Thursday 26 July 2012

Spirituality the Religion of the Soul and the Core of all Religions

What is the difference between the Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love and the teachings of Sufism/Spirituality? 

If you do a comparative study of the religions you will notice that there is a concept of Spirituality in Judaism, Christianity and also in Islam. Bu the concept of Spirituality is to be found only in those religion which have been established by Messengers and Prophets sent by God and you will see all the man-made religions do not have a clear concept of Spirituality. Buddhism is not a celestial religion; it is a set of thoughts of a man. Jainism and Hinduism is not a celestial set of beliefs. There are three main Abrahamic Faiths and these three are monotheist religions, they were established by Messengers sent by God. All these three, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a lengthy Spiritual System. The teachings of spirituality in Judaism are known to be the teachings of Kabala and in Christianity spirituality is known as Gnosticism. If you look up this word in a lexicon, the meaning of this word Gnosticism is Muarifa. There is also a Bible, the Gnostic Bible composed by Thomas, ‘The Gospel of Thomas’. It is really sad and strange at the same time that in all three religions, Judaism Christianity and Islam, the teachings of spirituality have been altered. The teachings of spirituality have been regarded as an alien object in the religion like it has nothing to do with the mainstream orthodox teachings of the religion. It is a very sad and disheartening fact that the teachings of spirituality have been regarded as an alien object in all 3 major religions of the world.

Those who represent the Law of the Religion (Sharia) are proudly known as Orthodox followers of the religion and spiritualists in all these three religions have been considered to be separated from the mainstream religion. It is not just the religion of Islam where Sufis are considered to be heretic but also Sufis in Judaism faced more fierce opposition by the orthodox clerics of the religion. Those who practise Kabbalistic teachings earn no respect in Judaism. They are considered as some kind of an orthodox type of people. Similarly The Gospel of Thomas which is the gist of Gnostic Teachings within Christianity are to be practised but in a very occult way. The mainstream religion does not appreciate the importance of spirituality in the religion. The synagogue does not accept the teachings of Kabala as orthodox teachings whereas the church does not appreciate and accept Gnostic Teachings and in Islam also Sufis do not have much respect in the mainstream religion. Those who practise Sufism most of the time by the mainstream religion and religious people, these Sufis are regarded as heretics. This is what has been happening so it is not one man’s fault in one era. This error in the human mind has been going on for a long time. There is no mention of the time of Adam, how did the people of that time take the teachings of spirituality? It is not mentioned anywhere in the recorded history. However, as far as we can go in history, we understand that Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not accept spirituality as part of orthodox religion. 

We also are a part of this society. When everybody knew spirituality is separated from the mainstream religion we lived in the same society, we interacted with the same people so we also had the same view on spirituality. Sufism is regarded as something excluded from the religion. I never thought that Sufism was part of the religion until I met His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi and HDE Gohar Shahi explained everything. HDE Gohar Shahi explained there are two aspects of every religion, the outer aspect of the religion and inner aspect/dimension of the religion. 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘Spirituality is the soul of the religion, spirituality is the life of the religion. Spirituality is the core of the religion whereas the Sacred Law (Sharia) is only the shell.’ 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘All 5 Grand Messengers were given a book and all those 5 Grand Messengers were also given the inner dimension of the religion they were granted by God. No religion is complete without its inner dimension.’

According to the Quran there are two aspects of everything. God created everything in pairs like light and darkness, day and night, cold and hot. Everything was created in pairs. In a similar way Quran said God exists everywhere, in both the outer and inner dimensions. Existence can be either seen or divided in two different aspects. The apparent existence which you can see and the invincible dimension which you can easily say is an abstract dimension which you can feel but cannot witness it. You can feel it but you cannot witness it. However you can observe it. You have your existence and your existence also has two different dimensions, the outer dimension and the inner dimension.  

The Two Aspects of Human Existence
Even the body has two dimensions. There are two types of doctors, physicians. If you have minor disease you will see a physician and he will ask you what is wrong and you will say I feel pain all over my body, I am coughing badly and my nose is running. Most probably he will say you have a cold. Physicians will ask you questions and you will tell him how do you feel and you will tell him the symptoms. Having heard the symptoms he will then prescribe for you a medicine. But his judgement will be based on what you tell him so he has studied the knowledge of symptoms. He will prescribe for you a medicine and you will start taking that medicine. For example if you have pain in your stomach in England most probably he will give you Paracetamol every 6 hours. Having taken that medicine without fail for a week if you still have pain, most probably that physician will send you to the hospital because he wants to know what is wrong inside your body. If you are running temperature you will feel the temperature by touching your body, if it is hot than it normally is; 98.7 is the normal temperature of a man but if his temperature is 100 it means he is feverish. He is trying to determine what could go wrong if the body is hot or what could have gone wrong and if the body is hot and if Paracetamol is not curing the pain then he wants to see what could be wrong inside your body. The knowledge of the inside of the body is anatomy. Even the body has two dimensions. Now what could be wrong inside your body? The organs you cannot see until you are dissected. A physician cannot do it. If something is wrong in your stomach then most probably they will put in your stomach a camera and they will manoeuvre the camera in your stomach and they would want to see what is wrong inside your stomach. That is the inner aspect of your body. 

In a similar way there are two aspects, physical aspect of your existence and spiritual aspect of your existence. Whether it’s a Jew, a Christian or a Muslim, whether they believe in spirituality or they do not believe in spirituality they will have to admit the fact that there is a body and there is a soul and human being is a compound of both. But before the body was created your soul already existed so your Batin (inner dimension) is much older than your body, which means it is more important to teach your soul your religion rather than teaching your body your religion because your body is in your possession momentarily. But what will continue to be in your possession is your soul. You will never get rid of your soul no matter you live here or you die. Even when you have died you will continue to exist because of your soul. The soul is the source of your eternal existence. When a religion is sent, the religion is to address the theosophical needs of your body and also the spiritual needs of your soul. What happens when the religion is destroyed? A religion is destroyed when the outer aspect of the religion is fine but the religion cannot reach and cannot cater for the spiritual needs of the inner dimension of our existence. That is exactly what has happened to the religions today. 

