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Sacca / Thitsar

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.

Lay world

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.

Suttas

There are several Suttas which describe the “Asserveration of Truth“.

They include

  • Ratana Sutta
  • Vutta Sutta
  • Angulimala Sutta

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