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Faith
Part - 1
You must have heard the word shraddha which means “faith”. The Vedas say: shraddhatsva tata shraddhatsva. "O humans! Have shraddha, have shraddha." There are three kinds of people who fall from the spiritual path due to doubts. The first is the individual who has never read, heard or understood anything about God. The second is the one who has heard and read divine philosophy, but has no faith in it, and the third is the individual who constantly vacillates between faith and doubt. These three kinds of individuals cannot attain the ultimate goal of God-realisation. 

If an individual is ignorant, but has faith, a lot can be done for him. The Bhagavatam says that a fool who has faith will take great strides and he will attain God-realisation with great speed. He will not employ words such as "but" or "however." He will not argue or use false reasoning. Valmiki’s Guru told him, “Chant mara mara until I come back.” Valmiki said, “Yes.” He did not ask, “When will you return?” He did not ask any question. This is faith. He was completely ignorant; he was illiterate and a murderer, but he had faith. 

Let’s understand the definition of this word shraddha. guru vedanta vakyeshu drido vishvasah shradhha. Faith means full faith in the words of the Vedas, Shastras and the Guru; it means an absence of doubts and arguments.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti 


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