Saturday, October 13, 2018
Faith Should be Unshakably Firm
There are more things in heaven and earth than we know of, but that is no reason to deny their existence. We go about with pride for our scant knowledge, and that is where we err. If we allow ourselves to be proud of the knowledge that God graciously grants us, is it not like cutting our own throat with the sword that God has given us to use against an enemy? That learning which does not show us where our interest lies cannot be classed as knowledge; it is sheer ignorance. To give credence to what is not true is as much ignorance as to doubt the existence of God Who is the Eternal Truth. Real knowledge admits that God sees all that we think and do.
God never fails to give to everyone as much as he really needs, so be content with what you have. He who thus trusts in God will be contented irrespective of circumstances. Our faith should be unshakable, whereby our contentment will remain rock-firm. Harishchandra, Prahlad, and other great devotees had to face tremendous persecution, but they safely survived it merely on the strength of faith.
Circumstances keep changing, and so what we cravingly ask for today may not be suitable for the altered conditions of tomorrow. It is wise, therefore, to be content with whatever God gives.
The Bhagavadgeeta says that we may abandon all religions and go to God in complete submission; but here we are, yielding slavishly to the senses and their pleasures; who can help in this situation? Arjuna opted for the Lord alone as against His whole army; but this brought the Pandavas a contentment, despite dire difficulties, the like of which the opponents, the Kauravas, never enjoyed.
Contentment is the effect of the trust that the will of God is supreme and that He is the real doer. The delight one feels is in doing, not in the hope of the fruit of an action. If we adhere to nama-smarana we shall undoubtedly get permanent bliss and contentment. This can be assuredly experienced within a year by one who lives with the genuine conviction that whatever happens is by God's will. As you chant nama, say to God, 'I do not ask for anything pertaining to prapancha. Bless me only with Your love.'
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