RIGHT PERCEPTION LEADS TO THE REALISATION OF TRUTH
Dhammapada (Verses 11&12)
“Asare saramatino *sare ca saradassino
Te saram nadhigacchanti micchasankappagocara.”
“Saran ca sarato natva asaran ca asarato
Te saram adhigacchanti samma sankappagocara.”
“In the unessential they imagine the essential, in the essential they see the unessential, they who entertain wrong thoughts never realize the essence.”
“What is essential they regard as essential, what is unessential they regard as unessential, they who
entertain (such) ** right thoughts realize the essence.”
**Right thoughts – such as renunciation or non-attachment (nekkhamma), loving-kindness (avyapadda) and harmlessness (avihimsa). These pure thoughts constitute the second factor of the Noble Eightfold Path (Samma Sankappa).
Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Moggallana mentioned to the Buddha that they could not persuade their former teacher to see the Buddha and hear his Dhamma as he was attached to his followers. The Buddha then explained the difference between those who think rightly and those who think wrongly and the inevitable results of such thinking.
*Sara means the core or essence. Asara are the unessentials of life, false beliefs, etc. Sara are the essentials like right beliefs, (Right View-Sammaditti) morality (sila), concentration (samadi), wisdom (panna), etc. The essence of the Holey Life cannot be achieved by caring for unessentials.
In the “Maha Saropama Sutta” (Majjima Nikaya, No.29) the Buddha has compared the leaves and branches of a tree to gain and fame, the bark to morality, the greenwood to concentration, the fruits to the five kinds of supper-intellect (abhinna) and the core to Arahatship.