Years later when he presented the philosophy of the process of spiritual perfection, it became clear that such a turnabout in one’s life and thought was more emblematic of a miracle than a change in lifestyle. Some adherents and acquaintances harshly criticized him for not following his father’s path and for appearing as if he were on par with others in society; some even left him for this reason. But Ostad Elahi did not abandon his goal and ultimately set forth a novel approach to spirituality that would facilitate those in search of the Truth.
My approach resembles a new field of medicine that is based on years of asceticism, experimentation, and research; in reality, it is the synthesis of my personal experience.
His true adherents and friends followed his example and conformed their spiritual approach to his—an approach that was original and unprecedented. Indeed, throughout the pages of history devout and pious mystics have always followed the example of their predecessors, without ever pursuing a path other than that which their master had followed. By revealing a course that was in effect a shortcut in this realm, Ostad Elahi opened a novel chapter, one that is the product of a natural spirituality that presents a new approach to the acquisition of self-knowledge and in turn divine knowledge.
Setting aside various social, ethnic, and traditional constraints, Ostad Elahi was an original thinker whose innovative approach liberated one from the elitist, onerous, and age-old customs of traditional mysticism. In essence, he removed spirituality from the purview of mystics and repetitive clichés alike, placing it instead at the disposal of all humanity, a revolutionary undertaking in the pursuit of spirituality.