Tuesday 30 June 2015
Monday 29 June 2015
The following is from The Religion of God (Divine Love) by His Divine Eminence RA Gohar Shahi. 'Anything that directs one towards God and increases in his love is not disallowed.'
Sunday 28 June 2015
Saturday 27 June 2015
'Spiritual knowledge is not something that you will be able to adopt by choice.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Thursday 25 June 2015
The following is from The Religion of God (Divine Love) by His Divine Eminence Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi. 'Those who just verbally proclaim and say, "I love you," are merely bluffing.'
Wednesday 24 June 2015
If people sincerely believe in Lord Jesus and Lord RaRiaz and accept the message of Divine Love, then they will find out that the entire humanity is suffering from different ailments. There is a group of people in this world who, in the name of the religion and in the name of God, is spreading hatred.
Even the souls who chose to love God on the First Day (Primordial Times), when all the souls were created and they were shown modelled luxuries of the paradise and world, have forgotten today what they wanted. Those who chose the pleasures of this world, no matter how hard you try to convince them, they will never ever feel drawn to this Divine Love Doctrine. For those who chose the luxuries of paradise, paradise is their ultimate destination. These people are in need to adopt a valid religion, a valid code of rituals and valid clergymen, and a valid way of cleanliness of their inner and outer.
Lord RaRiaz said, ‘The religions are like boats and the religious scholars are like captains; if anyone of these two is defective, you cannot reach your destination.’
Unfortunately, there is no religion on earth today, including all the celestial religions, that is not being made subject to adulteration and alteration. The reason why I say this is because there is sectarianism in all religions. At the time of their prophets, they were one nation. [Afterwards] they were not divided into many sects. For example, at the time of Lord Jesus Christ, was there the concept of Protestant, Catholics, Latter Day Saints and Angelicans? No. They were all disciples of Lord Jesus Christ. How come they are now divided into many sects and each depicts a different image of Christianity? This is the case for each and every Christian sect, because they have distanced themselves from the original doctrine of Lord Jesus Christ.
Someone recently told me that he met a Christian Priest the other day and he gave him our message. He quoted, ‘Love Your Lord with all your mind, with all your heart, with all your Soul,’ and the priest said, ‘That is just bookish knowledge. It is not possible to practice.’
To me, this is a great sacrilege towards Jesus Christ. Probably, they do not know that a spiritual guide is needed in order to put the word of God in your heart, where you can invite God to reside and dwell. Under such circumstances, I think humanity needs a spiritual bridge; humanity needs somebody who can connect them to divinity. Humanity needs a spiritual, divine medium, which can connect them to God. They do have the Bible and the Bible can tell them to love their Lord with all their heart, soul and mind; yet they cannot do that. In simple words, even if you have the Bible, it’s useless [because you cannot practise it]. For example, if you have a car and you cannot drive it, it’s useless.
From where I see it, the Bible, Quran, Torah and all other books are just like manuals and maps. It can direct you to go to places, but what if you have a map and there is no road?
People do not know that the spiritual road starts from your heart, it bypasses your soul and it arrives at God's doorstep.
Even the people who chose the pleasures of paradise in the Primordial Times need to adopt a religion. Through that religion, they will be able to obtain the pleasures of the paradise - which was written in their destiny.
Humanity is suffering. Those who chose the luxuries of paradise are in trouble because the religions are corrupt and they do not have a medium, a spiritual bridge to God. There is no facility available in this world.
There is no spiritual institution in this world today which can give you a substitute and take you to your written destiny.
This is why you need Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, because Lord Ra Riaz has come here to give you a substitute. When there is no substitute, no medium, no middle divinity available and the entire humanity is suffering from this scarcity of medium, Messiah Foundation International is the facility today that can take you to your destiny.
We are lucky to have been born in this era, when both Lord Ra Riaz and Lord Jesus Christ are about to reappear. Lord Ra Riaz has granted an enormous amount of spiritual powers to His followers. They can make miracles and magical moments happen. This power given to them is the evidence that they are connected to Lord Ra Riaz and Lord Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ used to heal the blind, but today we have worse ailments. Today, if someone comes to Messiah Foundation International, he gets healed. And in no time, he becomes a Spiritual Healer and he is healing the humanity.
