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Sacca

  • Sacca (Pali) and Thitsar (in Burmese) mean asseveration of truth.
  • In the Protective verses (Paritta Pali), there are many stanzas based on Sacca.
    They can be found in Ratana Sutta, Vutta Sutta and Angulima Sutta.
  • In Vutta Sutta, the quail stated a truth.
    Even though it has wings and feet, they are not strong enough to fly to safety.
    The parents are not close to help.
    Due to the asseveration of truth, the wild fire stopped before it reached the quail.
  • Sacca does not require statement of meritorious deeds.
    According to the scriptures, a young boy was bitten by a venomous snake.
    The parents and their sage took turns to state their truth.
    The sage said, “I have not enjoyed a single day of my life as a sage. May the boy be cured of the snake bite.”
    The father said, “I do not revere the sage, even though I had to support him in accordance with the customs. May the boy be cured of the snake bite.”
    The mother said, “I do not love the child’s father. I had to wed him in accordance with the customs. May the boy be cured of the snake bite.”
    The venom decreased with each utterance of Sacca, and disappeared after the final utterance.
  • There are many books and articles on Sacca
    e.g. “Metta and Sacca” by Dr. Mehm Tin Mon

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