New Agers don’t quite fit in with “normative” society, but in the West they are often perceived as harmless eccentrics who want to share peace and love with all of mankind.
So too in Iran. Except that in the Islamic Republic, New Agers are not regarded as harmless by the ayatollahs. They see them as blasphemers who twist Islam. While the Iranian public seemingly accepts New-Age Shiites, the government decided to crack down, sentencing to death their leader Mohammed Ali Taheri.
Who is Ali Taheri?
Taheri is an Iranian researcher on alternative medicine.
He introduced a system of mysticism known as Erfan Keyhani or circle of unity. Tahrei created his Circle of Unity Institute 11 years ago.
His system relies on healing, psychoanalysis and inter-universalism.