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Acknowledging the Divine Presence – Lama Foundation
8th August 2019|Articles

Acknowledging the Divine Presence – Lama Foundation

Acknowledging the Divine Presence – Lama Foundation

The following is a transcript of Sufi Spiritual Revivalist Younus AlGohar’s discussion with residents of the Lama Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.

 

 

I’m very happy spiritually to see all of you turning your faces away from the luxuries of the world and living here in a spiritual retreat. Obviously, that endorses the fact that you are in search for the divine. This effort you are making of shunning the world, turning away from the desires of the world and making this remote area as your abode, is something which can only be a gift from God to you. Not many people who seek the path are able to do what you are doing. 

When we live in luxury and comfort, we become accustomed to it. It is very hard to then take your hands off that luxury and comfort.

We are Sufis. My Master Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi was here in 1997, 22 years ago. In the same hall, sitting in the middle on the armchair, supervising the Sufi Zikar. This is what brought me back here – to share my Sufi thoughts with brothers and sisters like you here. 

I was always inspired by Murshid Sam Lewis who said, ‘The Sun will rise from the West.’

It is remarkable to see how people in the United States of America are turning away from the luxurious and glamorous lifestyle and living here. This is an absolutely impeccable Sufi practice and it is wonderful to see how dedicated you are. What you are doing today – living away from the charms of the world and negating yourself – that is the first lesson in spirituality. 

In the Sufi path, the most important things are purgation and purification of the Lower Self (Nafs) – which is the root of all evil – and at the same time, Activation of the Spiritual Heart. It is the Spiritual Heart which actually lets us connect with God. With the Activation of the Spiritual Heart, we are able to communicate with God and receive messages from God. The first step towards the spiritual journey is the awakening of the Spiritual Heart. This is the threshold of sainthood. 

When I say, ‘The heart must be awakened,’ it means the spiritual functions of the heart must be restored. The spiritual consciousness of the heart has to be obtained. That, of course, comes with the help and teachings of the Spiritual Guide. A Spiritual Guide is delegated by God to implant the seed of love in the hearts and souls.

Rumi said, ‘Your heart is like a mirror, you just need to polish your heart. When your heart is polished, anyone that comes in front of it will reflect in it.’ 

So finding God has been made really easy by our great Sufis. [We have to] polish our hearts and bring an eternal shine upon the screen of the heart. When the heart is perfectly polished, then the divine manifestation takes place. 

The heart is always covered with a lot of layers of heedlessness, worldly desires, lust and many other things. When you are courageous enough to part with the comfort of the luxury, you’re already half a saint. 

This is why Prophet Mohammad said, ‘Cleanliness is half of the faith.’

When the body is dirty, we wash it with water and apply soap. When the hearts are dirty, that dirt is of heedlessness, desires and comforts [of the world]. 

I would like to salute the determination of the individuals who are already living like hermits. They’re really courageous people. Once you become accustomed to the luxuries and comforts of the world, it’s a trap. It’s not easy to come out from the customary luxury and comfort. 

Half of the job is already done when you are living in such remote places.

Now what you need is to learn to polish the heart. When the heart is polished, you don’t need to find God. With a polished heart, wherever God is, he will show up in the mirror of your heart. In order to polish the heart, what we need is eternal remembrance of God which is conducted by the heart itself.

According to the Koran 13:28, ‘You will find content in Zikar Allah (in the remembrance of God)’. 

Those who are not Sufis often misunderstand this verse from the Koran and they carry out the Zikar (invocation0 with their tongue. It is to do with the heart. 

The Sufi path starts with the Activation of the Heart.

Mevlana Rumi said, ‘If the heart is polished and Zikar Allah is established therein, then your heart is like the house of God (Bait ul Rab). Your heart is the Divine Empyrean.’

To bring God in the heart is very important in spirituality.

Most people think that bringing God in the heart is just a metaphor. How will God come in the heart? We don’t know where God is. Well, we don’t know where God is, but Murshid Sam Lewis knows where he is. My Spiritual Guide, HDE Gohar Shahi, knows where he is. 

They tell us, ‘Before we are able to bring God in our hearts, we need God’s permission – whether or not God likes us. Whether or not we are worthy of his friendship. Whether or not we are worthy of his love.’

