Faith is not about belief. Faith, in fact, has very little to do with what beliefs you hold. It allows you to uphold your own belief system. Faith is a sacred, deep and emotional kind of trust. Faith is the kind of trust that you enter into with your whole being. Faith is the kind of trust that when broken, hurts deep inside, but faith is also the kind of trust that finds a way to trust again despite the hurt.
We are all people of faith. Faith is a basic aspect of human nature. We live in a universe that is so awe-inspiring, infinite, and so grandly complicated that all of the human knowledge amounts to only a tiny fraction of reality.
Indeed, much of human perception about reality is a pure construct, because the whole of infinity cannot possibly be understood by the finite human mind.
Religious faith is not a collection of people who share beliefs, but a community of people who have made the commitment to trust one another, care for each other’s spirits and souls, and join together for a faith-filled purpose.
Blind faith is a trust that is not examined, not understood, and which requires only body and soul, neglecting the mind and the spirit.
Pure faith is the kind of trust that you hold even when your rational mind says you should not. This is a double-edged sword because at times the ability to hold pure faith is a blessing and at other times it is simply blind faith in disguise.
Nilanjan Ray has a handful of exposed stock on ‘human interest’ and keeps stock of other people’s money in a bank since it is his profession. He has received wide appreciation internationally as well as nationally and has received a Merit Prize from National Geographic, USA & a National Award from Photo Division, Govt. of India.
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