In this blog post, I will write about why faith is important in life.
So basically, I was of the school of thought that unless one experiences something one should not believe in it.
Whether it’s belief in God or belief in any idea or principle or anything that changes the way we live life, I used to think that we should try out new ideas and then prove to ourselves if it is true in our experience.
But I have always wondered what the most worthy goal in life is and what is the most real and meaningful cause to which I can fight and dedicate my life without feeling like I am wasting my time in life.
And from there started my pursuit of Truth.
What is the truth? What is the most real thing? What is worthy of hard work and personal struggle? What is worthy of fighting for? What is not empty? What is true?
At first in class 11, I went to get a better education to find this real thing. I thought if I can get into a good school I will be able to dedicate my life to it and find something worth fighting for. But questions started appearing in my mind.
I doubted my beliefs and asked myself,” I know that a good education is very important. But I don’t feel happy. I am suffering. And I have lost my sense of direction and hunger in life. Also, I don’t even know if this subject I am studying is meaningful. I want to be an engineer. But why? Why do I want to be an engineer? Why? I could do career counselling but will I really find the answer in other professions? I will feel empty even then, and I will probably ask the why question after I lose my passion for that profession.”
So I started losing interest in formal education. (I am in college now studying seriously.)
Then I started pursuing money in business by learning digital marketing. I started a blog, a youtube channel, a clothing e-commerce store, etc.
And I found success here and there but I still had the feeling of emptiness and meaninglessness that gradually entered my pursuit of money.
I remember I was doing an internship as an insurance agent for a big company and I did well in the interview and training. I was punctual all the time and very serious about success, but I gave up before the joining date because I could not see meaning in that job. (Little did I know that the meaning that I am searching for is in me and not outside in objects.)
So I started losing interest in money. (I am regardlessly going to start a business in the future)
Then I started feeling depressed.
This is where things changed. I started believing in God. I surrendered and took action.
Life without God is empty and meaningless. Even things that are meaningful in the beginning seem meaningless if we don’t believe in something real.
If one believes in God, then a simple thing looks beautiful, one finds joy in the little things in life. But if one doesn’t believe in God, then all the wealth of the world can’t make one happy.
It started with me one day noticing that a girl and her mother at NIMHANS chanting a religious mantra one evening while chilling, and it hit me that I can also try that approach. I could try to have faith in God. Since nothing works, then let’s try this.
And I found that it is a source of immense love, power, strength and wisdom. It made suffering make sense and my life got better.
Then one day I was reading Swami Vivekananda’s quote-
“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.” – Swami Vivekananda
And I started consciously strengthening my belief in myself.
What I am trying to say through this blog post is this-
Faith is important.
Without faith, one will find it very difficult to find the truth.
Personally, I still get doubts but I have surrendered my fears to God. I know that there is a reality that is truly real. I don’t need to hold on to objects of the mind or the world to feel secure. I just need to hold on to God.
The reason faith is important for finding the truth, is that faith and truth are not opposite words, but where truth cannot be reached by the mind, faith is the guide to truth.
Thank you for reading this blog post. If you liked this post then please comment, why is faith important to you?