Develop True Faith – Summary of Divine Discourse on 21 August 2016
Where there is faith, there is love. Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is truth. Where there is truth, there is God; and where there is God, there is happiness. If you experience happiness, know that God is around.
Faith is the basis of all things. But what is this faith? You ask, things happen, and then you develop faith. But this is not the way to develop faith. For faith is unconditional. First, we have to have faith that God is. But how do we experience the presence of God who is everywhere? God’s property is love, compassion, service and peace. Therefore, when you experience these qualities, you must know that God is around.
God is everywhere. But even though God exists, we do not experience His presence all the time because we lack faith. If we develop this unconditional faith that God does exist and realise that it is our fault that we are not able to experience Him, then there is a scope for progressing, improving and eventually, achieving that constant awareness. If you see it with your eyes, if you touch it with your hands, if you hear it with your ears, that is not faith; that is a fact. But if you believe that God exists beyond our sensory perceptions, in spite of the fact that you cannot see, touch, taste or smell, then that is called faith.
So, how does such a faith come? We have understood many things through the Satsangs. After hearing all these things, a question must arise within ourselves: There seem to be people who are able to understand, experience things that I am not able to. But these are men and women of wisdom, sacrifice, and goodness. Therefore, what they say will not be wrong. However, if I am not able to experience the same thing, it means there is something lacking in me.
With this humility, if we put efforts, then it is possible to experience that which is beyond our senses. The one, which cannot be described in words and cannot be understood by the mind, how can we try to describe or experience Him through these limited faculties? So keep all your logic, all your rationale, all your arguments outside. And come with an open mind. He is omnipotent, He is capable of anything. He is omnipresent, He is there everywhere. He is omniscient, He knows everything. Therefore, He does as He pleases.
Be open minded, be unconditional in your love, be humble and you will see, feel, experience, witness Swami every step, every moment. Love is the only way to have God with you. For there is nothing that you can offer to purchase Him or bind Him or make Him do what you want Him to. He is Prema pipasa, thirsty for true love. Without conditions, without expectations, without attachments, love Him for His sake and you will see Him, feel Him and experience Him everywhere.