In other words spirituality is the core of the religions. If there is no soul in the body the body is dead. If there is no spirituality in the religion, the religion is dead. If the soul leaves your body your body cannot move, cannot talk and cannot digest food. When somebody dies and they carry him into the graveyard they insert something into his nose, his mouth, etc. because there is no soul there is no power, there is no light, there is no energy and anything that could have been left out in his stomach could now release. Life sustains your body and that life stays inside your soul so your soul is the ‘Sustainer of Life’ in an actual and factual way. Your body does represent your presence in this world but it doesn’t represent your existence. If you cannot see something you cannot say it doesn’t exist but you think what you can see only that thing exists. For example if you cannot see Jesus and you say Jesus is here but we cannot see him, the pathetic thing is if you cannot see something you cannot convince yourself to believe the fact that, that thing is existing. 

God says, ‘I am everywhere.’ But he is nowhere to be seen. When I was a child I asked my teacher is he in the toilet as well and he said no shut up. 

Spirituality is the core of all religions and no religion can exist without spirituality. Spirituality caters for the needs of the soul. Your soul is your permanent, eternal and factual existence. There is a very deep and heavy emphasis on factual. Your soul is the factual evidently existence and your body only represents your presence in this world. You existed through your soul before you came into this world. But when you die that will be the death of your body. You must understand this point. What is death? When you die you do not stop living. The process, the cycle of existence continues. What is death? Before you came into this world you existed and your existence was through your soul and after your death you return to the same previous state of life. So this body is a fake existence, a momentary existence. Your real existence belongs to your soul how and why? Before your birth into this world your soul existed and after your demise in this world it will be your soul through which you will exist. So religion is sent to teach your existence, to teach your reality, to teach the essence of your being and the essence of your being is not your body. The essence of your being is what will continue to exist when you stop living in this world. It’s not your body. The essence of your being is your soul because that will continue to exist even when you stop living in this world. Our actual and factual being is our soul not our body, therefore we also understand any religion, any spiritual, any divine medicine or divine help which is extended to humanity is meant to cater the needs of the true and factual existence of mankind which is not the body, it is the soul. The knowledge that we cater for the needs of the soul is called spirituality. It is the teachings of spiritualty which will in reality address and cater the needs of your soul not the body. If the religion does not reach out to your soul that religion is not fit to take care of your theosophical needs.

Today the religions have become invalid, disabled because these religions do not have a valid Spiritual System and if a religion cannot cater anymore the needs of the soul that that religion in factual sense does not exist anymore. Religions were made but nothing can be obtained by the soul without spirituality. The word spirituality has word called spirit which is referred to the soul. You need to understand that the factual existence is not your body it is your soul. On the day of anointment, on the Day of Azal when God gathered all the souls and they assembled in the presence of God, was there any body? No. Then God showed them modelled luxuries of the world, modelled luxuries of the paradise and at that point in time the choice was made by the souls because your bodies did not exist at that time. You are sent into this world now and you are following a religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam but the choice was made by your soul. If this religion does not reach out to the soul there is no coordination between the choice that you made and what you are doing here because the choice you made was made by your soul. Your body needs comfort luxury, that’s it. The religion of the body is comfort and luxury and if your body has comfort and luxury you are happy. If your soul is a loving soul and your body has all the luxuries and comforts of the world available to it but fortunately you have a loving soul in that body then you will feel uneasy with all those luxuries and all those comforts. You will always feel something very vital in my life is missing. You will have so much money yet your heart is not at peace because your soul is hungry, because your soul needs a doctor, because your soul is diseased. 

Your soul is inside you. Your body cannot see your soul. Who would be blinder than a person who cannot see his own existence and he talks about the world? If you talk about insight how far can you see? To me you cannot see beyond your nose. If you cannot see yourself forget about seeing the rest of the world. Perhaps this is why God cleverly said, ‘One who has recognised himself has recognised his Lord.’

What does it mean? Has there been a span of time in which I have been unaware of myself? Why do I need to recognise myself? Do I not know myself? You think your body is yourself but that is not true. The primary source of your life is not your body it is the secondary source, the primary source of existence is your soul and your body does not know that. You cannot see your soul. Spirituality is not something on top of an orthodox set of beliefs like a luxury in theosophical circles but rather a basic necessity without which there is no concept of becoming good or divine. There is no concept of goodness. 

Our body is filled with life. Every part of our body has life. But if we chop your hand off will you die? So, your hand is not very important to your life. If we cut your nose off will you die? No. Forget about cutting your heart off, just put a knife in your heart and you will die. So your heart is the centre of your life. Without eyes you will continue to live on. There are so many blind people they are living aren’t they? The quality of life is not the same but still they are living. There are so many people who do not have the organ to produce children but they are still living. 

