The Etiquette of Khaneghah (M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Center®)
Khaneghah (M.T.O. School of Sufism®) has its own etiquette and conditions. Social norms and dominant social rules have no value in Khaneghah. The colors of the outside world lose their desirability compared to the purity and attraction of Khaneghah.
Upon arrival at Khaneghah, one takes off his shoes and leaves them outside. This represents the leaving behind of all worldly belongings and attachments. While at Khaneghah, he attends to his spiritual self with complete concentration and presence.
Discipline and order are the basis of a salik’s journey. That is why he manifests order in all aspects of his everyday life, including his outer appearance. The person wears a simple white outfit with no pattern at Khaneghah, because he has left the transient patterns behind to discover a deeper level of his being. He is not just reflecting the predominant trends of society. His outfit is white; his goal is to be pure. His outward and inward calmness saves him from distractions and leads him to tranquility and peace within.
With total presence, the salik focuses on his journey. Khaneghah provides him with a suitable environment for practicing the principles that will enable him to free himself from his instabilities and desires. The true personality of the salik is gradually developed at Khaneghah, so he can maintain and expand his state of balance, peace, and tranquility into all aspects of his everyday life. In other words, he experiences the true meaning of being present. That is how he truly becomes the “child of his time,” and discovers the true meaning of Khaneghah or the “House of Present Time.”