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Primary Objective Of Religion: To Connect With God
25th June 2016|LecturesVideos

Primary Objective Of Religion: To Connect With God

Currently, there are three major religions in the world which are famous, which have a spiritual and religious background; at the same time, they have a political aspect also. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all monotheistic religions and they are all under the umbrella of the Father of Prophets, Abraham.

The State of Religion Today

Right now, the world, there are millions of Christians and millions of Muslims; even the Jews are in the millions and their religion was fantastic. However, the world is not at rest. We do not see any impact of those religions on humanity today. We talk about the Torah, Bible and Quran. People are serving God, praying to God and worshiping God in synagogues, churches and mosques all over the world. However, the purity in hearts of people is a big question mark today.

The hatred they carry with them against each other is still to diminish. Their religiosity, servitude to God and the knowledge they have about their religions, somehow or other is not helping them get rid of this hatred.

Obviously, a Jew will speak very highly of his religion. A Christian will definitely speak very highly of his religion. Then you have Muslims who will speak highly of their religion. The problem is: if everybody’s religion is the best religion, then why is it that the people who follow that religion are not the best people?

If I say, ‘I have the best car in the world,’ and others who have lower quality cars are going faster than I am and even with the best car I cannot compete with them, then I will have to reconsider my claim.

According to the Quran, Muslims are the best nation on Earth. This is where the confusion pollutes minds. The question is: are all Muslims best, or which specific Muslims are the best of all? Are we the same type of Muslims as the early Companions of the Prophets were, whose religiosity and servitude to God were pure, who were in the blissful and blessed company of the Beloved of God, who spent days and nights sitting in the presence of the Beloved of God? How can I claim to have the same quality of faith as those had who were in the presence of Prophet Mohammad?

Then, Muslims only remember that Quran declares them as the best of all nations; however, they ignore what else was said by the Prophet. For example, he said, ‘One who lies is not from my nation.’ Then Prophet Mohammad said, ‘One who promotes racism is not from my nation.’ He declared, ‘One who praises somebody for false is not from my nation.’ He also said, ‘If you are a Muslim and your neighbour goes to sleep without food, I will not take you as a Muslim.’

So the problem is, the religion and its practice, unfortunately has been confined to the books. We do not see the best of the religions in practice today.

There is one narrative from God in the Holy Quran which states, ‘In the beginning, you were all progeny of one Adam. Then I divided you into many tribes and nations for the sake of recognition.’ So, he sent prophets like Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. 124 000 prophets were sent into this world in order to guide people towards God. Different people were given to keep company of different prophets.

Those who belonged to a prophet formed a nation. There were the nations of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. They were introduced with division, however the source was the same. The messages given to Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad came from the same source, the same God.

In different languages, countries and nations, you call upon God with different names; however that supreme being who sent Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad – and all other messengers and prophets – is the same. Even the Sikh community in India believe in one God. When they say, ‘Ek Onkar’, it means ‘One God.’ There is not another God; there is only one God.

For example, a Canadian citizen lives in Canada; a British citizen lives in England and those who live in the USA are American citizens. The fact that they are citizens of different countries does not make a rift between them or invite them to fight each other.

In a similar way, a Jew reaches God through Abraham. A Christian will reach God through Jesus, and a Muslim will reach God through Mohammad. The destination is the same. Then why are these people killing and hating each other?

The Universal Brotherhood is on the top of God’s agenda. This is how the world will come towards it culmination towards the end. All will be united under the umbrella of God’s love. All will love God. All will become truthful devouts, upon principles of God’s love.

There is a verse in the Holy Quran which says, ‘When all these people who follow different religions deviate themselves from these religions and shun the religions, God will send down on Earth his nation. They will love God and God will love them.’ This is a clear cut instruction about the end times.

Towards the end times, the only religion which will be established will be the religion of God’s love.

Prophets and messengers have done their best. We live in an era where we do not have any prophet or messenger guiding us. All we get to know about these prophets and messengers is through the books. The books have become so untrustworthy; the words written there might have been adulterated, altered or opinionated. There are 50 000 different version of the Bible. It is God’s word, but people adulterated, modified and altered not just the interpretation, but the original text too. The human mind is full of corruption.

When a human mind and heart are corrupt, the religions suffer.

Today we have Jews, but we do not have good jews. We have Christians, but we do not have good Christians. We have Muslims but we do not have good Muslims. It is very unfortunate. When the bad Jews, Muslims and Christians do bad things, people do not say, ‘These Jews, Christians and Muslims are bad,’ they say, ‘Their religion is bad.’ How can they be bad when they were introduced by God through a prophet?

People over 60 start to have problems with their internal organs. The kidneys may not be working properly, the liver may have problems or the heart might struggle; we understand that this is because of age. As you grow older, the organs in the body are also getting used up every day. There is not too much you can do about it medically, because there is wear and tear. They are getting used up.

Everything is getting used up, even the Sun. The Sun is the ultimate source of hydrogen, and it has been covered by the ozone layer. Now, a lot of hydrogen is being released through rifts in the ozone layer. Due to this, people are beginning to have problems such skin diseases and sunburn. We’re told to wear sunglasses and a cap to protect against the UV rays while we are in Canada, because the Sun rays come directly to the eyes.

We’re running short of water. If you go to the washroom in any 5-star hotel, they say, ‘Please do not use water generously. Save water.’ There is global warming. Icebergs in the North Pole are melting, as a result of which oceans all over the world are soaring up. There is more torrential rain, more storms and more trouble. So everything is getting used up.