It is the Spiritual Guide who communicates with God, presents his disciple and asks God if he wishes to love this disciple. 

God’s name that we say with our tongue is just a word. But when it is granted by God himself, through a Spiritual Guide, then that word has divine energy, light and a spirit. That name of God can talk and walk. It is then implanted in the throbs of the heart and then the divine chemistry starts to work. Articulation of the name of God starts with the synchronisation of the name in the beating system of the heart. 

When it is implanted, you have your heart remembering God nonstop – whether you are sleeping, talking to somebody else [or] engaged in any other activity. Even if you are not thinking about God or making any effort to remember him – when the word God, Ram, Allah [or] Bhagwan is implanted in the heart, the heart learns to say the name of the God. Ram, Bhagwan, Elohim, Yahweh are all beautiful names of God. Some people are more prone to word Allah; others want to say Yahweh and the others want to say Elohim. Whichever name of God you have in your language and in your religion, it doesn’t really matter. 

What matters is that the name of God must enter the heart because the heart is the place of love. Love is not a verbal claim.

You people – such wonderful, beautiful people you are. You have left behind all the luxuries. This is a practical example that you have that spark of divine love in your heart. You have that spark. All you need to do is to kindle and give rise to the flame of love inside the heart. 

In no time, you will recognise the presence of God within yourself. Nothing is outside of yourself. 

God said, ‘I am within you, but you do not know how to see me’. 

So we need to learn to acknowledge God’s presence. We need to learn to have this ability with which we can spot the presence of God. All Sufis may be sitting quietly and people think they are saying nothing – but their heart is engaged in the remembrance of God. When the heart is activated and it is engaged in the eternal remembrance of God, then we turn to the soul and we activate the soul as well.

There are seven souls inside our body. Each of them must be awakened and activated with the name of God. There are so many names of God. According to the Koran, there are 99 names of God. Then we have different names in the Bible, Torah and Psalms of David. 

All names which we use to call upon God are worthy of great respect. However, in order to obtain the spiritual grace of the remembrance of God, we want to make sure that Zikar enters the heart.

If you try to eat food but your lips are sealed off, do you think the hunger will go away? No. If you put the food in your nose, your eyes and your ears, you will still be hungry because the food must go through your mouth to enter your stomach. If the food doesn’t enter the stomach, it is not going to benefit you. In a similar way, the remembrance of God must enter the heart. Only then will it show it’s exuberance, magnificence and it’s a manifestation.

Today we are very happy to tell you that we have been delegated to share the method of implanting the name of God in your heart. It is so romantic! You will just be sitting but your heart will be repeating ‘Allah’. Even when you are not thinking about him, your heart will be pounding his name. 

This practice, in which your heart engages in eternal remembrance of God – there is a purpose for it. It’s not just a form of worship.

There’s a reason we eat. Some people eat because they want to enjoy their food, others eat so that they can stay alive and continue their spiritual journey. If we do not eat, we cannot survive. 

Similarly, this eternal remembrance of God is divine food to your heart and soul. When this eternal remembrance takes place in the heart and God’s name is synchronised; the heartbeats repeat the word ‘God’ one after another which generates divine light. That divine light is food to our heart and soul. 

Then starts the process of spiritual progression. We eat food physically so that our body is well. But for the heart and for the souls, we also need food. They are ethereal beings, their food is divine light.

All of us have energy in us and we benefit from each other’s energy, but divine light is different. Divine light is something that our heart and soul will live on. Our heart and soul will be nurtured with divine light. That divine light will come from the remembrance of God when it is conducted in the heart. 

There is a lot to say about Sufism and a lot to discuss spirituality. But the most important thing in a Sufi’s life is that his/her souls are energised and spiritualised in a way that, even if you are sleeping, your real you are awake. 

Sultan Haq Bahu said, ‘Some people are awake and they are engaged in worship but in the eyes of God, they are sleeping’. 

Although they appear to be awake and are engaged in worship, in the eyes of God they are heedless. 

Why? Because it is not your body that God looks at, it is your heart that God looks at. But your heart is not engaged in God’s remembrance, only your body is. Some peoples’ hearts are engaged in God’s remembrance and they are sleeping – but in the eyes of God, they are awake because their hearts are awake.

This is the threshold of a Sufi, that he or she is able to engage in God’s remembrance in such a way that he or she doesn’t have to make any physical efforts. Even if you make physical efforts, what will happen when you fall asleep? 

