This morning's shabad from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib expresses this poetically:
ਪਾਥਰ ਕਉ ਬਹੁ ਨੀਰੁ ਪਵਾਇਆ ॥
Stones may be kept under water for a long time.
ਨਹ ਭੀਗੈ ਅਧਿਕ ਸੂਕਾਇਆ ॥
Even so, they do not absorb the water; they remain hard and dry.
[Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Bhairao on Pannaa 1136]
The cynic, the nihilist, has every right to resist the absorption of spiritual water. Yet, as the passage suggests, such a disposition hardly allows God to penetrate and indwell in the soul. Importantly, as Guru Arjan Dev Ji observes, faith is about a self-softening of the heart - an opening to radical possibility. Faith neither flows from nor results in a hardening of the mind - a staying stone-like. Risking faith in the divine involves a willingness to admit that we don't know where or how God is leading us, only that God is. Dayenu - that is enough.
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