Beginning of Doubt is End of Faith


Krishn says in The Bhagwat Gita, fearlessness is granted to the ones who surrender in front of me. Fearlessness is not a tangible thing which one can have once he surrenders in front of God. Fearlessness for sure is a state of mind.  Then why at all do we need to surrender in front of God, He, for sure is no narcissist, and we can always get into that state of mind at our own.

It’s not that in case you surrender in front of God you will be absolved of all kinds of worldly sufferings and you can continue to live without fear of any suffering. If you are born you must go through the cycle of happiness and misery, brightness and darkness, hope and frustration, joy and grief, success and failure and so on.

Surrender makes you indifferent to such cycles. Your life becomes a straight line with no slope, nothing weavers it. The slope if at all exists is that of spiritual elevation, the realisation of more harmonious waves emanating from you. You keep deploying efforts but are indifferent to all that the efforts reap, good or bad, you keep aiming higher. Indifference does not mean you have no aim, you simply surrender desires associated with those aims.

Bible describes Jesus saying during crucifixion, “God have you forsaken me.” He was distracted from his vision of God, while being crucified by the pain inflicted upon him, it was not that Jesus doubted that the God would forsake him, but what worried him was how worldly pain could distract him from God. The unfettered faith that he had in God let him go in for crucifixion without feeling pain for long, and that was fearlessness.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji let his three Sahibzadas (sons) get entombed alive, refusing to bow in front of a tyrant, that was faith he had on his mission, he surrendered everything to that mission, and that was fearlessness. That’s when ‘Khalsa- The Pure’ came into existence. If you haven’t surrendered completely and have a grain of doubt within you, you are not Khalsa.

Mahatma Gandhi, after he was thrown out of train, chose nonviolence as his weapon, that was fearlessness and that came from the faith in the strength of nonviolence. He completely surrendered to the idea of nonviolence.

Bhagat Singh, after killing Saunders and throwing bombs at parliament could have escaped, yet he got himself captured. He had completely surrendered to the idea of enlightening the fire of nationalism in Indians by self-sacrifice.

Fearlessness is complete faith in any noble idea, that noble idea is God and unflinching faith is surrender. The moment your faith weavers you feel the pain and joy of happiness and misery, brightness and darkness, hope and frustration, joy and grief, success and failure and so on.

Fearlessness makes one realise the futility of abundance and absence of worldly things. Once fearless you realise the futility of absence and presence of almost everything you desired.

A grain of Doubt in the thought process of Jesus while he was undergoing made him realise he was undergoing pain. A grain of doubt on the holiness of his mission would have made Guru Gobind Singh not so great. A grain of doubt in Mahatma’s mind would have left us devoid of the great philosophy he gave to mankind. A grain of doubt in Bhagat Singh’s mind would have left him as ordinary as anyone amongst us.

An incomplete thought, blanks to be filled in by you.

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharat Pathak
    Feb 08, 2017 @ 11:42:16

    Hi Duke, Thanx for the words of appreciation, it encourages me.
    You dont need to be a believer to be fearless. and you have been fearless all 25 years you spent in war zone. Ur unflinching faith in service of fellow humans made u do it.
    Its indeed an honor to know a person like you who has done so much for humanity.
    Thanx once again

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  2. Duke Miller
    Feb 08, 2017 @ 00:45:56

    Hi Sharat,

    Can an atheist be fearless? I hope so, since I am one. I worked for 25 years in war zones as a aid worker. Was I fearless? No, I was scared most of the time. Sometimes for me, but mostly for others. Why did I do it? Don’t know. I guess because I wanted to help people escaping from war. Anyway, I like your blog. It is nice to think that someone who is earning a living from business also thinks like you do. Most businessmen in the US aren’t like you. Congrats. Thanks. Duke

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  3. Sharat Pathak
    Dec 05, 2016 @ 15:22:23

    Pleasure sir ji. u liked it..

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  4. Sharat Pathak
    Dec 05, 2016 @ 15:21:52

    fear and fearlessness both are perceptions… one perceives and gets one of them.

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  5. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Dec 03, 2016 @ 01:27:17

    Quite profound. I liked the perception of fearlessness here….

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  6. parveen pruthi
    Dec 02, 2016 @ 19:25:57

    Kya baat hai,,,sharat ji…beautifully written…appears coming right from soul….

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  7. Anonymous
    Dec 02, 2016 @ 19:25:25

    Kya baat hai,,,sharat ji…beautifully written…appears coming right from soul….

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  8. vinay
    Dec 02, 2016 @ 16:09:15

    I just loved the idea of fearlessness… great writing (y)

    Liked by 1 person

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