Friday, 9 December 2016

Shraddha .

HARIH  OM 

Sraddha  according  to  Sankaracharya  is  a  purely  intellectual  approach  and  not  an  emotional  appeal  for  a  seeker. . No  intellectual  conviction  is  possible  without  shraddha. . Without  faith,  in fact,  no  activity  is  ever  possible. .When  I  go  to  bed  tonight  ,  I  go  to  bed  with  the  firm  faith  that  I  will  definitely  wake  up  tomorrow  morning. . When  I  go  to  attend  a  spiritual  discourse,  I  go  there  with  the  firm  belief  that  I  will  return  home  safe.   Faith ,  in  Vedanta,  means  the  ability  to  digest  the  advice  of  the  Guru   and  the  declarations  of  the  scriptures. . By  faith  , we  do  not  mean  blind  belief but   an  open  mindedness  until  I  understand  things  clearly  -  hence  a  non -critical  approach  is  adopted  until  I  come  to  understand  the  scriptural  Truths  and  the  Guru's  teachings.  Shraddha  then  involves  humility   and  freedom  from  intellectual  arrogance   and  keeping  aside  my  ego  until  the  truths  laid  out   are crystal  clear   to  me , and  I  internalise  the  teachings  ,  experiment  with  them    in  my  life   and  finally  accept  only  those  that  are  rational  and  logical.

      Buddha  cautioned us  on  the  important  role  of  reason   in  human  life.  He said  do  not  blindly  believe  in  anything  just  because  it  has  been  handed  down  to  us  from  generations.  and  only  after  careful  observation  and  analyses  ,  when  one's  faith  agrees  with  reason  ,  one  should  accept  it  and  live  by  it. . But  to  begin  with,  the  enquiry  into  the  validity  of  the  scriptural  teachings  has  to  be  done  only  through  shraddha  in  the  scriptures  and  the  Guru's  words. . Faith  is  always  in the  unknown. . Tagore  says "  faith  is  the  bird  that  sings  in  joy  ,when  the  dawn  is  still  dark  " .  The  Lord  says  in the  Geeta  "  shraddhavan  labate  gnanam  " and  about  the  one  without  faith  , He  says  " samsayatma  vinasyati " .. Hence   shraddha  is  one  of  the  important  disciplines  in the  samadi  shatka  sampatti. 

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