Planting Faith-Seeds

If something is true, you will feel it within the very depths of your heart, although sometimes it may take a little time.

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After a seed is sown, it takes a few months for it to germinate. In a year it grows into a sapling, and eventually it grows into a huge banyan tree.

When you begin to take an interest in the spiritual life, you have sown the seed. You may not see the results immediately. You will feel light and peace, but first you have to have faith. Inside your body there are many organs: the heart, lungs, and so on. You believe this because doctors and others say so. Although you cannot see these organs, you know that they are there. Similarly, in the inner world, if you do not see something right now, you cannot say that it does not exist. In your inner life there are many things which you may not be aware of right now, but if you pray and meditate soulfully, and cultivate more faith in what you have heard from spiritual seekers and Masters, then eventually you will see that they are absolutely correct.

You have to start with faith – sincere, genuine, sublime faith. This faith is not going to mislead you. When you read a spiritual book, that book embodies light. While reading, you may not feel light inside the book right away, but still you do not discard the book. You have some faith in the messages that the book contains. You meditate on the words and ideas that the book embodies, and eventually you do get light. Inside the book there is a hidden reality. If you believe in that hidden reality while you are reading, in the course of time you will get illumination. But you have to read the book in order to get the essence, the quintessence of the book.

Similarly, you have to pray and meditate before you will feel your own divinity. If you cannot feel your inner divinity right now, do not be sad or upset. Pray and meditate sincerely, and through your faith, your real divinity will one day loom large. If you do not have higher experiences or realizations as soon as you enter the spiritual life, do not give up. Right now if you do not feel inside the very depths of your heart something divine, illumining, fulfilling, and perfect, no harm. It takes time to acquire a free access to the inner world. But once you have free access to the inner world, you will see that it is flooded with light and delight.

You are crying
Because the quantity of your mind's doubts
Is as vast as the ocean.
Why do you not smile and dance,
Since you know that the quality of your heart's faith
Is as pure as a morning rose?

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