Sultan Haq Bahu said, ‘A lover is never heedless of the beloved.’

When we fall asleep,  we are heedless of everything, even ourselves. So, a Sufi is a true lover because when a Sufi’s body sleeps, his or her souls do not sleep. They are still engaged in the remembrance of God. A Sufi’s heart becomes the true recipient of the divine messages.

There are many Sufi orders in this world: Naqshbandi Sufi order, Sahaurwardi Sufi order, Chishti, Qadri etc. They have different names, but the principles and teachings of each and every Sufi order is the same: Activation of the Heart. 

With this message and gift of God, we are here to serve you. We believe you are our brothers and our sisters in love and on the Sufi path. We are here to unify with you in love, peace and to commemorate the Sufi path given to the people in the West. 

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The Living Jesus – Mt. Shasta Day 2
4th August 2019|Articles

The Living Jesus – Mt. Shasta Day 2

The Living Jesus – Mt. Shasta Day 2

The following is an excerpt from Sufi Younus AlGohar’s talk and Questions and Answers session with the audience at the Mount Shasta Heart Activation Event.

 

 

Is Jesus Christ a Metaphor?

In this world today the most educated people turn out to have a conspiracy theory behind every occurrence – behind 9/11, behind 7/7 London and behind Jesus Christ. As a man who believes in God, you believe in God even when you haven’t seen God. That is faith. So, Jesus Christ is not a metaphor.

Jesus Christ is a reality and the endorsement on this reality is that Jesus Christ was initially God’s Word.

The Word was with God and then he was decorated with flesh and bones but that flesh and bone is not Jesus Christ’s reality. Flesh and bones are our reality so that we can relate to Jesus Christ. 

That is the only singular purpose Jesus Christ came into this world in flesh and bones. Flesh and bones are our reality and we only understand realities that we can relate to. Jesus Christ is not a metaphor. 

The problem with us and our intellect is that our intellect will only reflect things that we have seen. What we have not seen, no matter how hard our intellect juggles with it, we’ll never trace a clue [to it]. In the end, it all comes down to having a very strong faith. When I say have faith, it doesn’t mean you put a blindfold on and blindly believe in everything which is presented to you. 

Faith is an abstract feeling. You will feel Jesus Christ’s presence in your heart – you won’t see him – and that feeling in you will compel you to have faith in him. The feeling of his love, the warmth of his love, his spiritual association, his presence in your heart and his reflection in your characteristics will establish the truth to you at least.

Even though the presence of Jesus Christ is abstract, I can see him through my feelings. Through my very profound, very deep spiritual sense.

So I would like to rule out the possibility of Jesus Christ as a metaphor. He is a very concrete reality.

The Living Jesus Christ

If Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Jesus Christ must have the divine attributes of the Father. The Father is eternal and the Father has no death. The Father has been there forever and he will be there forever. 

It doesn’t make sense to a common mind that a father is eternal and the son is not eternal.

What happened on the cross happened to something which was just a figure that looked like Jesus Christ. You can call it a lookalike Jesus Christ. It was the entity that came out from the Lower Self (Nafs). 

Because of the presence of the Lower Self, you are drawn and prawn to the luxuries and contents of the world. Upon spiritual activation of that particular soul in your body – the Lower Self – it gives birth to four individuals and they look like you. This is the established truth according to Sufism and also according to Kabbalah, which is Jewish Spirituality. 

On that day, what transpired was, one of the spiritual entities of the Lower Self of Jesus Christ was put on the cross. Jesus Christ himself, physically and spiritually, was not on the cross. The blood that was dripping through his nails, palms and feet – and was dripping into the Holy Grail – was not coming out from the body of Jesus Christ. It was coming out from a lookalike of Jesus Christ which was a spiritual entity of his Lower Self.

According to the Bible (Romans 6:23), ‘For the wages of sin is death.’

We all understand that, but Jesus Christ is not a sinner. You can say he died for our sins, but God doesn’t have to die for our sins; he can simply forgive us. 

Jesus Christ used to make pigeons out of the sand; he would blow upon them and they would fly. So it is an established truth that Jesus Christ gave life to those that were non-existent. 

So the one that gives life to others cannot lose his own life. It is impossible for Jesus Christ to taste death.