Similarly, when you grow old, your internal organs also grow old. If you die at 80-90, it makes sense because you’ve been using your heart for 85 years. There is no servicing. You don’t change your oil filter or air filter of your heart like you would a car. After every 10 000 miles, you take your car for servicing; but you don’t take your heart for servicing.

It is understandable if somebody who is 80-85 years of age dies of a heart attack, kidney failure or liver failure. However, sometimes, we see that people who are 20-25 years of age die of a heart attack. That is a problem. The body is young but inside the body, the organs have failed.

So it is not the body that the life rests; it is the internal organs which keep the body moving.

Similarly, the body of every religion is so beautiful still, but the internal organs of the religion – which is spirituality – has failed.

Spirituality was part of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Islam, it was known as Sufism, the knowledge of the heart.

Prophet Mohammad addresses the entire humanity in a particular Tradition of the Prophet. He calls upon all human beings, ‘O’ humanity, there is a piece of flesh in your body: if that is right, your entire body is right. If that piece of flesh in your body is corrupted, your entire body is corrupted. Remember well: this is your heart.’

Enlightening, reviving and awakening the heart is the art of Sufism. This is the gist of the Bible, the Quran, Talmud and Torah.

‘Whosoever believes in God, God guides his heart.’ – the Quran.

People have forgotten why they practise a religion. When you marry, you do so for many reason: for pleasure, offspring, progeny, a life partner, etc. If you marry a woman and you don’t see her and she doesn’t see you, what is the use of that marriage?

Today, people do not know why they’re Christians, Jews or Muslims. If you ask a Jew, ‘Have you seen God?’ They will say, ‘What are you talking about?’ If you ask a Christian, ‘Have you seen God,’ they will say, ‘No. Why should I?’ If you ask a Muslim, ‘Have you seen God,’ they will say ‘It is not in the Prophetic Traditions.’ People don’t know why they follow a religion. The most they know is that they follow their religion so that when they die, God sends them into paradise.

The recent wave of terrorism is coming from an Islamic faction, Wahhabism. What they are hammering into the brains of young people is that if they blow themselves up and kill many other people along with, that will be the most favourable act in the eyes of God. They say, ‘The moment you blow yourself up, you will enter into paradise, and there will be 70 young and beautiful female damsels of the paradise waiting for you.’ This is how people are lured into these things.

Only those are being trapped into this kind of hateful ideology who do not have knowledge of Islam or the Quran. Suicide is prohibited in Islam. Throwing away your life is not allowed by God. You cannot do that, but this is happening. Some people say this is because of hatred; I say, ‘No, this is not because of hatred; this is because of lust and desires.’

The primary objective with which you follow a religion is to connect to God.

You should be able to hear God and God should be able to hear you. However now, whether in the case of Christian people or in case of Muslims, the wrong interpretation of the divine book has played havoc. It has destroyed their ability to understand the true meaning of God’s word.

The Quran 3:38 says, ‘O’ Lord, you listen to our prayers.’ What does it mean? People think God has the divine calibre to see and hear everything. That is true. God has the power to do anything, but at the same time, there is a system manufactured by God. God said that he does not look at your faces, actions and deeds; he looks at your hearts and intentions thereabout.

There is a system in which you say things with a different tongue and only then, God is able to hear you. We have a body and we have a soul. Our reality is not our body; our reality is our soul.

It is the soul that God created. The body was not created by God; it was formed in the womb of your mother. God will hear your voice if your soul is able to speak.

If I ask you, ‘Were you able to speak before you were born in this world or will you be able to speak after your death?’ You’ll say, ‘Yes, you could speak before you were born and you will be able to speak after you die.’

However, after your death, you will speak not through your body but with your soul. God is ethereal. He is the creator of your soul. You have to revive your soul. When your soul is revived and awakened, then God will hear your soul and your heart.

The lack of spiritual knowledge has misled people all over the world.

We’re trying to raise awareness of spiritual knowledge. Some people who are short-sighted and who lack knowledge think that I am against Islam or Christianity. However, I’m not against Christianity, Judaism or Islam. I respect all religions because they come from God.

When foods are adulterated, your stomach will suffer. When religions are adulterated, your heart will suffer.

God’s Love: Superior to All Religions

The Universal Brotherhood is our aim, that all are bound by the rope of God’s love. All all united under the umbrella of God’s love. This is what we are aiming for.

Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi invited all humanity to become unified with the bond of God’s love. His approach and his message is so universal. It is not limited by any religion, creed or book; it is purely divine.

I give you one of the messages of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi about spiritual revolution.

He said, ‘In order to reach God and recognise God, learn spirituality no matter what religion you practise.’

Spirituality is for all. All those who want to love God are invited, whether they follow Islam, Christianity, Judaism or any other religion. Those also are invited who do not follow any religion but they want to love God.

Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi said, ‘The best human being among all is one who has God’s love in his heart even if he does not practise any religion. God’s love is superior to all religions.’

Let me give an example from the time of Prophet Mohammad. A time came when the Prophet Mohammad told his Companions, ‘You cannot drink alcohol anymore, it is being prohibited by God. Islam does not allow consumption of alcohol.’ A Companion of the Prophet was found drinking alcohol, so the other Companions caught him, punished him and then released him. After a few days, he was caught drinking again; they punished him and then released him. For the third time when he was caught drinking alcohol, the other Companions got angry and were cursing him. Prophet Mohammad was inside his room; he heard it. He came out and said, ‘Do not curse him even if he drinks alcohol, because he loves God.’