Religious Spirituality & the Brand of Spirituality Introduced by His Divine Eminence Ra Gohar Shahi
Similarly, if the religion does not teach your body but it teaches your soul, you are okay because on the Day of Judgement it is not your body that will be asked questions. It will unfortunately be your soul. What has gone wrong with people in this day and age is that people have either ignored or forgotten or have become oblivion of the importance of spirituality because apparently they do know after their death the soul will be taken to the skies and celestial realms but it will be silly to ignore the fact that the questions by God will be put to your souls because you are leaving your body behind. Either the body is going to be cremated or put in the grave. Almost everybody in this world believes the soul will be taken to the celestial realms but of course the questions from God will be put to your souls because you will not have your body with you. Then why are you ignoring in the religion the knowledge that will enlighten your soul? When you know the fact that due to your demise your body will be left in this world and only your soul will be taken by the angels in the celestial realms and all the questioning and examination by God will be carried on your soul not your body. Why do you ignore the core of the religion, spirituality, when you know that you will be left with the soul in the end and you will have your body no more? Don’t you think it is foolhardy to confine the knowledge of the religion to your body only that is no the permanent abode of your soul? Spirituality is the core of every religion and those who think that it is not an orthodox set of beliefs they are fooling themselves. They are idiots. What else could be orthodox if not spirituality? Spirituality is the spot on teachings; it is directly addressing your soul. You will be present before God in your soul not with your body. At the end of the day the questions asked by God will be put to your soul because your soul will be representing you. In this world your body is representing you but on the Day of Judgement your soul will be representing you. Now it will be judged what you did while you were present here. Did you take the knowledge of the religion to your soul? 

Spirituality is the core of every religion and those who say spirituality is not an orthodox mainstream aspect of the religion they live in fool’s paradise and they are actually misleading the humanity. When religions were sent spirituality was made the core of the religion. But it doesn’t mean spirituality by itself cannot be sent as a set of beliefs without accompanying any religion. The awaited One Imam Mehdi/Messiah/Kalki Avatar Ra Gohar Shahi is the pioneer of non-religious, secular spirituality. The Spiritual Sciences that I represent and HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced are the spiritual teachings which are non-religious and secular but purer than religious spirituality because now anybody can reach God without entering or coming into the fold of any religion. You do not have to embrace a set of beliefs of a religion in order to reach God. HDE Gohar Shahi is giving you a short-cut. When you apply for a passport a normal delivery will take 4 weeks and premium service within 2 hours. HDE Gohar Shahi teachings are like premium service. For example in the morning you are like alien to yourself, in the afternoon you met HDE Gohar Shahi and by the evening you know God. This is how quick this newly introduced process of Spirituality introduced by HDE Gohar Shahi is. 

HDE Gohar Shahi says a human being has two religions, one is the religion of his body and one is the religion of his soul. However many religions were sent into this world, they all had two dimensions of the religion with teachings for the outer body and teachings for the inner soul. However most followers of the religion are those who follow the outer dimension and the percentage of those following the religion of the soul is much lower. In the past the religion of the soul was partly introduced and HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced a full-fledged version of the Religion of God (Religion of the Soul). 

When spirituality is adopted as part of a religion it is adopted through religious principles, worship, customs and methods. In Islam there are many forms of worship and austerities. There is Dhikr, Salat and fasting. Fasting is related to the purification of the Nafs however it is only done one month out of a year, therefore, the percentage is decreased whereas Salat is offered every day. The teachings of spirituality within the religion must be adopted according to the religious method. If you are in the religion and you try to obtain the teachings of spirituality within that religion without the religion you will not be successful. This is why it is said there is no Tariqa without Sharia. It is very important to understand this. 

When spirituality as part of the religion is practised, it is practised via conventional methods of worship and any person in that religion if wanting to adopt spirituality without fulfilling the requirement of the religion will always fail. Spirituality in that religion has to be practised according to the principles of that religion. No wonder in Islamic circles they say there is no Tariqa without Sharia because whatever portion of spirituality in that religion that is part of that religion and you have to go by the book. Muslims becoming Sufis have to strictly follow Sharia and by virtue of the Law of Sharia they get to the core of the truth. That is the case in every religion. Now we have HDE Gohar Shahi’s brand of Spirituality. Spirituality which is to be found in religions is not very profound teachings of spirituality. It is surface level spirituality and it’s not very deep. It just touches upon a few important, essential parts of spirituality. For example, the Islamic spirituality consists of two main points, purification of the heart and mortification of the Self. That will do and a Muslim will turn into a Sufi. But that is not the hard core spirituality. We understand that spirituality which is part of any religion is acquired by virtue of the practise of the principles of that religion. Without embracing and performing the principles of that religion you cannot acquire the spirituality within that religion. 

But the form and brand of spirituality that HDE Gohar Shahi has introduced is self-standing Spiritual Sciences. It is not part of any religion. It is the core of spirituality and attainment of this new brand of spirituality is obtained without adopting any religious passage. You do not have to follow a religion in order to learn this spirituality and this message from HDE Gohar Shahi goes out to the entire human race. 

HDE Gohar Shahi says, ‘In order to recognise God and reach God learn Spirituality no matter what religion or faith you practise.’ 

HDE Gohar Shahi’s message is self-evident and very vocal about its nature. If you read Sufi books you will find out that without adopting the Sacred Law of Islam one cannot become a Sufi. But then when you come to the realm of HDE Gohar Shahi, the message put across your mind is that you may belong to any religion because this spirituality is not part of any religion. It is an independent essence of Spirituality. How is it obtained and upon what principality? There is only one principle and that principle is HDE Gohar Shahi. In religious spirituality one has to wait until he or she obtains permission from God, until God permits him or her to become a spiritual person and then having been submitted to God, one cannot be 100 per cent sure whether he or she will definitely be accepted by God. When God responds to your Spiritual Guide he may simply turn down your request of becoming a spiritual person and he will never furnish your request with a valid reason as to why he rejected you because God doesn’t recognise furnishing your request and the rejection he makes with any reasoning. You cannot question God’s authority, unfortunately. In religious spirituality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam you have no control over your choice. For example you have a desire of becoming a spiritual person but it doesn’t depend on your choice. You have to wait until you are permitted by God only then you are initiated into spirituality and if God says I do not want to see your face, then it’s over. In religious spirituality for example, Kabala in Judaism, Gnosticism in Christianity and Sufism in Islam, it is not like you would want to become a Sufi and without any hindrance you will become a Sufi by reading a couple of Sufi books.

