Once childhood is gone and the intellect
has taken over, we must verify our
beliefs. A belief established on the
solid foundation of the Truth is a
source of strength. A belief based on
the direct experience of the Truth,
not contradicted by logic and reasoning,
is known as "shraddha," or faith.
Such faith is established over an
extended period of time. Repeated
experiences add to the maturity of
the faith. Direct experience of the
Truth removes all doubts and leads
an aspirant to a decisive understanding.
Such an understanding becomes an
inseparable part of his being. Knowledge
becomes firm; he does not feel it
necessary to seek verification from
others. He knows that he knows; such
is his faith.
A Call to Humanity