The Forty-third Subject: The Ultimate of Spiritual wayfaring

mystic once said that the goal (of spiritual wayfaring) is the self-knowledge which will be gradually achieved. Firstly, one must detach from the physical and sensory world, moving towards the imaginary realm (the intermediate suppressive world). Then, by way of regular contemplation, one will be able to achieve the shift from the imaginary realm towards the (spiritual) world of reality and witnessing. A novice mystical traveler at the beginning will reflect on death and its consequences until he will be capable to move to the second realm which is the intermediary world. Contemplation at this level is about the reality of the soul and the thoughts of a mystical traveler will be concentrated on his inward affairs. A mystical traveler must know that to reach the goal; attaining the station of monotheism, it is an internal, not external journey and he needs regular contemplation and reminding until this turns into a routine. It is in this state he will understand that, he has lived in the realm of imagination and delusion. He will remove imaginations and illusions by constantly contemplating. Through this order, his manner of thinking will be changed completely. He will understand that except for God, others are nothing and do not have the authenticity of the absolute being. With practice, this contemplation will become routine. So then, the reality of objects and his soul will be discovered and he will move from the theoretical knowledge to the real and (spiritual) visible practical level and in this state, he will acclaim “There is no-one at home(universe) but the Lord(God)”.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)Al-matalib al-solokieh

The Forty-second Subject: The Signs of People on a Spiritual Journey.

A mystical traveler after a certain time on his spiritual journey may experience some signs that mark his state and stage:

1. A traveler will feel in reality of his entity self-observation and divine presence.

2. A traveler will be able to control his words and silence will become routine.  

3. His invocation with the tongue will convert to invocation with the heart after practicing and continuation in invocations, prayer, supplication and requests to holy people.

4. Veridical dream and sometimes divine inspiration, the unveiling and correct predictions will occur frequently in this state; he needs to be guided by a master.

5. A voyager’s eyes will open to the absolute unification of thought and heart.

6. A voyager will feel in his soul the state of a tendency to pray God in all daily works.

7. A voyager will enjoy seeing the natural world and all creations of the universe; because in them he will observe his true love.Therefore, in this state as a traveler who journeys in the earth he will comprehend monotheism from every living being that expresses it. 

8. A voyager will tend to read mystical poetry and if he has no talent for composing poetry, he will seek to read the mystical poems: the poetry books of Ibn Farid in Arabic and from Hafiz and Masnavi of Mowlana in Persian and others like them.

9. Spiritual contraction and openness will appear inside him.

10. A voyager will receive attractions from God and divine songs.

11. A voyager’s passion for God the exalted and prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and infallible Imams: especially Imam Ali (pbuh) and Imam Hussain (pbuh) and Imam Mahdi (pbuh) will grow.

12. A voyager’s soul will rise towards oneness of being and ecstatic absorption. And a voyager’s all-seeing eye will weaken, as will the habits of the mundane and the rote.

13. A voyager will do recommended deeds, not for divine reward and unveilings of inspiration and humble desires, but will correct his intention for his beloved (God) in every act of worship and good deed. And he will centralize in himself faithfulness and the negation of doubt and anxiety.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)Al-matalib al-solokieh

The Fortieth subject: General and public advises

Here I am advising all of travelers generally and the travelers associated with me particularly, to the underneath matters:

1. The traveler in way of reaching to his purpose, should pace on strongly and do not abandon his psyche without observation and do not let to doubtfulness to enter to his heart and mind.

2. The traveler should think about his soul and his essence and ways of identifying his soul deeply and think to this fact that the Gracious God is permanently with him and he should know that he is the owner of a valuable heavenly and divine treasure and achieving to this treasure is depended on him and is achieving by attending to inside. Considering this fact cause his enrichment and not paying attention to others or harkening to others. In a poem that is attributed to Imam ALI (peace be upon him) it is said that: O man, have you thought that you are a little and worthless, while the biggest world is hidden inside you? You are the luminous and clear book of the gracious God, in a way that by knowing the letters of this book the concealed mysteries of the higher world is discovering.

