HH Younus AlGohar answers a viewer's question in light of Spiritual Knowledge
- Going on a spiritual retreat can be beneficial to you. However, if you do not know why you are going and what it is you need to obtain then it is a waste of time. For example, qawwali singers have to do Riyaz (vocal exercises) daily in order to keep the optimum vocal ability but if you do the same and you don't know how to do Riyaz correctly, it's a complete waste of time.
- What is a spiritual retreat? For example, it takes around about 9 months for a baby to be formed in the mother's womb. After 9 months the baby is delivered and this is a time period. In a similar way there is a time period for the purification of the Carnal Self and enlightenment of the Spiritual Heart.
- It takes 12 years to purify the Carnal Self. However, it is important to know when it is the right time to go on a spiritual retreat for this. If anybody decides to shun the world and live in a jungle it will not purify the Carnal Self in any way.
- Many spiritual dignitaries went to the jungles however the most important thing is that they had the protection of their Spiritual Guide. The jungle is a dangerous place for a common person to live in however when a Perfect Spiritual Guide sends you to the jungle, he watches over you and protects you.
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