The best among you is one who serves humanity and loves humanity. First is the Lord then comes the rest. If you love the Lord, you serve his children.
His children are in needs of this doctrine of Divine Love and Global Peace. With the power and authority of Goharian Philosophy of Divine Love, we are supposed to bring about Goharian Spiritual Revolution.
Our mission is great, our field is vast and our task is mammoth. Those who are related to the Lord, they feel the burden of divine responsibility on their shoulders. One who truly loves the Lord, he truly serves his task. You must awaken your senses.
I want to see flame of love blazing in all hearts and all souls. I want all hearts and all souls to turn into temple of love. You cannot buy the satisfaction from anywhere else that you obtain by initiating hearts with the Lord's name. It’s a great feeling. It’s a sense of great achievement.
If you have ever saved a dying man, you know how you feel when you save a life. That person will have to die one day anyway; however, when you render an everlasting life to a man and you turn them immortal, the feeling is just great. If you want to feel close to being God, revive hearts with Gohar-given powers.
Do you know what it is like to be feeling as God? Serve humanity, revive hearts, and you will feel it. Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi says, ‘So many Prophets and Saints love God, but I love those who love human beings.’ Teaching love is not our religion, but it is rather our job. I want all of us to love humanity so that humanity may love God!
What is the incentive for loving God? Paradise. If God does not grant you paradise, you shall not love God; this is what religions taught. Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi's message is unique: love human beings and love God, even if human beings hate you and God sends you to hell. You probably didn’t hear this message before because God didn’t come before. God has come in the form of Messiah Lord Ra Riaz.
'The fact that God is God will not be changed by whatever name you call upon him.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Tuesday 23 June 2015
The poster below explains an important point we can't stress enough about the increase in radicalised elements today. Click here to learn more about the sacred book, The Religion of God (Divine Love) and where you can get it.
Monday 22 June 2015
'Some people will always see the world with one particular brand of glasses.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
The following is a trascript of His Holiness Younus AlGohar's speech. His Holiness is the Official Representative of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi.
We are a spiritual organisation and we represent His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi. We believe the fact that His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi is the Awaited One who has been awaited for centuries by all religions.
Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) knows of the personality of the Awaited One as Kalki Avatar. According to the Muslim faith, they also await a mighty personality who will bring about Spiritual Revolution and will enlighten hearts. They title they have for the Awaited One is Imam Mehdi. Jews await this personality as Messiah. Basically, the Awaited One is [here] to unite hearts of humanity, enlighten their hearts, awaken their souls, reconnect them to God and make them an ideal human being on Earth.
There is a problem with every religion. There are at least two dimensions of every religion. Theouter aspect of the religion includes your servitude to God and your worship. It also includes your purified social behaviour: which is how to live your life peacefully, making sure that you do not deprive anybody of their rights or belongings while you spend your time on Earth; you want to make sure that you do not hurt anybody by your hands or tongue. But this outer aspect of the religion is obtained only when you are in possession of the inner dimension of the religion.
Those who practise a religion without being in possession of connection with God oftentimes end up becoming religious fanatics, extremists and terrorists.
For example, the Buddhist religion is very peaceful and calm - ‘Buddha’ itself means ‘Enlightenment.’ When they failed to enlighten themselves, they also became terrorists. What they are doing in Burma and what they have been doing in Sri Lanka is so shameful; they have lost their dignity. At one time, Buddhism was regarded as a peaceful religion and everybody respected them. But they too have become extremists.
Then we have Hinduism. Hindus who are not aware of spiritual knowledge and who do not practise spirituality also become extremists, fanatics and terrorists. For example, Gandhi Jee was a wonderful man. He did not disrespect any religion. He used to study the Bhagvad Gita, and at the same time, he would study the Holy Quran. He would follow both of the books. He raised his voice against tyranny and oppression. His political struggle and the silent revolution that he brought about in India were not just aimed at flourishing the Hindu community alone; he included Muslims as well. He fought for Muslims and Hindus both.
