god consciouness

The Search for the Lost Word-Part 1

The quest for “that which as been lost” is key to the entire system of freemasonry. W.L.Wilmshurst states:

“What it is that has been lost is not explicitly declared, but is implied and is stated to form "the genuine secrets of a Master Mason.” It is the loss of a word, or rather of The Word, the Divine Logos, or basic root of our own being. In other words the soul of man has ceased to be God-conscious and has degenerated into the limited terrestrial consciousness of the ordinary human being.“

Things about prayer that I should have learnt a long time ago: 

1. God doesn’t need your prayers. The prayers are for you. Why? Because praying five times a day isn’t merely a pointless ritual; it establishes a routine, a sort of rhythm to your life. It is the one part of your to-do list that you get to check off, even if the rest of your work is unfinished. 

2. Don’t expect some sort of enlightening experience when you pray after a long time. I think that’s what I found most disheartening about prayer, that I didn’t feel a ray of light enter my heart, that I didn’t feel cleansed when I prayed after a long time. Prayer does feel nice, but the “cleansing” the “enlightening” comes after a while and it comes from within. It comes with the stuff you do along with prayer. It comes from the effort you put in to becoming a good person and into becoming conscious of God. 

3. Beating yourself up about missing prayer disheartens you more. Beating yourself up in general is disheartening. Take it easy on yourself. 

4. You’ll never expect it, but one day you’ll be crying in sujood and it isn’t because you’re weak it’s because you’re taking a step towards being stronger. Don’t be afraid to cry in prayer. It’s nice to feel yourself humbled towards God. You don’t have to cry in front of anyone else, but you can sob your heart out in front of God and that’s perfectly okay. 

5. That discomfort you feel about having missed a prayer, is something that you should address. Don’t brush it off. If you brush it off once, you’ll do it again. Go pray. It really is good for you. 

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“People always say I’m the Beatle who changed the most but really that’s what I see life is about. The point is unless you’re God conscious then you have to change because.. because it’s a waste of time.
Everybody is so limited and so really useless when you think about the limitations on yourself, and the whole thing is to change, try and make everything better and better, and that’s what the physical world is about, is change.”
-George Harrison 🌻

Why do we close our eyes when we laugh really hard, when we dream, and when we’re conscious of God during our prayers?

Because the most beautiful things in life aren’t seen by the eyes, but felt by the heart.

—  Unknown
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Two-part collab with the lovely @momonart to an absolute must read called Corner of a Birdcage by @oxeh! This fic captured me the moment it began! The pacing is perfect, the squad dynamics couldn’t be better, and the slow burn is to die for on top of great writing!! It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a fic; if you haven’t read it already, what are you doing here?

anonymous asked:

Salam. How do i completely stop my addiction to masturbating. Ive tried so many ways. Ive stopped fr a few weeks but every once in a while the desire comes back strong and I keep making dua but i always find myself falling for it. Pls make dua for me

Walaikum Assalaam,

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is the most forgiving and merciful. If we sincerely repent He will forgive us. No matter how many times we commit a mistake and after every fall we turn to Him and ask for His forgiveness sincerely He will forgive us. 

The temptation will be there but you have to suppress your desire for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Keep striving and never give up. Keep yourself busy and do productive things that will benefit you in the hereafter. Make dua and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for help. Cry and beg to Him that He give you strength to fight with your desire and help you abstain from sin. Avoid all the circumstances that trigger your feeling and strengthen your relationship with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

“The more you go against the self, the more light will be put in the heart.”

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

First of all find out what are the triggers and avoid being in those circumstances. Secondly fast if you are having problem in controlling desires or eat less. Thirdly temptation will always be there, throughout our life. But we have to abstain from the temptation. When you think about the desires and it gives you joy. The first thing you have to do is to repel that thought, before it becomes an action. Try to distract yourself, do something read books, talk to your family or anything that may help you to get distracted from the thought. If you keep thinking about it, it will become a stronger desire and it may happen you may end in doing sin.