Jesus Christ is divine. What happened there [on the cross] was a test for the believers as to whether or not they believed in the true and esoteric personality of Jesus Christ. I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is omnipresent. I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is the light of the heaven of the world. I firmly believe that if you find the right spiritual way, you can still connect to Jesus Christ and become united with the reality of Jesus Christ; through Jesus Christ, ultimately, you will find the Father, God. 

The Spiritual Cross

I would like to translate, ‘Take up my cross and follow me.’ (Matthew 16:24-26, Luke 9:23)

We have seven souls in our body. When you are following a spiritual path and you are enlightening and awakening your souls, all these souls in the breast make a straight horizontal line with the light of God. 

In a similar way, from the soul in the head to the one on the navel point (the Lower Self), a straight vertical line is drawn with the light of God. This is how a cross is established with the divine light in your body. You will only follow Jesus Christ when you make a cross in the body with all these souls. 

When Jesus Christ said, ‘Take up my cross and follow me,’ he referred to this cross which is inside your body – not the cross made of wood where people are put to punishment.

When all of the souls are activated, they make a holy cross; this is the cross that you need to follow. The cross is not outside; the cross is within you but you have to find the right spiritual coordination between all these souls. This is how a spiritual cross is formed inside you. That is the cross that Jesus Christ wants you to follow.

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Liberating Your Inner Person – Mt Shasta Day 1
2nd August 2019|Articles

Liberating Your Inner Person – Mt Shasta Day 1

Liberating Your Inner Person – Mt Shasta Day 1

The following is an excerpt from Sufi Spiritual Revivalist Younus AlGohar’s speech on Day 1 of the Mt Shasta Heart Activation Event.

 

 

 

In the world we are living in, people have different goals. Initially, I used to think love is befitting to all but after 20 years of travelling around the world and meeting different people, I have come to know that love is not befitting to everybody. 

There are loving souls and only the loving souls will embrace love. Then, there are those whose aims in this life are to obtain power, wealth and rule the world. Whoever they are, whatever religion they practise, they are the ones who currently are controlling our lives. 

This is a world of reasoning. This world is not eternal. It will perish one day.

The knowledge that I am talking about is divine knowledge, it differs to individuals. With the help of the Activation of the Heart, the only wealth you would obtain is the divine wealth. You may obtain a reflection of God in you. This knowledge of the Heart Activation will not let you have control of the world or give you any monetary benefits. This is purely spiritual.

It is all about your aims and target. There are people who want to control the lives of others. There are only a few who are powerful and control everything – but do they represent God? Is the power that they have eternal? If they control the world, are they going to leave any pleasant impact on the lives of people? No.

Jesus and Moses are still remembered in people’s hearts with respect and they did not control people’s lives. For example, Moses was a liberator. He liberated people and gave them freedom. There are people who think that if they have power, they are God – but that is very temporal. 

The peace of the heart is not in controlling people’s lives. It is in controlling our untamed desires.

When divine love enters the heart, you will love yourself and the entire world. The satisfaction, bliss and ecstasy that you will find in love – you will not find it in power, money, strength or controlling the lives of people.

Question: How do we become sincere with ourselves? How do we deal with enemies before and after the heart is activated?

People who are naive to spirituality often get confused about how the heart is activated and what actually happens to the heart when it’s activated. They want to know the substance and what change is brought to the heart. They want to know what it is in the heart which isn’t already activated. These are very common questions.

Then, when we tell them about the spiritual functions of the heart, they become very confused and tell themselves, ‘The heart is a lump of flesh and its function is no more than pumping the blood flow of the body. The most it will do is oxygenate the blood, that’s it. But when a Sufi speaks about the heart he speaks so highly of it.’

Spirituality explains that this physical heart itself can not do anything, but there is a spirit which is sitting on the heart. That spirit is dormant; it’s in a sleeping mode – it’s inactive. That spirit needs to be introduced to spiritual consciousness. It needs to be revived. When that spirit is revived, it is revived with the name of God. 

In the actual, factual world, the name of God, when pronounced by the mouth, is nothing. But when it is granted by God through a Spiritual Master, that word has a soul inside it. It has energy.