Sultan Haq Bahu said he sought a Spiritual Guide for 30 years until he found one and having become a Saint of God he looked for a true spiritual disciple for 30 years and he didn’t find one. So in religious spirituality, there is very limited space to manoeuvre. Sultan Haq Bahu said the Sacred Law is like a big palace and the hole of spirituality is very narrow. The Sacred Law of Sharia has mighty palaces and the fact is when he said the palaces of the Sacred Law of Sharia are huge, you can easily enter them but if you want to enter spirituality, the entrance is very narrow and on that narrow entrance of spirituality there are Islamic clerics standing guard, they will never let you in. Only those succeeded to enter that narrow hole of spirituality, who did it in a very secrete way, meaning they found a Faqir/Spiritual Guide outside of the religion and through his Merciful Glance they entered spirituality. The Faqir will not ask you to find spirituality through Soum or Salat; he will simply fall a glance of his Spiritual Sight upon your heart and take you to the court of the Lord. 

In religious spirituality there are so many problems, so many things to do and then you wait for the permission from God. If today somebody wants to become a Sufi, do you think it is possible that you make a desire of becoming a Sufi and with your effort you become a Sufi? Without prior permission from God you cannot be admitted into Spirituality but the good news is HDE Gohar Shahi has come. HDE Gohar Shahi said that Ba Yazeed Bastami remained engaged in extensive austerities in the jungle for 14 years waiting for the permission from God, permission of initiation. He remained in the jungle for 14 years so that God accepts him and let him in Spirituality. 

HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘The one who comes to me and seeks Spirituality and my help, that person is instantly, immediately and on the spot admitted, permitted, accepted and initiated.’ 

In other words in the Spirituality introduced by Abraham, introduced in Christianity, introduced by Prophet Mohammad you can make a choice but you are not able to turn it into reality. In this brand new spirituality introduced by HDE Gohar Shahi if you wish to become a spiritual person HDE Gohar Shahi is ready to embrace. In this form of spirituality all you need is an aspiring and a willing heart. The rest will be taken care of by HDE Gohar Shahi, simple as that. Here at Gohar Shahi’s doorsteps there is no disappointment for anybody, there is no rejection for anybody because the applications for spirituality are dealt here in HDE Gohar Shahi’s office. It is not sent to God for permission.  

What are the points upon which HDE Gohar Shahi accepts you and permits you to be initiated? What must be seen before HDE Gohar Shahi admits you? Only one point, if you have a willing heart, you are accepted. Was it ever that easy? People are vigilant day and night in the churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, yet they do not find a trace of God and here God’s love is on sale; a closing down sale, 99% reduction, liquidation. Was God ever obtained this way? Was God ever obtained so easily? You don’t have to go to a church, mosque, synagogue or any other worship place. You don’t have to do anything. You do not have to make any effort at all. Just close your eyes the rest will be done by HDE. 

This is why I call it the Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love. You do not have to practise any religion to be a spiritual person now. You will obtain spiritual power, spiritual knowledge and the spiritual principles without performing any religious principles. The main difference between HDE Gohar Shahi’s Spiritual Philosophy and the religious spirituality is that here all you need is a willing heart and you do not have to follow any religion at all; it is strictly spiritual.

Sunday 22 July 2012

The Purpose of Ramadan

Democracy is like a social science the way you want to live your life, what you want in your life. What lines do you want your country to be shaped and what kind of society you want to have in your country. Democracy is basically the aspect of your outward life and if you want to talk about the inner aspect of your life in that aspect what you need is spirituality. Social structure is destroyed in Pakistan therefore the spiritual structure is also destroyed. Democracy is not suitable to a Nation that which is not educated, and its citizens are dishonest. The Pakistani Nation is all corrupt in sociology and religiosity. One person is a unit of a society, and its reformation begins at one person's reformation, and reformation of a person is directly and totality dependent upon correction and purification of his heart. The hearts of Pakistani Nation are corrupt, thus, they are following shadows. 

When ignorant individuals like Tahir Ul Qadri became Sheikh al Islam in this country, the religion was destroyed, thus, its citizens became corrupt. Pakistan does not need a democracy nor do they need such ignorant scholars. What Pakistan needs is spiritual reformation. They need HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi to awaken and enlighten their hearts and turn them into Momineen. When the Divine Light (Noor) enters the heart, the negative attributes in one’s character being to diminish, thus reforming the person from the inside out. When all hearts are purified and cleansed of such negativity the society shall automatically be reformed of corrupt and negative vices. 

The Muslim Clerics say according to a Hadith the Shaitan is locked up in the month of Ramadan. That is wrong if the Shaitan was locked up why do you continue to engage in bad deeds? This Hadith refers to the Shaitan within you (Nafs), to lock up, tame and purify the devil residing in you. All Muslims, whether they are Pakistan, Indian, Bangladeshi or Arab are unaware of the true purpose of Ramadan.
Prophet Mohammad said: Fasting is for God and God shall reward you. 

You never do anything in this world without a purpose, why then do you fast without knowing the true purpose behind it? Muslims say they fast because God has ordered them to do so. But why has God ordered you to do so? What is the purpose and what is to be obtained through this practise? There is a purpose behind every act that has been prescribed by God. 