Now you can see that God’s love is superior to religion. According to religion, he was bad, but Prophet Mohammad said, ‘Do not curse him because he loves God.’

How did he obtain God’s love? This is very interesting. Religious people go to the mosque five times a day, fast during the month of fasting and they carry out all the instructions of the religion. Religious people do all sorts of worship and rituals and they observe all the prohibitions of the religion. However, this particular man was not very good in the religion.

What he did was that he used to come and sit with the Prophet every day. There used to be many problems at that time. There were many enemies of the Prophet and of the Companions of the Prophet. People were trying to attack on Islam. They wanted to destroy Islam. When Prophet Mohammad would hear about those problems, he would become sad. This man would approach the Prophet and tell the Prophet a joke. The Prophet would laugh and forget about the problem. He used to do it every day. By doing this, he became so dear to the Prophet and this is how he obtained God’s love. He didn’t do anything.

There are two different ways of God’s love. One way is that there is a group of people who want to love God. They try to please God. When God is pleased, then God grants them his love. Then there is another group of people: they are those whom God loves. They don’t have to make any efforts.

So there are people who want to love God and then those who are loved by God.

There was a Sufi called Ibrahim bin Adham. One night, he was sitting alone and he saw an angel who was writing. So Ibrahim asked the angel, ‘What are you doing?’ The angel said, ‘I am writing the names of people who love God.’ He asked him, ‘Is my name there on the list?’ The angel looked at the list and said, ‘No, your name is not here.’ He became really sad. The next night, the angel came back again; this time, the Sufi was so sad that he was not bothered by the presence of the angel. He didn’t ask because his heart was put off.

When the next night the angel came, he was writing on a piece of paper. The angel asked him, ‘Are you not going to ask me tonight what am I doing?’ He said, ‘Does it really matter?’ The angel replied, ‘Well, ask me.’ He then said, ‘What are you doing?’ The angel said, ‘I am writing the names of people that God loves.’ He asked, ‘Is my name there?’ The angel said, ‘It is on top of the list.’

So in the Universal Brotherhood, there will be two different types of people. There will be the people who love God. They will have to make a lot of efforts to please God and obtain his love. Those who are loved by God don’t have to make efforts.

While you are serving this mission, you will see some people who come and join and will make a lot of efforts; they will be those who want to love God. Then you will see some other people who are so good, but they don’t make efforts; maybe they are those who are loved by God. This mission is for both.

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Q&A with Younus AlGohar
9th June 2016|ArticlesLecturesVideos

Q&A with Younus AlGohar

There are more atheists in England than there are Christians for the first time in history. What is the reason?

For the first time in the history of England and Wales, the graph of atheists has gone higher than those who believe in Christianity and God.

The reason behind this is that the religion is not able to connect people to God.

When they call upon God, they do not receive help from God and the practice of religion is not benefiting them at all. Due to the lack of connection with God, people are distancing themselves from religion and God.

Then, they have seen what religious people are doing. Religion has been dragged through the mire by the actions of religious people.

Whether they’re Christians, Hindus, Muslims, it is so ironical and sad that people who represent religion today are not trustworthy.

The practice of religion is not benefiting anybody; rather it is polluting hearts of people and making divisions among human beings.

Therefore, when you don’t reap benefits of any faith that your practise, at the end of the day, you ask yourself, ‘Why should I waste my time and restrict myself from so many good things that I am not allowed to do by the religion?’

If Christianity in contemporary times had the calibre to connect people with God, and they would have felt God’s presence in their heart, they would have never rejected God or said that God does not exist.

So this is happening because spirituality has become extinct in Christianity, as it has with Islam. The impact of this is different for the two religions: Christians do not have spirituality today, so they are becoming atheists and Muslims do not have spirituality today, so they are becoming terrorists.

It is about the ideology, it is not about individuals.

The filth will stay in this world as long as the ideology of filth is there. Any philosophy or ideology that generates violence, hatred, killing, turns you against humanity or motivates you to kill people is unholy. It cannot come from God.

It is so unholy to attribute terrorism to God. God doesn’t support terrorism. Although terrorism is being supported in the house of God, God is not a participant.

Many people across social media are now passing derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad and this trend is on the rise. What do you have to say about this?

The way I look at it is different.

If you say, ‘Prophet Mohammad is bad and Moses, Jesus and Adam are good,’ it doesn’t serve the purpose because it is God who sent all of them. God sent Adam, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. So don’t think just because you are Christian, that your prophet is good and their prophet is bad.

If you say, ‘Their prophet is bad,’ you’re distancing yourself from God the same way as you would have, had you been going against your own prophet. They all come from God.

If you say, ‘The Muslim God is bad,’ what do you mean? God is only one. There are different names in different religions, but God is one. There is not such thing as the Muslim, Christian, or Hindu God.

How do we properly raise our children with the teachings of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi?

You should tell your kids, ‘They’re all good. Christianity, Hinduism and Islam are from God, so don’t think anybody is your enemy. Do not hate anybody.’

Teach your children this one point and at the very least, they will become tolerant. Just due to their tolerance, people will appreciate the way they have been raised.

Lord Ra Riaz’s main teachings are, simply put, to not hate anybody; to love all. You should love God and humanity; don’t hate anybody. Everybody is God’s creation: don’t think bad of anyone. If a Hindu and a Sikh go to their temples, that is alright. If a Christian goes to the Church, that is fine too.

