How is the Faith
leading to the Going Forth?
Having heard the Buddha speak, a householder or a householder's
son or one born in another family,
hears that Buddha-Dhamma.
On hearing this sublime Dhamma, he acquires faith in the Tathāgata.
Possessing that faith, he considers this: "Household life is crowded,
cramped, frustrating and dusty!
The Life gone forth is out in the wide open...
It is not easy, while living in a home, to live this Noble life
perfect and pure, as a polished shell... Suppose I shave off my hair
and beard, put on the yellow
robe, and go forth from the home life into homelessness.." On a later occasion, leaving behind any small
large fortune, leaving behind any small or a large circle of relatives, he shaves off his hair and beard,
puts on the ochre robe, and then goes
forth from the home life into the free and open homelessness...
So is the faith of those, who
after countless lives finally have
accumulated and possesses the right and
attaining the exceedingly advantageous state of a Bhikkhu under a Buddha!
This is indeed the quickest step towards winning the Bliss of the deathless
For more Fabulously
Fine Faith (Saddhā) please see:
Culahatthipadopama Sutta. The Short Simile on the Elephant's Footprint