The teachings of all prophets and messengers were sent by God. Each messenger who established a religion in this world, he established that region on the principles that were revealed unto him from God.
God-realisation, God’s love and access to God - all this is like a dish of food. There are many different ingredients that are required to make a good dish. In the olden times, when, most probably, human beings did not discover spices, they would just cook raw meat on fire and eat it. But then, as humanity grew in number and in intelligence, they carried out different experiments. They added different spices and made a dish.
Similarly, to love God is just one aspect about God. When you are in love with God, most of God’s blessings and bounties come along uninvited and unsolicited. However, if you just love God but cannot see him or reach him, that kind of love is incomplete.
The complete recipe of a very healthy, saturated and fuller relationship with God will require you to practise what Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad brought. If you just put one messenger as your teacher and you forget the rest of the messengers sent by God, obviously your relationship with God will not be a healthy and fuller relationship.
In order to have a fuller, healthier, complete relationship with God, you need to practise as much as knowledge as God has revealed on different messengers and prophets.
The knowledge of spirituality, as I always say, has been part of every single religion established by messengers and prophets. This is the reason why almost every religion believes in spirituality. According to the Muslim faith, there are seven souls in the human breast. We have the same concept in the teachings of Kabbalah (Jewish spirituality). Then we also have similar concept in Hinduism. They also agree upon the existence of seven souls in the human body. However the difference is of the languages.
Muslims call these spirits and souls ‘lataif’. Hindus call them ‘chakras’. You need to provide power (shakti), to these chakras. They’re aware of the seventh chakra which is towards the navel point and they’re also aware of the top chakra in the head (which enables a man to see God unveiled).
Multi-religious Spiritual Integration
Hinduism is not the entire teachings that Adam brought; it is a branch from the teachings of Adam. At the time of Adam, the knowledge of only one chakra was revealed. I wonder how Hindus have come to acknowledge all seven chakras? It simply means that this knowledge was added to their spiritual beliefs by somebody who belonged to Mohammad’s nation, like Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. There are many Hindus in Mumbai who love Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. There are many Hindus in Indian Punjab who love Bu Ali Shah Qalandar. Then we have Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who was granted Invocation of the Heart by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani in the esoteric realm.
According to the Hindu belief, there is only one chakra. This is because when Adam spoke about God’s love, the knowledge of the heart only was revealed. Knowledge of the second soul came with the messenger Abraham.
I experimentally believe that spirituality in Hinduism has gone through a very complicated, sophisticated spiritual evolution, in which Hinduism’s spirituality has been constantly aided by foreign spiritualists.
Spiritualists from Hinduism itself would not exceed in knowledge what was given to them. More and more knowledge has been added to Hinduism’s spirituality. It is the result of the integration of spiritual knowledge from outside Hinduism.
Muslims and Hindus have lived together in a very harmonious way in India for centuries. Hindus and Muslims together had developed a socio-spiritual harmony, a socio-spiritual brotherhood. Many Muslim Sufis in India declared, publicly, that they were not Muslims anymore and they were embracing Hinduism.
If someone is a Muslim Sufi who has seen God, and now they are embracing Hindu spirituality, it means [there is an ulterior motive]. They want followers of Hinduism to be blessed by ultramodern spiritual sciences which God had blessed upon them.
We have the example of the spiritual master of Moinuddin Chishti, Usman Harwani. He was a great spiritualist, a Muslim Sufi. He had a large following of disciples. One day, suddenly, he stood up on his feet and said, ‘I have decided to quit Islam. I am embracing Hinduism.’ Those of his followers who were more absorbed in conventional, ritualistic teachings of Islam were unable to understand his motive, his initiative and his disguised intentions. They were gobsmacked, boggled and they thought, ‘Our spiritual master has gone astray.’ So they ran away, but Usman Harwani didn’t care.
