Real Learning teaches you how to polish your Special Heart, and how to be a beloved person in this world – someone who can take their everyday problems and turn them into opportunities for polishing the Heart, which will help you get to the Next World
This world we are living in now is very short, and you don’t want to waste your precious time. It’s like being given a stream with just so much water in it that it will reach the Garden, or Heaven. If you waste this water, you will not have enough to reach Paradise, or the Next World.
Sometimes it is hard to be happy for other people when they win an award or get a good grade. Sometimes, we are secretly happy when another person fails. But would we be happy if that person didn’t reach the Next World or Paradise? No, never! If we would be sad if some people failed to reach Paradise, why would we be happy when they fail at smaller goals in this world, like passing a test or winning a football game?
Imam al-Ghazali tells us there are truths that are ugly. What could these be? If you are bragging, what you are saying may be true, but it is showing off and making your heart dirty, pushing yourself up by pointing out that you are better than others or have more than they do. When you notice you are doing this, just say “No!” to your lower self.