Power of Faith in Spiritual Life

Faith is not just belief in a thing. Faith is an inner urge, an inner conviction, an intuition that the goal is there and that you can achieve it. That is called real faith, which is active and dynamic. This kind of faith is useful and effective not only in spiritual life, but in materialistic success also. It has been found that many scientists who have made profound discoveries had to overcome many difficulties while pursuing their faith, but their faith in existence of unknown things made their discoveries possible against all odds and difficulties. That has been also the case in the life of saints, for they had a spiritual urge, a longing for the unknown. It is the unknown, but still they had the feeling that the unknown could be known and any amount of difficulties did not daunt their spirit.

The Bhagavad Gita says: ‘One who has faith will realise the truth’. The person who has no faith, the person who is always in doubt, will never succeed in spiritual life. In Vedanta, faith means faith in one`s self, faith in the scriptures, faith in one`s teacher. Vedanta says, ‘There are plenty of cases where men have gone down to the ordinary level of humanity, as it were, but they were raised and at once they became saints. You must have faith in yourself, for the same possibility is within everyone’. Next, Vedanta says that ‘You must have faith in the scriptures embodying the spiritual experiences of saints. When you start on your spiritual life, you must have the road map in the form of scriptures’. Then Vedanta says that ‘You must have faith in the teachers or Gurus who have realised the truth in their life. Faith in him or his sayings will give you mental, emotional and spiritual strength’.

In any case, if you have a little faith, you have to be careful to protect it, to nurture it and grow it as ways and means of your spiritual life.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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7 Responses to Power of Faith in Spiritual Life

  1. I have referred the article ‘The Power of Faith’ authored by Swami Pavitrananda published in Prabuddha Bharata or Awakened India , a monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896 in its Vol. 120, No. 4 while drafting the article ‘Power of Faith in Spiritual Life’.

  2. Thanks for referral. Faith is inculcated during our childhood exposures till we start analysing things. Faith has the power to drive our actions and decides about our reasons for happiness and sorrow. It is our duty that we inculcate appropriate habits to analyse things properly and don’t succumb to easy path of blind faith. Everything which any book (including vedas) says may not be correct. Vedas and many ancient books which were written thousands of year earlier may not be relevant today. Blind faith and many outdated quotes in old scriptures are modes of exploitation of people and leads to wasted accumulation of loads of money in our religious places. I don’t know why should money be allowed to accumulate infinitely in religious places and why should it not be accountable and subjected to national laws. There is lot of blind faith in name of God and religion. For me God is inside every soul and genuinely helping life on earth, preserving resources of earth, finding ways to improve quality of life on earth, avoiding hurt to others and being at peace is best service to God. I don’t search for God anywhere else.

    Love to Dear Snigdha.

  3. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Faith is the ultimatum and only unique weapon in spirituality, when one applies anywhere, conquers the same .It has only positive effects only. It unravels the truth only and not visible to anyone on its application, so called self-application for self. As faith brings everything then why will we not practice the same .Faith is expedited and intensified with surrender of self either by devotion, service or implementation of knowledge to Almighty then He bestows degree of fathom. By virtue of degree he becomes lovable beyond caste, creed, religion, and nation. So he perpetuates peace and nonviolence in society he lives. This is unity in diversity and called the righteousness (Dharma) of Faith. Hence it is beyond belief emanating from core of the heart. As such he reveals and at last realises God and enters His Domain. This is the purpose of every human being.

    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    Faith is necessary as depicted in Bhagavat Gita. Lord Krishna says to Arjuna for not to be ‘sanshayatma'(without faith). If we have faith, it is Lord Jagannath otherwise it is daru(wood). With faith only devotees seek God.

    Prakash Padhan

  5. Respected Sir,

    A nice article which enlightened regarding the power of Faith. Our culture also believes in Faith. The power of Faith has an atomic power. In oriya there is a line: Biswase milai Hari i.e. by faith we get the blessings of God.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist-Bargarh Odisha

  6. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    I read your article that you have described the power of faith nicely and elaborately. Without strong faith no realization will be fruitful. God Narasingha appeared in a pillar of the Darbar of Hiranyakashipu by the strong faith of Bhakta Prahallad. In your service career you had also strong faith in duty (karma) which reached you top. The article is much appreciable and enlighted the community.

    Om Sai Ram
    Thanking You,
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Shirdi Sai Baba devotee
    Sohela, Bargarh Odisha

  7. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    Faith is the giving of complete trust to someone or something else in the belief that it will produce relief or benefit. In spiritual life dependence on God will come when faith is there. Nothing remains unrealized and unreceived when God dependence comes.

    A nice article which enlighted the power of faith in our life.

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