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The Original Sin & True Baptism
28th March 2016|ArticlesLecturesVideos

The Original Sin & True Baptism

Good Friday is a very important day in Christianity, as it is believed by the entire Christendom that Lord Jesus, Son of God, died on the cross for the sins of his followers. This is considered to be the main pillar in Christianity. The entire Christian belief revolves around this belief.

When a baby is born in a Christian home, it is baptised; this is how the life starts of a Christian. Baptism is very important according to the Christian faith. When the baby is born, he is born with original sin. Through baptism, that sin is removed from the baby. In the olden times, baptism was carried out by putting the baby down in water. Now, the priest may sprinkle drops of holy water on the baby to baptise it.

Original Sin

What Christianity said is not wrong. However, there has to be an explanation. Original sin comes from Adam when he went against the will of God. God said to him, ‘Do not touch this tree,’ and he did. Sin, itself, doesn’t have to be an act that is bad in nature. Rather, sin is disobedience.

For example, a baby is sleepy and the mother says to the baby, ‘Don’t sleep.’ The mother has her plans; if the baby sleeps now, then the mother won’t be able to sleep later. To sleeping is not bad; but the mother said, ‘Do not sleep,’ so if the baby sleeps, this is disobedience.

Anything, as long as God does not forbid you from doing it, is okay.

For example, some Jews and Christians believe that Prophet Mohammad is from an illegitimate offspring of Abraham; because Ishmael, Abraham;s other son, was born to a concubine. Such people need to understand God must have allowed Abraham to keep a woman as a concubine, without marriage. When a common man does that, he is not allowed by God to do it; therefore it is a sin. However, God allowed Abraham to do it, so it is not a sin. Therefore, this concept that Prophet Mohammad came from the offspring of an illegitimate child of Abraham is wrong.

So, a sin basically does not have to be a bad act. A sin is a sort of conviction which is granted to people who disobey God.

After this explanation, it is easy to translate what the original sin is.

Original sin is that, by nature, a human being is disobedient to God.

When you are born in a Christian family, you must go through baptism so that the original sin is removed and you become pure. In the light of Biblical explanation, if you are able to remove the original sin through baptism, it simply means you are no more disobedient to God.

If through baptism, the original sin was removed and you became pure, why do you become disobedient to God and commit sins again?

So you actually do not know what true baptism is.

True Baptism

True baptism is to remove the source of disobedience in you which you were born with: the original sin.

Muslim scholars and Christian scholars debate on this issue, but they never get to the bottom of the truth. According to the Christian faith, every baby born in this world is born with the original sin. According to the Muslim faith, every baby born into this world is born with an evil spirit. It is the same thing.

In one religion, God revealed the result, which is the original sin. In another religion, God revealed the root of that sin. The root of the original sin is the evil spirit. They are two different ends of one thing.

Baptism has two different aspects.

The first aspect is the ritualistic aspect. Festivity is attached with it. You celebrate that the baby is born; you take the baby to the church where it is baptised and you invite people [to share in the festivities]. The other aspect of baptism is the spiritual aspect, in which you remove the original sin and the source of the original sin.

I often say that every religion has two aspects: the outer aspect of the religion and inner dimension of the religion.

Baptism is to purify the baby from the original sin; at the same time, you also celebrate the arrival of the baby.

The inner dimension of baptism is to cast out that evil spirit which carries the original sin.

Obviously, you cannot perform both aspects of baptism at the same time. The outer aspect of baptism is done by the priest in the church. The inner aspect of baptism cannot be done by the priest; you have to do it yourself when you grow up.

You do it as a grown-up; perhaps this is why it is called Second Birth (to be born again).

In Christianity, this is called Second Birth, the Inner Baptism. In Sufi Islam, this is called Purification of the Self. It is the same thing. The God of Christians is not different from the God of Muslims. Christianity, Judaism and Islam are different religions, but God is the same.

I read news that Pope Francis was washing the feet of refugees and kissing them. He was saying, ‘Whether you are a Hindu, Christian, Jew or Muslim, you’re all children of the same God.’

This message of Pope Francis has to go across all countries of the world. All Catholics should adhere to this message as a theology; and at the same time, in their character when they practise their religion.

Bear it in mind that you may be a Hindu, Christian or a Muslim, but we worship the same God. You’re all children of the same God. Whether a Hindu, Christian or Muslim dies, God doesn’t like it.

Exaggeration in Religions

When through baptism, you became pure, then what of the notion that Lord Jesus died for our sins? It is very ironical that in every religion, so many perceptions have become conception. So many opinions of people have been included in religions as part of the religion. Religions and faiths have become opinionated. This is what is causing a lot of rift between these religions.

According to Muslim clerics, when Prophet Mohammad died, the angels allegedly, turn by turn, took Prophet Mohammad’s soul to every single paradise. When they realised that there is no place in any of the paradises which is worthy of accommodating Prophet Mohammad’s soul, they decided to bring back the soul of Prophet Mohammad to the same body from which they took him away. We believe God knows everything; but if this story is to be believed, then God only found out that nothing is worthy of Prophet Mohammad after his soul was taken to each and every paradise! So, this is a concocted story told by Muslim clerics; there is no truth in it.

But how many people in this world want to hear the truth? People believe in mythology and stories. In Pakistan, if somebody says, ‘I am a saint of God,’ the first thing they would want to ask you is, ‘How many miracles have you worked so far?’

A miracle is something that no man can do. For example, man cannot fly. If you could fly, you wouldn’t need a certificate to tell people you are a saint of God; everybody would start bowing at your feet. They would say, ‘This is what you call a saint of God.’

