Nama Article 27th August 2012
Vivekănanda advises you to give up the Guru, Smriti, Shăstras, Itihăsa-purănas that would bring down your self-confidence. This is because one cannot do anything without self-confidence. It is not enough if you have faith in God but you should have faith in yourself; the faith that you would see God. There is an incident in the life of Jesus Christ to illustrate this.
Christ is walking in the midst of a huge crowd. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus. Christ turns around and walks up to the man and asks, "Did you call me?"
The blind man says, 'Yes, Jesus!'
Christ asks him, "What do you want?"
The beggar says, "I am blind since birth. I want to see the entire creation of God. I want to see this beautiful world."
Christ asks, "Do you want to see this world? Well! See it" and touches the blind man's eyes with His fingers. Immediately the blind man is blessed with sight. He sees the world and sheds tears. Christ asks him, "Why do you weep?"
The blessed man, in a choked tone, says, "Jesus! You have blessed me with sight. I am now able to see the entire world."
Christ explains, "Do you think that Jesus has given you sight? You hold the faith. Faith is the greatest wealth and you have it!"
Yogirămsuratkumăr used to say, 'If there is faith then there is no fate.'
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