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The USA Tour 2019: A Total Success
30th August 2019|Activities

The USA Tour 2019: A Total Success

The USA Tour 2019: A Total Success

We had a tremendous few weeks here in the USA during our tour of the West Coast! Our international team of delegates travelled between Mount Shasta (Yreka, CA), Los Angeles (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sedona (AZ), Taos (NM), Tempe (AZ) and Ojai (CA) for a series of events promoting the Messiah Foundation International’s universal message of divine love and spirituality. The CEO of MFI, Sufi Spiritual Revivalist Younus AlGohar, was the keynote speaker at the programmes. The President of MFI UK, Rev. Shaykh Steve Bell, and the President of MFI USA, Shaykha Azucena Avila, also addressed our audiences. 

It is with bittersweet feelings that we wrap up this incredible tour – while our international team of delegates are sad for it to end, we are equally excited as we look forward to our upcoming events around the world. 
2019-July to August-TOUR-USA Summer 2019

Here are some of our favourite moments from this tour.

Mount Shasta Spiritual Heart Activation Event (With 5D Events) was the first event of our tour. It was located at the sacred grounds of Mount Shasta in Yreka. This two-day seminar was attended by spiritualists from all around California and Arizona. Sufi Younus AlGohar and Rev. Steve Bell spoke about topics like Spiritual Without Religion, Liberating Your Inner Person and The Living Jesus. Free spiritual healing and Activation of the Heart were offered. The Ring of Love on the final day – where all participants gathered to dance and sing in a joyous celebration of love and unity – was particularly powerful.

One member of the audience grasped Sufi Younus AlGohar’s hand and declared, ‘Thank you. Jesus was here, I just know it.’ 

Another participant exclaimed, ‘As soon as I saw your aura, I knew you were the real deal.’

The Opening of the Spiritual Heart Ceremony (Unity of Sedona) was arranged by the Unity of Sedona catering especially to the Native American community of Sedona. Shaykh Nadeem Siddiqui sang Sufi songs and Rev. Shaykh Steve Bell granted every member of the audience the Activation of the Spiritual Heart. 

Universal Sufi Dhikr at the Lama Foundation was one of the most significant events in the history of the Messiah Foundation International. For the admirers of His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi, there is nothing more memorable than the scenes from the Dome at the Lama Foundation spiritual retreat centre (Taos, New Mexico). His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi, in His majestic splendour, had been seated at the centre of the room. People of all colours, religions and backgrounds had joined hands as they circumambulated around Him. The sounds of their voices as they chanted ‘Allah’ in unison were not just pleasant to listen to; they represented the undeniable truth that in the presence of His Divine Eminence, humankind could be unified. That was July 1997.

In July 2019, 22 years later, we returned. For our team, going to the Lama Foundation was a spiritual pilgrimage of sorts. 

 

 

 

We were warmly welcomed by the residents of the Lama Foundation. Sufi Younus AlGohar first gave a short speech on Sufism. Then, in an act of exceptional spiritual bounty, Sufi Younus AlGohar personally granted every individual Activation of the Spiritual Heart.

What followed was a short Sufi Dhikr. Shaykh Nadeem Siddiqui and members of MFI USA then performed a Sufi dance to the majestic name, ALRA.⁣ To end this wonderful ceremony, a Q&A session was held, where many of the aspirants enthusiastically asked questions one after the other.

Every single person who entered the Dome that evening left it transformed. Divine power, might and rapturous love overwhelmed the spiritual senses of everyone there.

Sabina Jones, a volunteer at the Lama Foundation, said, ‘I am forever grateful and I will remember the things that were said…During the Dhikr, when I was sitting there and you were all dancing around us, I closed my eyes and I felt myself with God.’

Another resident at the Lama Foundation exclaimed, ‘During the Dhikr when one of your members was in the centre, the way the voices felt – it felt like his voice was surrounding the Sun – like the Sun was here and his voice was reaching up there.’

NUWTC’s Leaders in Action for Global Transformation Symposium was a special event held in Phoenix, Arizona where over 25 spiritual leaders from different communities came together to discuss how to work together for the betterment of humanity. Sufi Younus AlGohar delivered a very special talk on how to improve our global society practically with the help of the spiritual sciences, leaving an everlasting impression on the audience. Rev. Steve Bell conducted the Heart Activation Ceremony and Shaykh Nadeem Siddiqui led the Ring of Love where everybody joined hands in chanting, singing and dancing.

