30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 5 featuring Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati
“Faith is the greatest asset of the disciple. If you have faith, you have everything; without faith, you have nothing.”
Before we dive into this quote, I think it’s important to point out that when we talk about ‘faith’ we are not necessarily talking about religion. Certainly it is practiced by the religious. And, it’s also often the outcome of being religious – that the followers have faith. But, faith in and of itself, lends itself to a multitude of perspectives – from the atheists to the zealots. We need not follow a prescribed religion to have faith. It’s simply where belief and trust meet. Granted, the inspiration of this quote is likely from a religious perspective. However, the non-secular can still glean wisdom and insight from it outside of the religious arena.
There is a fantastic book by American yoga teacher Rolf Gates called ‘Meditations from the Mat‘. I remember reading in the book how important it is to ‘trust in an abundant universe’. This really stuck with me because it seemed radical. The idea that it was important to believe that everything would be okay seemed ridiculous and even un-intelligent. My scientific mind dissected this and after much consideration, I realized that the reaction from someone who has faith would be quite different than the reaction from someone who never believed that things would work out. I recognized that I would move through life with a lot more joy in my heart if I had faith in the journey. I realized that I would be more fearless if I trusted the process. And, my scientific mind recognized the functionality of viewing the world this way. It’s all about a positive mindset. I believe that when we stay positive; when we believe and trust in our journey, we have everything.
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