Balance and Equilibrium
in Sufism

"The divine message is heard on the horizons of equilibrium"
Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha

Balance and equilibrium ensure stability, and are the result of the existence of a constant center. If we consider the universe, it is easy to see how perfectly balanced the planets are around the sun, each in their own orbit, and even how balance prevails in the galaxies. If such perfection, balance and harmony are inherent in the universe, then surely human beings, as part of the universe and therefore bound to the same laws of physics, do not need to look very far to cognize this perfection, balance and harmony.

Why don’t you look beyond, at the sky, and see how we have set it in place, and adorned it without flaw.
Holy Qur'an (50:6)

The human being is defined as a unique and complex masterpiece of creation, whose reality and knowledge is as vast and unbounded as existence itself. The human being is unique and complex because it has two aspects: a physical (material) aspect and an eternal (spiritual) aspect. The physical aspect has limitations, whereas the eternal aspect has infinite potentials and abilities. There is only one law in the universe, and that is the law of Oneness.1 Sufism teaches that it is the destiny—the true human right—of this unique and complex human being to also manifest this oneness through harmony of the physical and eternal aspects.

The truly wise is he who refrains from extremes and his daily life
is conducted in a balanced way.
Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha

Our lifestyle decisions affect our entire being—mind, body and spirit, as they are all interconnected. Overdoing or underdoing in any aspect of our life will result in imbalance and instability.2 If sufficient imbalance occurs, the result is illness. The outcome of a state of balance and equilibrium, however, is health and life.
Equilibrium of absorptions is the point of freedom.
Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha

Even though there is no separation between our physical and eternal aspects, there is a lack of harmony for most individuals. The unfolding of our potentials remains limited to our physical or material dimensions. As a result, the spiritual aspect, the “being,” remains underdeveloped. The human being’s true essence and potentials become buried under layers of misteachings and limitations imposed by society and our very own educational systems, which tend to place little or no value on cultivating our spiritual dimension.3 Without balance and harmony between our two aspects, we are unable to move forward on our journey of cognizing our truth, and the truth of existence.

In order to restore our inherent balance, just as our physical bodies require food and care, our souls also require attention and nourishment. Sufism does not advocate a life of asceticism or self-chosen hardship. Rather, Sufi teachings emphasize balance in all aspects of one’s life, physically and spiritually. We should all have the ability to live alongside others in this physical world and understand its workings, to experience joy and comfort, and work to have our basic needs met, while still pursuing the highest spiritual goals.

With everything you do, ask yourself: are you developing your weakness or your health?
Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha

When we enjoy a state of balance in the different aspects of our life, we are more in tune with our inner capabilities, and we are able to access our stable center, our “I”. When one has cognized his or her “I”, the true Self, what is needed and what is not needed becomes known in the journey towards one’s fullest potentials. As a result, overdoing and underdoing will be minimized, as all of life’s steps will be guided by this true and stable source of knowledge, allowing one to experience true and sustainable peace and freedom.

The awakening of hearts is in the harmony of the soul with the truth of existence at the point of equilibrium.
Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha

1. Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, Sufism Lecture Series (Washington, D.C.: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 1996)
2. Molana Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, Message from the Soul (Verdugo City, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 1986)
3. Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, Theory “I”: The Inner Dimension of Leadership (Riverside, CA: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications, 2002)