In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful As a precious collection of the guidance- and direction-giving words ofour great teacher, mentor and leader is once more prepared to be published, itseems timely to inscribe a few words, although inadequately, about thatunique personality who revived the Islamic way of life in our times. Anywhere in this world, whenever a man is endowed with knowledge,wisdom and lofty ideals, with piety, devoutness and unyielding belief, withbravery, valor and will power, and with political intelligence, prudence andexperience he steps in the arena of an immense task. He patiently andsteadfastly pursues a sacred goal and will undoubtedly win endless glory andperpetual achievement for his country and nation, and sometimes for thewhole humanity. All of those who rank among the famous people of thehistory were adorned with some of these characteristics. The great celebrity of the present era, Imam Ruhullah Khomeini,possessed all these traits simultaneously, even in usually unachievable andmatchless proportions. He was a pious scholar, a devout savant, a sagepolitician, a nonconformist believer, a courageous and clever man of gnosis,a just ruler, and devoted combatant. He was a jurist, a man of usul [principles] and gnosis, a philosopher, ateacher of morals, a man of letters, and poet; one who possessed the highestposition of teaching and the most crowded and intense academic seminarysessions over the years.