Spiritual Journey of the Mystics
By Haj Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi (R.A.)
Majority of people are negligent about their own psychic and hidden worlds, and are not even aware of their negligence, i.e. they neither know about their existence of these hidden worlds nor are aware that they themselves possess existence in these worlds, except those upon whom Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), has bestowed His special grace to recognise them and their selves; and through the path of self recognition also to recognise their psychic and spiritual hidden existences.
Because the reality of the human self is rooted in the spiritual world, therefore from this consideration one who has received the divine grace, is able to remove the material curtain from his spirit and self and thus, seeing the self’s reality without matter (in the psychic form) and may go even further deeper than this stage, whereby being able to see the spiritual reality of his self without any shape. Such recognition of the self is the meanings of the following narration quoted from the commander of the faithful Imam Ali (a.s) as follows:
من عرف نفسه فقد عرف ربه
“Whoever has identified his self, in reality has recognised his creator.”
– Spiritual Journey of the Mystics, page: 129.