The Power Of Faith

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Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

“Faith can only grow from within, it can not be acquired vicariously. Nothing great in this world was ever accomplished without a living faith.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The belief in invisible and intangible power that hold control over everything including the body and mind is the supreme intelligence. The believer will call it faith in God whereas for the non believer that is miracle. The mysteries of this world and beyond are difficult to be understood by mere mental speculation. One need to surrender completely to the higher power, God or Universe whatever we may call him.

In the materialistic world we are living today, most of the men are running just after pieces of silver and gold. They take great pride in their abilities and think themselves to be the creator of their world. But there are times when they get entangled in the turbulence of this world and in spite of all their capabilities intact, they are unable to keep a grip on situations. Those are the time they start looking for help and the seed of faith germinates as interest in spiritual activities.

Very few people get inclined towards faith when all is well. Only in the face of adversity they remember their creator. When they face pain, first an interest is developed and which gets strengthened with each passing day as they realize that there are numerous situations they don’t have any control and they could rely only on God. Slowly and gradually they mellow down and start on the path of acceptance and understanding.

The path of developing faith will start from a preliminary desire for self realization. Thereafter people try to associate with spiritually elevated devotees or Gurus and under their guidance process of development of devotional service towards God begins. As the person start getting free from material attachments the transcendental love for God replaces this.

This faith transforms individual’s life and the common activities of yesterday are replaced with the feeling of joy and happiness. Faith becomes the building block of creation. It develops the person’s strength of character. He start to have trust in God and his willingness to help. The person develops patience and understands that God is letting him struggle only to grow and mature.

We get confident knowing we are becoming what we have to. There is no wrong path and the strength comes from understanding that God is guiding us to our destiny. The truth that material things do not produce happiness and satisfaction becomes more clear by the day. God only uses our faith to mold our character. We may not be able to see the reason of the things which are happening but start understanding that it is a purposeful universe and all that happens is for a reason.

Faith gives us the power of humility. We get the knowledge that whatever we are doing we need not worry about the fruitive results. We can control only our efforts and we need to perform our actions in the spirit of service to the God. At all times we should avoid sins and transgression and believe that God will protect us.

If you are facing tough times keep your faith on God who is the source of all strength. You are not a mere body, you are part and parcel of all powerful, all pervading God himself. No matter what you are going through remember no situation is difficult for the Lord and he will never abandon you.

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Decide Your Destiny

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A predetermined and inevitable course of events that is to happen in future or has happened to a person is Destiny. People say what is written in stars is your fate. The supreme power guides the events of our life. But if it is already decided can we do something about it? My view is yes. We may not change our final destiny but can definitely give it a direction for leading a life of purpose.

Most critical factor that helps us decide our destiny is our thoughts. We become what we think. Our feelings are the net result of what goes on in our mind and the things that we focus on. We humans are emotional creatures and whatever way we start thinking about a situation in our life, our feelings for that become more and more powerful. Our past experiences whether good or bad, impact our present thinking, which in turn shapes our future.

Depending on what we have experienced in our past, we start giving a meaning to what is happening. On facing setbacks if we think it is the end then we are destined to fail or else we take it as a new beginning and change the course of our life and others around us. Take the example of sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. He grew up in very poor circumstances with no formal education, failed in business, lost most of his elections in US  Congress and Senate, yet he did not allow his failures to overpower him and the meaning he gave to his setbacks was not demoralizing. He persisted on his path and finally made a spectacular comeback when he was elected. Such are the people who give a new direction not only to their own but to the destiny of the entire world.

One person could see the positive side of the situation, another could see only the negatives. On failing, you either start thinking that life is punishing you or make a change of approach and attempt again. The way you give wings to your thoughts is the way your destiny is decided. As the saying goes, “Ask and it will be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

It all depends on you, what you are going to do. Are you going to give up or move forward. The choice you make will make you or break you. If you decide not to go full way forward and listen to your fears then you will never reach your full potential and will always live in regret. Instead if you listen to your heart and condition your mind, even Universe will conspire to make it happen. More doors will open for you than you could imagine. When you move in the direction of what your heart says, you connect to a greater source and feel boundless energy.

Whatever you do, follow your heart. May be your heart already knows what is best for you. You are here to win, nobody is created without purpose. Connect to that bigger purpose, move away from negativity, have faith in your maker and go on to make your own destiny.