has the true esoteric knowledge of all other traditions intact.
In turn, this spirit – known as the Metatron or al-Ruh al-Muhammadiya – serves as an intermediary between the “Causal Mind” and the human intellect, thus transmitting knowledge and understanding of elevated principles from the former to the latter even after the conclusion of the “prophetic chain.” Thus, as the Prophet Muhammad stated: “The learned men are the successors of the prophets.” Although such learned men and the knowledge which they possess have dwindled through time, this knowledge has a way of preserving itself despite all odds.