I would like to salute Gandhi Jee for his purified thinking and enlightened understanding of life. I pay tribute to the way he lived his life. He was an honest man who loved and respected humanity.
But then we have Hindu organisations like RRS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) who only spread mischief. The current Prime Minister of India is the butcher who instigated a massacre of innocent Muslims in the state of Gujrat - and, again, he wants to stir up the regional peace. This is because they do not know what spirituality is. They do not know why they need to follow a religion.
Why Religions Need Spirituality
If you do not know why you are going to see a doctor, then you might as well stay home! This is the tragedy today among all religious people. They do not know why they follow their religion and what they are aiming at. They do not know what they want to achieve by practising a religion.
There is no religion on Earth which will allow its followers to insult other religions, deprive people of other religions of the principle rights of life, persecute somebody because of his belief system, discriminate, or to hate anybody to an extent that it becomes almost impossible for you to tolerate their existence. You make up a society in which you do not coexist with members of other religions - that is a problem today. All these problems are because of the non-availability of spiritual knowledge and grace.
Without spirituality, religion is like a man without his soul; like a car without an engine; like a sky without the Sun.
Now, all these religions have become monsters. Why? Because the inner aspect in every religion is either put aside, ignored or rejected. In every religion there is a group of people who fanatically worship and they don’t seem to understand their religion.
If you hit a child and you expect the child’s mother to appreciate it, you live in fool’s paradise. If you kill human beings and you are aiming at loving God, you live in fool’s paradise.
How can you love God and hate human beings? You claim you love God, who you have not seen, but you hate the human beings you see every day. Your love for God is not practical; it is a story created under the shadow of mythology. I do not see why a person will truly love God and truly hate his creation. It is impossible for a man to love God and hate his creation.
The Awaited One Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi has come not invent another set of beliefs, but to revive spirituality in every religion!
For example, there are many wives and husbands but they are all fighting. Then, all of the sudden, a young, handsome man arrives at the scene and tells them, ‘This is how you love your husband,’ and ‘This is how you love your wife.’ If somebody were to suggest that the man was flirting with the wives, the man would reply, ‘I want to teach them how to love their husbands and I want to teach the husbands how to love their wives. I want to teach them to live in peace and harmony.’
It is very tragic and ironic that people think they will say they want to love somebody and they will just love. People do not know what the substance of love is. People do not know what the procedure is by which you will be able to learn to love human beings and love God.
Religions have a set of beliefs in which there are many dos and don’ts. But the problem is, you do not know why you have to do certain things and why certain things have been declared prohibited. But spirituality has answers for everything.
The Sources of Love and Hatred in You
In order to hate anybody, you do not have to go to school, but in order to love them you need help. You need to learn to love. For a period of time, I did think it was tragic and it was beyond the grasp of my brain to comprehend why one doesn’t have to learn to hate when he has to learn to love. I was not able to comprehend the Secretive Codes of God. But then when I met His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi, I was able to understand.
The Lord said, ‘There is an evil soul in everybody. That evil soul rests in your stomach. It is known as the Nafs (Self/Ego). Its Guru, the Shaitan (Devil) is always in his surroundings. That Nafs teaches you to hate people. Whenever the Nafs is incompetent, he calls upon his Guru, the Shaitan, who comes and helps him.’
The Guru that teaches you hatred is inside you. But you will have to look for the Guru who will teach you to love. He is not inside you; you will have to bring him in.
People don’t know [about this]! They know that they hate without going to school. They don’t have to learn to hate anybody; it is like an inborn ability that you begin to hate people without much ado. But they don’t know why. They do not know if they must learn to love. They do not know, because the knowledge which will make a man a human being has been kept hidden.
If you think reading the Bible, Quran and Bhagvad Gita will make you a good human being, then all these religious people are reading their holy scriptures - yet they are cutting throats. It is not this Bible [in the book form] which will make men good human beings. It is the secretive spiritual knowledge which will enlighten, awaken and teach your soul love. It is the secretive spiritual knowledge which will deter your Nafs from hatred.