Following are some tips that will help you to reduce sin in shaa Allah

1.      Fix your prayers.

Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do. (Surat Al-`Ankabūt 29:45)

2.      Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.      When you get tempted to do sin think of the death because it is the cutter of delights.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:“Remember often the destroyer and cutter off of delights, which is death.” (Sunnan Trimidhi:2229)

4.    Have friends that remind you of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala not those whose company makes you forget Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

5.    Strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. When our connection is stronger with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala it will be easy for us to fight with the desires.

6.    When you get tempted think of the following things:

·         Allah is watching you

·         Angels are recording your deeds

·         Punishment of the grave

·         You have to answer on the day of Judgement

Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.

1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.

5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:

1.  Asthaghfirullah

2.  Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

Or Asthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM 

Or SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or 

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. 

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim

6. Dua and Repentence:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.“ [2:186] 

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said:”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: 

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.”(Tabarrani) 

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!

Ask Allah for the help and try to do dhikr all the time, it will help you in shaa Allah. Recite Astaghfirullah, Durood Shareef and kalma as often you can. Desire will always be there, nafs and shaitan is our enemy and this battle will continue till our last breath. On our shortcomings we should repent to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala sincerely. He is the most forgiving and merciful.

I hope it will be helpful. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala make things easier for you.

Allahumma Ameen

Love Vs Infatuation

The thin line between love and infatuation appears though hardship and draws itself in the sands of time. While love transforms and withstands, infatuation serves selfishness and strengthens ego. Love surrenders us into serenity, while infatuation ignites tension and fear. Love expands our heart and widens our world, while infatuation creates confusion and contraction. Love is Organic and gives of itself freely, while infatuation insists, needs, demands and controls. Love does NOT LIE, it unbinds and unwinds us into the nakedness that sits beneath our coveted wounds.  

May we COURAGEOUSLY love DEEPLY today and every day. May we honor love’s path and surrender to its gifts, revelations and deeply seated truths…even the truths we hid and held dear- year after year. May we learn graciously and without shame, for shame is self blame….but LOVE is the name; the name of God’s ultimate game.  Blessed Be.

Love Miss Metamorphosis

anonymous asked:

Hello :) I'm a Christian but absolutely respectful of and intrigued by Islam :) what is the significance of ramadan? Like why do people celebrate it? This isn't meant to be offence I'm just intrigued!

Hi :D

How Did Ramadan Begin?

Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In this month the prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), received his first revelation from God - which is apart of the holy book of Islam, the Quran.

“In the month of Ramadan the Qur'an was revealed.” (Chapter Baqarah, 2:185)

This revelation was - “Read”. This is a remarkable command from God to prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) because the prophet could not read.

The story involves the Angel Gabriel. If you would like to read it, here is a good summary of the events - The Message

Why is Ramadan so Special?

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Muslims refrain from food, drink, bad deeds and other actions to purify themselves for their Lord as well as relate to people without food.Fasting provides humility for the Muslims. The idea is that, if we can refrain from food and drink for God, we can certainly refrain from sinful actions as well.

So, the first and main reason Ramadan is so special is because

1. It is an excellent means of developing the spiritual connection with our Lord

During this month we believe the gates of heaven are open, and the devils are chained in hell so that we cannot be tempted by their misguidance. We believe that while fasting, we have numerous opportunities to gain good deeds as well as to get rid of the bad ones. Our good deeds are multiples in this month as a mercy from our Lord. There are special prayers that are utilized during the night so we may exalt our Lord. For a whole month, we are given huge opportunities to easily cleanse ourselves and renew our connection with our Lord. It is difficult for me to convey this feeling, but in my heart I feel Ramadan. As do many Muslims. It makes us feel connected, motivated, energized, and excited.

So the most important benefit of ramadan that gives Muslims so much excitement is that we hope to become more pious.