A miracle is that you have power to make happen things which do not happen normally in this phenomenal world.

For example, if it is raining cats and dogs and now someone says, ‘I will command the clouds to move, the rain to stop and the Sun to shine. I am a saint of God,’ people will believe them.

However, if I were to tell people, ‘I am a saint of God,’ they would ask, ‘Okay. Do you perform any miracle?’ I would reply, ‘I will connect you to God.’ They would say, ‘What? We are already connected.’

If somebody is connected to God, they cannot see it. If they cannot see it, they cannot believe it.

For example, restaurant staff started to believe that the new chef was good at his job only after he showed his abilities in the kitchen.

Do not be economical with the truth. If you do not acknowledge the truth, you’re not a good person. Say it. Make the truth be known.

So in every religion, there are stories. Those stories are so fascinating. Without this fascination in those stories, people wouldn’t have bought those stories. If there was no element of fascination or spiritual glamour in these stories, I don’t think people would have bought them. Exaggeration has always been part of religions. If God gave somebody ten grams of divine light, his followers would proclaim, ‘He received a thousand grams of divine light.’

In every religion, there are stories. For example, I met someone in Sri Lanka who said, ‘Kalki Avatar will come in the Dark Ages.’ I said, ‘This is the Dark Age.’ He replied, ‘No. The light is on. It is not the Dark Age because the light is on. Kalki Avatar would come after 5 million years.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Don’t be surprised. I had a neighbour who lived for 5000 years; he just died.’ Some people in India live for 4000-5000 years. If you tell them, ‘His date of birth suggests he was just 65,’ they say, ‘Yeah, but there were another 239 births. Including those, he lived for 5000 years.’

If you tell them the simple and naked truth, they’re not inspired by it.

We have been told fascinating stories about prophets and saints. We were told stories of saints who did not eat for 50 years or who never touched a woman. We were told that a saint’s life is full of miracles; they could [supposedly] fly without wings and never have to defecate. So, even when we become a saint, we still can’t believe we are holy.

These fascinating stories have destroyed our belief system. The belief system we have does not related to our present reality.

Our belief system in every religion is like talking about mythology; stories of the unknown, unseen and unclassified world which we are not part of.

Many times, I thought, ‘Why do you have to correct everything? Just say that Jesus died for our sins.’ But then, Jesus tells me, ‘If you also do not tell people the truth, then you will become disobedient.’

I cannot accept that Jesus can die. God is immortal; he doesn’t die. When you have this belief that Jesus is God, you will also have the same feeling. You will ask yourself, ‘How can he himself die when he is the giver of eternal life?’

When Jesus gives eternal life, how can Jesus run short of his own life?

The main theme of Christianity, as it appears today, is forgiveness of our sins. They say, ‘Jesus died for our sins, for the wages of sins is death,’ but that is not the main message from Jesus Christ.

 Jesus’s Main Message

The main message of Jesus Christ is firstly to love your Lord, your God with all your heart and soul. Secondly, he said, ‘Then I will take you to a place which no heart has ever conceived of, no eyes have dreamt of, no ears have heard of.’ Jesus is talking about going to the Unseen World. This destination was not revealed to Adam, Abraham, Moses or Mohammad.

Jesus never spoke of paradise. He always spoke of God’s Kingdom.

In this phenomenal world, when our most dearest guests come, we take them to our house. Those who are not as close stay in a hotel. Similarly, in paradise, you will have all the luxuries, but you will not live with God. Adam, Abraham, Moses and Mohammad spoke of paradise in which people will enjoy life; but there will be no love and there will be no God.

Only Jesus spoke about God’s Kingdom. He said, ‘I will take you there. You will go there only through me.’

When you lost spirituality, you forgot about the Kingdom of God and divine love.

You have [limited] the message of Jesus and Christianity to forgiveness of sins only. Is life all about sins and forgiveness of sins? What about love? What about going to the place which no heart has ever conceived of, which no eyes have ever dreamt of, which no ears have ever heard of? You don’t talk about that because you do not have connection with God. You have not seen that place.

Christianity is what it is today because the Bible does not have the Gospel of Thomas. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus spoke about the spiritual journey, how to transform souls into a divine entity and how to transport them from this realm to the Kingdom of God.

When Jesus said, ‘Only men will enter the Kingdom of God,’ Thomas noticed that Mother Mary was coming. Thomas ran towards Mother Mary and said, ‘You are a woman. Stop. You cannot go ahead.’ Jesus said, ‘Who said my mother is a woman?’ Then Jesus said, ‘God has no gender.’ Mother Mary is holy and her spiritual highness can grant anybody to be holy.

We need to focus on the main theme of Jesus’s doctrine: divine love and our transportation into the Kingdom of God.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Judas Thomas said, ‘These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke.’ Thomas wrote them down and said, ‘Whoever finds the meanings of these words will not taste death.’ How can Jesus taste death?

Eschatology in the Gospel of Thomas

Eschatology is a chapter in every religion which talks about the end times. There is a chapter on this topic in the Gospel of Thomas as well.

Hear thou, Thomas, the things which must come to pass in the last times: there shall be famine and war and earthquakes in divers places, snow and ice and great drought shall there be and many dissensions among the peoples, blasphemy, iniquity, envy and villainy, indolence, pride and intemperance, so that every man shall speak that which pleaseth him.

This is in a religious connotation. Every single religious person will only say things which will please him. He will declare it a religion. He is not quoting from the celestial book or Prophetic Traditions; he has made up a concept which pleases him. He labels it as a religion and then promotes it.