He made the announcement and he ran into a Hindu temple. He sat there for three years. After three years, when he came out, he saw only one of his followers, Moinuddin Chishti, who was clung to the threshold of the temple. He said, ‘Where are the others?’ Moinuddin Chishti replied, ‘All of them have run away, because you decided to quit Islam; you came and sat in the temple.’ The master asked him, ‘Why didn’t you run away?’ He said, ‘I believed in you, more than in what you teach.’
He became very pleased with this follower. He hugged him and said, ‘Today is the day of giving away God’s bounty. God has asked me to turn 22 disciples into saints of God. Since all of them have run away and only you are left, therefore I give you the power of 22 saints today.’ This is how Moinuddin Chishti came to be called Khwaja-e-Hind. Kwaja is a Sufi term; there may be different meaning of this word in Hindi, Urdu and Persian, however in spiritual eschatology, there is a very subtle meaning to this word. Khwaja means a leader who is leading - or controlling - 22 saints.
So when Usman Harwani embraced Hinduism having obtained God’s love, having become a saint of God through Islam, it was because he wanted to bless Hinduism and its followers.
This is how the concept of seven chakras from the Islamic faith was poured into Hinduism's spirituality.
In a society where people from different cultures and nationalities live, as a result of this integration into one multi-colour, multi-national, multicultural, multi-religious multi-faith society, religions also tend to have a binding with other religious practices.
Hindus will continue to be called Hindus unaware of the fact that the evolution of Hindu spirituality has got some of its spiritual contents coming from Muslim spirituality. This is called multi-religious, spiritual integration. In Islam, prayer is known as ‘dua’, in Hinduism, it is called ‘prarthana’ and Christians call it prayer. There are many different things which are common in all these religions. For example, mentioning the name of God: Muslims say, ‘Alla Hu’, Hindus say, ‘Hari Om’ and ‘Mangal Bhavan’. The word ‘Hari’ comes from ‘Har’, [the root of] ‘Harda’, which means ‘House of God’, but they have changed the meaning and pronunciation. ‘Om’ means ‘Allah and Mohammad’. ‘Ram’ means ‘Riaz, Allah and Mehdi’.
So different religions have gone through a process of spiritual evolution periodically.
The Baha’i Faith
What is the difference between the Baha’i faith and our teachings? The Baha’i faith was established in Iran sometime ago. The Baha’i Faith does not have spirituality because it is not from the progeny of Adam the Eminent One. Eminence was given to Adam the Eminent One; Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad come from the chain of Adam the Eminent One, but Baha ul Haq did not. The Baha’i Faith is a ritualistic belief system. It is a valid religion. It was established by a prophet sent by God. There is nothing wrong with the Baha’i faith. It is a legitimate, God-made religion.
MFI’s First Brand of Knowledge
We have two different brands of teachings: the first is teachings of spirituality in which you enlighten yourself, strengthen your souls and you become worthy and able to perform a spiritual journey. You are able to visit to the individual realms of your souls. Upon the culmination of this spiritual journey and journey of knowledge, you encounter God.
You witness the beauty of God; you become aware of the divine beauty. You become entwined with the essence of God. You find true union with God. You find oneness by virtue of you plunging into the river of God’s essence.
This is the knowledge which consists of different portions of spiritual knowledge which God granted to five different messengers. All these five messengers have given this spiritual knowledge to the Awaited One Ra Gohar Shahi so that a little help is offered to followers of all these religions.
With the spiritual, divine power of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, followers of all religions are now offered to obtain divine love and an opportunity to witness the long-veiled splendour of divine beauty.
This is the first type of knowledge. We spread this knowledge. We offer people to acquire this knowledge from us, however, we do not say this is our knowledge.
The Knowledge of the Unseen World
The second type of knowledge is the knowledge of the Unseen World: the divine pearls which have been imported into this world from the Grand Seat of Riaz al Jannah, the capital of the Unseen World.
