Faith

The outer man is what his inner faith is. All our activities, physical, vital
and mental, have a common fount. And the name of that fount is faith. With
our faith we can create, control, conquer and transform our fate. To be sure,
what unconsciously we call human faith is nothing short of the divine will
in us and for us.<br>
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What does a Sattvic man do with his luminous faith? He uses his faith to
invoke and worship the Supreme. What does a Rajasic man do with his passionate
faith? He uses it to us and satisfy the deities. What does a Tamasic man
do with his tenebrous faith? He worships the unsatisfied, dissatisfied, hungry,
obscure, impure and earth-bound spirits and ghosts.<br>
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They say that in the West, food has very little to do with faith. In India
the link between food and faith is almost inseparable. Our Upanishadic Seers
cried out: ?Annam Brahma”?”Food is the Brahman.?<br>
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A Sattvic man eats the foods that are fresh, pure and soothing so that he
can acquire energy, health, cheerfulness and a long life.<br>
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Sour, salty and excessively hot foods are liked by a Rajasic man. Illness
captures him. Pain tortures him.<br>
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A Tamasic man also has to eat after all. He avidly eats the foods that are
stale, tasteless, impure and filthy. The result of his eating can be better
felt than described.<br>
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Sri Chinmoy<br>