Carl G Jung
Everything good is costly, and the development of personality is one of the most costly of all things. It is a matter of saying yes to oneself, of taking oneself as the most serious of tasks, of being conscious of everything one does, and keeping it constantly before one’s eyes in all its dubious aspects.
He comes from a Muslim family. He spent almost 11 years, learning the Quran and its various interpretations.
When he was only fifteen, he founded the “Sepehr” amateur astronomy association and brought together hundreds of students and enthusiasts. Using the success of this association, he led the project to build the most advanced observatory in southern Iran.
The foundations of this project (the building, the telescope, the planetarium, and the activities of dozens of talented members of the Sepehr association) and the passion surrounding it, attracted the support and attention of an Iranian professor at MIT University which resulted in a radical advancement of the facility, elevating its capabilities to the most prestigious observatory and Science Center in Iran equipped with back then available, cutting-edge technology (the largest possible Meade LX200 telescope which was imported from the United States, oscilloscope, frequency meter, laptop computers, multimeter, EPROM programmer, etc.) as well as the establishment of an electronic and computer lab at the center.
Unfortunately, Sajad Sepehri’s name was eliminated from the project by the city council and the pressure of the religious representatives of the city after the telescope’s installation and when the project started to kick off. A few years later, the professor was forced to leave Iran after a dreadful experience. Soon after, the Iranian government ceased the promotional activities of the center, preventing it from promoting culture and education in the city and all around Iran. (Read the whole story here)

Since then, Sajad has spent most of his time in music and pursuing his interest in clinical psychology.

He volunteered for a year at a psychiatric clinic and assisted a genius and creative psychoanalyst (Farid Ghahramani, a Jungian psychoanalyst) in group psychotherapy and music therapy. During this time, he became acquainted with Jung’s analytical psychology as well as with the developmental psychology of Jean Piaget and works of psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and studied various books on philosophy and psychology.
As a member of the Student Council in Fars Province of Iran, he joined the founding committee of the first Iranian youth parliament (later reformed to Iranian Students Parliament) and was elected as one of the deputy heads of parliament. He represented the parliament as an spokesperson appealing fundamental and profound changes in Iran’s education system.
Membership in the student youth parliament gave him the opportunity to meet with the government leaders in person. Meeting with the chairman of Iranian Parliament, the President of Iran, the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Minister of Education and several other heads of state, made him realize that the system can never be expected to progress in order to respect human rights and change the existing educational system.
Unfortunately, due to ideological and fundamentalist nature of government structure and leadership in Iran, the youth parliament has never been able to act as the true voice of Iranian youth or students comparable to their counterparts in other parts of the world and has actually become a tool of government’s propaganda.
As Sajad lost hope in effectiveness of the youth parliament, he resigned from his post to pursue his goals and dreams for democracy, freedom and prosperity. In the shadow of uncertainty in reform of the Iranian government, he sought answers in joining the exiled opposition to the Iranian government.
Viktor E. Frankl
Man′s Search for Meaning
“At such a moment, it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all.”

He joined the National Liberation Army (NLA) in 2003 and spent 14 years of his life as a member.

He lived many years in horrific and inhumane conditions alongside other NLA members, surrounded by terrorists and exposed to all kinds of lethal attacks by missiles, weapons and other deadly means.

