Faith Versus Reason

April 1, 2013 Comments Off on Faith Versus Reason

Faith is first and reason is second. Faith is life and doubt is death. Reason is powerless to know God. Faith alone takes one to God. He who has faith has everything. He who has no faith has nothing. Have intense, unswerving faith – in the measure in which you have faith, you will achieve.

Faith brings God closer and reason puts Him far away. Faith is not blind belief – it grows out of the wisdom of the heart. Do total surrender to the Lord – keep nothing back, not even a little pride. Surrender yourself and your all to the Lord.

Say to the Lord: “O Lord! Give me only that which is best for me, because only you know what that is.” A life of faith and devotion and of absolute faith in the name of the Lord will always be successful in the long run. Through love, faith and devotion alone is God-realisation possible.

Prayer releases God’s power. It should consist of confession, praise and petition. Prayer is a spiritual tonic – it purges the mind of all its impurities – such as desire, attachment, anger, lust, etc. It also strengthens a man’s aspiration and brings him closer to God. It brings him into the presence of God.

Pray to the Lord for strength and help as soon as you get out of bed in the morning. Satsanga (the company of holy men), faith, single-minded devotion to one’s ideal, intense love for God, bhava (feeling), and prema (divine love) bring the devotee face to face with God.

Trust in the Lord with all thy heart. Acknowledge him in all thy ways. He will direct thy spiritual path. God helps the sincere aspirant at every step. God will help you too. He will bless you, inspire you and throw light upon the path. Never mind about the external environments. Create your own internal environments, wherever you are.  – Swami Sivananda

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