The most these people can do is to take preventive measures and restrict themselves from doing certain things. When you prevent yourself from doing wrong, the desire stays there inside you, it doesn’t diminish. It accumulates inside you. You stop yourself from doing things that you desire to do; you restrict yourself; but then what happens? Sometimes, you feel overwhelmed [by the] rapturous desires of doing something - carnal desires - and you slip off the track.
When you are overwhelmed by those rapturous desires, you feel compelled to sway yourself with the flow of the sins. So these preventive measures can help a man to a certain degree, however spiritual knowledge is needed.
Without spiritual knowledge, you can prevent yourself for a certain period of time, but one day when the desire is accumulated, it reaches its peak and you feel overwhelmed by it. The cure is not available. It is only available in spirituality because spirituality will enlighten your heart, enlighten and awaken your souls and fix the evil soul that rest in your stomach.
His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi does not propagate any particular religion. The Awaited One is here to help humanity: to help everybody become a good human being and help everybody connect themselves with God.
I don’t call myself a Muslim and I don’t call myself a Hindu either. But I love all: whoever wants to love God, whoever wants to become purified, whoever wants peace and love. Our message and our help do not have boundaries.
This message is for everybody whether you believe in a religion or you don’t believe in any religion. The message of HDG is love, love and love. If you want to do extra, then love, love and love.
Once, a white man from Manchester came to see His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi. He kept looking at the comely face of the Lord without a blink of the eye. He looked continuously for 5-10 minutes. Then he said, ‘I want to know. Who are you?’
Instantly HDG replied, ‘I am all Love, from head to toe.’
Love which will not turn into anything else: unconditional love. To be honest with you, if you will ever see unconditional love, you will see it in HDG Gohar Shahi; nowhere else.
Sunday 21 June 2015
'You may feed your kids in a golden spoon, however you must see to them like a lion.' - Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi
Saturday 20 June 2015
'It is not about changing the religion. It is about changing your heart.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Friday 19 June 2015
'Most human beings do not appreciate and value God's bounty when they have it. And when they lost it, they regret.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Thursday 18 June 2015
'The only way of getting your worship purified is the way of spirituality.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
'Whatever you are doing, do it with utmost sincerity, honesty and passion.' - Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Monday 15 June 2015
On the 31st of May, 2015, Mr. Qayyum of Messiah Foundation International interviewed Ms. Soniya of Chhatarpur, Delhi about the miracle she had experienced whilst speaking to Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi’s image on the Moon.
On the 11th of December, 2013, doctors had discovered an anechoic cyst in Ms. Sonia’s ovaries, diagnosing her with hydrosalpinx and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Regarding her experience, Ms. Soniya states,
‘I believe in Kalki Avatar Ra Gohar Shahi…at the time I was diagnosed, I was working in a company. The doctors told me to have surgery to remove the cyst within 15 days or the cancer would become worse.’
‘One Sunday, whilst at my company, I prayed to Kalki Avatar Gohar Shahi and I said, “Lord, I have two kids and I don’t have the money to get this operation.” I started crying thinking about the future and what would happen to my children. I thought, “Lord, what will happen? What should I do?”’
‘Then in the evening of that Sunday, I started to look at the Moon. I started to talk to the Moon and whilst speaking to it, I saw a ray of light shoot from the Moon towards me. It only came towards me. After the light came towards me, I felt like something was exiting my body slowly through my feet and through my head. First, I was crying and then I started laughing involuntarily.’
‘I don’t know what that was; only Kalki Avatar Lord Gohar Shahi knows how He blessed me.
‘After that, I prayed to the Moon out of happiness. When I put my hands to my face, I smelt fragrance. The fragrance was so intense that I thought someone was burning incense. Then I thought to myself, “This is a workplace. Who would burn incense here?” I went outside and I realised the fragrance was coming from my own body. I did this three times and every time, the fragrance was coming from me.’
‘I returned home happily. My brothers told me to get an ultrasound again, even though I told them I felt fine. First, the pain had been very intense but now I noticed that the pain was lessening gradually. I felt continuous inner peace. My family pressured me to get checked again. The ultrasound came back completely normal.’