For Dhikr God has said: There is a means to cleanse everything.  For the heart, it is the Divine Light produced from the repetition of God’s name (Dhikr Allah)  

For Salat God has said:

إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ

Salat refrains from bad deeds

Similarly, the purpose of fasting is to obtain purity (Taqwa) however it is only beneficial to the Momineen. The diet of the Nafs is Naar (negative energy) and the consumption of food leads to an intake of Naar and the fire of Naar strengthens the Nafs and weakens the heart. Fasting during Ramadan restricts the Nafs from obtaining Naar and because a Momin has an enlightened heart, his heart is constantly producing Divine Light, purifying the heart and taming the Nafs. Worship, Salat, Taraweeh and recitation of the Quran further help to purify the heart and Nafs. This is obligatory upon Momineen and fasting for 30 days regularly over a period of 12 years, alongside worship and austerities leads one to piety (Taqwa).

The question is you have been fasting for 30 years, but have you become a Mutaqee (one who has obtained piety)? Does your Salat refrain you from the committance of sins? The entire nation is in a heedless trance. They do not have the ability to bring order to their social structure how can they be expected to have the unseen esoteric knowledge? These so called scholars, Sheikh ul Islam, represent this heedless and ignorant nation. Muslims fast because it’s obligatory. But why is it obligatory and for whom is it obligatory? What should be achieved from this practise? Do they see an improvement in their character? Their consciences are asleep! They do not know why they are fasting or that fasting does not serve the purpose if one fails to attain purification through fasting. 

Only the teachings of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi can save this nation otherwise this nation is destroyed!

Sunday 15 July 2012

Termination of Prophet-hood and Sainthood

وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَنْ تَجِدَ لَهُ وَلِيًّا مُرْشِدًا

The Quran says, 'God does not provide a Wali/Murshid (Spiritual Guide) to those he wishes to misguide and provides a Perfect Spiritual Guide (Murshid-e-Kamil) to those he wishes to grant guidance.'

In this era there are no Kamileen. After the advent of Imam Mehdi, no saint shall be sent. Just as Prophet-hood and Messenger-hood has been terminated after Prophet Mohammad, a title of HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi is ‘Khatim ul Auliya-o-Fuqra’ meaning sainthood shall be terminated after the advent of Imam Mehdi. The last Theophanies to fall upon this universe were those in Laal Baagh and after those Theophanies the door to Theophanies has been closed.

If Tahir ul Qadri considers himself the Ghous of this time, he is deceiving people. The reason being, how can we accept anybody to become a saint after sainthood has been terminated? Would you believe that after the last prophet, Prophet Mohammad, anybody can become a prophet? No! Despite how wonderful the lectures are would you be willing to accept somebody to be a prophet? This is the Divine Law. The last prophet, Prophet Mohammad is the seal of prophet-hood and messenger-hood in the progeny of Adam Safi Allah. What about the progenies of the other Adams? After the arrival of Imam Mehdi no prophet, messenger or saint shall be sent into the religions of the previous Adams.

A Muslim says, 'Imam Mehdi shall come and Imam Mehdi is not a prophet, messenger or saint.' A Hindu says. 'Kalki Avatar shall come,' a Sikh also says, 'Kalki Daar shall come' and a Jew says, 'The Messiah shall come.' This is the progeny of Adam Safi Allah but what about the progenies of Adam before Adam Safi Allah who are in some remote areas where the religions of Adam Safi Allah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus or Prophet Mohammad had not reached? Those progenies still follow the religions brought by the previous Adams, whose essence and reality has been altered. If those progenies have heard that the greatest of all messengers shall come and his image shall be on the Moon and when they see the face of HDE Gohar Shahi on the Moon and they say he is the greatest Messenger, if we say to those people, 'Imam Mehdi is not your messenger,' it would dishearten them. But on the other hand if we say, 'He is your messenger,' would we not be committing a sin? Hasn’t prophet-hood and messenger-hood been terminated after Prophet Mohammad?

Prophet Mohammad is the seal of messenger-hood in the progeny of Adam Safi Allah however in Peru, South America, the Holy Scriptures found within the pyramids reveal, the greatest of all messengers shall come whose image shall be on the Moon. Those Holy Scriptures reveal that only prophets have been sent in their progeny and no messenger has come. Only one messenger shall come who will be the first and last messenger and His face shall be on the Moon.

If by saying, 'Imam Mehdi is your prophet/messenger,' people are able to reach God, what is the harm in doing so? Even the Saints of God used this method. Two people came to Abu Bakar Shibley (a saint) to obtain Spiritual Grace and he said, 'To obtain Spiritual Grace you must first change your Kalima to "La Ilaha Illallah Shibley Rasool Allah".' One recited it while the other ran away. Abu Bakar Shibley asked the one who recited the Kalima why the other one ran away and he replied, 'Because of the Kalima.' Abu Bakar Shibley asked him why he didn’t run away. He smiled and said, 'I know you are a saint of God and whatever a saint says is the truth.' Abu Bakar Shibley said, 'It was just a test of your faith, now recite the true Kalima, "La Ilaha Illallah Mohammad Rasool Allah".' We would do something similar. We would say, 'Imam Mehdi is your prophet, come and get the initiation of the heart,' and afterwards we would have them change their vocabulary from prophet/messenger to Imam Mehdi once their hearts are enlightened with Divine Light.

Should we deprive them of Spiritual Grace and Emaan because of the title they call upon Imam Mehdi with, when Imam Mehdi has come to revive the hearts of humanity with God’s love? Your focus should be kept on your purpose! The purpose of any spiritual personality in this world is to enlighten, illumine and connect the hearts of humanity with God. Nothing should become an obstacle in the way of their purpose.

