Points of Controversy

13.4. Of One whose Salvation is Morally Certain (Niyata)

Controverted Point: That one who is morally certain of salvation has entered the Path of Assurance.

Theravādin: Do you imply that the so-called “Assured “enters upon the True Path of Assurance when assured of immediate retribution, and upon the False Path of Assurance when assured of final salvation? That having first practised the Path, he afterwards enters upon the Assurance; that having first practised the Stream-Winner’s Path, he afterwards enters upon the Assurance of the, Stream-Winner, and so on… That finally, entrant upon Assurance comes after practise of the applications in mindfulness and the rest of the Factors of Enlightenment?

Pubbaseliyas and Aparaseliyas: But in contradicting us, you imply that the Bodhisatta was not fitted by that last birth to penetrate the, Truths.

Theravādin: No, I say not so.

Pubbaseliyas and Aparaseliyas: Then he was already assured of entering upon the Path of Assurance.