Faith is an advantageous Hand, Wealth and
Using it as a tool
they have faith. Just this act of having an anchor is in itself faith.
Its characteristic is trusting, having confidence in
and being fully convinced
Faith's function is to clarify, like a filter, and to promote an entrance like
Faith manifests as devoted non-wavering, and as a quite resolute
Its proximate cause is something to have faith in, and hearing the
It should be seen as a hand because it takes up and holds all advantageous
as mental wealt,h since it leads to future prosperity, and as a seed that
growth of all that is truly good.
Faith is all being's best wealth; Dhamma praxis brings best happiness;
Truth indeed has the best taste of all; Living in and by understanding is best!
Confidence is the seed, Self-control is the rain,
Understanding is the yoke
and plough, Shame and Conscience is the pole,
A well working mind is the yoke-tie, Awareness is the ploughshare
By Conviction is the flood crossed; By endurance is the ocean crossed;
By effort is one's suffering quelled; By wise understanding is one purified!
More on this initiating Faith (Saddhā):
Going Forth Faith,
The Buddha on Faith,
Analysis of Faith,
Power of Faith,