Tretar 8, the Wings of Faith

[This post is the eighth in an ongoing series for Project Tretar. You can read previous posts here]

Are you afraid?

When you are standing at the threshold of a major decision that could change the course of your life, the first thing your inner voice would ask you – “Are you afraid that you are choosing the wrong thing?”
You would stare back not knowing what to say. This would only strengthen your inner doubt and it will ask back – “Are you sure you want to do this?”
Your mouth would dry up and it will strike you for the first time that you don’t know what you are doing.

But let me tell you something. No one knows what they are doing, so that question is moot. One can only try to rise towards their destiny but cannot determine whether it will work. And, that is life.

Once in a blue moon, you will be devastated by things you cannot control. You will be tempted to give up. Once in a lifetime, you will have the chance to face the path that may lead you to your destiny and it will be the path of unknown. Whether you step into that tunnel or not will be your choice.

Does God exist? What is God?

I don’t know. No one knows. Is it  He or She? Is She big? Is She bright? Is She like human or something else? Is She sitting in a temple or a church?

No clue.

But my faith tells me that God is well, God – something bigger than me or anything I have seen. Something more fascinating and something capable of making it all alright. There’s no logic and that is why faith is defined as ‘belief that is not based on proof‘. So, what’s wrong with going by this faith and believing that there is indeed something divine? I think we should believe it because it tells me that I am not controlling everything and if I falter, its not my mistake. When things are bad around me, I can hope that the divinity will make it fine. So that when I enter this tunnel of darkness when I am taking a big scary decision, I won’t die of fear or grief. I will keep walking believing that God is walking beside me and that we will make it to the end.

When you have come to the edge of all the light you have
And step into the darkness of the unknown
Believe that one of the two will happen to you 
Either you’ll find something solid to stand on
Or you’ll be taught how to fly!
Richard Bach

Faith is what will teach me to fly.

Indian Temple Nistha

Mine is a religious family, often traveling to Hindu places with temples. I think you see what you are looking for when you walk in there. One who wants to see magic will see it and one who wants to see fraud will see that. I realised that prayer doesn’t determine what God will do, it simply influences what you can do. And even God is incomplete without the devotee. A Shiv temple is incomplete without his Nandi. Having faith tells you that you are not just in this bigger Universe or phenomenon, that this Universe is in you.

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