Why Does God Like the Tears of Sinners? ‘I was listening to His Divine Eminence Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi’s speech today.’ ‘His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi said that God likes the worship in which a sinner weeps.’ ‘Please explain this.’ There are two explanations of this. One is common and one is special. What is the common [explanation]? One day, Moses said to God, ‘Oh God, tell me what your favourite [type of] worship is, so that I can perform it.’ God replied, ‘You aren’t able to do it.’ He insisted, ‘No, [please] tell me and I will give it a try.’ God replied, ‘I like the tears of sinners – and you are a prophet, you are infallible. You cannot sin.’ Now, there are some things that are said in both the Prophetic Traditions and the Koran. One of those things is that Prophet Mohammad used to repent 70 times a day. People couldn’t understand this. When Prophet Mohammad is infallible and he can’t sin, why would the Prophet need to repent? People then assumed that Prophet Mohammad must have sinned [otherwise why would he repent?] I’ll tell you later why Prophet Mohammad repented. A common person’s Lower Self is impure. He does not practise spirituality, he hasn’t obtained the Opening of the Spiritual Heart – he is a common man. If he listens to the lecture of the clerics in which they depict the Scene of Death and then starts crying, these are not the tears that God likes. Some clerics are able to make a jolly person start weeping. They make everyone start crying. They have this talent. Especially the Shiites, they have this talent. They know how to dramatise the situation and traumatise the public. They are good at this. The tears that God likes of a person are those that are shed during the process of Purgation of the Lower Self. When the Lower Self transforms from the Commanding Self to the Blameworthy Self. The Lower Self that makes you feel blameworthiness. At this stage, if you commit a sin, your Lower Self reprimands you. It says, ‘God blessed you and made you an Enlightened Heart and you still haven’t changed your ways.’ This blameworthiness happens from within. And when this happens, a person is shaken to the core. And then the person cries out of fear of losing the blessing of God. When he cries, his tears wash away his sins. So whose tears does God like? At the very least, one who has the Blameworthy Self. Please repeat what I have said. Now there is a special explanation for this which you will not understand but I will tell you. What is that special explanation? Right now you obviously think that the Lower Self is the root of all evil and that the Lower Self compels you to sin and engage in other wrong deeds. So, when the Lower Self becomes purified then the person doesn’t have any excuse to sin. Right? Many people became saints Many people became saints and even after becoming a saint, they committed sins. Now, when a saint commits a sin after becoming a saint; he is shaken to the core. He wonders what happened. If someone commits a sin after becoming a saint , he is absolutely shocked. He doesn’t understand what happened. His faith becomes shaken. He says to himself, ‘My Lower Self has been purified now. How did this happen?’ He checks everything about himself. He checks his Lower Self and sees that it is still pure. He checks his own desires and he sees that they also not impure. [His desires] also are pure. He becomes worried and he thinks, ‘How did I happen to commit this sin?’ Then he turns to God and asks, ‘How did I happen to commit this sin?’ God replies, ‘I like the tears of sinners.’ So in this case they happen to commit the sin and the power behind it is God’s. This is known as a Predestined Sin. What do we call it? Predestined Sin. Even after purification of the Lower Self, saints may happen to commit sins. How does it happen? Although it is not actually considered a sin. They label it ‘wisdom’ and move past it. So saints do happen to sin, but they don’t do it by themselves. God makes them do it. God doesn’t tell you that he made you sin. When you cry and weep and wonder, ‘How did this happen?’ Then God will tell you, ‘I made you do it.’ When you think, ‘God made me commit that one sin,’ God will become upset and say, ‘No I didn’t make you do it.’ He will say, ‘I didn’t do it.’ Now, there are two types of Predestined Sins. One is the Predestined Sin you commit before being granted a rank; the other is the Predestined Sin you commit after being granted a rank. Before being granted a rank, the Lower Self [of a seeker in spirituality] is at the stage of Mulhima (The Blameworthy Self). At that time, God makes you commit a Predestined Sin. Predestined Sins are not minor sins. Predestined Sins are not minor or something you can overlook. One Predestined Sin is enough for your entire life. That one Predestined Sin is enough to humble your Lower Self for the rest of your life. A Predestined Sin can be considered divine wisdom – the man [committing the sin] has no hand in it. If God has written a Predestined Sin [in someone’s fate], he has no way out of it. It is like he has been hypnotised. Mesmerised. He commits the Predestined Sin like a robot. At that time, his mind doesn’t work. And he doesn’t have control over his body. There are some sins that God makes a person do in order to dismantle his pride. Because up until then, he is under the impression that he is a very pious person. Up until that point, he thinks of himself as a pure person. But inside, there is a sort of self-regard that builds upside inside one’s Lower Self as a result of [excessive] worship and piety. Listen to these words carefully. The pride that builds up inside [the Lower Self] as a result of not sinning – that is what is cleansed when you commit a Predestined Sin. The pride that develops when you don’t sin is cleansed when you commit a Predestined Sin. One day, Anwar asked His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi, ‘How will we know whether a sin was actually committed by us or God made us do it?’ [To Anwar] you asked this question in 1993, didn’t you? His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi replied, ‘The man has no control if the sin is one that God made him do.’ So God likes the tears of sinners. This is why God makes even saints
and Sufis commit Predestined Sins. The Predestined Sins God makes a person commit do not harm others. Nor are these sins those that involve lust. Predestined Sins are those in which you disobey [God]. Those are the types of sins God makes you do. By making someone commit a Predestined Sin, God wants them to make progress [in spirituality]. He wants that person to develop humility. This is why God likes the tears that come as a result of the Lower Self’s blameworthiness. If you listen to a cleric’s lecture and shed tears out of fear, don’t think those are the tears that God likes. If it is just your eyes that are weeping [what is the point]? If you see someone crying, you heart melts for them. But this isn’t the case with God. God’s heart only melts when the tears being shed are not crocodile tears. They need to be original tears. And the original tears will come when your Lower Self feels blameworthy. If someone is crying without blameworthiness of the Lower Self – – what I am telling you is a secret that only Sufis are taught – If someone comes and cries before a Sufi, the first thing the Sufi does is check his Lower Self. If the Lower Self is feeling blameworthy, then the Sufi will believe the tears. If the Lower Self is not feeling blameworthy, the Sufi will say that this is all drama. Because tears [are easy to shed]. Just start to victimise yourself. Take one minute to pity yourself – a meditation of self-pity. Think about how much you have been wronged or hurt [in life]. [The tears will come] on their own. Many people start crying just by watching Bollywood movies. They weep while watching Pakistani dramas Do you think God is pleased by such tears? So not all tears please God. There are [only certain types of tears that God accepts]. Whether or not your tears are accepted by God depends on the condition of your Lower Self. If your Lower Self felt blameworthy and then you genuinely repented, and then you wept as a result, those are the tears that God accepts. Otherwise no. The chemistry of purifying the Lower Self is this: the Lower Self is a satanic germ. It is from the nation of Jinns. Its diet is negative energy. It obtains its diet of negative energy from the food you eat and the air [you breathe]. There is negative energy that emits from people you keep company with as well. So your Lower Self is receiving its diet of negative energy 24/7. On top of that, there is the negative energy produced when you sin. So purification of the Lower Self is to change the Lower Self’s diet from negative energy to divine energy. So first all the negative energy will have to come out. Then divine energy will come in. So why do [people working on purifying their Lower Self] go through spiritual austerity and discipline? For example, we read in the [Sufi books] – – we read in Abdul Qadir Jilani’s book that when he was in the jungle – – he spent 40 years in the jungle for spiritual austerity – And every night for 15 years, he would [recite the Koran while standing on one leg]. How many years? Audience: 15. Every night for 15 years, he would recite the Koran while standing on one leg. People who don’t understand Sufism and they are unfamiliar with it ask, ‘What is this?’ ‘Why can’t you just recite the Koran while sitting down?’ However, it is important to understand the teachings of Sufism. The purpose of standing on one leg while reciting the Koran is to put the Lower Self through hardship. To make it difficult for the Lower Self. Test it. If you start reciting the Koran while standing on one leg, pretty soon your Lower Self will become uneasy. Then your Lower Self will advise you to sit down and recite the Koran. This is what the Lower Self will say. And then when you sit down and start reciting the Koran, for the first 2-3 minutes, the Lower Self will say, ‘Yes that’s better.’ After another 2-3 minutes, the Lower Self will say, ‘That’s enough. Recite the rest tomorrow.’ This is how your Lower Self drags you down. It drags you down. [That is why the Sufis put the Lower Self] through hardship. When Abu Bakr Shibli pledged allegiance to Junaid Baghdadi, Junaid Baghdadi had him sit where all the other disciples’ shoes were. He would say, ‘Sit there.’ He would have Abu Bakr Shibli do all the hard work. [A Spiritual Guide] might say, ‘Go and cut wood from the jungle.’ A disciple comes to practice invocation of God’s name and the Spiritual Guide sends him to the jungle to cut wood [instead]. The disciple thinks, ‘When will my heart begin to invoke upon God? My Spiritual Guide is just having me cut wood and sweep floors.’ There is always some wisdom behind what a Sufi does. A Sufi will only give you advice once in your life. After that [if you don’t listen], the Sufi will just agree to what you say. If you ask, ‘Shall I do this?’ He will say, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ If you ask, ‘Is it okay in terms of spirituality?’ He will reply, ‘Yes, it is perfectly fine.’ A Sufi will only give you advice once in your lifetime. If you follow the advice, you will reach God. But if, due to your pride in your own intelligence – – you think you are something and you make estimations about what you should do based on your own intellect – – you ignore the Sufi’s advice, that is where the chapter [of your spiritual journey] ends. A Sufi will never give you a second piece of advice in your life. He never gives a second piece of advice. He will say it very lovingly only once. He won’t emphasise that it is the first and last piece of advice he is giving you. He will say, ‘Do this.’ And in reply if the person says, ‘No, shall I do this instead?’ The Sufi will say, ‘No, do what I am telling you to do.’ If the person doesn’t do it, then the Sufi goes quiet. He observes absolute silence. So [in purification of the Lower Self], firstly one goes through physical hardship. The strict worship that has been prescribed [in Islam] like Salat – Salat is physically taxing. An Enlightened Believer has had Opening of the Spiritual Heart. Now he will perform Salat and in doing so, his body will have move. Due to the movement of the body in Salat, the Lower Self will suffer and it will become weak. What is the difference between the invocation [in your heart] and Salat? The invocation of God’s name [within your heartbeats] is happening on its own without any effort needed on your part. Whereas there is effort and hardship involved in performance of Salat. This will weaken the Lower Self. So one goes through spiritual austerity, disciple and physical hardship to weaken the Lower Self. When you sacrifice a cow or [other large animal during Eid ul Adha], 5-6 men are required just to hold the animal down. Two men hold onto one pair of legs and two other men hold onto the other pair of legs – and then the animal is sacrificed. The Lower Self is in the same condition as the animal being sacrificed. You can’t call 5-6 people to help you hold down your Lower Self. Therefore [on the spiritual path], first the Lower Self must be weakened. It should be weakened to a point where one push from the Spiritual Guide will make it fall. So to weaken the Lower Self, one is put through physical hardship. The main thing is hardship – – whether that hardship is in the form of worship and fasting or through chores that the Spiritual Guide has you do like sweeping floors. The main thing is [physical] hardship. Do you understand what I am saying? So the body has to be put through physical hardship. And those who do not like to move their body much – – those who can’t handle physical hardship and are easily fed up of minor issues – their Lower Selves can never be weakened. It will always remain strong. So before anything else, the Lower Self is weakened through physical hardship and hunger. Once the Lower Self is weakened – Now let’s suppose you have a good job and you earn a lot of money – you don’t want for anything. Then why would you need to eat someone’s leftovers or two-day old food? However, if you haven’t eaten for 7 days – – neither do you have money, a job nor any sort of [living] arrangements – – then in that case all your pride will go out the window. You will eat those leftovers to stay alive. Similarly, if the Lower Self is obtaining its diet from everywhere – – you are eating well, you are backbiting, placing allegations, committing all sorts of sins, lying and breaking people’s hearts – – you are committing fraud and doing everything else [under the stars] – Then in this case, your Spiritual Guide will not purify your Lower Self. It won’t happen. Because in order to purify the Lower Self, the first step is to weaken it. It has to be weakened by virtue of blameworthiness, hunger, criticism and physical hardship. When it is weakened, a day will come when the Spiritual Guide will take advantage of its weakened state and make a cage of divine energy around it. So that no negative energy can reach the Lower Self and serve as its diet. Now the Lower Self will be hungry. So first it had to be weakened and now it will go hungry. Then the Lower Self cries out, ‘I am hungry!’ How would you feel when you are eating food but even then the Lower Self cries out, ‘I am hungry’? ‘I am hungry!’ When a seeker on the spiritual path reaches this stage where the Spiritual Guide has made the cage of divine energy around his Lower Self, he does eat food but he can’t taste it. He says, ‘I don’t know what has happened. Everything is tasteless.’ Everything seems tasteless because the cage of divine energy around your Lower Self isn’t allow the negative energy from the food you eat to enter the Lower Self. So the Lower Self isn’t satisfied from the food you eat now. The Lower Self is not satisfied. If someone orders Nihari, you think, ‘What is this?’ [You don’t enjoy it]. This happened with me too. I really liked Nihari but then [when I reached this stage] I was eating it and I wasn’t enjoying it. And the same was the case for Korma and Biryani. The seeker himself becomes so perplexed. He thinks to himself, ‘What has happened? How did I end up [like this]?’ ‘What kind of spirituality is this?’ There is all this food but you can’t taste any of it. So a cage of divine energy has been made around the Lower Self. Now when the Lower Self says, ‘I am hungry’ and it demands sustenance, then the Spiritual Guide addresses it and says, ‘I have sustenance of divine energy. If you want it, you can have it.’ Many Lower Selves are extremely stubborn. They refuse the divine energy and they die from hunger. But the Lower Selves that are not so stubborn, out of a need to survive, they take the divine energy. They don’t wholeheartedly accept it. They accept the divine energy out of a need to survive. For 1-2 days, the Spiritual Guide feeds the Lower Self with divine energy. Then then Spiritual Guide says, ‘I cannot feed you every day.’ Then the Spiritual Guide says to the Lower Self, ‘Recite the Kalima (Motto of Faith). When you recite it, divine energy will be produced and that will be your diet.’ Now the Lower Self – the poor, innocent thing – – it thinks, ‘I am hungry. I will recite the Kalima so that I can eat and continue to live.’ So it recites the Kalima and divine energy is produced which serves as its diet. As it continues to consume divine energy, steadily the state of the Lower Self changes from Ammarah (Commanding Self) to Lawamma (Blameworthy Self). God has promised in the Koran that a once a person reaches Lawamma, he is guaranteed salvation. So this is how the purification of the Lower Self begins. After Lawamma is the stage of Ilhama/Mulhima (The Inspired Self). Once the Lower Self has reached the stage of Mulhima, this is when it is said that the Lower Self has been purified. This is the culmination of a Momin (Enlightened Believer). The culmination of a Momin is when his Spiritual Heart is at the stage of Muneeb (A Heart Turned Towards God) and his Lower Self is at the stage of Mulhima. Anything beyond this is sainthood. What is sainthood? Up until this point, you were a Momin – all your subtleties were involved in invocation. Your sub-spirits came out and everything. Your Lower Self reached Mulhima and your Qalb became Muneeb. You are a Momin. You will have sainthood when the divine theophanies fall upon you. When theophanies fall upon you, your Spiritual Heart will change from Muneeb to Shahid (The Witnessing Heart). Those same theophanies, after falling upon the Spiritual Heart, they also fall on the Lower Self. That is when the Lower Self changes from Mulhima to Mutmaina (The Contented Self). Once the Lower Self becomes Mutmaina, it takes on your appearance. It will look like you. There will hardly be any difference between your appearance and its. You can’t tell whether [you are looking at] someone’s body or their Lower Self. There is only one way to tell: if it is the Lower Self, its eyes will be very round. The eyes. Right now the eyes are chiselled. But if [my] Lower Self comes, its eyes will be completely round. If you see round eyes [on me] then recognise that it is [my] Lower Self. In order to take your prayers to God, you need to employ the same method used to take your Salat to God. The same method used for Hajj (pilgrimage). When your Salat will not reach God without the presence of your Spiritual Heart, how would your prayers reach God without it? What do you think? In order to take your supplications to God, you need to bring divine energy into your Spiritual Heart. ALRA TV: Bringing Light, Love and Peace in Your Life.