Faith Works

 

By Nayaswami Narayan Romano
November 13, 2018

Paramhansa Yogananda once said, “You must stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.” With all of the challenges, our world is currently facing it feels as if it is already broken!

The important question for us is which way will we break? Towards fear and hatred or will we become warriors of the light?

To become a warrior of the light, we need to excavate our divine superpower: faith.

What is faith? What’s the difference between faith and belief? Belief is the hypothesis while faith is born of direct experience. There’s a funny joke which illustrates this point:

The successful businessman was asked by the young upstart:

“Sir, What is the secret of your success?”

He said, “Two words.”

“And, Sir, what are they?”

“Right decisions.”

“But how do you make right decisions?”

“One word.” He responded.

“And, sir, What is that?”

“Experience.”

“And how do you get Experience?”

“Two words.”

“And, Sir, what are they?”

“Wrong decisions.”

Swami Kriyananda stated, “Faith is the most practical thing of all.” Faith? Not money? Not help from the government or an institution? Faith is the experience of God within us. Rest assured in God.

The problem we have is there is a lot of mental and emotional static that blocks the flow of faith in our lives. Will we or our world change without effort? The old school models of kali yuga (material consciousness within ourselves and the world) will not go out without a fight. We cannot slide into heaven and higher consciousness.

I saw a billboard in Los Angeles recently that said, “Eaze – Marijuana Delivered.” That’s what our lower nature likes. Peace of mind delivered through an app with no effort. But it doesn’t work like that. Life is a battlefield and we must fight all the way to find peace of mind. The yogi says, “where all efforts end in ease.” That’s a big difference. Higher, inner relaxation and faith in God!

Faith works if you work for it! And why not, it’s the most powerful force in the universe that will bring to you what you need when you need it.