What is Faith: Sharanagati can move Mountains
There must have been at least one instance when you prayed for something earnestly and totally believed that your prayers would be answered, and somehow everything just worked out exactly how you wanted. However, has it ever happened that you really prayed for something but for some reason could not get yourself to believe that it was possible and your prayers ended up not getting answered? Chances are that you have faced the latter as well. So what made the difference? Your faith. On the first instance you believed in your prayers while in the second instance, doubt crept in.
While regarding the definition of faith as “complete trust in someone or something” one needs to focus on the word “complete”. Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, at the end of his meditations , always stresses on the phrase “ in full faith”. This however, does not presuppose surrender as a result of weakness. Faith is more than mere surrender. Faith is the heightening of internal conductivity as one gives up resistance from within. While surrender is often a result of being overpowered and being forced to give up, faith is a result of being empowered.
What is Sharanagati?
Sharanagati is a Sanskrit term that can be treated as a synonym of faith. In MCKS Inner Teachings of Hinduism Revealed course, Master Choa Kok Sui explains sharanagati as “internal conductivity”. With an increase in internal conductivity, your devotion, faith or “bhakti” also increases. This readies you to receive greater and stronger blessings and spiritual energy. The meaning of having faith is to open yourself up to Divine intervention.
With Sharanagati, you can move mountains
-Grand Master Choa Kok Sui
We have often heard the phrase that “faith can move mountains”, that we should “just have faith” and what we want shall materialize. That is the power of faith. It can remove obstacles from your path even if they are as big as mountains. The Holy Bible also speaks of the power of faith in the Book of Matthew:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him. -Mathew 7:7-10
This not only elaborates on the amazing deeds that faith can accomplish but makes another very valid point. The term “good gifts” provides a hint towards the understanding that we, human as we are, do not always pine for things that are in our best interest. However, God, being a benevolent and loving God, grants us our prayers only when they are for our own benefit. Just like you will not give to your child a toy that could be potentially harmful, God grants us only “good gifts”. Master Choa Kok Sui also speaks on the same line when he says that through sharanagati we can “do a lot of things; not everything, but a lot of things”.
- Inner Teachings of Hinduism Revealed by Master Choa Kok Sui