Please Explain the Pain


The following is a letter from an aspirant to their spiritual guide, and thereafter, the reply.

“How and when does a person become so close to Allah that nothing or no one else matters? Do you just have to kind of force yourself to think that way or does it actually become a real feeling where nothing hurts you because your sight is on Allah only? And what does it take to get there? I feel a lot of pain and sadness and I want it to go away. Different things make me feel bad and then all that adds up and it makes it hard to keep on going and making effort to get close to Allah. But I know that’s all that really matters in life so I should keep going. But how do we keep the courage to do so? I know it’s “no pain no gain”…

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