Faith is merely the extent of belief.
In other words, if your belief is so strong that it affects your actions and attitudes, it has become faith. If you have complete confidence in something or someone, you have faith. Faith is synonymous with the word, trust.
However, blind faith is having completely confidence in someone or something without any reason to do so. It’s typically used pejoratively.
But what I don’t understand is that whenever I think of the word “blind faith” or if it is used figuratively in a conversation, the below image, comes into play…
Now, while I do have a great respect for dogs and like and love them a lot… blind faith and their pee or dump doesn’t go well with me…
Hence this piece, hoping that it would put things or my mind in order…
Hardly anybody I know has a completely “blind faith” because even if their faith is based on shaky or faulty reasoning, they usually have some reason or some story to how they came to this faith.
If I have faith in the goodness of my parents to me, I have not subjected their goodness to rigorous scientific testing. Yet I have every reason to believe in their goodness and have faith in them. Rigorous scientific observation is not the only path to knowledge and the intellectually honest should reject any claim that it is.
According to the Hindu Scriptures, blind faith is undesirable and faith is not only desirable but essential.
Blind faith is not sensible and not verifiable. Reasonable faith or faith, in general, is sensible and verifiable and such faith is not only required in religion but in every walk of life
When we go to a doctor for treatment, we generally tend to put faith in the doctor.
Similarly, in the field of religion, there may be blind faith. We just follow some rituals because everyone is doing it. We never ask questions about why a ritual is done. We never expect any transformation by following the rituals i.e. we never verify the religious process.
So, how can faith in religion be intelligent, sensible, and verifiable?
The Bhagvad Gita never says that ‘I am saying this and therefore you have to do this’. Rather it says, ‘use your intelligence to contemplate what is being told and then decide what you are supposed to do’. This is the intelligent and sensible aspect of faith in religion. It says that if we follow the process that is given in the Gita then we will actually experience the higher truths, as an inner awareness and then we will become joyful.
Perhaps, this is the same with the holy texts of all religions, although there is a chance that the spiritual teachers who preached this, could have misinterpreted the information, irrespective of the religion.
So, personally, I reckon, blind faith is the trusting or believing in someone or something without having any prior knowledge of it
Please note that complete faith in a blind man or woman could also be called blind faith… however, if they are not able to guide you spiritually, it could practically be useless…
However, if you can follow your intuition, understand the processes, and learn from the coincidences with your intelligence to guide you… then you will see the changes happening…
An example is given below!
These principles set forth in The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield… has helped me…and likewise, each one has their own set principles!
We live in a deeply mysterious world full of sudden coincidences and synchronistic encounters that seem destined.
As we awaken to this mystery, we will create a completely new worldview, redefining the universe as energetic and sacred.
We will discover that everything around us, all matter, consists of and stems from a divine energy that we are beginning to see and understand.
From this perspective, we can see that humans have always felt insecure, disconnected from this sacred source, and have tried to take energy by dominating each other. This struggle is responsible for all human conflict.
The only solution is to cultivate a personal re-connection with the divine, a mystical transformation that fills us with unlimited energy and love, expands our perception of beauty, and lifts us into a higher self-awareness.
In this awareness, we can release our own pattern of controlling and discover a specific truth, a mission we are here to share, that helps evolve humanity toward a new level of reality.
In pursuit of this mission we can discover an inner intuition that shows us where to go and what to do, and if we make only positive interpretations, brings a flow of coincidences that opens the doors for our mission to unfold.
When enough of us enter this evolutionary flow, always giving energy to the higher self of everyone we meet, we will build a new culture in which our bodies evolve to ever-higher levels of energy and perception.
In this way, we can participate in the coming journey of evolution, to energize our bodies, generation by generation, until we walk into a paradise that we can finally see.
Have a great day!