S. Sepehri playing SETAR

Viktor E. Frankl
Man′s Search for Meaning
“At such a moment, it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all.”
In such hostile conditions, he retain hope in performing music, writing, reading available books and taking notes (back then there was absolutely no access to the Internet for members like him).
He studied the history of Islam, Shiism, theoretical books of PMOI such as the methodology and the PMOI’s leader interpretation of Islam and Quran, as well as studies on their reading of the evolution theory.
He believed in their ideology at first, but gradually, since he was well aware of the history of Islam and was an expert in Quran’s content and various interpretations, by studying and observing, began to think and analyse his own beliefs.
He wrote hundreds of pages of notes, stories, critiques and poems in notebooks that were burnet in fire because of the security protocols of NLA in 2012 and once again in 2016.
In the center of a tidal sea of blues and emotions, his passion of reading, writing and music acted as an anchor to the boat of insanity and granted him a sense of relief.
Since then he has composed and written over 100 songs and performed in over 290 concerts.
His artistic activities during this period were often subject to severe ideological censorship. Hence due to lack of artistic values, he has always opposed publishing much of those works on the Internet by the exiled opposition.
Sajad Sepehri
After firsthand experience and under the circumstances, I began to realise that continuing to belong to this organisation has nothing to do (anymore) with the revolutionary romanticism of ending repression, totalitarianism, domination, and “bringing” freedom to Iran. As Dr Frankl said: “To suffer unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.”

Sajad Sepehri on stage in 2010

Before the mass migration to Europe in 2016, there was no chance for anyone to leave the organisation. The camp was in the middle of one of the most dangerous war torn territories on the earth, in Iraq!

Sectarian violence in Iraq (2006–2008) turned the country to a living hell. The Iranian government’s interference in Iraq and the abductions and killings accruing on daily basis, made it an unimaginable task to leave the organisation.
At the same time, not leaving the organisation seemed to be the wise and the more honourable decision.
Sajad Sepehri
I would rather die under a rocket attack along with my friends, to die in an unspecified situation, or to continue living in shame. So even though my life expectancy was close to zero, I preferred to stay in that unfair environment, although I had no sense of belonging to the organisation for years.

Day 78 of a 92 days hunger strike 2013

Upon arriving in central Europe in 2016 and for the first time in over 14 years, He was eventually able to leave the organisation in pursuit of a new path in his personal and social life.
His disassociation from the organisation was due to his strong desire to distant himself from a collectivistic, anti-critic, authoritarian ideology and behaviour.
Viktor E. Frankl
Man′s Search for Meaning
“Even though conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that the inmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.”
Jordan B. Peterson
“…don’t be fixing up the economy, 18-year-olds. You don’t know anything about the economy. It’s a massive complex machine beyond anyone’s understanding and you mess with at your peril. So can you even clean up your own room? No. Well you think about that. You should think about that, because if you can’t even clean up your own room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?”

Sajad Sepehri and his son Dana Del Sepehri

Sajad Sepehri's Family

Sajad Sepehri with his family

S. Sepehri and his son Dana Del Sepehri

Sajad Sepehri and his wife Arlinda Sepehri

The long and bitter process as a member of the exiled opposition, which was accompanied by injuries, tortures, loss of dear friends, a ninety-two-day long hunger strike and being deprived of any contact with family members for almost one and a half decade, has been an extreme long suffer, yet, has brought a tremendous treasure of wisdom and inner transformation for him. He has come a long way from being a doltishly-honest-follower of a leader, to becoming an independent ideology critic, researcher and artist, a loving father and husband with a beautiful family.

He has been married since 2016 and his son was born in early 2019.
After spending half of his life dedicatedly and actively rebuking dictatorship, oppression and injustice system in his home country, he, to this day, continues to suffer from the consequences of Iranian government’s “opposition’s” blunders in exile which have led to such an unfair situation for Sajad and many others.
He lives in exile and despite being invited as a guest scientific researcher to a prestigious European university, he has been deprived of his freedom of movement due to a political agreement between all responsible parties.
Viktor E. Frankl
Man′s Search for Meaning
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
He is proudly contributing to the ISSH (Iran Academia)’s outstanding project since 2017, helping individuals to develop their critical, deep, and methodical approach.
Since 2018, he strives to share the painful, rewarding, and meaningful experience of his life with others (especially with Iranians) through any available platform.
He started publishing songs, producing podcasts, writing poems, and articles.
He is pursuing his education and research in the field of “Cultic identity and Identity transformation” alongside music.
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