The Thirtieth Subject: The Traits of mystical travelers

The traveling of Divine Path have signs, effects and specifications which are referred to below, so that the mystical traveler after a while has spent in Contemplative voyage and spiritual wayfaring will measure himself with these traits. These specifications consist of:Mastery of silence and observation, transferring of invocation with the tongue to invocation with the heart, dream and veridical dream, Divine inspiration, prediction about some affairs and the attainment of some disclosures for some of the mystical travelers without having sought his own, a monotheism look at things, finding the spirit of ritual prayer and divine service in your own in other times of prayer, reading the most of Gnostic’ poems and the petitions of litany and specially reading Quran, feeling spiritual retreat, mystical compression and expanding state, essential annihilation and illuminations’ brilliance, to become satisfied and succumb to events that happen, the love of The Prophet (peace be upon him) and the infallible Imams (PBUH), especially Imam Huddein and Imam Mahdi and see that doing the recommended is not to obtain Divine reward the same, as in the past, but it originates from the internal friendship and divine love, and the other transmutations that are made for the mystical traveler in this way by following the path by the passing of time.
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The Twenty-ninth Subject:Vigil

Vigilance at last night-hours and getting up at night is the most important stipulations of the mystical traveler. And to attain the sightly purpose is impossible except with night-watching (vigil).Some of Gnostic have emphasized on rising at night, three hours before the Morning Athan in winter and an hour and a half in summer.For wakefulness at last night-hours (dawn) could get help from sleep early at night and eating little before sleeping and reading the last verse (Ayah) of sorah Kahf.

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The Twenty-Eighth Subject: The Continuance of the Righteous Deed

The duty of a mystical traveler is the continuous “jihad” (effort towards spiritual purity), the constant, importunate spiritual yearning and the steady attempt to achieve the goal. Whether the experience would end up arriving at the destination or not is another matter that is beyond the duty of the holy traveler. An Arab poet once said “It is necessary for a human to try, but not be successful.” The traveler will not leave this world except with two good results. Either martyrdom and death on the path, or achievement of the goal.

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The Twenty-seventh Subject: The Remedy of Spiritual Illnesses

The treatment of spiritual illnesses is like treating corporeal illnesses.It is desirable for mystical traveler to use the appropriate drug. For example, to eliminate stinginess, there is no way except to habituate ego to disbursing, generosity, feeding and paying attention to charities and goodnesses, and it’s not possible to obtain eliminating stinginess and creating the feeling of generosity and bounty by doing more recommended prayers and religious devotions.Eliminating neglect is like this.That’s mean it’s not possible except by converting it to its contrary. Its contrary is ego’s recollection to that he is in presence of God and angles of writer. So remedy of neglecting is not the establishment of charities, And it’s not like that to obtain the habit of divine’s presence by these works.

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The Twenty-sixth Subject: Artifice In Recommended Deeds

The known proverb is that says; trope is a bridge to reach reality, by this reason it is recommended that human makes himself to crying mode in the tragedies of Imam Hussein( peace be upon him). So if mystical traveller involves himself to artificial deeds hoping that to achieve its natural and true spiritual realities, neither it’s bad for him and nor will harm to him. Some of gnostics said; if you don’t involve the soul, it would involve you.So if can’t cry, make yourself cry in confidential prayer. If the complete and perfection presence isn’t possible in Holy Sanctuary of Imams, visits them as a pilgrim in the lowest levels of presence of the heart and doesn’t deprive himself from their pilgrimage, specially, if his time is limited. this principle is also established relative to the accomplishment of necessary duties and religious devotions, because when the divine motive’s of soul to be strong, gradually leads mystical traveller to inherent and true spiritual transmutation because of his devotion and friendship.According to this subject, we say it’s not secret to mystical traveller that however, doesn’t have remedy except to accept the master’s command by obedience and complying, too. And this is because of cultivation of the soul and also, this subject is necessary in the accomplishment’s time of divine duties such as daily prayer which must do it, even if human doesn’t be in prefect readiness state of prayer.

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The Twenty-Fifth Subject: The Types of Soul

In this context we will mention a division of soul which exists in Quran:
A) The Commanding Soul
The commanding soul is the basic nature that tempts its owner towards the many desires and orders which are not satisfied by God. The glorified God has uttered: – From Prophet Joseph Utterance- “And I do not acquit myself. Indeed, the soul is a persistent enjoiner of evil, except those upon which my Lord has mercy” 

B) The Blaming Soul
This type of soul which blames its owner while going astray and committing the juridically forbidden and reprehensible acts and all things that are not satisfied by God( Exalted is His Majesty). level of the blaming soul is higher than the commanding soul. The blaming soul would be reached after starting the act of refinement and purification of the soul. Having the excellence and value of the soul in God; so, in The Surah Al-Qiyamah God swore by that; where the mighty God has uttered: “I swear by the Day of Resurrection; And I swear by the blaming soul.”

C) The Inspired Soul
The inspired soul is a soul which a mystical traveler who by that after lots of blaming in the commanding soul would feel the power in distinguishing the right and wrong in himself. God Most High, has uttered: “O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you Furqan a criterion (to judge between right and wrong).” In another verse of Quran he has uttered: “So be afraid of Allah; and Allah teaches you” God has mentioned this level of souls in The Surah Al-Shams: ” And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it; And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness”

D) The Tranquil Soul
The tranquil soul is a soul which is placed in the truthful position in the proximity of God the Omnipotent King. It is the heavenly and divine universal soul which involves the spirit of certainty. It does not have a place for doubt and uncertainty and it is solved for him the truth of pantheism authenticity. The mighty God uttered: (It will be said to the pious): “O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction “Come back to your Lord, Well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto Him!!

