How does a conviction or belief become so powerful?
How does a conviction or belief become extremely powerful? Even when there is no scientific evidence to uphold it? Even when there is no logic to support it?
This is due to the human ability to have faith.
Faith exists because of our intense desire to know more truth about the reality surrounding us. More than science can reveal to us at this point in time. More than logic can reason.
Is this aspiration good for humans or could it lead us to dangerously delude ourselves?
According to Jainas, faith or shraddha is right if characterized by the following characteristics:
1] Tranquility. A tranquil person does not let his passions rule him. The four passions are anger, pride, deceit and greed.
2] Spiritual craving. The individual person has an intense desire to evolve and attain the highest spiritual good.
3] Disgust. An inborn aversion to evil activities.
4] Compassion, towards all living beings.
5] Conviction. The one with right faith is absolutely convinced about the spiritual welfare being the result of good conduct based on discreti
It is not based on the knowledge of various mythologies or descriptions of heavens or hells.
The person of right faith need not have studied the six substances.
It is not necessary for the person of right faith to know about the nine reals.
Right faith is defined as a predisposition or inclination rooted in the faculty of discrimination and discretion which is permeated by faith.