Faith

Puts his hand onto some weird pot, and chants something.
“Cheri ma, nee polam, atha pathekevangge”
“Ok lady, you can go, Goddess Amman will take care of it”
“Amman neneche dakshina kase pottethe poma”
“Think of Goddess Amman and spare some money lady”
And off she goes after handing in some very handsome amount of money. The so called God avatar meanwhile sits in his usual throne and turned to entertain another ‘patient’.
First of all, let me get things straight. Goddess Amman is not a certified medical practitioner and She does not cure cancer. So is the self proclaimed God avatar. The lady in the above situation is my aunt, and this is a true story retold by my mother a few days back.
See, life is such that we all face our ups and downs. During our ups, we never think of any misery that might strike us in future. We concentrate and relish the moments indulging in a state of comfort. What happens when we lose our comfort? We are overcome by misery or sadness. Hindu scriptures mainly Upanishad studies states that there is no such thing as two sides of a coin.
It states that people who indulge in comforts of the world, without realizing that sorrow might be looming around the corner, would not be prepared when it duly arrives. It also states that we can loose happiness, but being sad are not something that can be gained. Thus, when one is prepared mentally that sorrow and misery can come at any moment, he does not lose his peace, and his ‘faith’ reassures him that there is no two side of a coin whenever tragedy struck him. Mainly because he do not know what is sadness, because he is always concentrating in one state of mind, which is happiness.
A person who loses their peace however, seeks alternative option, God and all types of beliefs and rituals. You do not have to worry about the previous paragraph; only Saints and great Yogis can ever preserve and have such state of mind.
We, the normal ones, seek the alternative, which is turning ourselves to God for help. The above situation was a true story of how my aunt went and sought advice from one of the local ‘Samiyar'(priest), seeking blessing to cure her sickness. She also went to Shirdi Sai Baba(a great Saint), followed by another visit to Madurai Veeran(Hindu warrior God). The last one was someone who got posssessed by Madurai Veeran and He blessed her (or so it seems).
And visits to some other self-proclaimed Samiyars thinking that this will cure her sickness. There is few things we can talk about here, being done wrong, but I’ll keep the rest for another day. Let us start with faith.
See, we all have to agree, that miracle happens all the time in our life. Miracles happen through God, there is no denial in that. In spiritualism, faith is God. You can pray to millions of Gods; however without faith, it is simply a fruitless action. You might only have faith, but you will achieve all the miracles in this world. Faith alone is the ship that will carry you forward in your journey.
People nowadays have faith; the problem is they have faith towards so many things. They do not have a stand or stick to one object or belief. Say you want to be a famous singer, and you’re working hard towards it. Suddenly someone comes up to you and say, dancing is a better way of making money. Thus you learn dancing. Then another one comes up saying you should learn mimicry, thus you lose concentration again and start learning mimicry.
This is what we call half baked work. We do not have trust or faith in what we do, in whom we pray to, with whom we rest all our problems with. You would not achieve anything by having divided trust towards so many things in life for one single objective.
Say you pray to Goddess Kali, you should have unshakable faith towards her. If you believe God is formless, then imagine the form of formless and concentrate on it. This is the ultimate truth, all religious scriptures stresses this. When you believe in one thing and one thing alone, and place your entire faith towards It, then you will achieve your objective. For an example, say if you’re sick and when all hope is lost, you will be expecting a divine intervention. Thus you start praying (and applying spiritual path in your life), but that’s when some of us make mistakes. We start trusting in so many things all at once, that we lose concentration and do not complete anything fully in order to reap the rewards.
So should I not concentrate on any other beliefs or religion? No, one should have healthy and high respect towards all religion and God, if you do not have that then you’re going down the drain. But if you start practicing a bit here, a bit from there, mix and match, you’re basically inventing your own teachings, isn’t it so?
There is even a joke about it. A guy was drowning in the sea, and since he was very spiritual, he called out:
“Oh Lord Muruga, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha, all the Gods in this world, please help me”
And he drowned. Upon entering the Gate of Heavens, he was furious. He saw Lord Muruga, Lord Jesus and Lord Buddha sitting together. He questioned them:
“Why didn’t any of You help me?”
To which Lord Buddha replied, “First you called Muruga, so I thought He will help you. So I stayed quiet”
And Lord Muruga continued” You called Jesus after me, so I thought I would just keep quiet and let Jesus help you”
In the end, none of the Gods came down thinking the others would come and help instead. That’s just a joke, and I hope none of the religious activist gets worked up right now. The joke however, explains things in layman term, about what I wanted to convey in this article.
Be it Christian, be it Muslim, be it you’re a Hindu, have single minded devotion towards your God or spiritual master. When you decide on who shall be your Guru or God, have precision in your decision, passion and patient towards your Spiritual Master , and He alone will guide you to drink the nectar of joy. Trust and have faith completely towards your Guru or God. By practicing and seeking guidance under your own trusted Guru/God, you will achieve your objective, and no misery and sorrow can touch you. May peace and happiness ever be with you.
I will address below issues in future articles.
1. Why we should have Guru/Spiritual Master or God?
2. Spiritual Masters who are fake and how do we identify them

