Faith is a natural quality and essential requirement of human life. Philosophy states - "we think because we believe, we live because we have faith in life." But, what is faith in life? Is it the faith in the eternal existence of life-force or in the origin, growth and continuity of life? The very definition of faith implies its intrinsic roots and internal expansion in the deep cores of consciousness
and hence supports the above assumptions in affirmation. Intrinsic faith in the piety of the soul and its eternal omnipresent source - is a sublime impulse of spirituality, a reflection of inner inspirations and the basis of inner strength.
Faith in God means faith in divine values - expressed in truth, love, amity, unity, honesty, purity, austerity, objective creativity, enthusiastic assiduity, zeal, etc, which maintain the certainty and dignity of human life. Lack of faith in thee would mean negligence of compassion, altruism, integrity and discipline in every sphere of life. Total absence of faith would give absolute freedom
to selfish desires, inconsumable passions for sensual pleasures and materialistic possession and comforts. It would also reduce control on audacious autocracy driven by ego, lust and avarice in people's life in general. This impact would sooner or latter result in moral and social anarchy which might eventually destroy the edifice of humanity. What would be the shape of our life and that of our society then? Will there be any place for peace and happiness?
Great thinkers and propagators of human culture
have always emphasized the need for inculcation of faith in high ideals of humanity
and moral values emanated from conceptualization and realization of divinity. This has indeed been the basis of religion and theism. Acharya Sharma's trenchant literature, eloquent deliberations and in-depth analysis of different aspects of human life encompasses the deciphering, scientific elucidation and creative implementation of the reality and psychological impact of "theism". This volume, in particular, presents the nectar of his gigantic knowledge, spiritual sagacity and deeply inspiring views on this topic - derived from his perfect realization of human psychology and inner sentiments. It also presents authentic illustrations of the implications and positive impact of "theism" in the physical (worldly), mental and spiritual domains of human life.
In Acharya Sharma's views, "theism or faith in divinity" is best manifested in - self-confidence, strong willpower and immense strength of the inner self. A "theist" should therefore have absolute faith in his own reality in the truest sense of the word. The blows of adversities or cyclones of hardships cannot perturb him from his ideal path. He can never be lost in the 'eddy currents' of untoward passions. In the same sense, one who knows his own truth
and has firm and non-prejudiced confidence in himself is a theist in reality. This definition and interpretation of theism is in perfect consonance with the Vedant Philosophy of "Ayamatma Brahma" or "Tatwamasi". It explains the meaning of "theism" in the light of prudence and guides the righteous way of worshiping the deity of life.
The selfish attitude of people today, has narrowed down the definition of divinity
and practices of theism as those pertaining to some rituals of worships or religious rites as per the customs of their own community. For most people, the expression of believing thou power revolves around worshiping a deity or praying at sacred places of religious activities. However, as Acharya Sharma's prudent analysis shows, this kind of faith is nothing more than an illusion or a deception; rather than inspiring total surrender of ego and self centered attitude, which is an essential condition for true worship, such misconceptions and blind faith virtually make one a helpless creature who begs before his imaginary God for petty things as part of his 'prayers'. The so called 'atheists', who have faith in the potentials of human mind and who respect the moral dignity of humanity, are better worshipers or believers of divine order as compared to the 'theist' of above kind...