HDE Gohar Shahi said, 'When Prophet Mohammad came to this world, nobody accepted him as a prophet or messenger; they used to say he is Sadiq (righteous) and Amin (trustworthy). At the end people began to accept him as a prophet.' When the Quran was revealed people referred to Prophet Mohammad as ‘Majnoun’ and in Arabic a ‘Majnoun’ is one who is under the influence of a Jinn. Prophet Mohammad had not gone to any madrassa, he had not learned to read or write and suddenly he was revealing such knowledge, they were unable to understand this was Divine Inspiration brought by Gabriel and how would they understand? Before Prophet Mohammad, no prophet had been sent to that particular Arab region. Prophet Mohammad was the first and last prophet sent to that region. Therefore they said it was a Jinn speaking. People did not focus on the teachings. Most people accepted Islam because of the character of Prophet Mohammad. People called him Sadiq because whatever the prophet said would happen. If the prophet said it would rain, it would rain. They would say he is honest he is Sadiq but were unable to understand that it was a miracle. In that era even the enemies of the Prophet would have their Amanat (entrust) returned to them as is and they would say Prophet Mohammad is Amin. Towards the end people began to accept him as a prophet. Being a Sadiq or Amin is not a rank. Some people said he is Sadiq, Amin, Majnoun, both positive and negative attributes. At the end the truth was revealed that he was a prophet. Similarly when the Spiritual Grace of Imam Mehdi reaches humanity, if someone refers to Imam Mehdi as a prophet what difference does it make? People did not recognise Prophet Mohammad by his rank initially. As they acquired knowledge the truth was revealed.

It is very possible that you might go to a particular region where you might not find these religions, no Jews, Christians, Hindus or Muslims. The people there might practise their local religions from the ancient Adams. People living in the jungles of Africa worship fire.

In 1997 I went with HDE Gohar Shahi to South Africa. There was a Hindu temple in Chatsworth and people used to light a fire and worship there. Before we went there, HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘They are worshippers of fire, respect them’. They were followers of Sai Baba. When we went into the temple, they had put the image of Sai Baba on the floor where they would bow before them. When HDE went there and a chair was put for Him, HDE refused to sit down. HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘Sai Baba is a friend of God, take his image off of the floor and put it up somewhere above than I shall sit on the chair’. This is greatness of character. When they heard this, they said how come this thought never came to us? They were very impressed and HDE enjoyed their Bhajan (devotional songs). Many people obtained Spiritual Grace and believe HDE Gohar Shahi to be Imam Mehdi. They began to love HDE and wherever HDE Gohar Shahi’s love spread, there, people were freed from the shackles of the religions.  

You might have heard of a group in America, New Delhi, etc. known as the Baha’i faith. Many Muslims are unaware of them and those who are aware believe they are a sect of Islam. This is a misconception. They say so because a student of Baha ul Haq claimed to be Imam Mehdi and his name was Baab Effendi. Where did Baha’i come from? In Iran there was a spiritual dignitary, Baha ul Haq, in Persian ‘Baha’ means beautiful. In the year 2000 HDE gave be a book written by Baha ul Haq and asked me to read it. HDE said, ‘What do you think of it?’ I said there seems to be nothing wrong with the teachings in his book however he claims to be a prophet. HDE said, ‘Baha ul Haq really was a prophet’. I began to say Prophet Mohammad is the last prophet how can he be a prophet? HDE smiled and replied, ‘Yes, Prophet Mohammad is the last prophet however he is a prophet also.’ I said I don’t understand.

HDE said, ‘Prophet Mohammad is the last prophet of the progeny of Adam Safi Allah and Baha ul Haq is from the progeny of another Adam. In that progeny prophet-hood has not yet been terminated. Remember this!’

I said what benefit is it to us if he is a prophet or not? HDE replied, ‘You shall not benefit from him however the last prophet is yet to come in the progenies of other Adams who existed before the arrival of Adam Safi Allah. If you come across somebody from that progeny and they ask you why you are carrying a picture of their prophet (Imam Mehdi) what will happen then, what will you say? Would you say He [Imam Mehdi] is not your prophet? If you do so, they will not come and accept your message. If those people say He [Imam Mehdi] is our prophet, let them believe so. Do not be a hindrance in their way.’

This is a very delicate matter. We have carefully and clearly explained this matter because we are aware our opponents may twist these words to spread a negative propaganda against us. We clearly say that Prophet Mohammad is the last prophet and messenger however, he is the last prophet and messenger in the progeny of Adam Safi Allah. But, those Adams who came before Adam Safi Allah are not included among the Abrahamic faiths (Millat-e-Ibrahimi), they do not have spiritual knowledge of Sufism and engage in physical worship only.

Obviously if they had lived in the cities they would have been introduced to the other religions but they live in remote areas such as jungles, mountains, islands, etc. where most people have not been and they practise religions common folks are unaware of. If such people call Imam Mehdi their prophet, are you going to quarrel with them over this matter that the last prophet was Prophet Mohammad and he has already come, when they are unaware of this? We say this with great responsibility so that nobody may be able to spread a negative propaganda nor anybody may be in confusion over this.



When our message reaches the people of those remote regions who belong to the progenies of the previous Adams, we would say to them they may believe in HDE Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi in accordance with their tenet but according to us, prophet-hood has been terminated because we belong to the progeny of Adam Safi Allah. After the arrival of Prophet Mohammad prophet-hood and messenger-hood was terminated but sainthood continued amongst the progeny of Adam Safi Allah. After the advent of Imam Mehdi even sainthood was terminated amongst the progeny of Adam Safi Allah. After the advent of Imam Mehdi, prophet-hood, messenger-hood and sainthood were all terminated amongst the progenies of the previous Adams because after Imam Mehdi, the world has no right to live. His arrival marks the twilight of this world.

