This page presents material written by the most prominent spiritual masters on the nature, paths, pitfalls, and obstacles of the spiritual journey toward God.
Fasting is not just abstaining from eating and drinking. That is merely the outward manifestation of fasting. True fasting is to purge one's body and mind from all that which cause one to be neglectful of God. Fasting has many benefits, some of which Imam Sadiq enumerates in this chapter of Misbah al-Shari'ah.
The Celestial Journey of Gnosis is a short manual of spiritual practice written by an eminent spiritual master. It is a rare specimen of mystical epistle, containing practical methods and techniques for achieving spiritual advancement. It succinctly details the stages of spiritual ascension that the wayfarer must traverse on the way to spiritual perfection, carefully articulating the challenges of each stage.