Ep. 18 ~ How To Develop Faith

Tell me a little bit about how your faith… and trust in the universe that happened over time… how did it develop for you? How do you develop faith?

“The mind can’t conceive of what’s not a thought. Emotions can’t feel anything that’s not a feeling, an emotional feeling. The body and the senses can’t receive anything that’s not a sense input. Faith and grace, they have nothing to do with the body and the mind or the emotions. It’s a blessing that comes to us due to a combination of our good karmas, the work that we’ve already done in our life and in our lives before if you believe in that, and the kindness of the Saints who have realized what this is all about and we’ve all, if we’re interested in this nonsense at all, it’s because we have a connection with some lineage at some time with our own past already. It’s not an accident.”- Krishna Das

Q: Hey KD, how do you…. You tell me a little bit about about faith, how you… because I know about your, I’ve seen your movies and stuff and you followed Ram Das and then went to India but, and certainly the miracles, but tell me a little bit about how your faith, you know, and trust in the universe that happened over time… how did it develop for you? How do you develop faith?
KD: Next question.  You know, there’s a very interesting line in the Bible, what’s his name? That Saint, Paul, he said, “By Grace was I saved through faith.” You don’t, the mind can’t conceive of what’s not a thought. Emotions can’t feel anything that’s not a feeling, an emotional feeling. The body and the senses can’t receive anything that’s not a sense input. Faith and grace, they have nothing to do with the body and the mind or the emotions. It’s a blessing that comes to us due to a combination of our good karmas, the work that we’ve already done in our life and in our lives before, if you believe in that, and the kindness of the Saints who have realized what this is all about and we’ve all, if we’re interested in this nonsense at all, it’s because we have a connection with some lineage at some time with our own past already. It’s not an accident. There’s no accidents. We’re here because we’ve been connected to something and in this life we’re trying to reconnect again. It’s a longing we feel to do that. Where does that longing come from? You didn’t get it from watching TV as a kid. Otherwise I’d have a hell of a lot more. What do I mean,”kid”? I would have a hell of a lot more right now. So those are blessings. It’s all blessing. Blessings. You know, it’s the nature of a true saint, they have no reason to be here except for the fact that we don’t know who we are, so because of our suffering and our pain these Beings who have gone beyond any kind of personal self-interest remain around for our sake. It’s called compassion. And so through the compassion of the Saints, which is a quality of God itself, compassion, kindness, caring, through that presence of those Beings who are once again, no different that who we already are in our deepest Being, not who we think we are, that’s a whole other story, or a million other stories, but who we really are, it’s through those blessings and that grace and our own longing which comes, which is the fruit of our own work on ourself in the past, so those two meet and then faith happens, Now what does faith mean?  Faith means that you believe something that you just absolutely can’t fucking prove. There’s no way you can prove it. Why do you believe it? Why do you think there’s anything more to find in life? Stupid. Or, smart. A lot of people would say you’re stupid, but I think it’s the opposite, so it’s that longing inside of us that’s pulling us inside to where it all is and we follow that because there’s a part of us that understands, in may not be this part of us, but it’s a part of us that understands that’s the way to go. And so we go as fast as we can, which is as fast as we can. It’s not a race.


Suggestions for your practice: Hungry Hearts Chant & Door of Faith Album
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Hungry Hearts Chant
Made especially for you. This recording is a 7 min 11 sec loop of  the chant. This track is FREE and available for download in our digital library (thats where we offer other free stuff too)  for you to use at anytime.

Door of Faith
An unusual recording, a departure from the call-and-response (kirtan) style, the deep longing to connect with his guru that comes through makes one feel as if you are listening in on Krishna Das’s personal puja offerings. Also included is Bernie’s Chalisa/Gate of Sweet Nectar.  Find out more in our online shop.

 


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