I was reading a book, while doing so, I came across a paragraph which intrigued me. I read it several times to find some meaning between the lines, something which is not written but implied or some hidden meaning which would change entirely whay the paragraph meant. I was unable to find anything. It appeared as if the paragraph gave a simple and straight message. The first few lines on the first read confused me, the following lines cleared the meaning of the first few and the last line packed the ‘message’. I wish to share the paragraph here for the readers and also to get an opinion if there is any:
[Once Krishna and Arjuna were going along an open road. Seeing a bird in the sky, Krishna asked Arjuna, “Is that a dove?”; he replied, “Yes, it is a dove.” He asked Arjuna, “Is that an eagle?” Arjuna replied promptly, “Yes it is an Eagle”; “No Arjuna, it looks like a crow to me. Is that a crow?” asked Krishna, Arjuna replied, “I am sorry, it is a crow beyond doubt.” Krishna laughed and chided him for agreeing to whatever suggestion was given. But Arjuna said, “For me, your words are far weightier than the evidence of my eyes; you can make it a crow, a dove or an eagle. When you say it is a crow, it must be one.” Implicit faith is the secret of spiritual success. ]
Before i share my views and understanding of the article, I request you to make your own views about it. Once you read someone else’s views, they appear to be correct and in harmony with what you thought. Please read it once more and jot down (if possible) of what you feel about this excerpt and its message on a piece of paper.
After reading this paragraph, I was at first confused with the answers that Arjuna was giving to Lord Krishna for his questions. Changing them with every question. His last statement explaining why he agreed with everything Krishna said is indeed pacifying and would essentially show his immense devotion and trust in the lord; but this is what intrigued me the most.
It is clearly and frequently said that for spiritual ascension, you need but absolute, unquestioning and unshakable faith in the lord. This message has been conveyed here and in every religion/ spiritual gathering/ text/ scripture, everywhere.
Everyone from the priests of the smallest of temples to the incarnations of the lord who have come down to earth in any mythology have said this, and not once, but over and over again. This is what confuses me. We are given a mind, physical senses, by the lord (mythological speaking- no offense intended) for understanding and making well thought and wise decisions. In Hindu mythology, it is said, we are given ‘Vivek’, an ability to distinguish between right and wrong, so that we can make well informed decisions. Before taking any step we analyze, weigh the pros and cons. Sometimes in detail, sometimes superficially; but we do. So why do we need to forget all this, and have blind faith in the Lord?
Why is it a requirement in every religion to have ‘Unquestioning’ faith?
I have both side, ‘for’ and ‘against’ comments for this ‘requirement’:
FOR: Whenever the Lord has incarnated, he has always had a large group of people as followers, who have been granted freedom from this mortal coil and from the cycle of birth and death. Whenever a martal being has proclaimed to be God, be it Jesus, Krishna, Raman or any other form; he has been greeted with repulsion and hostility by some, if not many, people. There have always been a group of people who have tried to extinguish this soul for several reasons. (I would not prefer to go into details, but I am sure everyone would know of some such instances). To prove his abilities and to show he means what he says, the incarnation has performed several miracles. This was done to show his super human nature. A lot of followers questioned him, on everything they could think of before becoming his staunch devotees. Many if not all the questions were answered to their satisfaction. It is because they (devotees) saw that this person is not human but someone more than a mortal body, that they believed in him and were ready to follow him and give up their lives in his service.
So questions were asked and they were answered. However, it is not practical for every question of everyone to be answered. Hence, the rule of ‘Unquestioning and Unquestionable’ faith.
Also, this is common, in the scientific world as well. If Einstein started answering every question put up to him by every student of physics, he would have committed suicide, or even worse, would have have not had the time to work on his theories. And we would have been a thousand years behind in science than we are today.
AGAINST: It is the spirit of man, it was what man was ‘designed’ to do by the Lord himself. Asking questions and looking for answers is what has brought man to where he is, to where he stands and to what he knows. It is this same intrigue which is driving progress even now.
Man is designed to question before accepting. Be it any field, unless man feels satisfied with the answers, he does not accept the superiority of the opponent or the ‘Questioned’.
CRITICAL thought: Would also make one think, why do we need to have unquestionable faith? Is there something hidden which should not be discovered?
I have not had any final answer on this. My mind tells me to ask questions. On the contrary, I personally know people who have benefitted from ‘Total Unquestionable Faith’; so I am still divided.
Do share if you have any thoughts…