And my priests shall not have peace among themselves, but shall sacrifice unto me with deceitful mind: therefore will I not look upon them. Then shall the priests behold the people departing from the house of the Lord and turning unto the world and setting up (or, transgressing) landmarks in the house of God. And they shall claim (vindicate) for themselves many [things and] places that were lost and that shall be subject unto Caesar as also they were aforetime: giving poll-taxes (for) the cities, even gold and silver and the chief men of the cities shall be condemned and their substance brought into the treasury of the kings, and they shall be filled.

For there shall be great disturbance throughout all the people, and death. The house of the Lord shall be desolate, and their altars shall be abhorred, so that spiders weave their webs therein. The place of holiness shall be corrupted, the priesthood polluted, distress (agony) shall increase, virtue shall be overcome, joy perish, and gladness depart. In those days evil shall abound: there shall be respecters of persons, hymns shall cease out of the house of the Lord, truth shall be no more, covetousness shall abound among the priests; an upright man (al. an upright priesthood) shall not be found.

On a sudden there shall arise near the last time a king, a lover of the law, who shall hold rule not for long: he shall leave two sons. The first is named of the first letter (A), the second of the eighth (H). The first shall die before the second.

Thereafter shall arise two princes to oppress the nations under whose hands there shall be a very great famine in the right-hand part of the east, so that nation shall rise up against nation and be driven out from their own borders.

Again another king shall arise, a crafty man, and shall command a golden image of Caesar to be made (al. to be worshipped in the house of God), wherefore martyrdoms shall abound. Then shall faith return unto the servants of the Lord, and holiness shall be multiplied and distress (agony) increase. The mountains shall the comforted and shall drop down sweetness of fire from the facet, that the number of the saints may be accomplished.

After a little space there shall arise a king out of the east, a lover of the law, who shall cause all good things and necessary to abound in the house of the Lord: he shall show mercy unto the widows and to the needy, and command a royal gift to be given unto the priests: in his days shall be abundance of all things.

And after that again a king shall arise in the south part of the world, and shall hold rule a little space: in whose days the treasury shall fail because of the wages of the Roman soldiers so that the substance of all the aged shall be commanded (to be taken) and given to the king to distribute.

Thereafter shall be plenty of corn and wine and oil, but great dearness of money, so that the substance of gold and silver shall be given for corn, and there shall be great dearth.

At that time shall be very great rising of the sea, so that no man shall tell news to any other man. The kings of the earth and the princes and the captains shall be troubled, and no man shall speak freely. Grey hairs shall be seen upon boys, and the young shall not give place unto the aged.

After that shall arise another king, a crafty man, who shall hold rule for a short space: in whose days there shall be all manner of evils, even the death of the race of men from the east even unto Babylon. And thereafter death and famine and sword in the land of Chanaan even unto Rome. Then shall all the fountains of waters and wells boil over and be turned into blood (or, into dust and blood). The heaven shall be moved, the stars shall fall upon the earth, the sun shall be cut in half like the moon, and the moon shall not give her light. There shall be great signs and wonders in those days when Antichrist draweth near. These are the signs unto them that dwell in the earth. In those days the pains of great travail shall come upon them. (al. In those days, when Antichrist now draweth near, these are the signs. Woe unto them that dwell on the earth; in those days great pains of travail shall come upon them.) Woe unto them that build, for they shall not inhabit. Woe unto them that break up the fallow, for they shall labour without cause. Woe unto them that make marriages, for unto famine and need shall they beget sons. Woe unto them that join house to house or field to field, for all things shall be consumed with fire. Woe unto them that look not unto themselves while time alloweth, for hereafter shall they be condemned for ever. Woe unto them that turn away from the poor when he asketh.

[Here is a break: the text goes on: For I am of the high and powerful: I am the Father of all. (al. And know ye: I am the Father most high: I am the Father of all spirits.) This, as we shall see, is the beginning of the older and shorter text, and of the Vienna fragment: only, in the latter, some words now unintelligible precede it: not the words, however, which are in Wilhelm’s text. I will continue with Wilhelm.]

These are the seven signs the ending of this world. There shall be in all the earth famine and great pestilences and much distress: then shall all men be led captive among all nations and shall fall by the edge of the sword.

Now, Jesus said:

Hear thou, O Thomas, for I am the Son of God the Father and I am the father of all spirits. Hear thou of me the signs which shall come to pass at the end of this world, when the end of the world shall be fulfilled  before mine elect depart out of the world. I will tell thee that which shall come to pass openly unto men: but when these things shall be the princes of the angels know not, seeing it is now hidden from before.

Saint Thomas the apostle of God asked our Lord when the time of Antichrist should be. Then the Lord spake unto him and said thus: It behoveth that it be in the next days. Then shall be hunger and war.

Recognition of Lord Jesus Christ

There are many religions, many philosophies and many faiths but I don’t think anything is as important as spirituality.

The message of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi is spirituality and divine love. Whether you practise a religion or not, in order to reach God, you practise spirituality. The world desperately needs revival of spiritual values!

Muslims who believe in Imam Mehdi do not know how to recognise Imam Mehdi, but hey are waiting. As it appears from their actions, I don’t think they are concerned about the arrival of Imam Mehdi. Their belief in Imam Mehdi is as customary as other rituals in the religion.

In a similar way, our Christian brothers and sister are waiting for Lord Jesus Christ, but they do not know how to recognise Jesus. Nobody has seen Jesus. What you have as pictures in churches and in Christian homes is a painting following the description given in the Bible.

