The True Mehdi Issue 03 - March - Page 18

SPOTLIGHT HIS DIVINE EMINENCE GOHAR SHAHI’S FOOLPROOF FORMULA FOR RECOGNISING TRUE SUFIS Zoomed Image Use this formula to not only test a Sufi, but also to recognise yourself In order to explain how to recognise a true Sufi, His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi gives the following example: ‘Only a thief will recognise a thief. Bring a thief from Karachi and another from Rawalpindi. When their eyes cross, they will recognise each other. ‘In a similar way, only a saint is spiritually capable of recognising another saint of God.’ Before a question arises, HDE Gohar Shahi tells us, ‘Only a saint will recognise a saint of God. This is because you do not have the [required] criteria.’ When you attempt to judge whether or not someone is a true Sufi, what do you look for? Perhaps you want to know whether he is a dedicated worshipper, whether he wears what you consider to be a traditional Sufi outfit or whether his lifestyle is a simple one. However, it is possible for someone to fulfil these requirements, yet still not be a true Sufi. The issue is that saints of God are those upon whom God showers his divine sparks (theophanies). Only people who are recipients of the divine sparks are able to recognise others that have been granted the same luxury. So for average people like us, it is impossible to determine who is a true Sufi and who is an imposter - right? Wrong. The last section explained how the Spiritual Heart is the most important factor for those starting out on the spiritual path. It also described how revival and enlightenment of the Spiritual Heart are done through the method known as 18 THE TRUE MEHDI • ISSUE 03 • MAR 2017 How to Test Your Spiritual Guide: 1) Ask him to revive your heart with God’s name using the method of Opening of the Spiritual Heart (Invocation of the Heart/ Dhikr-e-Qalb) 2) You should feel God’s name entering your heart within seven days. 3) If after seven days, your Spiritual Heart is not awakened and you have not felt God’s name entering your heart, your Spiritual Guide has not been appointed by God. Opening of the Spiritual Heart, which can only be attempted with the help of a divinely appointed Spiritual Guide. HDE Gohar Shahi said, ‘If somebody claims to be a Sufi, he has to be appointed by God. Otherwise, he is just an imposter. Secondly, if he has been appointed by God, the only way you can verify that truth is to beseech him to grant you Opening of the Spiritual Heart. If he is really appointed by God then he must have been delegated by God to initiate hearts [with God’s name].’ GOHAR SHAHI, HELP ME HDE Gohar Shahi His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi’s Image on the Moon GET OPENING OF THE SPIRITUAL HEART NOW: If you come to know that the Sufi Master you take to be your Spiritual Guide is an imposter, you can still receive the divine gift of Opening of the Spiritual Heart through the blessings of His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi. To obtain Opening of the Spiritual Heart from His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi, you are not required to make any commitment. You do not have to follow any religion. You just need to be sincere in your search. Anyone can receive Opening of the Spiritual Heart through His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi’s image on the Moon using the following method: 1 2 3 LOOK for His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi’s image on the Full Moon when the Moon is in the East. REPEAT the name of God three times. Any name alluding to God is worthy of respect, therefore it doesn’t really matter which name of God you use. FEEL the Name of God - You should feel the name of God entering your heart. If you do not feel this phenomenon within seven days, simply say, ‘HDE Gohar Shahi, help me.’ THE TRUE MEHDI • ISSUE 03 • MAR 2017 19