Faith has 2 main Components: Devotion
The two components of
1: An affective emotional component pouring from the heart as devotion: One Trusts!
2: A cognitive component
residing in the intellect as a fixed assurance. One is Convinced!
Initiation, Evolution, Maturation, and Culmination of Faith:
Both are necessary for
initiating spiritual praxis, and mental training via meditation.
Both are, by the effects of this praxis, and training later replaced,
and thus reinforced,
by direct own personal experience: One then Knows!
Faith has thus gradually
evolved and grown strong into first Confidence and later,
and verified into confirmed conviction! This ability of
faith initiates as
seed: the ability of
energy, which repeatedly trains the
ability of awareness, which then
purifies the ability of
concentration, which then enables the ability of
to penetrate into real
progress... When unshakable these
abilities have become powers!
Reinforcement by Direct Experience:
The confident Noble Disciple having repeatedly trained so,
having repeatedly been aware so,
having repeatedly worked on concentration so, and having repeatedly understood so,
therefore becomes fully confident in those states, which were previously only
heard of or
known from reading: "Now I dwell having directly experienced them with my own
body and having
fully penetrated them by understanding: I see them through
and through!" Samyutta Nikāya V:226
The Fruit of Faith:
Entering the Stream to Awakening!
Faith never more
needed as skeptical doubt have been irreversibly
One has thus
Entered the Stream leading to Awakening with Enlightenment as assured destination
within a maximum of 7 lives: And yet another Noble has been born by emerging out of the egg of Faith!
The shell of Ignorance has been broken...
And yet another new Learner is going the few
Smiling since he is smelling the released
peace of bliss... The Battle with Mara has
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