What The Mystic Means By Faith

When the question of faith arises, the orthodox always think that it is their religion which is being spoken of. To have faith in a religion, in the priests or clergy, in a certain dogma, ceremony, principle, or in a certain form of teaching, this is what is usually understood by the word faith. The mystic does not mean by faith a belief in a certain religion or dogma or ceremony or book or teacher, he means trust, a trust even in the absence of reason.

–Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid `Inayat Khan
From: A Meditation Theme for Each Day Selected and arranged by Hazrat Pir Vilayat `Inayat Khan

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2 Comments on “What The Mystic Means By Faith”

  1. Jan Says:

    I agree. The mystic needs to have enough faith to dig beneath the dogma, to throw away past material if it no longer carries one closer to the divine. It is a lonely path, searching with the heart, loving the divine more than doctrine. Mysticism requires a stubbornness and a faith– that even if one must dig beneath everything created by humanity, in the end one will find divine truth waiting. It’s not a path for wimps…

  2. Marion van der Walt Says:

    Yes, you are absolutely right Jan. A very enlightening response I must say. I believe Mysticism is found in the knowledge that suffering exists. I believe suffering is the seed to mysticism. Suffering, empathy and understanding – the mystic path – I believe so anyhow. Namaste friends