Somewhere, one day in silence and the introspection that followed, a series of revelations unfolded. And I realised, in the bottom of human growth and development is “knowledge”. We go to schools, we go to colleges, we acquire knowledge to understand how to live life. Somewhere at the top of that, when you have sufficient knowledge, when you have got your MBA’s and when you passed your CA, when you’ve got your medical science.
And, when you have done all these things, for the first time you realise, knowledge alone is not going to take you anywhere in life, you need “skills and attitudes”. So, then you get mentored, then you lucky enough to get the right boss, or you do programs, courses and you develop your “skills and attitudes”. That is the next level of the pyramid. And you begin to translate your knowledge through your “skills and attitudes” into what you call as success attributes in your life.
But all these “skills and attitudes” work when you are not challenged too much in life. All this positive attitude, you got to believe you can do it, and I am always positive, I know I can, all these things work when ordinary challenge comes. Blow of wind, it can handle. Cyclone, suddenly all these does not work. So, you begin to mature to understand, you need to have a philosophical understanding of life.
So, this is when all those philosophies develop, God upsets your plan. So, that he can execute his plans for you. Whatever happens, happens for the good. Maybe it is all because of my past Karma, am going through whatever, I am going through. So, all those little, little philosophies, in fact the nature of books you read itself changes. You start reading all philosophical books. That’s the next level of growth and development.
It is not possible for anyone of you to peep into philosophy and not get interested in religion. Because philosophy derives its roots from religion. So, every one of you who have put your head into philosophy, whoever is there. Some of you are at the level of “knowledge”, some of you are at the level of “skills and attitudes”, some of you are at the level of “philosophy”. And some of you by now is beginning to take Bible, which was always there in the shelf and trying to find out what’s there.
Suddenly you don’t miss a single discourse on Ramayana or Mahabharat, because you want to understand, what your religion is talking about the philosophy of living your life. For the first time you want to again understand, the in-depth explanation of what is there in the Jain Dharma. And how is life explained through this, you just get drawn into trying to understand what religion is. It is not possible to peep into religion without trying to understand God.
Because, the central pivot of religion is God. So, for the first time, rather mechanically going to Church, because you are suppose to on a Sunday. Mechanically doing a Namaz, because your family always did that on a Friday. For the first time you actually trying to understand, beyond Ganapati Bappa Morya, what this Ganapati is all about? You understand it is not just about dancing for those few days and immersing in.
You want to understand what this source of “Faith” is all about. See! And those of you wherever you are there in the pyramid, you can mirror yourself, “knowledge”, “attitude and skills”, “philosophy”, “religion”. You begin to look into, who is God? What is this factor called God in your life? Somehow, that day in silence and the introspection that followed, couldn’t resist but dared to ask this question, is there something beyond God?
If God is everything, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, is there anything beyond God? And for the first time, I realised “Faith” is even above God. Because, only for those who have faith there is God. For those who don’t have faith, there’s no God. So, your God is delivered through your faith. You don’t have faith; you don’t have God. In fact, suddenly a lot of things became clear in the role of faith. I realised at the top of the pyramid is actually “Faith”