Spiritual Journey Begins with a Leap of Faith

Belief in God is not a natural process that we as human beings just follow. We have to exercise our free will and actively make a decision to have faith in God.
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Date: 5th May 2017

In the field of material science, we begin an experiment with a hypothesis and conclude with a verified result. But in the field of spiritual science, we begin the practice with a leap of faith which results in the direct perception of God.

The Bhakti Rasāmṛit Sindhu (1.4.15) states:

आदौ श्रद्धा ततः साधु-सङ्गो’थ भजन-क्रिया

ādau śhraddhā tataḥ sādhusaṅgo ’tha bhajanakriyā 

The first step in the path to God-Realization is to have faith. Then one begins participating in satsaṅg (spiritual programs). This leads to the personal practice of devotion.

Often people say that they are only willing to believe in what they can directly perceive, and since there is no immediate perception of God, they do not believe in him. However, the fact is that we believe in so many things in the world too, without direct perception of them. A judge delivers judgment upon a case concerning an event that took place many years in the past. If the judge adopted the philosophy of believing only what he or she had directly experienced, then the entire legal system would fail.

Watch this interesting video by Swami Mukundananda – ‘Does God Exist?’

A President administers a country on the basis of reports from all over the country. It is impossible for him to visit and see all the villages and cities within his domain. Now, if he was not willing to believe these reports, on the grounds that he had no direct perception of what was happening, how would he be able to administer the whole country? So, even in material activities, faith is required at every step.

The Bible states this very nicely:

“We walk by faith, and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) [v3]

Belief in God is not a natural process that we as human beings just follow. We have to exercise our free will and actively make a decision to have faith in God. Those who choose not to have faith in the spiritual path remain bereft of divine wisdom and continue rotating in the cycle of life and death.

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SMITA
SMITA
05/09/2019 9:18 pm

The knowledge of the scriptures is divine and we, with our material intellect are unable to grasp or absorb that knowledge. So to become capable of absorbing divine knowledge, we need the guidance of a Guru who can show the path and we need to show unquestionable faith. It is with such devotion that the Lord residing within us will grace us because of our surrender to the Guru.

SMITA
SMITA
10/11/2019 9:41 pm

Swamiji says that there are three ways in which we accept the existence of some phenomenon in nature, through experiential evidence, inferential evidence, and testimonial evidence. Swamiji asks us to think about whether or not we can apply this logic to determine whether or not God exists. Thank you, Swamiji.

Sabita Satapathy
Sabita Satapathy
04/07/2021 4:46 pm

Belief in God is not a natural process that we as human beings just follow. We have to exercise our free will and actively make a decision to have faith in God.

Pranita Mathur
Pranita Mathur
05/07/2021 1:20 pm

The Bible states “We walk by faith, and not by sight.”

Lipi Mohanty
06/07/2021 10:48 am

Those who choose not to have faith in the spiritual path remain bereft of divine wisdom and continue rotating in the cycle of life and death.

Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan
13/07/2021 12:13 am

in the field of spiritual science, we begin the practice with a leap of faith which results in the direct perception of God.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dharmendra Pradhan
Pratyush Pradhan
Pratyush Pradhan
13/07/2021 12:19 am

The first step in the path to God-Realization is to have faith. Then one begins participating in satsaṅg (spiritual programs). This leads to the personal practice of devotion.

LINGARAJ PRADHAN
LINGARAJ PRADHAN
16/07/2021 10:37 pm

Often people say that they are only willing to believe in what they can directly perceive, and since there is no immediate perception of God, they do not believe in him.

Srinibash Pradhan
Srinibash Pradhan
18/07/2021 12:04 pm

Just because we cannot see something does not mean that it does not exist.

Sasmita Padhan
Sasmita Padhan
18/07/2021 12:08 pm

Testimonial evidence is when we accept the authority of another.

Sasmita Pradhan
Sasmita Pradhan
18/07/2021 12:13 pm

When we experience the divine bliss through Sadhana we will have the proof that we are looking for in the existence of God.

SUBRAT
SUBRAT
22/07/2021 9:11 am

Scientists recognize laws in everything, Therefore isn’t it a common sensical thing that if there are so many laws there must be a law maker?

Surbhi
Surbhi
24/07/2021 5:22 pm

Having full faith in God and Guru is the most important step to progress in spirituality.

PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA
PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA
26/07/2021 1:06 pm

In the material world also we believe in so many things without direct perception of them.

Sushree Sangita Sarangi
Sushree Sangita Sarangi
27/07/2021 11:02 am

We should believe in what is written in scriptures and not waste time to test them.

PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA
PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA
27/07/2021 11:39 am

The first step in the path to God-Realization is to have faith. Then one begins participating in satsaṅg (spiritual programs). This leads to the personal practice of devotion.

sudhanalini sarangi
sudhanalini sarangi
03/08/2021 10:03 am

Without faith in the spiritual path,one remains bereft of divine wisdome

Anusaya Patel
Anusaya Patel
06/08/2021 8:44 am

It’s not natural to have a belief in God, we have to make a decision to have faith in God.

Sriram Sankar
Sriram Sankar
06/08/2021 8:55 am

In the field of spiritual science,we begin with practice of fait which results in perception of God.

Padmanav Kumar
Padmanav Kumar
06/08/2021 8:59 am

People say that they don’t believe in God because they can not perceive Him immediately.

Radhika Tripathy
Radhika Tripathy
06/08/2021 9:02 am

Even in material activities,faith is required at every step.

Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan
06/08/2021 3:59 pm

It is very commonsensical that if there are laws then there must be a LAWMAKER.

Sasmita Pradhan
Sasmita Pradhan
06/08/2021 4:03 pm

As we can not see butter in the milk, similarly we can’t see God immediately, there is a process of sadhana, purify the mind and see Him.

Padmini Nag
Padmini Nag
06/08/2021 4:12 pm

Those who don’t choose to have faith in God,continue rotating in the cycle of life and death.

Ashok Thakur
Ashok Thakur
06/08/2021 6:48 pm

Since nobody is all knowing, no body can establish the non-existence of God.

Prakash Sharma
Prakash Sharma
06/08/2021 6:59 pm

without putting in the effort, we don’t have right to say that there is no God.

Bisakha Pradhan
Bisakha Pradhan
06/08/2021 11:45 pm

We have to exercise our free will and make a decision to have faith in God.

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