Self-Awareness: A Blessing in Disguise
How one of the most difficult spiritual processes is a divine gift.
The awareness of who you are is very important. If you have been accepted by God and have been awarded God’s love, then you will be granted a kind of special awareness. That awareness is not about God; that awareness will be about you: who you are.
When God is displeased and angry with you, he deprives you of self-awareness. What a darkness it is that you know everything but yourself!
Those who are granted awareness of themselves become very humble.
There is a self-humiliation process within yourself. When the mirror of your heart is polished well, then your ego reflects on it. It shows you constantly how ugly your ego is. You will be under the impression at all times that God is not happy with you.
Those who are misled and misguided are always under the blanket of this impression that they’re the best and very holy. If you think you are holy, then there is a problem with your mind and heart.
Along with educating the minds of children, [we] should also educate their hearts. When their hearts are educated, they will be better people on Earth. With a better mind, you become a better engineer or doctor. However, without the education of the heart, you’re evil like Hitler.
Awareness is very important, but there is no college out there where you learn awareness of yourself. This process starts within yourself. The more your heart is enlightened, the more your self is mortified and the closer you get to God. You need to be so close to God [in such a way where] you can’t be closer to God anymore. Then he will give you the awareness of you.
Everyone, whether they practise a religion or they don’t, thinks they are the best. They believe that they know everything. They say such things because they don’t have awareness.
This is why I said long ago, ‘Self exploration is divine exploration. Self-awareness is divine awareness.’ This is very important: the awareness of you to you.
What a pity it is that people can know who you are, but you do not know who you are!
Hadith-e-Qudsi (Sacred Tradition):
When God chooses somebody to be successful in their efforts in pleasing God, then God causes them to find flaws within themselves.
This means you know you are bad. If you know you are bad, God loves you. If God doesn’t love you, you will never know you are bad.
There are so many examples of people not wanting to admit that they are bad. This is because they lack God’s willingness. When God wants you to be successful in your efforts in pleasing God, then he causes you to be aware of yourself.