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

the Commentary:

 

“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

effect.

 

Topic 278



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