3. The traveler should not want and adopt anything less than meeting and joining to the merciful God and prefer God willing on his idle desires. The holly God in a sacred HADITH is said that: both you and me take a decision but do not occur anything other than what I wanted.

4. Tolerating oppression of the‌ humans lead to destroying the egoism and burnishing the spirit, therefore appreciate it.

5. Increase or decrease of the rosary should be only under supervision of the master not any others. Staying on this matter is for avoiding destruction of the positive effects of act of remembrance of merciful God.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)Al-matalib al-solokieh

The Thirty-ninth subject: The habit of dutifulness

Trying and making the habit of doing incumbents and avoiding prohibited acts and taboos is urgent for achieving the habit of dutifulness and fairness for men and women. Although existence of this habit is not necessary for accept of worships by God, like existence of justice for judges or congregational Imams or “Marja Taqlids” but in practical mysticism it should be noted that if the heart of human at the time of worshiping is not luminous, it cause no substantive change for traveler, because these works are only doing by habit and for fixing the religious duty.Yes the dutifulness has some degrees and traveler in high degrees of it, impact from his lightness and evolves by it. more over obviously the gracious God is the best assistant in this way.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)Al-matalib al-solokieh

The Thirty-Eighth Subject: The Dangers of Unveiling of Inspiration

Unveiling of inspiration have dangers and blights which a mystical traveler has to know in order to be released from his ego’s temptation. We will mention some of these dangers here:
A) One is the difficulty in differentiating right unveiling from the wrong unveiling.
B) These unveiling of inspiration will hold a mystical traveler back from the right journey, keeping him busy whilst he should be walking the path of trust in God and monotheism. The reason for these declarations is that some of the masters used to prevent their disciples from tending to these affairs.They even sometimes prevent the state of unveiling by holding sway.
C) Some of the unveiling of inspiration are not the same as realities and Islamic Divine Law.
D) Unveiling is a kind of intrusion and influence in the order of universe and the appearance of nature.
E) Unveiling causes superiority complexes. A mystical traveler will also arrogate something that he does not have, such as it happened for Mohammad Ali Báb. He was a student of the seminary of Najaf and the futile and fictitious religion of Bahaiat originated from him.
F) An unveiling is not from reality, but instead from the imaginal world (intermediate suppressive world). Thus, it does not happen by perfect men. I also did not observe these unveiling of inspiration from my master.
G) A mystical traveler who is dedicated to divine love and right mysticism will not notice such affairs. If he observes something, without becoming fascinated by his observation, he will tell his master because he fears falling down in the place of destruction of ego.
H) Such unveiling of inspiration are also seen from those who are not saints of God. Therefore, having an unveiling is not a virtue nor a privilege.
I) Unveiling will cause a mystical traveler to be away from the world of nearness to God and mystical knowledge. This will result in him having a superiority complex and becoming arrogant. The mystical traveler in this state, instead of dedicating himself to general and destination, will be distracted by inconsequential pursuits.
J) Unveiling of inspiration are self-manifestations and there is no remedy except being treated by a master.
K) Briefly speaking, monotheist reflection and contemplating in the inner luminosity does not give a mystical traveler time to put his thoughts to unveiling of inspiration. A mystical traveler has to complete his time in a way that will leave no free time for other affairs.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)Al-matalib al-solokieh

