The Stages of Mystical Behavior

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Religions, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate in Persian Literature, Department of Literature University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran.



The spiritual exercises which the wayfarer of the path of Truth performs should be done in different stages so that the traveler of the mystical path would gradually and correctly attain the spiritual perfection. Most mystics and scholars believe there are seven stages, for number seven has always been considered sacred in our religious and national texts. Some, like Ibn Sina, contend that the first step is seeking or demand, some hold it is doubt, and some others like Khawaja Abdullah and Imam Khomeini believe it is awakening. Of course, these different views have also some similarities. Besides showing the differences and similarities of the stations of wayfaring and choosing the best view on the order of the stages of wayfaring, especially the first important one, the authors will highlight the frequency of these stages. Of these stations, the valleys of intention, seeking, repentance and penitence, vigilance, sorrow and annihilation have the highest frequency in the view of authorities.


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