The Shrine of Holy Wisdom Heart Activation Ceremony in Tempe, Arizona was another hugely successful programme. Suf Younus AlGohar spoke about how to transform the human heart into a Shrine of Holy Wisdom practically. This event was attended by local leaders and aspirants of the spiritual path alike. Spiritual healing was performed followed by the Dastar-e-Fazilat Ceremony welcoming two new members to the rank of ‘Shaykh’. ⁣

Sufi Younus AlGohar then led an impromptu Transcendental Meditation session and all attendees were invited to join hands in a circle. Sufi Younus AlGohar explained his intentions to introduce everybody to individuals in the spiritual realm. He led the chanting of ‘ALRA’ and then the mantras ‘RA’ and ‘MA’ (relating to the Sun and Moon respectively). Thereafter, the mantras ‘RAMA’ and ‘ALRA’ were chanted again. The feeling of the room was very trance-like and everyone was engulfed by the immense divine energy and love in the atmosphere.

Urban Wellness Center Heart Activation Ceremony was organised by Shaykha Azucena Avila in Phoenix, Arizona. Rev. Shaykh Steve Bell delivered the opening talk, explaining the mission and message of the Messiah Foundation international. 

Thereafter, Sufi Younus AlGohar took the stage to discuss applied spiritual sciences. A questions and answers session followed and a Dastar-e-Fazilat ceremony was held to award a wonderful gentleman with the title of ‘Shaykh’. 

John Hinton, a spiritualist who had the honour of hosting His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi in his home in 1997, was overjoyed to be there. As fate would have it, he had attended this programme not knowing it was arranged by the followers of HDE Gohar Shahi. He embraced Sufi Younus AlGohar and tearfully told our team about his fond memories of HDE Gohar Shahi. We were honoured to partake in this delightful reunion with such a wonderful person.

The Iman Cultural Center for Peace and Tranquility in Los Angeles, California, was the venue of our penultimate programme with 5D Events. This event was attended by many members from the local Iranian and Turkish community as well as the broader spiritualist community. Every member of the audience was individually granted Activation of the Spiritual Heart and given extra special blessings by Sufi Younus AlGohar.

An individual who had been watching ALRA TV, the MFI’s official channel, specifically travelled from San Francisco to meet our team and Sufi Younus AlGohar.

The Ojai Center for Spiritual Living in California was the final event in our hugely successful tour – and what a wonderful way to end it! The turnout for this programme exceeded all expectations. It was as if all the residents of this charming town were eagerly awaiting this event. The proverbial red carpet was rolled out as the ceremonial horn was sounded upon Sufi Younus AlGohar’s arrival at the premises. ⁣The whole audience was entranced by Sufi Younus AlGohar’s speech about the celestial form of spirituality. Everyone seemed energetic and enthusiastic during the entire event. A Dastar-e-Fazilat Ceremony was performed for Shaykha Paula and Shayka Helen as they were given the prestigious title of ‘Shaykh’. All participants joined in with a Ring of Love with great enthusiasm and received the Activation of the Spiritual Heart. 

Shortly after the ceremony, Sufi Younus AlGohar individually granted several individuals including Shaykha Paula and Shayka Helen special permission to activate hearts.⁣

Shaykha Helen told our team after the event, ‘’I felt I was with my family. I came home. I was crying: I am home, I am home! This was very beautiful to me.’ 

Shaykha Paula said, ‘’We send His Holiness [Younus AlGohar] with all the love and energy of Ojai as he tours around the world!’ 

Reverend Marilyn Miller, the Minister of the Ojai Center for Spiritual Living said, ‘It was a beautiful experience – we knew it would be. It was so very special. We appreciate all you coming. We appreciate your consciousness, your gift and your presence. I really enjoyed the discourse. I am glad [Sufi Younus AlGohar] is making a world tour.’

Special thanks to Shaykha Azucena Avila, Steve Bell, Saeed David Farman, Dr Sarah Larsen, Robert Newton, Sandie West, Fatima Gonzales, Shaykha Helen, Shaykha Paula, Reverend Marilyn and all others who painstakingly took it to help us with reaching out to people of all walks of life. Thank you for all your support and love as we take our message across cultures and nations. 

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Neo-Sufism – Urban Wellness Centre, Phoenix, Arizona
26th August 2019|ActivitiesArticles

Neo-Sufism – Urban Wellness Centre, Phoenix, Arizona

Neo-Sufism – Urban Wellness Centre, Phoenix, Arizona

The following is a transcript of Spiritual Sufi Revivalist Younus AlGohar’s speech at the Urban Wellness Center.

 

I feel honoured to be among you today. I would like to thank you for coming this evening. I’ll be sharing what I have, and of course, I will share with you through dispensing knowledge and spiritual grace. I will take some of your energies and give you some of my energies.

