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Faith, Sweet Faith. A Soulful Homage to Faith Reaper by Manatita
"Faith is wisdom.
Faith is power.
Faith is heart-fragrance.
Faith is the sun-child
Of the Beyond."- Sri Chinmoy, #33, No unreachable Goal, Agni Press, 1994.
On the Elysian lap of Faith, I sojourn,
Tunnel seemingly without Light.
I walk along a labyrinth with the firm conviction,
That I’ll find my way home.
With strong resolve; inspired by the voice of the unseen,
I march undaunted to the shores of immortality.
O beauty non-pareil, how sweet Thy presence:
This secret beckoning of a lantern in my heart,
Guide this piercing ray,
To a vision of the beyond.
Let me be unfolded by Your Grace,
In this land of majesty,
Awake to the evidence of things not seen,
To be Your prodigal Sun.
The stars, the moon, the cosmos call me.
They are all dancing in my heart.
“Come, come! O child of the eternal,
Let us rise with the radiant beauty of the horizon,
To the pinnacle of a golden dawn.”
Ah! How sweet their entreaties,
The melody of their soothing call!
I feel as one elevated,
The veil of darkness erased,
By an unflinching Faith.
Drunk deep with the rhapsody of this wine divine,
I rest serene, in the presence of Her Sovereignty.
-Manatita 16th August, 2014. (Bard of Solace). ©Copyrighted.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast." -Ephesians 2: 8-9.
Faith in words and pictures
"Faith is the eye that visions the future, and it is always in tune with a higher Truth. The door of faith is always open to the Truth beyond, and by virtue of faith, we transcend ourselves."-Sri Chinmoy.
Faith comes from spontaneous inner joy. When we aspire for a deeper meaning to life; when the quest for inner fulfilment deepens, then one gradually acquires an unshakeable belief in a Higher Truth. The Soul already has a fore knowledge of this Reality, and it is only a matter of time, at God's Hour, one might say, that the other members of the human psyche - heart, mind, vital and body - , becomes permeated with this essential inner message from the Soul.
Faith can move mountains!
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.-Matthew, 21.V21. (NIV)
I have told this story to some friends, about the night when I was almost attacked. I heard a loud and threatening noise behind me, and when I looked around, I saw a young man, perhaps no more than 21 yrs old, approaching me. He was shouting that I had been looking at him and wanted to know why. As he got closer, I could see a menacing look in his face, and I felt an urge to apologise, which I did. This did not work. He got within six feet of me, put his hand into his pocket and I felt an impending sense of doom.
Very quickly, and right where I stood in the street, I folded my hands in prayer, looked up to the sky and started chanting the word 'Supreme' very fast and very loud. When I looked in his direction 30-45 seconds later, he was walking backwards with a strange look on his face, then turned around and disappeared. I could swear that I also heard a voice talking to him as well.
So my friends, this is the power of Faith. Sri Chinmoy had told us how to invoke God in such situations and I remembered, did it and it worked.
"What is our faith? Our faith is our inner cry for God’s Light and Bliss in infinite measure. Our faith is God’s transcendental Smile, which transforms our life and carries us from the sea of ignorance to the sea of wisdom. Our inner faith in God constantly helps us to run the fastest and constantly makes God run toward us in the fastest possible way. Because God’s speed is far greater than our speed, when we take one step toward God we see that God has taken ninety-nine steps toward us. Then we meet together."- Sri Chinmoy.
~Awakening the inner Light within~
Manatita, Bard of Solace. 14th August, 2014. Copyrighted.