Faith ( Tolstoy)

29 Feb

“Whatever answers faith gives, regardless of which faith, or to whom the answers are given, such answers always give an infinite meaning to the finite existence of man; a meaning that is not destroyed by suffering, deprivation or death. This means that only in faith can we find the meaning and possibility of life. I realized that the essential meaning of faith lies not only in the ‘manifestations of things unseen’, and so on, or in revelation (this is only a description of one of the signs of faith); nor is it simply the relationship between man and God (it is necessary to define faith, then God, and not God through faith); nor is it an agreement with what one has been told, although this is what faith is commonly understood to be. Faith is a knowledge of the meaning of human life, the consequence of which is that man does not kill himself but lives. Faith is the force of life. If a man lives, then he must believe in something. If he did not believe that there was something he must live for he would not live. If he does not see and comprehend the illusion of the finite he will believe in the finite. If he does understand the illusion of the finite, he is bound to believe in the infinite. Without faith it is impossible to live.”

―  Leo Tolstoy, A confession and other religious writings

I was thinking about ” Faith” today and came across the great writer’s quote ” Faith is the force of life. If a man lives, then he must believe in something.” My school friend had  told me  “You are a good person and you must have faith in yourself.” It is the only thing ever had.  Where are you my friend…

A great saint from these parts said ” We are ever free if only we would believe it, only have enough faith…” We must believe this.

Remember Tolstoy ” Without faith it is impossible to live.” I think it makes up for everything else that is not there. Ask me..

Goodnight dear friends! Faith is the force of life and my friend…

Love, Suresh

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