The Perfection of Morality - Firm faith in true Dhamma
If one develops kusala without expecting any result for oneself, the result will be
in conformity with the kusala one performed. Someone may speak well,
expressing himself with beautiful words, but when he speaks he should think of
the well-being of the listener, he should know whether the listener will be ill at
ease or happy. If there is satisampajanna (sati and panna) he will refrain from
speech that causes the listener to be uncomfortable, even though he does not
speak an untruth. If sati-sampajanna arises it will cause one to speak in a
beneficial, agreeable way. If someone does not expect any result for himself,
his kusala will bring its result, as the Buddha explained. We read further on in
“Through his freedom from ill-will he gains a pleasant appearance.
He is esteemed by others,
and because he delights in the welfare of beings,
he automatically inspires their confidence.
He becomes lofty in character,
abides in loving-kindness,
and acquires great influence and power.
Through his freedom from wrong view he gains good companions.
Even if he is threatened with a sharp sword,
he will not perform an evil deed.
Because he holds to the ownership of kamma,
he does not believe in superstitious omens.
His faith in the true Dhamma is established and firmly rooted.
He has faith in the enlightenment of the Tathagatas,
and no more delights in the diversity of outside creeds than a royal swan delights in a dung heap.”
Here we see the refinement of the citta that is averse from wrong view. One
should not associate with people who have wrong view. People who do not
understand which cause brings which effect, may cling to superstitious omens.
They may listen to the Dhamma and have confidence in it, but if they are not
firmly established in their confidence in the true Dhamma they may still be
carried away by superstitious believes and lack understanding of cause and
- Sila subdues coarse defilements
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila I
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila II
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila III
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila IV
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila V
- Ascetic Akitti’s sila VI
- Conduct of Akitti
- The danger in association with fools
- Virtue of Bodhisatta I
- Virtue of Bodhisatta II
- Firm faith in true Dhamma
- Síla is twofold