Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Matter of Faith

 A brilliant post by Steve McCurry:

Girl praying at a mosque, Kabul,  Afghanistan

 I have seen many manifestations of  faith during my travels over the past three decades.  Some have been spontaneous, some have been part of a liturgy, some have been prescribed rituals, some have been in magnificent buildings, others have been outside under a tree.   Some people’s faith is embedded in the way they live their lives.

Shaolin monks training, Zhengzhou, China

“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”   Mohandas Gandhi

Prayers and teaching, Peshawar, Pakistan

Sikh holiest site, Golden Temple,  Amritsar, India

Sri Lanka

Prayer Flags, Lhasa, Tibet

Charlotte, North Carolina

Religious Instruction – Jewish child  in Yemen

Srinagar, Kashmir


Camino, Italy

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”   
- St. Thomas Aquinas


Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

  “Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.”
    - Rabindranath Tagore

Tibetan Prayer Festival in Bodh Gaya, India

Pilgrim praying with monks at the Buddhist Academy of Larung Gar, Kham Province, Tibet

“What is Faith?  When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer.”
- Prophet Muhammad

Monk at Jokhang temple, Lhasa, Tibet

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