Śraddhā (श्रद्धा, shraddhaa) is a Sanskrit term loosely translated as "faith", which is important in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist literature and teachings. Śraddhā is also a girl's name in India and among adherents of the spiritual traditions which use the term; without diacritical marks, it is usually written as Shraddha or Sraddha.
Śraddhā is a broad concept which has no direct English relative or equivalent. In addition to faith, it can also be associated with 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". 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".
- "श्रद्धा - Wiktionary". En.wiktionary.org. 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "Gospel of AMMA: [AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 112 ) - SRADDHA - ALERTNESS". Amma-words.blogspot.com. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "Sraddha — Diligence Cookbook". www.vikramsurya.net. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "Search for Light; Sri Aurobindo on faith". www.searchforlight.org. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
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