Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha is the forty-first Sufi Master of the Oveyssi School. Hazrat Pir speaks with unceasing reverence of his father and predecessor:
“His teachings marked the advent of a new era in the history of Sufism. The truth of Islam was to be made world-known…”
Born in Tehran on February 4, 1916, Professor Angha was surrounded by the teachings and wisdom of Sufism from an early age, as both his father and grandfather were Sufi Masters of the School. When Professor Angha became the Sufi Master on September 22, 1962 (as designated by his father), he was well-prepared for the responsibilities. During the preceding 30 years, he had been rigorously trained by his father, who encouraged his son to cultivate his very considerable intelligence in many disciplines including: philosophy, theology, poetry, mathematics, physics, astronomy and alchemy.
The teachings of Hazrat Shah Maghsoud opened a new chapter in Sufism and the reality of Islam became known like never before. Due to Hazrat Shah Maghsoud’s immense knowledge in many fields, his voluminous writings and ceaseless efforts, Sufism became accessible to the seekers around the world. Therefore, the school is known as Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi®.
Like his father and grandfather before him had done, on September 4, 1970, Professor Angha formally designated his son Hazrat Pir, Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, the 42nd Sufi Master of Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi®, to be his successor.
During his life, Professor Angha produced more than 150 works of poetry and prose, among them Manifestations of Thought, Ghazaliat, The Mystery of Humanity, (containing three treatises: Nirvan, Message From the Soul, and Psalm of the Gods), Al-Rasa’el, The Traditional Medicine of Iran, and The Hidden Angles of Life. From the vibrant imagery of the poem in Ghazaliat to the complex reasoning of Theory of Particle’s Structures, these writings continue to instruct, delight, and amaze while being firmly rooted in divinely transmitted knowledge.
In 1976 Dr. Yoshimichi Maeda, a Japanese biologist, interviewed Professor Angha and the result of this interaction was published in the book Dawn, an excellent introduction not only to the thought of Professor Angha, but also to the teachings of Sufism as a whole. In this interview, Professor Angha formulated the idea that remains central to his son’s thinking about how real world peace can be achieved.
Dr. Yoshimichi Maeda, in the introduction to Dawn, writes about a research work by Dr. I. Shata, Professor of Literature at Cairo University, Egypt, who dedicated his research to the Oveyssi School of Sufism as follows: “During my sessions that I had with Professor Angha- and each meeting was protracted hours and hours – I never fatigued, because his extraordinary spiritual awareness and his boundless knowledge distinguishes him very clearly. He opened vast passages of various specialties like a new world to me. His book, Psalm of the Gods, is a loud cry to invite all beings to free themselves from the mundane attachment which are the heavy burdens of sins on their shoulders.” 12
In 1974, an international research organization called I.M.R.A. (International Multidisciplinary Research Association) submitted a series of questions on the sophisticated scientific issues to Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha. The astonishing answers of Hazrat Shah Maghsoud to those questions were gathered and published in a book entitled The Hidden Angles of Life.
Dr. Grisell, then general secretary to the International Multidisciplinary Research Association, in the preface of The Hidden Angles of Life wrote:
“… Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha’s vast knowledge and extensive experience in mathematics, physics; particularly relativity theory, astrophysics, quantum physics; physical chemistry, biochemistry, alchemy, philosophy, literature, and other sciences reflect his infinite and comprehensive knowledge and wisdom.” 2
Sufism, as taught by Professor Angha, is both the art and science of applying metaphysical principles to the physical world. An example of this is a shrine near Novato, California, which was designed by Hazrat Pir as a memorial to his beloved father. When the dimensions of the building are converted according to the science of letters and numbers (jafr), the name of his father is obtained.
The roof structure directs its angles into a pointed summit, representing the unification of the individual with God, which signifies that God can be known in the heavens of the heart, the pure elevated state of the person. In addition to the design of the building, the close attention to details – carved and painted stucco with mirror inserts, mosaic tiles with gold, tile and mirror inlays, calligraphy, and smooth black marble floor –creates an everlasting memorial to the great Master.
Professor Angha passed away on November 17, 1980, but not before leaving a wealth of knowledge and teachings about his life’s dedication and work.
1. Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, Dawn (San Rafael, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 1984), p. 3
2. Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, The Hidden Angles of Life (Pomona, CA: Multidisciplinary Publications, 1975).p 3-5