Spiritual knowledge, in practicality, is the transfusion of the heart. Sufism, Hindu spirituality, Kabbalah, Christian spirituality are all about the transfusion of the heart.
However the knowledge that belongs to us is the transfiguration of the soul.
It is our knowledge because this knowledge has never been known or practised by any of the 124 000 prophets and messengers or millions of saints in different religions. Nobody was aware of this knowledge; even if this knowledge had been given to people and they became aware of it, they wouldn’t have been able to practise this knowledge.
Knowledge is useless without the teacher. If you cannot practise it, just knowing the knowledge will not benefit you in any way.
This knowledge became available to be known by human beings like you and myself only after His Divine Eminence Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi has set His divine foot on this Earth.
This knowledge of ours is not about loving God. It is not about knowing, seeing or reaching God. It is about becoming God.
As long as you are a human being, you will ask yourself this question hundreds of thousands of times, ‘How do I become God? God has so much power, God can do so much.’ Nobody ever said this before; the most you could do, you could do when Mohammad came; with the help of his knowledge, spiritual authority and power, people were able to see God. That is the most a human being can go for. Even this was not possible before Mohammad’s arrival in this world.
With the help of Mohammad’s spiritual authority and power, many men were offered to learn this knowledge. Ultimately they reached God and they were able to witness the splendour of God. Seeing God itself was mind-boggling at times in the past.
Even now, tell any Muslim, ‘I want to see God,’ and they will laugh. They will tell you, ‘How can you see God? God said you cannot see God.’ They will quote a particular verse from the Quran, in which God is saying, ‘Your eyesight cannot encompass the vision of God.’ This means, ‘These eyes on your head are not compatible to seeing God.’ He is not saying you cannot see him, but if you want to see him with these eyes on your head, you cannot.
There is a third eye - which is not an eye, but rather a soul - which is concealed in the middle of your head. This soul has to be awakened and activated. Once it is awakened, activated and strengthened with divine and spiritual energies, it will perform a journey of love.
It will leave your body along with your main soul and it will reach the divine viewing gallery: Moqam-e-Mehmood. For some time, the soul concealed in the middle of your head will be stationed at Moqam-e-Mehmood and wait for God to appear. As soon as God appears, this soul will absorb the divine splendour, the divine beauty which emanates from the body of God.
This absorption of divine attributes and divine beauty in the soul of your head will transmit that divine beauty upon your heart. You will see God’s face upon your heart.
There have been many Sufis in Islam who said they saw God. For example, Imam Abu Hanifa was a Sufi scholar from Iran who claimed he saw God 99 times. Another Sufi, Ibrahim bin Adham said he saw God 70 times. Sultan Haq Bahu, a saint of God, said that he can see God whenever he wants to. If Sultan Haq Bahu can see God whenever he wants to, then what about Mohammad?
It is a tragedy: the people of Jesus’s village never believed in him; people of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi”s village do not believe in Lord Ra Riaz. If people in Mecca (where Mohammad was born) believed in Mohammad, he would not have migrated to Medina.
The real tragedy comes from within the house of Mohammad. Mohammad was physically taken to Arsh-e-Moullah, accompanied by Gabriel, the leader of Archangels. He was able to see God. According to some narrations, Mohammad said he hugged God. When the question was put to his youngest wife, Aisha, ‘Did Prophet Mohammad see God?’ she got really angry. She said, ‘Whoever says Prophet Mohammad has seen God, is actually making a blunder and he is slandering Prophet. He is attributing a big lie to Prophet Mohammad’s name. He never saw God.’
Now this is a tragedy.
We have a lot of tragic characters Islamic history like Umar bin Khattab. Then we have individuals like Abu Huerra (a Companion of Prophet Mohammad). The Quran 10:62 says, ‘The saints of God are afraid of none,’ and Abu Huerra said, ‘I can’t reveal the knowledge of the heart because you will kill me.’ Muslim scholars say, ‘The lowest Companions of the Prophet Mohammad is so great that he dusts his feet, there will be millions of saints of God.’ However, Abu Huerra deprived people of the knowledge of the heart just because of his fears and apprehensions. He did not tell people what other type of knowledge Mohammad shared with him, which was the knowledge of spirituality - how to enlighten the heart and souls.