Messiah Foundation International is the pioneer organisation who has introduced the real impression, the real image of Lord Jesus Christ.

We have only come to know of Jesus through books and stories. Either we speak very highly of Jesus Christ or some of the Christians speak very low of Jesus Christ.

On many occasions, during mind, body and soul expos all over the United States of America, I met some people who said, ‘Jesus was a spiritual healer and I am a spiritual healer too.’ It was shocking how inhumanly [they had] to degrade Lord Jesus Christ. To me, it was an act of blasphemy. Let alone common human beings; you cannot equate any messenger of God with Jesus. If you are talking about the body of Jesus, which was made of flesh and bones, that is God’s son. That is not the reality. Not even your reality lies in your body, let alone the reality of Lord Jesus Christ.

The real person of Lord Jess Christ is his soul which is no lesser in power, attributes, holiness and purity than God.

Someone in Mexico asked me, ‘Who is the greatest of all messengers and prophets?’ I did not want to answer this question. If I included Jesus among all other messengers, I would be knowingly or unknowingly blaspheming the origin of Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus only spent 30 months as a messenger of God.

When he was in the cradle, people were asking Mother Mary, ‘No man has ever touched you. Then who is this baby? Where has he come from?’ Mother Mary told them, ‘Don’t ask me about this baby. Ask the baby.’ While Jesus was still in his infancy, he spoke.

According to the divine law, no messenger or prophet can announce his prophethood before the age of 40. In the case of many prophets and messengers, they themselves did not know that they would be chosen by God as prophet or messengers in the future.

Moses did not know that at some point in time, God would anoint him to be a messenger of God. For the first time in his life, when he saw the burning bush, he wasn’t there for worship. He was journeying with his wife and his wife felt cold. He went onto the Mount of Sinai in search for fire. As he mounted, he saw a burning bush. Out of perplexity he wanted to move back, fearing he might get hurt. The voice was heard from that flame, ‘Moses, do not be afraid. I am your Lord, I am your God.’ This was the time when Moses himself found out that he was going to be appointed by God as a messenger.

As it is written in books, when Prophet Mohammad went to the Cave of Hira and was visited by Gabriel, he was confused. He seemed not to have any clue who Gabriel was, what was he doing and why he came to Prophet Mohammad. In that moment in time, Prophet Mohammad had only one apprehension: that (God forbid) he may not turn into one of the people possessed by evil spirits. Prophet Mohammad thought that Gabriel was an evil spirit at first. His apprehension made him confused and perplexed.

When he went back home, his words were, ‘Cover me with a blanket!’ He was running a temperature and was shivering. His wife was trying to comfort him; she was repeatedly saying to him, ‘You are a good man. You take care of people, feed the needy and help the poor. Whatever God is doing, he is not going to do anything bad to you.’

Then, a few days later, his wife told him of her friend, a Jewish Rabbi. She said, ‘If you want to know what is happening, should we go there?’ Prophet Mohammad agreed. When they arrived, the Rabbi stood up and said, ‘This man is a prophet of God.’ Prophet Mohammad’s wife asked him, ‘How are you so sure?’ He said, ‘When you were coming towards me, I saw that the trees were going down to his feet. The plants were prostrating.’ So even the leader of the prophets, when he was visited by Gabriel for the first time, was confused.

Then we have Jesus, who spoke in infancy. That was not a prophet speaking. That was the real person of Lord Jesus Christ: the Soul of God. 

It was God, not a prophet or a messenger. He acted like a messenger when he turned 33. God took him back; he ascended to the heavens even before he reached age 40. The age of 40 is the time when you announce your prophethood, but Jesus ascended to God before he reached 40. You cannot limit the different aspects of Jesus to one aspect of prophethood.

As I see Jesus, he is a multidimensional personality. He is a prophet, messenger, son of God and son of Mary.

The most secretive dimension of Jesus’s person is that he is one of the persons of God’s Community. I equal him of God; I see him as God. He enjoys equal powers – if not more! The least power Jesus has is as much as God has.

This is my understanding and this is what I have been trained to believe. It is not just that I have been trained to believe this, but I have observed it. I have witnessed it. I have seen it with the physical eye, with the eye of belief and, in the end, with the eye of certainty.

I am in no doubt but to assert the fact that Jesus is no lesser than God.

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A Special Easter Message: Hatch Your Spiritual Egg!
25th March 2016|Articles

A Special Easter Message: Hatch Your Spiritual Egg!

A Special Easter Message: Hatch Your Spiritual Egg!

Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi gives examples of how the Second Birth in every human’s life can take place.

Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘The example of a human heart is like an egg.’ There are so many things similar between the human heart and the egg of a hen. The human heart, which is symbolised an egg, is called the Terrestrial Egg in English.

Let me give you another explanation of the Terrestrial Egg which every human being has inside his breast. Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘When a spiritual master tells people, “Your heart can say the name of God. Your heart, once it is awakened and enlightened, will be able to communicate with God,” people who are not aware of spirituality often wonder how a human heart which is made of flesh can fly around when] it doesn’t have any wings. They wonder how a fleshy heart will speak and communicate with God [when] it doesn’t have a tongue!’

In a similar way, Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘You can compare these individuals who are not aware of spirituality with somebody who is not aware of the properties of an egg.’ We all know that the egg is hatched by a hen. It erupts and a chick will come out and start chirping. However, if somebody is not aware of the properties of an egg, he will never believe that a chick will come out from inside a tiny egg.

So Lord Ra Riaz gave examples and a very interesting comparative view. The way Lord Ra Riaz compares this hen egg with the Terrestrial Egg which is inside our breast is remarkable.

