ON FAITH:

'Weave in Faith; God will provide the thread', 
so says an ancient Indian proverb about the art of  weaving the cloth of our life.  
Read on further to find out what others have to say on the subject of  Faith:

Faith is a state of openness or trust. 
To have faith is like when you trust yourself to the water. 
You don't grab hold of the water when you swim, because if you do, 
you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink. 
You have to relax; the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging, and holding on. 
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas
about the nature of God and the universe becomes a person who has no faith at all. 
Instead, they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and
become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.            Alan Watts

 

1.      The fire that burns a piece of coal also covers it and hides it with ash.
Blow the ash away and see the glowing fire within.
The Sun that shines also causes the clouds which hide it.
When the wind blows and the clouds move away,
You see the sun shining as before.
The Brahman, with His radiance and eternal Blissful nature, 
resides in each one of us.
Avidya, our ignorance of the true nature of ourselves, 
and the veil of Maya
Hide Brahman from our perception.
Faith, Guru and Saadhana (practice) 
help us to lift this veil of ignorance and
live in the state of eternal Bliss: Sat Chit Ananda.                     ~Anonymous

2.      Faith is the soul's vision of possibility 
and belief in what you do not see.
The result is seeing 
what you first believed through faith.  ~Anonymous

3.      To wish to see the dearest ones as long as possible in the flesh
is a selfish desire taht it comes out of weakness or want of faith 
in the survival of the soul after dissolution of the body.
The more I observe and study things, the more convinced I become
that sorrow over separation and death is perhaps the greatest delusion.
To realize that it is a delusion is to become free. 
There is no death, no separation of the real substance.
And yet the tragedy of it is taht
although we love friends for the substance we recognize in them,
we deplore the destruction of the insubstantial 
that covers the substance for the time being.
The form ever changes, ever perishes.
The informing spirit neither changes nor perishes.
True love consists in transferring itself from the body to the dweller within,
and then necessarily realizing the oneness of all life inhabiting numberless bodies.      
                                    ~Mahatma Gandhi in a letter to Mira (Miss Slade).

4.      All that thought suggests to me, I can do.
All that thought reveals in me, I can become.
This should be the unshakable faith in my Self,
Because God dwells in me.                            ~Sri Aurobindo

5.      The Budha said:
The seed I sow is faith,
the rain that waters the seed is repentance,
wisdom is my plough and yoke,
the oxen that draw the plough are diligence;
with truth, I cut.                  ~Budha

6.      Now that he has realized it, he knows this treasure above all others:
Rooted in such faith, he shall never be shaken by heaviest sorrow (Gita:VI:22)

Released from evil, his mind is constant in contemplation.
The way is easy; Brahman has touched him.
That Bliss is boundless. (Gita:VI:28)

7.      No one can call upon God without knowing Him - St.Augustine wonders:
"May it be that a man must implore You before he can know You?"
The only things to count on are longing and the occult directives of desire.
Does this mean that prayer must come before faith?
Perhaps, 'not knowing' is the first condition of prayer. Can that be?
Augustine finds his working answer in Scripture:
"How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
They shall praise the Lord that seek him."
Longing is the only sure knowledge, that core of human instinct
which unfurls its song of praise.                            ~Saint Augustine

8.      Shraddha: The nearest English equivalent (to this Sanskrit term) is Faith,
but it means much more. 
It is the set of values, axioms, prejudices, and pre-possessions 
that colors our perceptions, governs our thinking, dictates our responses, 
and shapes our lives, generally without our even being aware of its presence and power. 
Shraddha is not an intellectual abstraction; it is our very substance. 

The Gita says (17:3):
"A person is what his Shraddha is."
The Bible using similar words, says:
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

There is nothing passive about Shraddha. It is full of potency. 
For it prompts action, conditions behavior, 
and determines how we see and therefore, respond to the world around us. 
The power to heal or harm is inherent in our ideas of ourselves.

Yet Shraddha is not brute determination or wishful thinking. 
Our lives are an eloquent expression of our beliefs: 
what we deem worth having, doing, attaining, being. 
What we strive for shows what we value. 
We back our Shraddha with our time, our energy, our very lives. 
Thus Shraddha determines destiny.
As the Buddha put it:
"All that we are is the result of what we thought.
We are made of our thoughts,
we are moulded by our thoughts."
As we think, so we become.                              ~Eknath Easwaran
yat bhaavam tat bhavati

9.      At points in our life, everything we believe in collapses into a deep, dark hole, 
and we feel that all of our previous efforts to live an honest, principled life have been in vain. 
There is a crisis of faith—a place void of spirit and dominated by utter hopelessness. 
There are no guides, no hints at where to go next. 
There is no life in front of you and no one to talk to. 
This emptiness seems barren. 
But a new kind of faith arises directly out of our depressive thoughts and emotions, 
and we no longer crave comfort from anyone else.                ~Thomas Moore

10.  When all your efforts end in failure,
it means that you are being taught the lesson
that, not your own efforts,
but God's Grace alone can bring success.
And you should seek His Grace.

When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and
you must take a step into the darkness of the unknown,
believe that one of two things will happen to you:

Either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or
You will be taught how to fly.                                 ~ Patrick Overton

11.  Faith has to do with things that are not seen,
and hope with things that are not in hand.                      ~ St Thomas Aquinas 

12.  I believe, though I do not comprehend;
and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind.          ~ St. Bernard

13.  “The atheist is God playing at hide-and-seek with Himself; 
but is the theist any other? Well, perhaps, 
he has seen the shadow of God and clutches at it.”              ~Aurobindo

14.  All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul,
which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light        ~James Joyce

15. The Guru tells the disciple:

"This is the truth that I have experienced." 
and explains and instructs.

The disciple, with deep faith in the Guru, travels the path,
and ultimately exclaims:

"I too have now experienced the truth that my Guru spoke of."
There is no such thing as 'blind' faith!