Blind Faith

Arvinder Kaur Goomer | Beltsville, Maryland

Last year at a Gurmat camp, the kids played a game. They were divided in groups of six. Each group chose a leader. The kids in each group were blindfolded and asked to walk from point A to point B, only listening to the directions given by the group leader. The idea was to help them understand faith - or blind faith, as some call it. The discussions that followed were intense and sometimes hilarious. Some kids thought that following the leader blindly was not right. How could anything be achieved? Some challenged the leader, and some thought that stumbling only added to the adventure. The objective was to help them understand that it can be challenging to keep the faith, but having someone's help can ease the path. I often find myself thinking of the game and its meaning. I struggle with the idea of God and the idea of blind faith, a phrase I find ironic. What is faith? How do you explain it? Is it believing in one God, the existence of a mystical, mythical All Mighty being that controls the universe? Is it a simple belief in a power that would guide you through life? Or is believing in a judgmental Being that has already predestined your life, leaving you with no actual free will, only a mere illusion of it? Perhaps it is all of the above, or none at all. Perhaps all it needs to be is a personal belief in what makes us content and happy, what helps us in our thought process and values. It is an intensely personal journey, a path that hopefully can lead to peace and contentment. My son says he is happy but contentment still eludes him. That is what this journey is all about, finding that one source of contentment in our lives, finding a core place within ourselves that makes us better human beings. It is not always about the number of times one went to the gurdwara or did paath, or listened to kirtan, it is about our understanding of who we are, what we are here for and fulfilling that purpose. It is about finding faith in not just an entity, but in ourselves, too. Keeping faith in God can sometimes be easy, but faith in oneself is harder. When we mention faith, we often think only of God, but it is faith also in one another, of finding the good in one another, of giving someone a second chance. It is about holding each other’s hands, knowing that they will hold you when you need them the most. It is looking at trust in your children's eyes and it is knowing that they will be safe. Akaal Sahaye. _________________________ The author is a personal banker and mother of two teenage boys. She also is an activist, particularly for Sikh kids, and a budding writer. Commentaries are the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily that of Sikh News Network.

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