The world we are living in today has changed dramatically. The purpose of religions is almost lost. The religion was like a bridge between man and God, but most religions today have lost their glory. Religious people, allegedly, are not in pursuit of divine love or finding God. They are entangled with their religious differences. They are in a race of being the best of all. That part – in which religion was supposed to bring man closer to God and bring him divinity – is almost lost. 

There is a reason for this. Every messenger of God was granted two different types of knowledge by God: the Knowledge of the Interior and the Knowledge of the Exterior. The Knowledge of the Exterior is known as the sacred law – the law of the religion – which is still in practice today. But the Knowledge of the Interior (the Knowledge of the Heart), which is responsible for establishing a connection between man and God, is lost.

What we have today is people who claim to be Sufis but their practice of Sufism is also very superficial. It is not very profound – not to the extent where the hearts can be enlightened and the divine connection between man and God can be established. Today, we identify ourselves as Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs, but the primary goal of each and every religion was love. 

Without love, no religion is good. You are better off having God’s love even without a religion. 

The different types of worship introduced by the religions were like aid to help you find God and establish a spiritual connection with God. However, without the inner aspect of the religion, the exterior form of worship becomes futile, null and void.

Let me give an example of Muslims today. There are millions of mosques all over the world, especially from the country that I come from, Pakistan. There are hundreds and thousands of mosques and even more clergymen than there are mosques in Pakistan. They show an enormous amount of religiosity by a verbal claim. However, all these people have diversified in so many different denominations within their religion – more than 73 different sects. The religion is lost somewhere and what we see today in the name of religion is nothing but division. 

Love of God has become extinct. It has diminished from the practices of the religion.

This happens when the spiritual system in every religion is destroyed. When the spiritual system in the religion is destroyed, the hearts become corrupted. 

The corruption of the heart is more severe than the corruption of mind. 

When the mind is corrupt, you will become a bad politician. When the heart is corrupt, you will turn the religion into extremism and fanaticism; it will result in global terrorism. This is not the case with Islam only. It is very unfortunate that every single religion has been made subject to this kind of corruption. 

This happened when the spiritual knowledge was either shunned by its practitioners or overlooked. Or maybe the religions were deviated from the path of spirituality by the so-called pandits, mullahs, priests and religious leaders – simply because they didn’t have this knowledge and they were not enlightened themselves. How would they accept the existence of spirituality? 

This has been causing a lot of distress. This has been creating a lot of problems all over the world in all religions. People are becoming wary of their religious practice. A lot of people who were regular goers to the mosques, churches and synagogues have stopped going there. They hear a lot about glorified personalities and miracles, but when it comes to their own practical religiosity, they do not relate to it. When they go to these worship places, they are told of miracles which took place in history. But in our own world today, we haven’t seen anybody working miracles.

People who practice a religion and they are proud of their religiosity – when you look at their characters, their hearts are filled with hatred and limitations. And they judge you. This is not what religion would teach you; this is not a state God would want to see you in.

Every single religion has this concept of the Awaited One. For example, Christians are waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Second Coming of the Christ is not only found in Christianity but it is also endorsed by Islam. Even according to the traditions of Prophet Mohammad, Jesus is going to come back. What Lord Jesus Christ is going to do when he comes back depends on the circumstances. When Jesus came 2000 years ago, he talked about love. 

I am a student of history and I did a masters degree in Religious Studies. I studied every single prophet and messenger. However, the most appealing message that I found was the message of Lord Jesus Christ. So sublime in his word and so sublime in his character. It is almost impossible to even visualise what kind of a character Lord Jesus Christ would be. 

He said, ‘Love your enemy’ [Matthew 5:44], and ‘love your neighbour’ [Mark 12:31].

‘If somebody slaps you on your right cheek, turn over your left cheek as well’ [Matthew 5:39].

Personally, I have been practising Sufism for over 30 years. Even now, if I look into my heart and ask myself, ‘Can I do what Lord Jesus Christ asked me to do – to turn over my left cheek as well if somebody slaps my right cheek?’ I find it difficult.

The moment somebody has a go at us, we become hostile rather than forgiving. It’s natural. We are human beings, we are not Jesus. 

Now, to vanish and diminish that hostility which is natural in our character – that is spiritualism. That is the Sufi path.

To discipline our emotions and our desires – to discipline what we want. It is to dramatically increase our spiritual endurance and forbearance. That increase in endurance and forbearance is not going to come by verbal diarrhoea. 

No matter how many times I visit the Holy Kaaba, no matter how many times I go to the mosque every day, nothing will change in me, for except when the root of all evil is taken care of. 