O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard (against evil). (Chapter Baqarah, 2:183)

During this month we believe we have the opportunity to rid ourselves of our past sins -

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Whoever observes fasts during the month of     Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.“ 

(Authentic Narration by Bukhari)

2. In this month, we can develop humility

Understanding the struggles of people around the world who do not go to bed with a full tummy is a bit easier when you’re fasting all day. During this month we are encouraged to give charity to those in need and remind ourselves of the blessing we have. It reminds us that those who regularly do not have much to eat should be in our prayers and we should strive to give charity to them constantly.

3. We are reminded of our community

Ramadan is really a time for family, friends, and all of our Muslim family. We see each other more than usual during this month. We eat with family friends often and usually cook the best meals during this time. Sweets are usual for every night, and laughter is common. It’s so much fun to be around those who are God conscious during this month. On the first night before Ramadan we wish everyone a happy Ramadan. It is truly a moment that reminds us how blessed we are to have another Ramadan, another huge opportunity to better ourselves for the sake of our Lord.

4. We PARTYYYY after Ramadan

During Ramadan, we focus on reading the Quran, doing good deeds, praying more, watching our tongues - we try to give up TV, and movies - we spend more time with family and try to sleep less so we can worship more.

Then, the day after Ramadan, for 3 days, we PARTTYYYYYY. With lots of sweets! We celebrate our fasting and the good deeds we received and we aim to carry on our new found habits!

The holiday after Ramadan is called Eid al-Fitr. We wear our best clothing, go to the Eid prayer, give gifts, decorate our homes, and eat. Eat eat eat :D

5. Fasting is amazing for your physical health, not just spiritual

I will not go into much details with this because it’s not the main point of Ramadan, but one of the benefits to us is the cleansing of our body. If done right (not just eating a bunch of soda and fried foods during this month) you can really aid your body.

Fasting has been shown to:

  • Promotes anti aging hormones (promoting longevity)
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Speed up the metabolism
  • Boosts brain function (by promoting the production of a protein (BDNF) that promotes neural health)
  • Improve heart health
  • Prevent cancer

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I hope this helps you understand a bit more about Ramadan. The feeling it brings is unlike no other. If you ever have any more questions about Ramadan, or anything about Islam, you’re always welcome to ask me.

It’s really important that we can understand each other’s religions better so we can facilitate each other’s worship of God.

Have a great day!

She’s so close he can see the soft spray of freckles that are dusted across her nose and cheeks like a perfect inverse of the Milky Way. He maybe doesn’t even necessarily feel her lips, soft yet insistent, pressed to his own. But he does feel the fire in his cheeks, and his insides turning to batter in the best way possible.

It takes a hot second for it to sink in actually, but he does manage to pull himself out of his mind enough to kiss back.

And he’d been chased by gnomes and witnessed an interdimensional apocalypse, but my God, this was what it felt like to be alive.

Ok but fave thing is Muslim youth who sin on the low but know they want to be good Muslims in the long run so are still God conscious and try to be as Muslim as they can but still have a little fun. It’s like yeah I’m sinning but once I’m ready to get married imma clean this act up and I just love y'all for trying and thinking it’s that easy and I hope it really is that easy for y'all

does anyone else ever wish the Freelancer Siblings were south & lina instead

four reasons why pyramid head can’t be alessa’s protector

Really gotta start posting these to my other tumblr, but screw it, I’m not logging out. >.>

Alright, so we’ve seen it in the first and second movies.  PYRAMUD HED™, who acts as Alessa’s instrument of vengeance. In the first movie, he skinned an innocent girl who so happened to get in his way.

In Revelation, Pyramid Head came to Heather’s rescue by battling Claudia in one of the most anticlimactic scenes I’ve seen in any Silent Hill media period.

Yeah … no.

Here are four reasons why Pyramid Head serving as Alessa’s protector doesn’t make sense:


1.) It wrongly attributes vengeance to Alessa’s original motives.

The complexity of Alessa’s character in the first game lies in that, even though she’s endured horror and pain beyond compare, she doesn’t seek vengeance on her own behalf. If she had, her mother and Dr. Kaufman probably would have died a lot sooner. 

Alessa’s primary goal was to kill God and end her suffering. Any damage the Seal of Metatron caused beyond that was purely collateral. At that point, the girl was desperate.

