How to Begin Purifying the Carnal Self

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The process starts from within you.

The following is Younus AlGohar’s response to a viewer-submitted question on the daily online show, Sufi Online. You can watch Sufi Online every day at 10 PM BST on the ALRA TV YouTube channel.

The Carnal Self cannot be purified individually; it is a package. You become a seeker of the truth, you adopt spirituality, you have a Spiritual Guide, your heart is initiated and God’s name is implanted in the beating system of your heart. Your heart becomes an Eternal Dhakir (in eternal remembrance of God), only then comes the stage where you begin to purify your Carnal Self. Individually it cannot be addressed because it is not outside, it is inside.

The first step towards spirituality is to awaken and enlighten the heart.

When the heart is enlightened, it will become a monitor upon your Carnal Self – a caretaker, a watchman.

Without the enlightenment of the heart, any efforts made towards the purification of the Lower Self – the Carnal Self – is going to be futile.

Now, in order to adopt spirituality, Opening of the Spiritual Heart (Dhikr-e-Qalb) is available. His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi has delegated some of his disciples: we are serving humanity, we initiate hearts [with the Opening of the Spiritual Heart] and it is a free service. Once the heart is initiated, the process of spirituality will commence.

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