Let me give you a piece of advice from the Prophet of Islam, Prophet Mohammad. The beauty of this message is, he is not addressing Muslims. The Prophet of Islam is addressing the entire humanity here. 

He said, ‘O’ Sons of Adam, there is a lump of flesh in your body. If it is set right, your entire body will be set right.  But if it is corrupted, your entire body will remain corrupted. Remember well: it is your heart’.

So, what we need to do is fix our hearts.

I came across a lot of people who claim to be spiritual and I had discussions with them. I asked them about the reforms of the heart, how to set the heart right. It is very unfortunate that a majority of people who claim to be Sufis take the Spiritual Heart as a metaphor. They are not aware of its true existence. A lot of people think this physical heart has the same attributes of the Spiritual Heart. But I think I was blessed enough to be in the company of my Master, His Divine Eminence Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, who taught us how a physical heart turns into a Spiritual Heart – and what is it that this physical heart requires before it is granted by God the status of the Spiritual Heart. 

His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi said, ‘When we say to people that the heart will remember God involuntarily without us making any effort, the people question us, “How? The heart is just a piece of flesh, it doesn’t have a tongue”’.

Then He goes on to say, ‘Maybe there are some people who are unaware of the nature of an egg. If you tell them that there is a hen inside it, maybe they will say, “We break eggs every day. We never see any hen inside it”’.

But His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi says, ‘In order to retrieve a hen out of the egg, you need another hen that will keep the egg under her wings. Her wings will produce heat. There are three layers on the egg and they will be removed by the heat. When they are removed, a small hen will come out of the egg’.

In a similar way, His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi said, ‘This heart also has the similitude of an egg. The only difference is that the egg only has three layers.

‘When the heart is activated and constant remembrance of God is taking place inside the heart, it becomes so enlightened that it starts to attract God’s presence’. 

The moment the divine energies are emanating from the Spiritual Heart, it will be caught by the divine glimpse of God. God starts looking at such hearts which are enlightened.

When the heart is fully enlightened, it becomes a generator of divine energy. The divine energy is generated in the heart and the heart is responsible for oxygenating the blood. Impure blood comes into the heart and the heart oxygenates it. With the purification of the heart, divine energy is also mingled with the blood. The blood becomes entwined with divine energy.

At this moment in time, our blood is not only purified, but it is also a source of divine light and divine energy. This way, the divine energy travels throughout our body and reaches every nook and cranny of our body. Once the divine light is everywhere in our body, our body submits to God’s light. Naturally, our body becomes obedient to the divine light. This is the first step towards submission to God. 

You cannot force yourself. Sometimes, we can tame our desires and we do not do bad things. But sometimes, it is so overwhelming and we succumb to the bunch of desires that arise in our hearts.

Sometimes, we become so vulnerable to temptations that we forget our promises to God and we happen to do bad things. 

When the divine energy has reached every nook and cranny of the body, the body submits to divine energy. We become naturally obedient to the divine light. That is the time when we become perfectly pure in the eyes of God.

Getting to this stage is important. Whether you get to this spiritual status by religions established by Abraham, Moses, Ram, Jesus or Mohammad, it doesn’t matter. Wherever you find this knowledge and get this spiritual practice – if you get to this status with God – it is fine. In the eyes of God, they are all are equal; it is God who sent everybody. The source is the same.

Why should we differentiate ourselves? We are all brothers and sisters; we are all equal in the eyes of God. We should not fall to these petty differences. We should aim high, and that aim should be God. That aim should be bringing God in our hearts, from whichever religion we can obtain it, from whichever Spiritual Guide is available. 

God has been ever generous. With God, it’s not the case that he gave little spiritual knowledge to Abraham and more spiritual knowledge to Moses. Spiritual power and spiritual knowledge were equally granted to all messengers and all the prophets. They’re all good sources.

There may be many more internet providers – the main thing is the internet connection, not the provider. These spiritual dignitaries like Moses, Abraham, Ram, Krishna and Mohammad are, so to speak, internet providers.

We need an internet connection. We have ATNT, Cricket, Sprint, etc. – we don’t love them, we just love the service. If my mobile has ATNT but there is no service – and someone else has a Cricket sim card that is working, he is better off because his phone is working. 

Somebody asked His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi, ‘Who is the best? Muslims, Jews or Christians?’

His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi said, ‘Whoever has God’s love in the heart is the best. Whether that person is a Muslim, a Jew, a Christain, a Hindu – or he is none of them – he is the best’.

So, the best are those who have the love of God. Today, religions have become monsters. Today, religions are just talking about divisions, limitations and sins. They give you dos and don’ts. They don’t let you enjoy your life.

If you are giving away so many of your comforts and luxuries of life, in return, you should get something! That something you should be getting out of the religious practice is God’s love.