This is a spiritual topic, and it is my OWN point of view based on some studies. I’m not going to coax anything onto your head, have a free mind. Anything religious or spiritual hits low in terms of popularity in this blog, thus my personal objective is to explain things in layman term so that spiritual and religious studies can actually be fun and be understood by people of all age and religion. ┬áIf you have any questions or viewpoint of your own, please share.

“Ingge vama, yenna perechene”?

“Come here, what is bothering you”?

“Eneke cancer vanthereche, athan ayya unggele pakeh vanthom”

“I have cancer, which is why we’re here”

Puts his hand onto some weird pot, and chants something.

“Cheri ma, nee polam, atha pathekevangge”

“Ok lady, you can go, Goddess Amman will take care of it”

“Amman neneche dakshina kase pottethe poma”

“Think of Goddess Amman and spare some money lady”

And off she goes after handing in some very handsome amount of money. The so called God avatar meanwhile sits in his usual throne and turned to entertain another ‘patient’.

First of all, let me get things straight. Goddess Amman is not a certified medical practitioner and She does not cure cancer. So is the self proclaimed God avatar. The lady in the above situation is my aunt, and this is a true story retold by my mother a few days back.

How people are misusing the names of mighty Gods is very sad indeed.

See, life is such that we all face our ups and downs. During our ups, we never think of any misery that might strike us in future. We concentrate and relish the moments indulging in a state of comfort. What happens when we lose our comfort? We are overcome by misery or sadness. Hindu scriptures mainly Upanishad studies states that there is no such thing as two sides of a coin.

It states that people who indulge in comforts of the world, without realizing that sorrow might be looming around the corner, would not be prepared when it duly arrives. It also states that we can loose happiness, but being sad are not something that can be gained. Thus, when one is prepared mentally that sorrow and misery can come at any moment, he does not lose his peace, and his ‘faith’ reassures him that there is no two side of a coin whenever tragedy struck him. Mainly because he do not know what is sadness, because he is always concentrating in one state of mind, which is happiness.

A person who loses their peace however, seeks alternative option, God and all types of beliefs and rituals. You do not have to worry about the previous paragraph; only Saints and great Yogis can ever preserve and have such state of mind.

We, the normal ones, seek the alternative, which is turning ourselves to God for help. The above situation was a true story of how my aunt went and sought advice from one of the local ‘Samiyar'(priest), seeking blessing to cure her sickness. She also went to Shirdi Sai Baba(a great Saint), followed by another visit to Madurai Veeran(Hindu warrior God). The last one was someone who got posssessed by Madurai Veeran and He blessed her (or so it seems).

And visits to some other self-proclaimed Samiyars thinking that this will cure her sickness. There is few things we can talk about here, being done wrong, but I’ll keep the rest for another day. Let us start with faith.

What? Your wife not conceiving so you're childless? No problem, bring her to me.

See, we all have to agree, that miracle happens all the time in our life. Miracles happen through God, there is no denial in that. In spiritualism, faith is God. You can pray to millions of Gods; however without faith, it is simply a fruitless action. You might only have faith, but you will achieve all the miracles in this world. Faith alone is the ship that will carry you forward in your journey.

People nowadays have faith; the problem is they have faith towards so many things. They do not have a stand or stick to one object or belief. Say you want to be a famous singer, and you’re working hard towards it. Suddenly someone comes up to you and say, dancing is a better way of making money. Thus you learn dancing. Then another one comes up saying you should learn mimicry, thus you lose concentration again and start learning mimicry.