People who joined Islam later on, when they found out Abu Huerra spent a lot of time with Mohammad, they would ask him, ‘Tell us the knowledge.’ He would only tell people the knowledge which was already common. When newcomers come, they push you to tell them secrets. The novices are so charged up spiritually, they want to know more and more. He would say, ‘I told you one type of knowledge. If I told you the other one, you would kill me.’ He does not have the same attributes which God had attributed to his saints. In particular, the fear: if he is fearing of the consequences, then I don’t think, according to the standards of the Quran, that he is fit to be declared a saint of God, let alone a Companion of Prophet. However, people have their own made up standards.
All this knowledge which was the gist of all spirituality - the knowledge of seeing God - is not popular. It is not common. People don’t even agree that Mohammad was able to see God.
One day, Aisha, the youngest wife, she said to Mohammad, ‘You are Imam ul Ambiya (Leader of Prophets). You are the greatest one. But let me tell you about Moses. When he would return from the Mount of Sinai after speaking to God, he used to have so much majesty on his face, he would have to cover his face. People, if they saw him unveiled, would faint, but we see you every day and we’re okay. Nothing happens to us.’
While she was saying this, a spark of light outburst from the face of Mohammad and she fainted; then Mohammad sprinkled some water on her face and she returned to consciousness. He asked her, ‘What happened?’ She said, ‘While I was just complaining to you about it, a huge ball of fire came out from your face. I was about to die.’ According to what we have read and heard, Mohammad replied, ‘The reason why you looked at my face and never fainted is because there are 70 000 layers on me set by God. This is so that you can live in peace and you don’t faint every time you look at my face. When you noticed the ball of fire originating from my face, that was the unveiling of one layer from the 70 000 layers on my face.’
There are accounts whereby many dozen different Sufis from different countries have legitimately claimed to have seen God; some of them have seen God over 100 times. Then we have a special type of saint who are called Sultan of Fuqra (The King of Spiritual Poverty). They say, ‘We are elite. We don’t need permission. We can see God anytime, anywhere.’ Mohammad is the main source from Sultan Haq Bahu, Sheikh Adbul Qadir Jilani, Moinuddin Chishti and all these Sufis obtained their power, knowledge and spirituality; [if the Sultan ul Fuqra could see God anytime and anywhere, then what about Mohammad?]. This was the culmination of knowledge: the knowledge of seeing God. It has never been popular or common. Not [even] many Sufis know about it.
Now, you can imagine how hard it would be for the average person to believe that you can become God. Our knowledge is of becoming God: spiritual transfiguration of the soul.
When you become God, your reality is switched. You stop being yourself and you start being God.
We have an example whereby men can become a woman and a woman can become a man. Sometime ago, if somebody said, ‘He was a man and now he is a woman,’ you would not believe it. it was not possible. Now, we see this transgender concept is becoming a practical reality. Sometimes the mind is incompetent to understand that a male can become a female; similarly, this mind may be incompetent to understand, ‘This man was a man a few years ago and now he is a God.’
Our knowledge is about transfiguration of the soul. Your soul is enjoined by the reflection of the Lord. Your soul enters into a spiritual marriage with the reflection of the Lord. When this spiritual marriage takes place, the reflection of the Lord is so overwhelming and powerful, it eats your soul up. What remains is nothing but God.
Your existence comes to a total oblivion. Physically speaking, you come to a total extinction. You stop existing any further; your existence is met with nothing. When you plunge into nothingness, the reflection of the Lord, with its overwhelming existence, covers you and he becomes you.
This is transfiguration of the soul. This is our knowledge. You cannot compare this knowledge with any other knowledge because nobody has it.