Your heart should be illuminated and enlightened.

I was a very good student in Chemistry, I did a masters degree in Organic Chemistry. I studied physical chemistry and everything so my mind was argumentative, looking for reasons and answers. 

I wasn’t a person who had a blindfold over his eyes who would agree to anything a religious cleric said. My mind would juggle. Questions would simulate. 

[In Islam, we were encouraged to grow a beard as a religious practice]. I wanted to see what benefits I would reap from growing a beard. After I had grown a considerable length of beard, I looked into myself for any change. Had I become holy? Honestly, I didn’t become holy. I was still the same sinner. Then, I realised with the eye of certainty, that the exterior forms of practices are only good when you are connected to God.

Then, I found my Master, HDE Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi. He set me free from all religious calamities. He said ‘Your mission should be to earn love, give love, receive love.

‘The best human being on Earth is one who has learnt the art and expertise of love. One who loves God truly, he or she cannot hate any of the divine creation. If you hate somebody for any reason, then think twice before you claim you love God. God is love’.

Do not buy the idea that God will want divisions. God loves all equally. We all have the potential. 

One day I was surprised when my Master said, ‘Every single human being has the potential of becoming a saint of God’.

I was shocked because, in my religion, I was so suppressed. 

I was told, ‘You are a sinner, you’re a bad guy [because] you are looking at women, you are not going to the mosque five times a day and you don’t fast!’

I thought, ‘I’m the worst person on earth’.

Every time I would go to the mosque, I would go there out of fear. All these Muslim clerics tell you about death. It is like a horror movie!

Women get more scared [in Eastern culture] than men because they tell them, ‘If you trim your hair, you will get penalised in the grave. There will be 1000 snakes crawling over your body!’ 

So these things were scary. I would go to the mosque with shivering legs and there was always this fear, ‘What if God doesn’t like my prayers? What if God rejects my prayers on the Day of Judgement? What if I miss my prayers?;

But my Master told me, ‘Forget everything. Learn to love God!’

I thought, ‘I need to learn to love? As if I don’t know how to love. I love my mother, I didn’t learn to love her’. 

I had so many questions. Like earlier I said, my mind is very argumentative and my mind needed reasons. 

I said to my Master, ‘Master, don’t I love my mother?’

‘Yes, you do.’ 

‘Yes, but you said, you need to learn to love God? But I love my mother and I didn’t go anywhere to learn to love my mother’.

My Master said, ‘That’s right, but the time will come when you are in a situation where you have to choose one out of the two. You will be tested. Then you will know who you really love’.

We claim we love our mothers, sisters, brothers and spouses, but a time comes when we are in a situation and position where we have to make a choice. Sometimes the choice is bad. We think we know how to love but then when calamity strikes and our love is tested, our claim of love goes down the drain. 

Sometimes, you find somebody and think she is your soulmate. The next minute, she might be sleeping around. Where is the love? Maybe it was just puppy love, not platonic, pure love. 

Then I asked my Master, ‘What is pure, platonic love?’ 

My Master said, ‘Before you are able to learn platonic love, you need to purge the Lower Self. You have to diminish negativity from your body’. 

The Lower Self is the root of all evil that raises the slogan ‘Me, I first’. 

In every sentence, they will use ‘I’ and ‘Me’, not ‘You’. ‘You’, is never mentioned. 

When you are only concerned about yourself and become self-centred, you lose empathy. You don’t sympathise with people. This is because of the Lower Self.

In Sufi terminology, the Lower Self is the Nafs. Even according to the Kabbalah, they call it the Nafs. This Nafs is the representative of negativity and evil in our body. It is this soul that generates temptations – and not just when you want to love God. It creates problems even between men and women. If there is true love, our desires generate temptations and we fall apart. We need to purge the evil presence from our bodies. That purge is very important. 

No matter how hard you worship God, no worship is able to purge the evil presence in you. The only way this can be taken care of is through spirituality. The Spiritual Mediator implants God’s name into that evil soul and God’s name generates divine energy. That divine energy purges the Lower Self and it is purified to a degree where it doesn’t generate temptations anymore. Then it does not ask us to hate anybody, it does not see any differences. 

They would equal in the eyes of God, but in your and my eyes, they would only become equal when this soul [the Lower Self] is taken care of.

So, we are promoting this divine knowledge, the knowledge of Sufism. I will call it ‘Neo-Sufism’ because some new spiritual laws have been introduced and added to spirituality and Sufism by His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi. This is a form of spirituality and Sufism which caters for the needs of all religions, for everybody. 

His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi loves everybody and wants everybody to love God.

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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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