KNOWING THE FAÇADE OF THE GNOSTIC
Among the important conditions of acquiring science and reaching the rank of perception is to be acquainted with the individuals who has not smell the aroma of science and reality and has kept himself in the position of guide and guidance of the people.
How is it possible for someone to reach sublime rank of sciences while he is doubtful of the strays and misguidance of the enemies of the religion?!
In order to reach the stage of sciences, the misguidance of the contenders and liars must be clear to you so that people will not be enticed of their claim.
The commander of the faithful (peace be upon him) said:
Be aware that you will never know guidance except you know those that left it, you will never take the covenant of the holy Qur’an except you know who has violate it and you will never hold tight to it except you know who has abandon it.
For the fact that the shining sun is hidden;
So fly in the night to be the actor of the field.
A lot of those that are going after Gnostic (Irfan) and science are suffice when they attain the thought of Gnostic and by filling their brain with spiritual issues then taught they were on journey towards the heavenly world whereas the station of knowledge and science is not in the brain and thought, meanwhile in a situation whereby the Gnostic ideal is not in the heart, nothing has been obtained except deceit and egoism.
Definitely the inner ward of this type of people is darker than the darkness of the night; because science has not taken place in their heart, likewise it has not lightening their mind and it has not manifested right inside them.
An instant towards truth is not there because he knows the vaunting lady;
You are with your entire life but yourself is not known to you.
 - Nahjul Balagah sermon: 147.