The Thirty-seventh subject:The effort for livelihood

Some of peoples believe that avoidance of lower world means failure to try and effort or mortification, meanwhile he should provide alimony of his family and on the other hand enforcement of some works is only depended on spending money. Yes, decrease of wealth for those that are at beginning of the traveling is necessary, because it amuse them but it must be known that it is relate to heart cleaving, not any other. Therefore if you have evicted worldly ties from your heart and gracious God wanted to give you the entire world, it has no harm for your traveling, and just like the “prophet Solomon” that Gracious God gave him kingdom of the earth. There are some hadiths that are related to this subject:Imam SADEGH (peace be on him) has said: our holly prophet was living in an age that famine and economical problems was suffering the peoples but if the conditions of the society change, and wealth and convenience prevail on society, the righteous peoples and men of faith and Muslims are more deserving of unfaithful and hypocrites and sinners for using from worldly bounty.As well he (peace upon him) has said: our way of life is so that if the gracious God made the conditions of life difficult for us we as well make the conditions difficult for ourselves and if the gracious God made the conditions of life convenience, we as well make the conditions convenience for ourselves. The Gracious god created the world and its benefactions for faithful, not unfaithful because the unfaithful man has no value for the gracious God.As well he (peace upon him) has said: when the SALMAN was giving his share from treasury, was saving his subsistence for one year and when the people were asking him that why you are doing so while you are a saintly man, he was answering them that: why you think that I may die, while do not think that I may survive? Certainly imperative soul when has no mainstay in livelihood, makes worriment for his owner but when his livelihood was supported, its soul get calm and staid. Even ABOOZAR was saving some sheep for supply of livelihood requirements.

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The thirty-sixth matter: veils of the self

The holly traveler at first of his traveling will see some veils of darkness. In this state he should recognize these veils and emancipate himself from them. After that holly traveler will see the veils of light. meanwhile, he should recognize them exactly and not to be fascinated by them until emancipate himself from them. The best example for these matter is some lights that holly traveler will see in his unveilings of inspiration and sometimes may attend to them because of his neglect and ignorance in a way that thinks these lights are the final purpose of traveling. In holly Quran and Hadith these lights are noted, as in Monajatol Shabanie is stated that:“O’ God, please illuminate the eyes of our hearts by light of the attention that is toward you holly God, in a way that eyes of hearts annihilate the veils of light and connect to your magnificence and our spirits arrive to God”.

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The Thirty-fifth subject: Avoidance of suspicion

Suspicion is one of important factors that lead to perishment. At the first of his journey the holly traveler, suffers from this dangerous mood and because of his pessimism, people’s deeds is false and sin on his mind while thinks his works all are correct and good. Sometimes this pessimism is about honest men or religious leaders like “marja taqlids” and speaks about them some matters that are not pleasant for gracious God. This is while we know, respecting religious leaders and religious scholars, is necessary because they are patrons of the religious divine law. If the holly traveler tried to amend his weakness and vice thereupon do not advert to the other’s vices. Time is worthy for the holly traveler, thus he does not waste his time in attending to worthless things such as people’s vices.

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The Thirty-fourth subject: Distracting Thoughts

The distracting thought in practical mysticism is very dangerous for holly traveler; therefore it is necessary to know its dangers and its treatment. Distracting thought is some doubts and hesitations that in many aspects of the daily living like eating drinking and some other daily works, attack to traveler and these doubts may be from his mind or express from the others. Distracting thought is dangerous and must eradicate strongly. This eradication don’t come off except by hidden assistance and glory of certainty and remembering and recalling the invocation of “لا حول و لا قوه الا بالله العلی العظیم ” and disregarding the doubts and hesitations.

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The Thirty-third subject: Repeat of repentance

Holly traveler at first of his traversing need to repent. Whenever he committed a sin, need to repent and perform ablution. Actually darkness of the sin will be cleaned from his heart, if performed ablution and repented and prayed two postures for his God. It will be more useful if sometimes pray these two postures in the way that SHEIKH ABBAS GHOMI has stated in MAFATIHOLJANAN as the deeds for Sunday of beginning of the ZULQIDA’s month. The holly travelers must in this relation read the MONAJATOL TAEBIN or HAZIN prayer or some other prayers that are suitable with their conditions. These prayers are seriously useful for them.

 Ayatollah Muhammad Saleh Komeily ( God graciously preserves him)Al-matalib Al-solokieh