Faith comes mostly from the
heart and less from the intellect.
Faith - in itself - is blind,
but it initiates repeated observation,
that later grows into
confidence and when fully confirmed it
culminates in conviction.
Then the Faith has become Knowledge!
What is the cause of
cause of Faith! When in pain we seek!
The 4 Factors of Stream-Entry
is the Origin
What are the four factors of Stream-Entry leading to Nibbana?
Buddha once explained:
Here, householder, the Noble Disciple possesses confirmed faith,
confidence & conviction in the Buddha in this way:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended,
expert in all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable
trainer of those who can be tamed, both teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened
is the Buddha !
He possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma in this way:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here &
now, immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to
come and see for themselves, inspect, examine & verify. Leading
each and everyone through progress towards perfection. Directly
observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence...
He also possesses confirmed confidence in the Sangha in this way:
Perfectly training is the Noble Sangha of the Buddha's disciples:
The right way, the true way, the good way and the direct way!
Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs,
deserve gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, hospitality & reverential
salutation with joined palms, since this Noble Sangha community
of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable & forever
unsurpassed Field of Merit, in this world, for this world, to honour,
and support... He possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble
ones: Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, unmottled, freeing, praised by
the clever, natural, leading to mental concentration, & absorption...
These 4 factors of Stream-Entry does the Noble Disciple possess!
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