According to the Lord Buddha, one could enter the Nobel Path based on Shraddha(සද්ධා ජාතෝ උපසංකමති).
According to Lord Buddha, entry to the Noble Path or the path to end suffering is ‘Shraddah”. “SHRADDHA” “Shrddhawa” or “Saddah” can be analysed as follows:
“Sad” meaning good or meaningful and “Dha” means bearing or “Digesting”. ‘SHRADDHA” or “Saddha” therefore can be interpreted as “Meaningful acceptance of the path or getting involved in Good Action”.
Buddhism teaches That “Shaddha” is the basis of all good activities (සද්ධා මූලිකා සබ්බේපි කුසලා ධම්මා) “Kusala” (Good Activities)means the act which for benefits of oneself and others.”SHRADDHA” is two Folds:
- Amulika Saddha: It is the acceptance of “Blind Belief” which has no “Begin or End” or basis.
- Akarwathi Saddha: It is the acceptance of “Sahhda” which one goes by “Act & Reaction” of basic facts and meaningful interpretation and act accordingly. A person who accepts “Akarwathi Shraddha” following a meaningful interpretation of “Kusal & Akusal” (Good or bad acts before reaching conclusion).
For a child with an undeveloped mind and for an elderly person with the developed mind and accrued knowledge”Shraddha” occurs differently, Lord Buddha explain ed that even for someone who has not entered the path of Dhamma. “Amisa Pooja” could be the incentive to beginning entry to the noble path.
A person should improve “SHRADDHA” by concurrently improving “Pragna” arises as result. One can be assured of attaining “Sambodhi” accordingly. Based on these, one could improve Mithree”, “Karuna”, “Muditha” and “Upekha”. A person with such developed mind would be rid of anger, Jealousy and vengeance. He thinks of others taking oneself as the example. Accordingly, it opens the door for universal kindness.
Isn’I this the mechanism for the basis of religious, national, ethnic and lingual harmony?
–Most Venerable Thrikunamale Annada Mahanayaka Thero
Maha Nayaka Thera,
Amarapura Sri Dharmarakshitha Nikaya