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Some Items of Faith
A powerful argument for faith that has always helped me is the existence of great spiritual teachers all over the world at all times. Lord Krsna, the Visnu incarnations, Lord Buddha, and Jesus Christ all taught on behalf of the same mission.
It is not a fact that the Lord appears only on Indian soil. He can manifest Himself anywhere and everywhere, and whenever He desires to appear. In each and every incarnation He speaks as much about religion as can be understood by the particular people under the particular circumstances. But the mission is the same—to lead people to God consciousness and obedience to the principles of religion.—Bg. 4.7, purport
Aside from direct incarnations of God, many pure and learned representatives also give us cause for courage and faith. "One should have the common sense," Prabhupada writes, "to ask why, if Krsna or Rama were fictitious, stalwart scholars like Sridhara Svami, Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Viraraghava, Vijayadhvaja, Vallabhacarya and many other recognized acaryas would have spent so much time to write about Krsna in notes and commentaries on Srimad-Bhagavatam" (Bhag. 10.2.35, purport).
We should have faith and patience. If we cannot understand something right away, we should wait until it becomes more clear to us. The philosophy is not proven defective just because we do not grasp it all at once. We will know when we are qualified. Prayer is an important recourse for meeting every obstacle in Krsna consciousness. So if a devotee has doubts about the philosophy, he can pray to Krsna to please protect him. Prahlada Maharaja prays, "O my Lord Nrsirhhadeva, please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world" (Bhag. 5.18.8). By reciting sastric prayers or by conversing honestly with Krsna and Prabhupada, we will become assured of their reality in our lives and the doubts will not plague us.
Another good response to doubts is to simply go on with regular performance of duties in Krsna consciousness. We commit acts of faith whenever we perform Deity worship or chant Hare Krsna. By performing these activities we trust in the process. This is called sraddha. Prabhupada states, "In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is said that faith is the complete conviction that simply by serving the Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna, one can achieve all perfection." Performance of duty is another response to doubt which goes beyond the dialogue of debate. Take to the soothing balm of devotional service and let it work. Going on pilgrimage to the holy dhama, for intensive hearing and chanting is a way to combat skeptical doubts. The reality of the spiritual land, the Deities in the temples and the devotees there will change you. An important response to doubts is to seek the association of strong devotees. When I first attended the storefront at 26 Second Avenue, I would have many questions and doubts. Prabhupada would answer them in his lectures, but then new ones would come to me. But I began to notice that my doubts were answered just by seeing Prabhupada enter the storefront. In the time it took him to walk from the door to his dais, I could feel the doubts being answered. This is the effect of association with a pure devotee.