HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
October 10, 2016

Faith is something that is inherent or intrinsic to the soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakura reasons in his writings that the life of faith is enthusiasm. By that he means that if someone says they have faith in God but they do not act on that faith, then it is meaningless. Those are just some words that have no impact, effect, or meaning.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
September 14, 2009

In the matter of devotion to the Supreme Lord, faith is the primary component that must be there. In all the scriptures, blind faith is not respected. But faith that is supported by proper understanding of scriptural knowledge is very essential. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that sraddha, or faith, is the only rule for those who are established in the level of bhakti, or devotion. So, our acaryas have analyzed that the nine stages of bhakti -- from the very beginning stage of sraddha to the highest stage of prema -- are nothing but transformations of different stages of faith.