His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi is the only personality who shall render the knowledge of Sufism, grant salvation and dispense the Spiritual Grace of Divine Love. If Tahir ul Qadri claims to be the Ghous of this time this cannot be accepted because after the arrival of Imam Mehdi, doors to sainthood have been closed. Nobody can become a saint now. Those who do not believe in Imam Mehdi have given Tahir ul Qadri many titles such as Mujaddid, Sheikh ul Islam and now Ghous.

The Concept of Prophet in the Western World

Now in the Western World the word prophet has a different meaning. According to them a prophet is one who reveals a secret, reveals something hidden or makes a prediction. The Arabic word for prophet, ‘Nabi’ means one who gives news but the clerics say ‘Nabi’ means one who reveals the secrets of Ghaib (Unseen). This is not true. Even the Quran mentions the knowledge of Ghaib was only given to select Messengers of God whereas these clerics have changed the meaning of ‘Nabi’ to one who reveals secrets of Ghaib. If this was the case then all the prophets would have the knowledge of Ghaib and here Quran is saying select Messengers have this knowledge of Ghaib. Therefore, in the light of the Quran, their explanation is proven wrong.  

Even the psalmists read your hand and predict what shall happen to you tomorrow etc. and such people are called prophets. When they hear about HDE Gohar Shahi’s prediction about 2026 they would say He is a prophet but here prophet does not mean ‘Nabi’, it simply means one who predicts. 

Types of Saints and Spiritual Grace

There is a category of Saints known as Kamil Mumaat and people cannot obtain Spiritual Grace from them in their lifetime. There is Hadith that says one who dies while still acquiring knowledge is a martyr (Shaheed). Because this Hadith was seen written in schools, I thought that while obtaining the knowledge of chemistry and physics if we died, we would be martyrs. The thought came to me that even those who do not believe in God are acquiring this knowledge, how can one who does not believe in God be given the rank of martyrdom?

When I met His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi and my chest became enlightened with His knowledge, I understood those who are unable to reach their destination, while acquiring the Esoteric (Batini) Knowledge are called Shaheed. The destination of those on the spiritual path is the Theophanies of God and to see God. If one is on the spiritual path and his subtleties of the spiritual heart (Qalb) and soul (Rouh) have been initiated and the Nafs (Self) is in the process of purification but he had not reached his destiny; He had not seen God or acquired the rank which God had written in his fate, and died before acquiring the Theophanies of God, such a person is Shaheed.  

Shaheed means he will stay alive even in the grave. But is it the body that shall stay alive? Will the Nafs stay alive? The subtleties (Lataif) and souls of such a person will remain in the grave.

Hadith: The merciful glance of God falls upon the broken hearts and graves.

This means when the heart is worthy of theophanies, the theophanies shall fall upon it and the broken grave refers to those who began acquiring the spiritual knowledge but died during the process and continued to receive spiritual knowledge whilst in the grave, for which Prophet Mohammad said, ‘The acquisition of knowledge starts from the womb of the mother to the grave.’ Once the acquisition of spiritual knowledge has been completed in the grave, the theophanies fall upon the grave, such is the case of Shah Abdul Lateef Batai.

If spiritual knowledge has been completed in one’s lifetime. they reach their destination quickly whereas in the grave it takes a long time. If it takes one twenty-four years to reach their destination in their lifetime, it takes ten times longer to reach their destination in the grave, about 200-250 years; and such a person is called Kamil Mumaat.

According to the Spiritual Law, a Kamil Mumaat initiates the heart within three days. Many people go the graves of Saints but they do not know who is Kamil Mumaat, Kamil Hayat, or Kamil Dhaat. The common public is unaware of this and they simply develop respect and love for the saints and visit their graves. Those saints, who hold a person’s fate in their hands, come in the dreams of the person and signal them to come to their grave and spend some time there. A Kamil Mumaat’s souls and subtleties remain in their graves, in their shrines. However, the subtleties and souls of other saints return to the higher realms while their Nafs stays in the grave and such saints only render Mundane Benefits. If one is Kamil Dhaat, the Spiritual Grace rendered in his lifetime and after his death remains the same and only those shall obtain Spiritual Grace whose fate is in the hands of this particular saint.

The Reality of Celebrating Commemorative Days of Saints

Those people who celebrate the Urs (death anniversary) and birthdays of saints and consider themselves to be disciples of the saints are in great deception. If somebody becomes a regular to the shrine of the Saint Data Ganjh Baksh and takes part in celebrations there, will Data Ganjh Baksh grant him salvation? Because a Hadith narrated by Abu Zar Ghaffari says that on the Day of judgement, when the saints will come many people will recognise them and say, 'This is a saint from our era,' and they will say, 'We helped him while performing ablution, we fed him, we gave him clothes,' etc. and in return they would be granted salvation. Obviously those who gave food to the saints didn’t do so in the grave and if they gave him clothes it was during the saint’s lifetime, and this would be in the knowledge of the saint. When the saints are in the grave, there is no guarantee that they would grant salvation; you do not even know whether they are pleased with you visiting their shrine or not. If you present a gift to a saint, it is entirely his decision whether he chooses to accept it or not. The saints accept some gifts and reject some. Those whose gifts have been accepted can expect to be granted salvation, but those whose gifts have been rejected, how can they expect salvation? If the saint is Kamil Dhaat, this is easy to figure out but if the saint is in the grave and you visit his grave, there is always a doubt because you do not know whether he is pleased with you or not. If you are greatly flawed and you visit a saint, he would point out your flaws and criticise you and tell you stop these negative things if you wish to continue coming to him. People go to the shrines of the saints and think they shall be granted salvation. I am a little skeptical about it because they do not focus on the pillars of the religions, Salat, fasting, or Dhikr. Nor do they have good deeds or a good character. Those who pay homage to the shrines and lay flowers on the grave and believe they are destined for paradise of course live in fool’s paradise. This is not in accordance with the Laws of Sufism.    
His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi is the only personality who sitting in front of the Shrine of Baba Farid said, 'You think that by passing in front of the "gate to heaven" you will enter the paradise? Greater than this is the court of Prophet Mohammad and having been there, there is no guarantee that one will enter the paradise, so how can there be a guarantee for this "gate to heaven"?' The courage to openly declare this truth is in His Divine Eminence Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi alone.

