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ALPANA GHOSE

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 6/15/2016 |




When we say "believe" something, usually limit this to mean "we agree that it is true”.  But when we speak of "placing our faith" in someone or something, we are saying we are relying upon them.   So "faith" is not "belief". "Belief" is agreement that something is true. "Faith" starts there. When someone  says “ this fruit is sweet we believe that the fruit is sweet ;this is just we are agreeing to someone’s statement but when we taste the fruit and find it is really sweet then we have faith in that agreement.    So "faith" is not "belief There is big difference between faith and   the “belief”."Belief" is agreement   that something is true. "Faith" starts there.  Faith is to believe what one doesn’t   see; reward of this faith is to see what one believes.  But then "faith" becomes reliance and surrender to what I know is true.

Different religions have different   ways   to teach   belief, faith and surrender. School of Christian teaches to believe in Jesus. Followers of Christianity believe   that Christ, the son of God, walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father"). Most Christians also believe Christ will return at the end of the world. Islam also teaches to have faith in one God Allah who is   one, unique, incomparable, who has neither son nor partner and that none, has the right to be worshiped but him alone. He is the true god and every other deity is false.

But Vedanta teaches differently. The Vedanta teaches to have faith on oneself first, Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist , not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.  Losing faith in one's self means losing faith in God. 

Next step, faith goes on to surrender to  one that is true, and goes on to rely completely upon Him. Thus, real faith carries with it action. One   not only sees the Truth, agrees that ‘it is the Truth’, and makes the choice to give himself to it. That is action or work. Real faith always motivates us to action or work.

How to cultivate faith:

Swami Vivekananda says  :” Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment”


This fearlessness motivates us to plunge into action with full energy. Swami again inspires “we are the sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can you be nothings? We are everything, ready to do everything, we can do everything, and man must do everything”.

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When faith is embedded in a person he stars worshiping. The word “worship” is of different types: ritualistic, meditative, selfless action of good work.

For some people the worship means it is ritualistic  ie  fasting, go to religious places like Mosque, Church, Temples, Gurudwara with  offerings or pray in their own house.

For some others, worship means  meditate and elevate own soul to higher planes.

There are some people who think work is worship. They are motivated people, do selfless service to mankind.

Lastly in Geeta Lord  Sri Krishna  said “whatever path you choose you will reach me”. This reverberated by Paramhansa  Sri Ramakrishna “Jato mat,tato path” Whatever path you choose, you will reach one destination that is supreme almighty.

So whatever you believe, have faith in it and plunge into action nothing can stop a fearless soul .Humanity always win whatever may be religion, faith or belief.

[ALPANA GHOSE]

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