Chapter XVII: 2-3
|The blessed Lord said:
Threefold is the faith of the embodied, which is inherent in their nature - the sattvika
(pure), the rajasa (passionate) and the tamasa (dark). Do thou hear of it.
The faith of each is in accordance with his nature, Oh Arjuna. The man consists of his faith; as a man's faith is, so is he.
Faith exists in everyone in three stages: belief, faith and conviction. You believe in your neighbor's words; you have faith in what the guru says; but you are convinced of your own personal experience. Of these, belief is the weakest, conviction the strongest, but faith exists in the hearts of all. It is faith that forms the character of a person. If the person lacks character, it is not so much because his faith is weak, but because he has faith in his weakness!
One's own deeds of past births endow one with the type of faith that is inherent, innate to one's nature. The universal human weakness of self-justification might blur one's vision and lead to self-over-estimation; but the cautious man is easily able to detect the hidden springs of his character and determine which quality of nature is predominant in him.
This, like the color of one's skin or eyes, is not a fault or disqualification; that is the most important thing to remember. There is no normal person in this world; and, of course, each man is "normal" to his own nature!
The psychologist's sword of abnormality has ruined the life of many, stifling talents and compelling the psychologist-disapproved characteristics to commit suicide. Abnormality rarely exists in nature, but abounds in the psychiatrist's clinic, created and confirmed by him. Self-understanding will promote self-culture and self-realization. One need not fit into another's jacket, but one must be true to one's own self and grow in the image of God - that which one essentially is. Jealousy, envy and imitation are a waste of time and lead to psychological suicide.
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