Faith in Hinduism

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Śraddhā (Sanskrit: श्रद्धा) is often glossed in English as faith. Āsthā is used for faith, religious beliefs and God.[1] The term figures importantly in the literature, teachings, and discourse of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.

It can be associated with faith, trust, confidence, and loyalty. The teacher Ammachi describes it as the "constant alertness arising from Love", and when choosing a single word to translate it into English, has used "awareness".[2] Other writers have also described the concept with emphasis on the intersection of faith and mindfulness, and it has been translated in this vein with words such as "diligence".[3]

Sri Aurobindo describes Śraddhā as "the soul's belief in the Divine's existence, wisdom, power, love and grace." [4]

Without diacritical marks, it is usually written as Sraddha. Śraddhā is also a feminine name in India.

See also[edit]


  1. "Faith - English to Hindi". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. "Gospel of AMMA: [AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 112 ) - SRADDHA - ALERTNESS". 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. "Sraddha — Diligence Cookbook". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. "Search for Light; Sri Aurobindo on faith". Retrieved 2014-08-14.

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