The Twelfth Subject: The Intention of a Mystical Traveler

Selfish interest and self pleasures, has an underlying stigma even in recommended (Mustahab) and religious manners such as night prayer and other recommended deeds. Therefore, ones intention and main motive must be pure before taking an action. A mystical traveler must not just notice the recommending aspect of an act. It is better to be with command of a master in order to be preserved from the danger of self pleasure.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)
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The Eleventh subject: Imam’s All Comprehensive Authority, The way to God’s Unity

There is no difference between God’s unity and imam’s all-comprehensive authority. When we tend to talk in practical mysticism about God’s unity, we mean prophet Muhammad and his household because they are the guide who lead people toward God. Acquaintance with God is not possible for one except for having knowledge about prophet Muhammad and his household. In consequence, the right spiritual wayfaring leads a mystical traveler to a joint point. Therefore, one who distinguishes between God’s unity and imam’s all-comprehensive authority is clearly mistaken and has no knowledge of practical mysticism through internal illumination. What we are told of is an inward affair, and the heart of any monotheist confirms it. I have personally perceived this fact from the beginning of my spiritual wayfaring until now, and it will be so forever. Our master (SEYED HASHEM MUSAVI HADDAD- our soul may be sacrificed to him) used to emphasize this subject very much. Although he was always accused of excessiveness in God’s unity and weakness in the imam’s all-comprehensive authority by ignorant people in his life (may God forgive them), he tolerated them by the vastness of his kind heart.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)
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The Tenth Subject: Perfection

If mystical travelers attain perfection in this world, they will do so. If they passed away before attaining perfection, they would be dead as a martyr. They are an immigrant who has gone towards God and after death, they will attain perfection.
God the almighty uttered: ” Anyone who leaves his home, there emigrating to God and His Messenger, and then is overtaken by death, his compensation falls on God.”

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)
Al-Matalib Al-Solokieh

The Ninth Subject: The Spiritual Contraction and Openness

Each mystical traveler during their mystical journey would regularly feel the spiritual contraction and openness, which is a state of fear and hope. However, if he always undergoes the contraction he would get sick of hopelessness at the mercy of God. Furthermore, if his openness lasts a long time he would begin to feel proud.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him.)
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The Eighth Subject: The Conditions of Mystical Travelers

Mystical travelers are divided into three categories according to their weaknesses and strengths. The first group is those who pass the esoteric path. An internal window opens to them, but when obstructive factors conspire against them they turn away from their spiritual self and remain spiritually stagnant.
In the opinion of God, the spiritual state of these travelers is worse than that of those who are never even acquainted with this way.

The second category consists of those who are examined with giving miraculous powers, and unveiling of inspiration. They get involved with them, however, neglect the ultimate purpose, which is the knowledge of God.

The third category is about mystical travelers who are constantly moving from the lowest to the highest levels in their journey while training with a perfect master.

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

The Seventh Subject: Consideration of the Rights of Other People

A mystical traveler encounters the rights of other people often in his daily routine, in his affairs, and in his mutual relations in both individual and social life. These affairs are related to marriage, children, parents, neighbors, friends, relatives, and all the people with whom he is in close and distant relations. Therefore, it is necessary for him to make sure that the rights of each person are respected and that no-one is trampled by him.

A holy traveler follows the path of justice. The main reason that indolence and lethargy appear in mystical traveling is the trampling of these rights, and without knowing they have done so, a mystical traveler cannot know the origin of laziness. Therefore, a mystical traveler avoids bothering others and trampling their rights even slightly. It is necessary that he makes his outward and inward correspond, and that he never transgresses the holy Islamic rules even slightly. Otherwise, he would be disgraced in the view of God, and he would not understand why until all his opportunities in life had ended.

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

The Sixth Subject: The Effect of Righteous Deeds and Misdeeds

A mystical traveler must note the following point from the Holy Quran: Righteous deeds will affect one’s soul, and any light from the deed will be tenfold. Consequently, if one performs a righteous deed, they will be rewarded tenfold.

Due to the beneficence of  the glorified God, a sin is not treated likewise. When one commits a sin, the penalty will not be greater than its corresponding misdeed. Pondering this grace will create a pure effect on one’s soul.

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

The Fifth Subject: The Appearance of the Divine Inspirations

A holy traveler after passing the level of invocation with words to the invocation with the heart, should be waiting to receive the revelations in their heart and divine inspirations with attraction and spiritual affinity in their soul, observing the divine blessings without trying and having no difficulty.

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

The Third Subject: Pondering the World’s General Affairs

Pondering the general nature of the world prevents a holy traveler from being involved in matters that are not important. A holy traveler always dedicates their thought to the existence and general affairs, like contemplating the creation of the sky, the earth, the reality of the soul, and similar topics. Hence, they will no longer pay attention to the limited desires of their soul. Therefore, they would absolutely cut themselves off from their deceiving passions and desires.

Ayatollah Mohammad Saleh Komeily (God graciously preserves him)
Al-Matalib Al-Solokieh