|Volume 4 - Issue 05 MAY 2006||
FAITH – ALL THE SPIRITUAL STRENGTH THAT ONE NEEDS!
By Sri Hemanth Kumar
Invoking the Blessings of Mother Divine, Sri Sai Saraswathi, upon all gathered here. Loving and Humble Salutations, oh Mother Divine, at Your Lotus Feet. Esteemed elders, dear brothers and sisters, Sai Ram to all of you.
In a clearing in a forest there stood a huge banyan tree. It had a gigantic trunk and mighty knolled prop roots, and sturdy branches. And on one such sturdy branch there was a lean twig on which sat a tiny sparrow. A slight breeze set the twig into a harmonic oscillation, and the sparrow chirped in with rhythm. The breeze slowly turned into a wind and the sparrow’s seat shook violently. But the sparrow just continued chirping with none to listen to its melody. The wind turned fierce and roared; the sparrow only twittered. And in the asymmetric battle that continued, the twig snapped, unable to bear the onslaught. What happened to the tiny sparrow?
The Bird With You, The Wing With Me
The tiny sparrow on that branch did not depend upon the twig, or on the branch, or on the gigantic trunk of the mighty banyan tree. It depended on its wings! So too in life, let us depend not upon mere twigs of passion and fashion, of pain and gain, of wealth and glory. Let us rather depend upon wings of Faith. Faith in His Name, in His Love, in His Glory, in His Benevolence, and in His Benediction!
Give us, Lord, the ability that we develop these wings of Faith, for when the tempest becomes more stormy than we can bear, we can spread these wings of Faith and glide effortlessly to our destinations.
Faith Is Verily Life
A mother loves a child for she has Faith that it is her own. A child loves his parents for he has Faith that they are his own. I stand here to speak for I have the Faith that what I speak is what I feel. And on a lighter note, many of us would have unkempt hair if we did not have the Faith that the barber in the salon would cut our hair and not our neck.
What better inspiration is there to repose our Faith upon than Him seated in our midst, the Supreme Godhead, the source of Supreme Love.
Atita pantanam tavacha mahima vangamanasaya ho
Oh Lord! My mind and thoughts stand flabbergasted when attempting to scale the heights of Your Benevolence and Magnificence. Let us develop our Faith towards You.
Lord Narayana’s Love For His Devotee
It so happened that once sage Narada upon his tour around the world in spreading God’s Glory happened to meet a devotee of the Lord sitting under a huge banyan tree. Upon seeing the great sage, the devotee prostrated before him and said, “Oh great one, when will you be going to Vaikuntha to meet the Lord?” Narada replied, “After my trip around the world spreading the message of the Lord I will surely go to Vaikuntha.” The devotee then put forward his prayer. “I have been meditating for so many years. Please ask the Lord when He will give me His Darshan?”
Then Vishnu went on to explain: “It is the Faith the devotee had. He had Faith – complete Faith. I had given my assurance. It does not matter how long it will take, but I had given my word, and that Faith gave him all the joy that I am going to give him Darshan, and so I had to break My Word and appear in front of him.”
What is the path to God? There is no path to God! Who is the source of our Faith? It’s a jump, for it’s an abyss! In this quest for God, it is a question of 100% Faith or no Faith at all! Even 99.999% won't do! In this domain of God there is no question of “if” and “but.” Every “if” and “but” is “cut”! It’s a question of 100% Faith or no Faith at all.
But the plight of man is so miserable that he is ready to believe in anything and everything except his own inner voice. Every time we get into a bus we place our life in the hands of the driver, a mortal like us. But when the Jagad Guru comes and says, “My child, give me your heart and I will ferry you across the ocean of life,” you are not interested.
When the calendar says tomorrow is Thursday, you’ll stake your life on that. But when He who has put the sun, the moon and the stars in their places and comes to you and whispers in your ear, “My child, follow My words,” you seem disinterested. Is that our Faith? Is that our belief in His word?
The Flood Of Love
Bhagavan narrated this experience which happened thirty years ago. A devotee from East Godavari had come to Bhagavan and prayed to Him to come for a house warming ceremony – the Graha Pravesham.
They insisted that Swami had to give a declaration that He is taking the journey at His own risk. Consider the irony of the situation where God had to assure them of what He does.
“Nothing Will Happen To Anyone Who Is With Me!”
Bhagavan wrote there: “Nothing will happen to anyone who is with Me!” Who can give this assurance except the Lord of the Universe? And so, a small boat was arranged to ferry Bhagavan across to the other side. And it was in such a position that it had to go under the bridge to reach the far shore.
This Lord of Puttaparthi will never give you up – He will never forsake you. This ocean of mercy will take you by His hand and guide you across. You will never be abandoned. Bhagavan speaks of Faith as a fire. Small fires are easily put out by the slightest wind; so are small Faiths by the slightest winds of doubt. Our Faith should be like that of a forest fire. Oh Lord, let this Faith that You instill in us light the lamps of Love in our hearts so that it dispels darkness, ignorance and slothfulness.
Lead kindly Light amidst the encircling gloom.
– Heart2Heart Team
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