“If you don’t have enthusiasm, nothing will ever happen, but if you don’t have faith, you will give up if you do not see immediate results.” – Radhanath Swami
In China there is a type of bamboo tree; you have to water it every day. When you plant that seed nothing even comes out of the ground; there is no growth for the whole first year; the second year, no movement; the third year, no movement; fourth year, nothing. Why waste water anymore on this lazy tree?
But people have faith and they keep watering the tree. In the fifth year, within six weeks, it grows 90 feet!
We can understand life very much through nature. It’s not that we always get immediate results for what we do. If we have faith, one of the symptoms of faith is patience. Bhakti rasamrita sindhu describes the two symptoms of surrender as enthusiasm and patience. How to combine the two is a great art; if you don’t have enthusiasm, nothing will ever happen, but if you don’t have faith, you will give up if you do not see immediate results.
Just like, while raising a child you don’t see much result. But little by little if you raise a child, by proper disposition, with proper values, your child can grow up to be a saint or a leader of humanity.