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The Twenty-fourth Subject: The Danger Of Disclosures

Some of the mystical travelers are who insist to disclosures and divine graces, if this person doesn’t find his desire from himself and his master, will cease to continue in Contemplative voyage and spiritual wayfaring, and appearance in weekly session, and to accomplish the master’s regulations that he had done before. We say to these persons that you’ve committed egregious astray at the first of spiritual wayfaring, and thus spoiled the fundamental purpose that you’ve moved for that.The intention and purpose is the brilliance mystical knowledge of God, isn’t it?All disclosures originate from imaginal world, sometimes obtain and sometimes don’t obtain. Whatever the mystical traveler gets closer to the world of reality, reduces these kind of his               ego-centric desires in himself day to day until will be eradicated.My advice to these feeble persons is that must struggle to this kind of mentality until the heart of mystical traveler becomes pure only to acquire his mystical knowledge.From the aspect of correct mysticism it isn’t permissible to mention disclosures for other person (for this and that), unless consults with his special master.The Tazkerat Al-Awlia book, written by Farid al-Din Neishabouri is full of kind of these disclosures, and due to the above mentioned, I don’t advise reading of this book to every mystical traveler, unless he is been a mystical traveler who has been gained in levels of the spiritual wayfaring and could distinguish true and correct disclosures from unpleasant and incorrect.

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The Twenty-Third Subject: The Session of Recitation of God’s Name

When, with their religious comrades and brothers, a mystical traveler attends the session of recitation of God’s name in the presence of the Master, it is necessary that their heart and thoughts resist the temptation to investigate the state of their master and comrades, and that they avoid applying blame. This is a very dangerous matter and will demote the human from the highest of heavens to the lowest depth of degradation. A holy traveler must not expect their master always to look after and control their states. The divine blessing, deriving from the unseen world, is granted by the Master and comes from their capacities.When a mystical traveler acts according to their duty and does not transgress, the divine blessing will become visible to them; and, when they dedicate their thought to knowing themselves, putting away the shadowy and luminous veils. When they get the benefit of the recitation of God’s name’s session of comrades and when they consider the intention and activities of the session’s members in correctitude and when they make their friendship sincere for them. A mystical traveler has to choose one of the session’s members in order to hold more meetings and a deeper friendship outside the session. They do this during a week, after consulting with their master and gaining his approval.

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Twenty-second subject: Purifying the mind from scattered thoughts

Negation of thoughts and purification of the mind from others and presence of the heart and conscious awareness on remembrance of our lover that is the gracious God, is one of the most significant works for any mystical traveler. For achieving this affair, many of mystical travelers come and resort to us. We counsel that for treatment of this problem we must be careful and remember the gracious God in all of our daily works in days and nights or in home and traveling or in loneliness and in public. Because permanency of remembrance of merciful God in our mind and trying to percieve presence of God in our heart,makes his remembrance stable in our heart and mind and decrease consequence, love and remembrance of the Gracious God dominate on spirit and rescue us from the negative minds.At the end, we warn the mystical travelers from hastening or despairing, because everything will occur on its special time.

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The Twenty-first Subject: The General and Special Master

If a mystical traveler has some general moral masters it does not harm them, specifically if they are at the first steps of the mystical journey. They do not have another choice before coming in the states of the practical mysticism except reading the complete course in the ethical science such as Jami’ al-Sa’adat book (The Collector of Felicities) is written by Allamah Naraqi (PBUH). A mystical traveler has to study it precisely with dedication and to practically and absolutely adapt it to their soul’s level. After it, they have to enter in the mystical field. In this case, if they want to understand the theoretical mysticism, no harm would be to them. Even they can participate in some wisdom studies of theology and philosophy. Those books that discuss theology and philosophy can be mentioned like: Bidayah al-Hikmah and Nihayat al-Hikmah is written by Allamah Tabatabai, Manzumah (“A Treatise on Logic in Verse”) is written by Mulla Hadi Sabziwari and Al-Asfar al- Arba’ah is written by Mulla Sadra Shirazi and the other same books. Yes, if a mystical traveler makes sure about coming in the mystical journey, they do not have another way except meeting a perfect master who is reliable for them and we call him the special master. It is necessary they seek him and ask him from God in their individual prayers. Before attaining the master they have to follow that we said in the sixteen number. If they found the special master, it is necessary that they do not seek another one and always follow and practicing his approaches and guidance. Having several masters in the practical mysticism is harmful to a mystical traveler. it harms his life, time and it will not be useful for him. If a mystical traveler wants to perform the whole teaching, advice, invocations, recitations of God’s names which are in published books they would not get the useful result, though, the books are mystical and well-known. I strongly avoid who extract and using talismans, khatam al-azkar, the hijab prayers and other prayers from unreliable books with unknown author and the poor narration. It may be necessary to get rid of such books because a mystical traveler cannot benefit from them except it would result in his misery, calamity and inauspicious. It harms them to put trust in God and faith; it causes the soul to come into the darknesses, that is difficult to get out of.

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