Lord Ra Riaz explained, ‘This hen egg has three layers upon it, whereas the Terrestrial Egg has 180 000 layers upon it. In order to hatch a chick out of this egg, you need a hen. When the egg is hatched, a chick will come out. In order to hatch the Terrestrial Egg, you need a spiritual guide.’

The egg needs a hen because the hen will provide the required amount of heat to the egg, which will rupture the layers. A Terrestrial Egg needs a spiritual guide because the spiritual guide will provide divine heat (divine light) which will first burn off all the layers upon the heart.

Now comes a very important point. Every now and then, we hear terrible news that a father raped his daughter, an uncle raped his niece, or a stranger raped a five-year-old girl. Every time we hear of such things, we feel pain in our heart. We exclaim, ‘What is going on in this world? People have lost all moral values. They have no respect for daughters or humanity.’

Then, Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi’s teachings seem to have an answer as to why such a horrible thing happens.

Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘Every single human being’s heart is wrapped up with 180 000 layers. 30 000 layers of the 180 000 are vibes of lust. As long as these lust layers are around your heart, you have the potential to rape any woman including your mother, sister or daughter.’

The real you is inside it. When Jesus said that Second Birth is important, Jesus meant this Terrestrial Egg to be hatched. There is dirt [on the heart]: 30 000 layers of lust, 30 000 layers of jealousy, 30 000 layers of false pride and so many others.

Once the heart is free from these layers, and it is awakened and illuminated, such a man is trustworthy in the eyes of God. He can never rape anybody.

Your heart condition plays a very pivotal role in your mindset and thought process. The desires that rise from your stomach and are hatched in your heart play a very important role in your thought process.

How pure you are in your heart will determine how pure your character is.

Somebody asked a Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, ‘Is a father likely to have sensual feelings for his daughter?’ The Muslim cleric replied, ‘If the daughter is over nine years of age, a father can have sensual feelings for his daughter.’ This is not Islam. This is, in simple words, a messed up philosophy created by lunatics. This is impossible.

So, once the heart has been set free by the spiritual aid of the spiritual guide, you become a pure human being.

Let’s go back to the comparative views that we were discussing. When the hen provides heat to the egg, all three layers are burnt and a chick will come out from the egg. Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘The first thing that chick will do, having jumped out from the egg, is to make noise.’ Every animal has a specific sound. The chick chirps.

Lord Ra Riaz explained why the chick chirps when nobody teaches it this specific sound. Lord Ra Riaz said, ‘The chick does this because this is in its nature.’

Lord Ra Riaz remarkably goes on to compare this very specific attribute of the chick with the attribute of the heart and what comes out from the heart when it is illuminated and awakened.

Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi said, ‘There is a chick enclosed inside the egg. There is an angel enclosed inside the heart.’

When the heart is awakened, an angel will come out. That will be the spiritual heart. The process of this angel coming out of the heart is known as Second Birth.

The chick came out and nobody taught it to chirp. Without taking any lessons from anybody, the chick involuntarily started to chirp because it was in its nature.

In a similar way, the Lord said, ‘When the angel comes out from the heart, without anybody teaching the angel, it will say God’s name. When that angel says God’s name, it will generate and produce divine energy.’ Now this angel will never stop.

The Second Birth, in simple words, means that now you have a factory of divine light.

I would like to give this message to all our Christian and Catholic brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, children and all others.

On this auspicious occasion of Easter, do not just confine yourself to eating eggs or playing with eggs. Think about this spiritual egg. Come and have it hatched to bring forth the angel which is inside you. That angel will serve between you and Jesus as a spiritual bridge.

That angel will be in communication with Jesus and the Father. With your eyes, you can’t see Jesus. With your tongue, you can’t talk to Jesus. With the ears of your body, you can’t even hear Jesus’s voice.

When this angel is born, this is real you. It is known as an angel because it is made of light, but this angel looks like you, like your body.

This angel in your heart, which is known as the spiritual heart, is responsible not just for transporting your prayers to God, but the sentiments that you have for God to God. This is how God will come to know, ‘This person loves me.’

On Easter, let’s give glad tidings of this divine, spiritual, everlasting message of love to all Christians. This message is for all no matter what they call themselves: Methodists, Protestants, Catholics, Christians or Evangelical Christians, this message is for everybody.

Once this message reaches your heart and your heart has become a spiritual heart and you are connected with God, I swear to God: Christians will not say, ‘I am a  Christian.’ Protestants will not say, ‘I am a Protestant,’ anymore. Catholics will not say, ‘I am a Catholic,’ anymore. All will say one phrase: ‘I am a true disciple of Lord Jesus Christ.’

Once you have had this Second Birth (the emergence of the spiritual heart) whenever Jesus returns to this world, a spiritual notification from Jesus will be sent to your spiritual heart so that you can become part of the Rapture. The Rapture will be an occasion when all the disciples of Jesus who have lived and died, and all those who are living on Earth, spiritually will be enjoined with Jesus.

This message is from Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi and Lord Jesus Christ.

We have to kindle this heart with the flame of love. Nothing comes by, by itself. You have to obtain it.

Nothing suggests that you are in love with Jesus, for except that your spiritual heart is in contact with Jesus and Jesus is inside your spiritual heart.

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Younus AlGohar is the Representative of the Awaited One Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi and CEO of Messiah Foundation International. He has been recognised as an Ambassador of Peace and Man of Valour. He is an advocate of divine love and interfaith harmony.
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