Sacca is a Pali word. It is translated as Thitsar.
Two Kinds of Sacca
There are two kinds.
- In the Loki (Mundane) context, there is Samuti Sacca (Concept).
It is loosely rendered as “Relative Truth”.
- In the Lokotra (Supra-mundane), there is Paramattha Sacca.
It is loosely rendered as “Absolute Truth”.
- It is important not to mix the two and get confused.
In the lay world, “Thitsar” is taken to be “something true (but not necessarily good)”.
- In an anecdote, a boy was struck by a poisonous snake (or similar). There was no doctor (or medicine man) nearby.
So, the three : father, mother and hermit decided to rely on Thitsar.
- The mother said, “I married the man even though I did not love her. May my son be cured”.
- The father said, “I gave alms to the hermit, even though I do not respect him. May my son be cured”.
- The hermit said, “I do not enjoy an instant being a hermit. May the boy be cured”.
- The boy seemed better with each utterance of Thitsar, and was cured.
There are several Suttas which describe the “Asserveration of Truth“.
- Ratana Sutta
- Vutta Sutta
- Angulimala Sutta
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