Wherever He went, He spoke the truth only and none else had the courage to do so. HDE explained that Baba Farid did not mean those who pass through the [physical] gate would enter the paradise; rather, those who adopt and travel his spiritual path, the teachings of Sufism, shall enter the paradise. People assumed the gate where Baba Farid sat was the ‘gate to heaven’ he was referring to. The question is, if somebody will enter the paradise by passing through this gate of Baba Farid, then why people do not enter paradise by passing through the gate of Prophet Mohammad? Even after going to the Kaaba or Medina, there is no guarantee and you think simply by going there you are guaranteed a place in paradise, why then do you call the Saudis, who hold the control system of these places to be Kafir, Munafiq and blasphemers of the Prophet?

We understand that visiting these places that are Shayer Allah (God’s Signs) or have an attachment with saints, such as Maqam-e-Ibrahim, Safa Marwa, the mosque of the Prophet, Kaaba, Bait ul Muqaddas, etc., is a means of obtaining spiritual rewards however it is not a means of obtaining salvation. It is a good thing to go to the graves and shrines of the saints but not with the intention of obtaining worldly prosperity/Mundane benefits. If your relative is in jail or you are in financial crisis and you beg for help that help would be your reward. Such things are common in Pakistan. People celebrate 11th Shareef (commemorative day for Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani Ghous Pak) and believe themselves to be disciples of Ghous Pak and many people believe themselves to be disciples of Data Ganjh Baksh because they participate in his Urs (death anniversary) every year.

People think giving money to build a mosque means they have bought themselves a place in the paradise. Muslims should reflect on that fact that a Muslim must earn by Halal (permissible) means. If you have built the mosque with money acquired through a Haraam (prohibited) means, in fact, even if you built another Kaaba with the prohibited money you will still not be able to obtain a place in the paradise.

A new trend has begun in Pakistan. Previously people used to visit the Shrine of Laal Shahbaz Qalandar and celebrate his Urs (death anniversary) however most of the people were those who used to go there to smoke marijuana and hashish.

Shiites believe that Laal Shahbaz was from the Shiite sect and they think Imam Bari Sarkar whose shrine is in Islamabad was Shiite also. However, those who possess Divine Light (Noor) do not belong to any sect and a saint is one who follows Sufism.

In Pakistan now, people have adopted some strange customs. They take Mehdi (Henna) to the shrine and they drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, say they are lovers of Qalandar Pak and they think they have become Faqirs. All of these absurdities are because people no longer aspire for the religion nor do the Muslims possess the knowledge of Sufism any longer and many centuries have passed therefore people have become unaware of the essence and reality of Sufi Knowledge. Moving the head from side to side doing Dhikr of Allah Hu in a darkened room is their conception of Sufism. By celebrating 11thShareef nobody enters the discipleship of Ghous Pak nor does anybody become a disciple of Data Sab by celebrating his death anniversary. People did not become pious in the eyes of God by performing Salat, Hajj or engaging in Dhikr of the Kalima nor did people become lovers of the Prophet Mohammad by sending salutations upon the Prophet (Durood-o-Salam) then how can you become a disciple of Ghous Pak simply by singing songs of praise? People who are engaging in such absurd activities are in great deception. They are not in search of the religion. Many of these people go for the fulfillment of their carnal desires. On normal days if somebody is caught smoking marijuana the police would lock him up but on this festive occasion, even the police officers are smoking therefore people get away with it and such these incidents are common at various shrines.

Among the Sunnis this concept of going to the shrines of Saints as a means of obtaining salvation or entry into their discipleship is their great misunderstanding. Nobody becomes a disciple of a saint by celebrating their commemorative days. Everybody must become a Momin in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and must follow the method which God has prescribed to obtain the status of Emaan. Otherwise, if you adopt your own innovative path it will increase sectarianism and no good shall come from it.

In this era of great mischief when no one is connected with God and Esoteric Knowledge is no longer available, those who claim to be spiritual simply read the books of the Sufis and give great lectures on spirituality however this play with words and knowledge does not purify the Nafs nor does it enlighten any heart with Divine Light. 

Friday 13 July 2012

The King of Kings

Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi with His Representative Younus AlGohar

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Questions Addressed to the Followers of MFI

Mehdi Foundation International (The Mehdi Promulgation Movement)

1) What is the Kalima-e-Sabqah? Does the Quran mention the Kalima-e-Sabqah?

2) What is Alam-e-Ghaib (Unseen World)? Is it inhabited?

3) The title of Jesus Christ is ‘Rouh Allah’ (Spirit of God), what is meant by this?
4) The Quran states, ‘When the Momin (Believers) turn away from their religion God shall send his nation on earth, they will love God and God will love them.’ What is meant by the nation of God?

5) It was decided that Jesus Christ would return to this world in the Era of Imam Mehdi. Elias (Ilyas) is still present in this world and Enoch (Idrees) is present in the heaven with his physical body. Who is the One these two personalities are still awaiting in this world?

6) Please mention the important features of the Doctrine of Imam Mehdi. 

7) Is it possible to obtain Divine Love without following a religion? How can it be obtained? 


*Note to all MFI members: please email your detailed answers to HH Younus AlGohar immediately