On the 27th of May, 2015, doctors issued a new report for Ms. Soniya which showed that she no longer suffered from any cyst or tumour.
Dr Deepak Kumar, who had diagnosed Ms Soniya, had no explanation for her improved condition, stating that it was a miracle.
Ms Soniya declares, ‘I am so ecstatic after this miracle and my faith in the Lord has become so solid! I told all my family and friends about Lord Ra Gohar Shahi.’
‘I realise now that the Lord is among us in this world. We just need to have faith. The day we all have faith in the Lord will be the day the world is fixed.’
Sunday 14 June 2015
Saturday 13 June 2015
Friday 12 June 2015
The following is a report written by Mr Fahad, who was part of the team that visited Fiji on behalf of Messiah Foundation International.
Messiah Foundation International is so pleased to share that we have now begun spreading the message of peace and love in Fiji. Our team visited the main cities of Fiji such as the capital, Suva, and Nadi. We also took our message to some coastal villages in the south. People of all ages, regardless of their religious background, were very receptive of Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi’s teachings.
So far, the mission reached approximately 60,000-67,000 people in Fiji.
With the help of the Post Fiji Newspaper in Suva, we were able to distribute 10,660 leaflets in more than 60 islands all over Fiji. We are grateful for the help of Mr Prashant Ram, thanks to whom the message of divine love was published to Sun Fiji Newspaper. It has a circulation of about 50,000 in total for two days. The Sun happily supported Messiah Foundation International’s cause by publishing our literature on the 6th and 7th of June.
The Post in the Namaka Town Centre in Nadi very warmly welcomed our advocates. They gave us a platform to distribute 1000+ leaflets and display banners for the public.
Our team from Messiah Foundation International is very thankful to Mr Nemani Tukunia (the Manager of National Sales) and Mr Isaac Mow (Head of Retail and Marketing) at the Post Fiji Newspaper in Suva. They not only accepted and listened to our teachings respectfully, but they were also great assets in spreading this message of divine love all over the country.
A Christian woman named Ms Seruwaia, a member of the housekeeping staff at a local hotel in Nadi, was ecstatic to hear about the Second Coming of Lord Jesus Christ with the Universal Saviour Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi. She said that she was ‘really fortunate’ to meet our team and receive the message of love and peace. She was so touched by what we had to say that she requested literature for her to distribute in the island where she lives and at her church.
Overall, we received a positive response during our time in Fiji. The majority of people were extremely pleased to hear the message. I continually heard people saying things like,‘Thank you so much for letting us know about the Universal Saviour – it is very interesting. We never heard about it before.’
Wednesday 10 June 2015
Tuesday 9 June 2015
Monday 8 June 2015
Sunday 7 June 2015
Saturday 6 June 2015
'Almost everybody wants to know about others. It is a pity that we do not know who we are.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Friday 5 June 2015
'Before enlightenment of the heart and cleansing of the Self, God's love is impossible to obtain.' - Lord RA Gohar Shahi
The following is a transcript of His Holiness Younus AlGohar’ s speech. His Holiness is the Official Representative of Lord Ra Riaz.
The message of His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi is divine love. It is not just a message; it is a full package which includes esoteric knowledge, divine esoteric methodology and then HDE Gohar Shahi’s esoteric supervision. One learns to enlighten the heart and spiritualise the character as per the spiritual philosophies of HDE Gohar Shahi under the blissful, auspicious and all-time supervision of HDE Gohar Shahi.
Spirituality as it has been explained by HDE Gohar Shahi, I believe is the purest form of spirituality. Nothing is exaggerated and nothing is lessened in its reality.
This world has witnessed not too many saints. Most of the saints who were sent into this world were not appointed as universal teachers. They lived within their own little world; most of the saints spent their lives in jungles. Those who returned to the world from the jungles, because they were not appointed as universal teachers by God, therefore they confined their teachings to a smaller group of disciples. People did not have first-hand experience of how a saint lives, behaves and conducts himself.
There is a trend in Pakistan. Sunni Muslims claim they are those who believe in the saints. And, apparently, there are thousands of people in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh who are self-proclaimed, fake saints. Most of these individuals come from the families of saints. For example, if there was a saint in a family some generations back, after that point, every child that is born in that family is [supposedly] a saint.
