Why should we believe in God ?

Belief in God is an indispensable requisite for every human being. It is a sine qua non.
Owing to the force of Avidya or ignorance, pain appears as pleasure. The world is full of
miseries, troubles, difficulties and tribulations. The world is a ball of fire. The Antahkarana
(mind, intellect, ego and the subconscious mind) charged with Raga (attachment), Dvesha
(hatred), anger and jealousy is a blazing furnace. We have to free ourselves from birth, death, old
age, disease and grief. This can be done only by faith in God. There is no other way. Money and
power cannot give us real happiness. Even if we exercise suzerainty over the whole world, we
cannot be free from care, worry, anxiety, fear, disappointment, etc. It is only faith in God and the
consequent God-realization through meditation that can give us real, eternal happiness and free
us from all kinds of fear and worries which torment us at every moment. Faith in God will force
us to think of Him constantly and to meditate on Him and will eventually lead us on to Godrealization.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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