This is what we call half baked work. We do not have trust or faith in what we do, in whom we pray to, with whom we rest all our problems with. You would not achieve anything by having divided trust towards so many things in life for one single objective.

Say you pray to Goddess Kali, you should have unshakable faith towards her. If you believe God is formless, then imagine the form of formless and concentrate on it. This is the ultimate truth, all religious scriptures stresses this. When you believe in one thing and one thing alone, and place your entire faith towards It, then you will achieve your objective. For an example, say if you’re sick and when all hope is lost, you will be expecting a divine intervention. Thus you start praying (and applying spiritual path in your life), but that’s when some of us make mistakes. We start trusting in so many things all at once, that we lose concentration and do not complete anything fully in order to reap the rewards.

So should I not concentrate on any other beliefs or religion? No, one should have healthy and high respect towards all religion and God, if you do not have that then you’re going down the drain. But if you start practicing a bit here, a bit from there, mix and match, you’re basically inventing your own teachings, isn’t it so?

There is even a joke about it. A guy was drowning in the sea, and since he was very spiritual, he called out:

“Oh Lord Muruga, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha, all the Gods in this world, please help me”

And he drowned. Upon entering the Gate of Heavens, he was furious. He saw Lord Muruga, Lord Jesus and Lord Buddha sitting together. He questioned them:

“Why didn’t any of You help me?”

To which Lord Buddha replied, “First you called Muruga, so I thought He will help you. So I stayed quiet”

And Lord Muruga continued” You called Jesus after me, so I thought I would just keep quiet and let Jesus help you”

In the end, none of the Gods came down thinking the others would come and help instead. That’s just a joke, and I hope none of the religious activist gets worked up right now. The joke however, explains things in layman term, about what I wanted to convey in this article.

Be it Christian, be it Muslim, be it you’re a Hindu, have single minded devotion towards your God or spiritual master. When you decide on who shall be your Guru or God, have precision in your decision, passion and patient towards your Spiritual Master , and He alone will guide you to drink the nectar of joy. Trust and have faith completely towards your Guru or God. By practicing and seeking guidance under your own trusted Guru/God, you will achieve your objective, and no misery and sorrow can touch you. May peace and happiness ever be with you.

And I’m 26 in 24 hours time.

I will address below issues in future articles.
1. Why we should have Guru/Spiritual Master or God?
2. Spiritual Masters who are fake and how do we identify them.

24 comments to Faith

  • lizard

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    Durai Baba is back…

  • roob

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    Durai, to be honest with you. I much despised when you wrote on matters with only a single mind. Stereotyping on known issues. Probably your hidden message was not pass down to me, but i chose to see the positive side in it and found your pieces to be mind boggling but very entertaining!

    This on the other hand, is very much enlightening and exactly what i expect from a fantastic blogger. Yes, i would be hypocritical when i say this, because this was too written in a manner of you expressing yourself as you see it, but what you did here was be subtle about it and empathized it well!

    Honestly it pleased me, hence it is a good write up, and im glad i read this. God works in mysterious way Durai!

    Oh yeah happy birthday!

    I will end with this quote i stole from someone which i believe in and what you have just reiterated to me
    “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced”

    Thanks bro!

  • roob

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    Have i told already that its a bloody good write up?
    well im saying it again, cause i just read this all over again!

  • sugardaddy

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    you rock, bro!!

  • answer

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    Cant agree more on this topic..

    but I’m just curious that the claim of “really being possessed by gods” are true or is it just in our mind? and the significance of so called a must put thing on forehead by gals -pottu-? I often find myself involved in some arguments which related to both this topic… i would like to know your point of view on this topic.

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      My grandmother is very particular about having a pottu at all times, she claims that it will avoid the girls getting possessed by all that ‘kaathu karuppu’. But i think pottu symbolizes the soul/athman.

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        Then y don’t guys do wear one? y it has to be girls at particular? “kaathu karuppu” is gender biased?

        symbolize soul/athma? still i x the interconnection btw it.

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          See, this is a typical example of how superstitious indians are, with common sense you can tell that my grandmother’s explanation on why girls should always wear pottu is bu@#shit. Have you not seen girls wearing pottu getting possessed ?

