Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
But I have some reservations on this topic , it is this topic exactly that makes sikhi unique .When people say they have faith ,and not belief , their basic premise is wrong : what they mean to say is
I have faith (open belief) on something ( god, guru etc.) but dont know why .Hence their faith is actually a belief . And belief without knowledge in any case is "blind". ( but YES when we say Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water.When you swim you don't grab hold of the water----- it is moving towards the concept of "naam" but still not exactly naam)
Guru sahib takes us out of this game of faith instead he has given us the cocept of gyan & bhao .
man samjhaavan kaarnay kachhoo-ak parhee-ai gi-aan. ||5||
When we enter into the world of the guru the process is very simple ::
1) get the infinitesimally simple yet copletely omnipotent giyan from the guru , which leads to : 2) "bhaow" "naam" "prem" for the vaheguru in every thing and activity we do .
Hence the english word faith is inadequate to quench the thirst of gurmukhs. Because faith is always blind but it is only through guru's gyian that the darkness is dispelled and the seed of "naam" is sown.
bhul chuk maaf