From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śraddhā literally means ‘faith’.

Śraddhā or faith is the fifth in the list of śamādiṣatka.[1] It is defined as unwavering faith in the words of the śāstra[2] and of the guru.[3]


  1. Śamādiṣatka means hexad of the disciplines beginning with śama or tranquility.
  2. Śāstra means the relevant scripture.
  3. Guru means spiritual preceptor.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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