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Chapter 11: The Song of Life

Not that they believe, they doubt. They know they doubt, but they deceive themselves. Their life remains untouched by their beliefs; their religion remains a Sunday religion. Their life is not touched at all. They go to church on Sunday and pray as a social formality, as good manners. Then, outside of church, they are again the same. For six days they remain irreligious, for one day they become religious. Is it possible? Six days you remain ugly and one day you become beautiful? Six days you remain evil and one day you become good? Six days you remain evil and suddenly one day you become saintly? Is it possible?

It is impossible. The seventh day must be the false day, the six days are real. The seventh day is just a trick to deceive oneself and others. Belief is false. It is helpful, utilitarian, but untrue.

Faith is totally different. Belief means there is hidden doubt; faith means doubt has disappeared. This is the difference.

Faith means the doubt has disappeared. Belief means the doubt is there and you have created a belief against it. You doubt whether God exists or not, but you say “I believe,” because your wife is ill and if you don’t believe, who knows? - God may be there. Or your job is in danger of being lost. Who knows? - God may help. And if you don’t believe, then he will not help. Utilitarian: it has some utility for you. But doubt is there.

Faith means doubt has disappeared. It is the absence of doubt. But it can disappear only when you have known something within: when belief has not been given to you, it has arisen in you. When you have come to know, to realize, then faith arises.

And hope - this hope is not that of desire. This hope doesn’t mean hope for the future. This hope doesn’t in any way mean concern about the future. This hope means simply a hopeful attitude about everything, an optimistic view about everything, a hopeful attitude, looking at the golden side of things. Whatsoever happens you remain hopeful, you are not depressed.

Depression comes only if you look at the wrong side of things. Everything has two sides: the wrong and the right. You can look at the wrong and then you will be depressed, or you can look at the right side, the golden side, and you will be happy. So, it depends.

The person who is hopeless always looks at what is wrong, first finding what is wrong. If I tell him “This man is a beautiful flute player,” he will first look at him and say “No, I cannot believe that he can play the flute because he is a thief.” What is the concern? - a man can be a thief and a good flute player. But he will deny the possibility. He will say “No, he cannot be. He is a thief, a well-known thief. How can he be a good flute player?”

This is the hopeless mind. With a mind which is filled with hope, if I say “This man is a thief,” he will say “But how can he be a thief? - he is such a good flute player!”

How do you look - with hope or with hopelessness? Ordinarily, unless you have touched the inner music, you will look at the world with a hopeless attitude. Then everything is wrong and whatsoever is done is wrong. And you will derive misery from everywhere. You will become an expert at being miserable. Anything will help you to be miserable - anything.

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