You are not going to be a saint just because your father is a saint. And you are not going to be deprived by God just because your father did not believe in God.
It is different. In spirituality, nothing is inherited. In spirituality, you are self-made. It is you; whatever it is, it is you. If you become a saint, you will become a saint because of what you have done. If you are a sinner, you are a sinner because of your bad deeds.
To Accept vs. To Believe
Spiritual terminology is connected to practical experiences. In our day-to-day life, the words that we use have a totally different meaning in spiritual terminology. The Christians say, ‘We believe in Jesus,’ and the Muslims say, ‘We believe in Mohammad and we believe in the saints.’ But they don’t know what it is to believe in the saints.
To accept is different from to believe.
With discussion and knowledge, you accept things that you did not accept when you did not have knowledge.
But because of the difference in terminology, people think that they believe in the saints. They do not believe in the saints; they accept them.
If you ask them, ‘How do you believe?’
They say, ‘Well, we heard that they are saints.’
That is not a valid answer to the question.
For example, if you say, ‘We eat Nihari (a curry),’ and I ask you, ‘How do you eat Nihari?’ you would respond by saying, ‘We bring it from a restaurant, pour it in our plates and we eat it with bread.’
‘That’s good. Now how do you believe in the saints? Have you met any saints?’
‘No, we heard about them.’
‘Alright. What do you know about them?’
‘They were great saints, they showed miracles.’
‘Is there any miracle of those saints that you have experienced in your life?’
Similarly, when people say that they believe in God, this is not believing; this is acceptance. People accept that there is a God. People accept that there was Jesus and Mohammad. To believe is different.
In order to believe, you have to be familiar with the powers, teachings – and with your own personal observation and experiences.
Is it enough to ‘believe in’ a saint, prophet or God? The meaning of to believe in in day-to-day life that people understand is [equivalent to saying] ‘I accept him.’ They do understand this difference. When they want to say, ‘I accept God,’ they say, ‘I believe in God.’
God said, ‘I am the total provider,’ so if you really believe in God, sit at home because God will provide food for you. You accept God; you don’t believe in God. Then how will you truly believe in God? With the help of the knowledge and teachings that God reveals upon messengers and prophets. When that knowledge enters your heart, you heart is enlightened and God’s light has entered your heart; that light of God in your heart will make a bridge between your heart and God. That is to believe in God.
When you actually start receiving the benevolence and spiritual grace through whatever source, then in that particular source, you begin to believe.
Thursday 4 June 2015
A character comes from a proper spiritual training. The heart has to be purified and the Self (Ego) has to be crushed and mortified. One cannot become a good human being without spiritual training. Those who show laziness or lack of interest in terms of practicality are those that fake their spiritual belief.
Spirituality is all about actions, not talks.
There are two types of manners:
1- Societal manners, which has to do with living in a society in perfect harmony and peace. It means not depriving others of their rights and respecting everybody.
2-Esoteric Manners, which come with enlightenment of the heart and the Self. When these two souls are not enlightened, one doesn’t have esoteric manners.
You can’t be a good person if you hurt others with your tongue, hands and words.
If every time you make a promise, you break it and do not honour your promise or every time you speak, you lie, then you are a hypocrite according to the Prophet Mohammad (the Prophet of Islam).
If you don’t weigh your words and you are not bothered about the emotional harm it can give to others, then you are a social animal; you are not a human being.
If Gohar does not reflect in your character, you do not belong to Gohar. One who doesn’t respect religious beliefs of others can’t be one from among us. His Divine Grace Lord Ra Riaz Gohar Shahi teaches us to respect all religions and all human beings. The true disciples practise it.
Wednesday 3 June 2015
Tuesday 2 June 2015
'You can't be a good person if you hurt others with your tongue, hands and words.' - His Holiness Younus AlGohar
Monday 1 June 2015
Today's quote is from The Religion of God (Divine Love) by His Divine Eminence RA Gohar Shahi. 'When the heart has become enlightened and shining, one day it will come under the Merciful Sight of God.'