Do not forget, initially, Jesus Christ said that he was ‘the Word’ and ‘The Word was with God.’ (John 1:1) Then, ‘The Word became flesh.’ (John 1:14) So this is the same type of ‘Word’ we are talking about. 

When this word – God, Allah, Elohim, Dios, etc. –  is granted by Spiritual Guide, it carries a small soul with it which is given to the spirit that sits on the heart. With the light of that name, that spirit is revived. Thereafter, that spirit is synchronised in the throbbing system of the heart. With each throb of the heart, it repeats God’s name.

Why is God’s name practised inside the beating system of the heart? Because this is how the divine energy is produced. When two stones are rubbed together, it produces a spark. In a similar way, when God’s name is repeated in this fashion, it creates divine energy. So, we become a source of energy by ourselves. It is like a generator. Many Sufi’s used God’s name as crude oil for this generator. So, God’s name is like oil to a generator. If you want electricity because you don’t have a connection, you would use a generator but in order to run the generator, you would need oil.

Similarly, this heart is like a generator and it needs crude oil. That crude oil can be God’s name, the name of Jesus Christ, Moses, Abraham or Mohammad – any name which has come from God. That name is then implanted in the beating system of the heart and it keeps generating divine energy. Our heart is constantly supplied with this divine energy. In three years’ time, this spirit is completely nurtured and it will take after your shape and that is the ‘spiritual you’. 

In three years time, when it’s completely grown up and takes your shape, it becomes able to come out of your body. When it is able to come out of your body, that’s when you are able to establish a transcendental meditation. You sit with your legs crossed and then, you want to perform transcendental meditation. That spirit, which after three years has grown up and looks like you, can leave your body. Then it will ascend and reach its respective realm. 

This is just one example. There seven souls in your body.

According to Kabbalah, the heart will reach the Realm of Angels (Alam-e-Malakout). Then we have the Main Soul which is your reality. It comes from The Realm of Souls (Alam-e-Jabarout).

The transcendental meditation will only take place when all these souls are nurtured, grown up and have taken your shape. They will look like you when they are grown up and appear in your dreams. When you become a Spiritual Master, these souls will come and then guide you. When you need [your Spiritual Guide], you call upon him and he will come and help you – not his body but his souls.

I’ll tell you a story of Great Saint Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani. One day, 800-900 years ago, many of his disciples invited him to dinner. His disciples were really confused because every time somebody would come and tell him, ‘You are invited to my house,’ he would say, ‘Yes I will come.’ and people said, ‘How many places would you go at the same time?’ but he kept on smiling.

He went to 17 different places at a time but physically, he stayed at home. His wife asked him, ‘You’re not going to all these places? You promised the people.’ and he said, ‘No, forget it.’ 

But he went to the homes of everybody he promised to visit; he sat with them, ate with them, etc. The question is: who was he? The body was at home while all these souls that he was able to nurture came out of the body and went [in his place].

You and I also have this ability in ourselves. You and I can also attain these spiritual levels. It’s not just about consciousness. 

Consciousness is a very elementary level in spirituality.

After consciousness, you need strength, power and ability to make spiritual journeys. All these messengers were gifted with this knowledge. Adam was the first one; God gave him the knowledge of the heart. When Abraham came, subsequent to the knowledge of the heart, Abraham aided to the knowledge of the soul as well. This is why we say in spirituality, ‘The place of Abraham is in the Realm of Souls.’ He was given the practical knowledge of activation of the soul.

Then came Moses. He was equipped with the knowledge of three different souls: the heart, the soul and Siri (The Secret One). Then came Jesus. He was given the knowledge of the four souls. Then came Prophet Mohammed and the knowledge of five different souls came to culmination. Five dimensions of spirituality. 

The [Abrahamic] religions are interlinked with each other. For example, Muslims must believe in all these prophets. If you are a Muslim and you say, ‘I don’t believe in Jesus.’ God will kick you out from Islam. You have to believe in all the Celestial Books, respect all and love all. What we see in the form of Islam today is not Islam. It is something else, it is a monster. Islam is a beautiful religion that taught people how to speak with God, how to respect Jesus, Moses, Adam, etc. 

It is a sad story that those who truly represented religions are no more among us and we are left with corruptions in the religions. 

Now we have an opportunity through the divine methodology granted to us by His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi – without needing religion, we can still reach God and find ourselves.

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About the Author
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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