It’s when Claudia causes Harry’s death in the third game that we begin to see her take any sort of active interest in revenge, in the form of Heather. And even then, Heather briefly questions whether or not Harry would approve, thus implying vengeance for its own sake runs against the grain of her character.

People debate the precise nature of what Pyramid Head is supposed to symbolize, but one theme that remains clear among them is punishment. Specifically, James’ subconscious desire to be penalized for his own sin. So technically, it would be punishment turned inward. I’d even argue it was a form of James taking vengeance against himself in order to vindicate Mary.

The reason I don’t consider Alessa particularly vengeful or bent on punishment is because of the nature of her monsters. Every monster is designed to push Harry back; to repel him, keeping him from preventing Alessa killing God. If he dies along the way, that’s merely a tragic tangent to her ultimate goal—which, given the endgame if God somehow was born properly, would have actually been a mercy.

A protector like Pyramid Head who needlessly kills would imply that Alessa doesn’t have the strength of spirit to keep from indulging in dark, self-serving desires. And it should be noted that this is a fundamental error of character that gets perpetuated in the movies. Alessa may be dark-spirited from time to time, but she is not evil, and she does not desire others to suffer.

There’s also the question of logistics. The same girl who, according to Harry, killed God through her sheer “conscious resistance” just didn’t have the spare will nor time to actively punish her tormentors, even though she possessed the power to kill with just her mind. All that power went into weakening the fledgling God.


2.) Any protector she would have conjured would have looked more like the Incubator than Pyramid Head, whose appearance would have frightened her.

Even if Alessa wanted to punish those who caused her such suffering, I doubt it’d come dressed as a burly, ultra-masculine humanoid figure beleaguered by a triangular helmet. Because let’s face it: Pyramid Head has an appearance that is supposed to evoke dread and remind one of executioners.

Consider, however, that the Incubator appears as Alessa initially saw God: an ethereal, glowing being garbed in a white dress.

Despite its angelic visage, the Incubator is also deadly. It can strike down nonbelievers with lightning, testifying to God’s dual nature of being both wrathful and merciful according to the Order’s beliefs. There is almost a motherly quality to it, which is further emphasized when the dying Incubator gives Harry the newly reincarnated baby Heather.

Remember that all Alessa wanted was someone to care for her. Because her mother failed her in that regard, she clung to Lisa and may have even protected her from the Otherworld’s effects until her hold on it crumbled. She then split her soul and found a small portion of solace as Cheryl Mason, the adopted daughter of a kind woman and a dedicated man.

In Alessa’s eyes, a “protector” would project a softer, more feminine image. It might even be divine, with enough strength to defend her from God’s negative influence. That’s vastly different from Pyramid Head’s tendency to persecute Maria.

Moreover, the Romper monster established that Alessa was afraid of ill-intentioned adults and their power over her, a fear which was exacerbated by their sheer size. As implied by their method of attack (tackling Harry to the ground and lunging at his throat) she would fear being pinned down, left helpless as they tormented her even more.

Pyramid Head is roughly the same in stature as James, minus the enormous helmet; much bigger than a girl of fourteen, and doubly so than a young girl of seven. 

So, again, given her fear of “big scary adults,” why would she conjure a figure she’d naturally be apprehensive of?


3.) Pyramid Head already had a specific purpose.

Say it with me now: Pyramid Head’s purpose was to help James Sunderland realize the truth.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Seriously, Robbie the Rabbit has more in common with Alessa’s story than Pyramid Head.

Furthermore, I just don’t get this notion that the big lug is supposed to be a shorthand for the town’s desire to punish people, because not only does Silent Hill not torment people for “teh lulz,” Silent Hill thought that Pyramid Head was what James wanted at the time.

It was born from James’ desire to punish himself, and it died when James finally realized the purpose for its existence, then deeming it unnecessary. For all intents and purposes, there is no more reason for it to exist in any other Otherworld. …Unless James rises from the dead or something. o_o

And lastly …


4.) Pyramid Head killed himself in his last battle against James. Twice.

He ded.