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Hsin Shin Ming: “55. If doubts like a fox vanish, the faith becomes straight.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “55. If doubts like a fox vanish, the faith becomes straight.”

‘Doubt like a fox’ means illusions. ‘Doubt like a fox vanishes’ means not to be deluded by illusions, or to see things as they are. So, this scripture says that when we can see things as they are, our faith becomes straight. This implies that our faith is not straight until we can see things as they are.

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When we can’t see things as they are, we can’t see what we believe in while saying, “I believe in Buddha”, or “I believe in God”. When we believe in what we can’t see, we have faith in it. Faith we can have is not a straight faith because it can be taken away anytime. However, when we can see everything as it is, we can see what we believe in. When we can see what we believe in, we become faith itself instead of having it because we can realise that we are one with what we believe in. ‘The faith becomes straight’ means that we become faith itself. This scripture means that when we can see things as they are, we become faith itself, which is straight faith.

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