Sufism is a school of self knowledge. It is a discipline, a system of education that facilitates the journey of self-knowledge. Sufism teaches each person the science of exploring his own being and unfolding the inherent, vast, and infinite knowledge within.
Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, the spiritual master of the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School®, in the book Theory “I” (122) states:
“Sufism in general is known as the inner dimension of Islam. The word that captures the essence of Sufism is Irfan, derived from the word Ma’rifa which means cognition. In this context, it means self-knowledge that leads to knowing the reality of Existence and being replete with divine knowledge. Sufism is the way of Prophets. This is why I have defined Sufism as the reality of Religion.”
Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, the great Sufi of our era, directs us to the source of this unbounded reality within. He has called this luminous point the “I”, the “Source of Life” (26). The center of “I” resides in the heart, and is the gateway to the infinite realm. Cognition of the “I” is the beginning of the journey of self-knowledge, a journey which begins from the center of the “I”, and leads to absolute cognition.
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) states: “You be You.”, meaning, Know Yourself; your reality is the Reality of Existence. Hazrat Amir-al-Mo’menin Ali said: Do not think you are a microcosm, the greater world is enfolded within you, and you are the clear book of Existence.
Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha teaches that Existence is vast, comprehensive and infinite. Therefore, whatever exists, manifests and presents this eternal law. The human being is part of this existence, and consequently is also an infinite reality.
“You be You.”
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him)
Angha, Salaheddin Ali Nader. Sufism. Riverside, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 1994. Print.
Angha, Salaheddin Ali Nader. Theory “I”: The Unlimited Vision…of Leadership. Riverside, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 2002. Print.
Angha, Shah Maghsoud Sadegh. Dawn. Verdugo City, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 1991. Print.