          Indian community has always regarded female fragile and vulnerable as compared to males and they tend to think women need ‘protection’ (in this case from such entities). Why guys wear don’t wear one? by all means they can wear, who is stopping them? * have you seen Murugan, vinayar, or shivan with bare forehead? No.

          The interconnection is very much clear, and it gets clearer if you start looking inward and ask the million dollar question “who am i really? “

          • Russ

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            The area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, ajna, the seat of “concealed wisdom”. According to followers of Hinduism, this chakra is the exit point for kundalini energy. The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration.[4] It is also said to protect against demons or bad luck.
            ~Wikipedia

            The woman’s natural physical structure also makes them vulnerable of being possessed compared to man. The demons (kaathu karuppu) are also easily attracted by the blood from a woman’s period. That is why in Hindu practice, we have all sort of regulations during a woman’s period time. I’m 100% sure about the kundalini energy but for the rest, to believe or not, it’s up to you.

          • Russ

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            Forgt to mention, the forehead center is said to be the point where demons enter your body

  • Nav_yakuza

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    love this line!! “What? Your wife not conceiving so you’re childless? No problem, bring her to me.”!!! hahahahaha!!! hidup Nithyananda !!!

  • chelvi ganesan kandan

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    Reading this reminds me of the movie THOONGA NAGARAM i watched only yesterday. The priest will say “India vil 100 kodi makkal.athukkunu 100 kodi kadavulaiyaa venderaange, manusanukku kasdamnna kadavul vara maaddar, manithan roopathil, kadavul uthavi seivaar… n this line wil b repeated again by another character in the movie..
    Spiritualism is a very wide subject, therefore thank you for your point of view, Durai, anyway Happy Birthday to you!

  • answer

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    oh yeah durai..Happy Birthday to u!!

  • Russ

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    I’m not exactly sure what you meant by “have single minded devotion towards your God or spiritual master” but in my opinion, having devotion (bhakti) towards your spiritual master is the mistake that a lot people make today. Spiritual master or guru should be a guide to lead you in your spiritual life towards God. One should have love, respect and undivided loyalty towards guru, not devotion, or else you would sway from your God-seeking purpose. And most of the proper/true gurus would/should tell you this. =)
    Good write btw. Been reading your blog for quite some time. Never thought about commenting until now.

  • Small BOy!!!

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    sadly bro everybody turns to spirituality only when life bites them very hardly. even me :( .but bro please don’t read these scriptures like Upanishad and take it for granted because these are books that are used to describe the indescribable by sages and rishis so u either believe or disbelieve it just read is as a story but if u have the means to look through this life beyond the dimension of the physical then u can use it to inform others but if you didn’t experience it do not utter any word from it better ask a small child he is always a greater guru and finally no blind faith then it will come haunting you in questions that will create doubt so be in the state of devotion which is not only to the god u prefer but also to normal human beings and everything u behold with your eyes because devotion is a state where everything is always higher than us because without the other beings we are nothing. May he destroy us and includes us in himself Har Har Mahadev.

  • 92...

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    Faith is not knowing wht the future holds but knowing who holds the future..
    Nice job bro=)

  • MALAYSIAN INDIAN

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    kastham vantha than samy keh archanai….am i right frenz…

  • Kambathukaran

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    Kadavuluke Alva kudukure kalam ithe…Aiya sonnathan ivanungalale seiye mudiyuma..sontha buthi ille…Nambe Durai bang’ke ore salam…

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    “What? Your wife not conceiving so you’re childless? No problem, bring her to me.”

    Ahh, classic! Nice writeup as always.

  • A Girl

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    Hey Durai! Good one up there. It simply happens..being religious isn’t all about seeking Him when no others are of help.. People tend to have faith in individuals who get tranced but I wonder why minority of us have faith in reaffirmation and existence of God consistently.. Sudden faith on God all for a reason never helps..simply because that very individual might just be self-indulged in pleasures of life thereafter, and the faith fades someday.

    Happy Birthday to You.

  • gobugovin

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    hey macha we come empty handed n shall go empty handed that’s faithhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    @gobugovin : Bro, with all due respect, PLEASE do not run riot on this blog. Limit your comments, and please only comment when you want to make your point of view visible. Otherwise, it will only flood this blog.

  • vshy

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    i agree completely. very good article, durai. really enjoy reading ur articles, very interesting, all of them. looking forward to more. =)

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    Nowdays…SamiYarss…becomes SamiNaanu… :)

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