Belief is when you accept an idea regardless of it being logical or illogical. Belief comes after reasoning and argument and it can be changed when there is a doubt in ones mind. But Trust and Faith are even closer, Trust has memory, Faith doesn't. Trust is intelligent, Faith is innocent. Trust comes after Love, Faith brings love. Trust observes, Faith believes.
FAITH = BELIEF + ACTION + CONFIDENCE. One of the most important spiritual qualities one needs to to cultivate is FAITH. Faith is the one true source of support on which we can always rely in the rough and tough journey called Life upon this earth. Faith is a knowledge within the heart beyond the reach of proof said Kahlil Gibran. It means complete trust or confidence in someone or something and in the Spiritual context it means faith in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Some real time examples of people who had Faith...
Inspired by my friend Captain K.K. Venkatraman who was with the Kumaon Regiment (6'th Battalion) during the Indo-Pak war (Liberation of (East Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh) in 1971 who narrated his Spiritual experience of doing the Narmada Parikrama (circumbulation/Pradakshinam) all by himself in the year 1987 covering a distance of 2620 kms by foot, i 'am writing this article on "FAITH."
Narmada is the longest of the west flowing rivers of India. The river originates from a holy tank in Amarkantak in M.P 1050 M above sea level. The landscapes along the meandering Narmada are thickly forested slopes, rocky regions with falls and cultivated lands. Major religious centres Amarantak, Omkareshwar, for Hindus, Mandav for Muslims and Barwani for Jains. River Narmada one of the most beautiful rivers, has been the pivotal force of a culture known for its simplicity and religious strength. The interesting aspect of life in the valley is the Parikrama, the Circumbulation of the river, believed to have been started by sage Markandeya. Everyone in the valley is supposed to undertake the ritual atleast once in his/her lifetime.
The 2620 kms journey walking round the river is difficult because one has to do it barefoot through rough terrain, forests which was the habitat for wild animals, snakes and and to live only on bhiksha observing severe austerities, not carry money, carry only one change of clothes.. One should observe a vow of chastity, sleep on the floor, should not shave or cut hair and walk only from sunrise to sunset. The distance from the origin Amarantak to the mouth of the sea is 1310 kms and 1310 kms back to the origin. Captain Venkatraman started his Parikrama on 26'th October 1987 and completed it on 26'th December 1987 a distance of 2620 kms in 131 days i.e 20 Kms/day !! Along with confidence in himself, FAITH in the supreme Grace, (this task would have otherwise been impossible) and taking action by improving physical toughness and mental robustness, regular practice of Suryanamaskar, Yogasana and Pranayama helped captain Venkatramanin keeping his vision focused and the mind was on the goal. He said anything is possible if we have deep unshakable confidence in oneself, faith in the Almighty and added that a man of FAITH lives in Peace, with Stability and Equanimity. Faith is taking the first step even if you don't see the full staircase !! Trust the unfoldment of life. Every step taken in the dense jungle Mr Venkatraman did not twist his ankle nor step on a snake !! He barely lost 1 kg before and after commencing his Narmada parikrama. In fact since he did not carry any thing to eat but had faith in God who would provide him food during his entire walking expedition through villagers who generously feed the parikramavasis, Only on 2 occasions he did not get food during the entire 131 days !!
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of congress on May 25 1961. I believe this Nation should commit itself to achieving this goal , before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. From belief to reason, through reason to knowledge, from knowledge to action with confidence to ultimate Faith, Apollo 11 landed on the moon after covering a distance of about 4,00,000 kilometers and Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr set their foot on the moon.
About Guru Amardas we are told that every evening, he gave away all that he had, keeping not a grain of corn for the morrow. Before night fell he emptied his store of provisions and would say that "The morrow will take care of itself!!" who were amazed by his strange behaviour.. And the morrow did take care of itself !!
Faith without works is dead. Faith is seeing with the eyes of the heart. It has been said that faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Faith and fear do not exist together nor do faith and doubt exist together. Faith also means confidence, belief, loyalty or allegiance. To one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To one without faith no explanation is possible said St. Thomas of Aquinas.
The life of man is powered by Faith. We repose our faith in our parents when we are young. As we grow older, friends, family, spouses, partners are added to the list of people we trust. We have faith in the law of the land, in the system of Justice and governance, we have faith in medicine, doctors, engineers. Life cannot pose a question which faith cannot answer.. Faith is the key to the Universe. Faith does not however guarantee that we will never come face to face with sorrow, suffering, weakness or disappointment. But Faith can give us the courage, the right attitude and ability to face the problems and emerge victorious. Faith in God and in one's own self is virtue. Doubt is sin. Faith is like Wi Fi, It's invisible but has the power to connect you to what you need. Jesus said,"Truly i tell you if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Faith is the transference of responsibility and understanding that it is not my will but thy will which would prevail. God sometimes upsets your plans so that he could execute His and His plans are always right. Do you have Faith?
Author By: Mr.S Ramkumar