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Drop of Dhamma Delight!

Friends:

Universes may implode, but a Stream-Winner is Safe!


Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, those for whom you have sympathy, and who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in these four factors of stream-entry. What four?
You should explain, convince, and establish them in Faith in the Three Jewels thus:
Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in all...
Perfectly formulated is the Dhamma, visible right here and now, immediately effective...
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples...



You should explain, convince, and establish them in the saving purity of Morality thus:
Any Noble possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble ones: Unbroken, pure, untorn,
unspotted, freeing, praised by the clever, natural, leading to concentration. Why?
Bhikkhus, there may be alteration in these four great elements: In the earth element;
all solidity, in the water element; all fluidity, in the heat element; all thermal vibration,
in the air element; all motion, but there cannot be alteration in the Noble Disciple, who
possesses confirmed confidence in the Three Jewels. It always remains impossible that
such a Noble Disciple should be reborn in hell, as an animal, demon, or as a hungry ghost!
Therefore: Those for whom you have sympathy, and who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in these four factors of stream-entry...



Faith is the Seed, the initiator, the Source of the Beginning.
Faith is the Hand that takes up all the advantageous states.
Faith is the Wealth above all, since it brings real Happiness.
Faith is the Jump, since it enables beings to cross the flood.
Faith is the Purifier, since it clears contaminating defilements.

More on gaining a surely safe future: Stream-Entry:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:365-6]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 17: Friends and Colleagues 2...

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