“By what means shall a man acquire these things? How shall he obtain these merciful gifts and powers? First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self-sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness. Unless he acquires these forces and attains to these requirements he will surly be depraved of the life that is eternal. But if he possess the knowledge of God, becomes ignited through the fire that is the love of God, witnesses the great and mighty signs of the Kingdom, becomes the cause of love among mankind, and lives in the utmost state and sanctity of holiness, he shall surly attain to second birth, be baptized by the Holy Spirit and enjoy everlasting existence.”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity
For anyone seeking spiritual happiness and fulfillment in life, V. M. Gopaul’s 7 Ways to Obtain Divine Gifts and Powers is a wealth of inspiration and practical guidance. Combining real-life examples with insightful discussion, this book opens the doors of spiritual understanding, explaining in detail:
Four ways to increase our knowledge of God
Four kinds of love
The inseparable connection between faith and deeds
Self-sacrifice as a gateway to spiritual development
The challenge of balancing spirituality and worldly pursuits
The purification of body and spirit
The author also helps the reader understand the inner spiritual meaning of concepts and terms encountered in the scriptures of religion, such as being ‘born again,’ and the ‘rapture’ predicted to occur at the end of the world when the dead will be raised from their graves.
Each chapter follows a similar format, providing a model that can help the reader acquire spiritual understanding throughout life. The format begins with devotional readings and is followed by in-depth learning, refection, and deeds that enable readers to translate their spiritual understanding into reality and action.