When Myanmar Buddhists go to the pagoda, they know in their hearts that they are treading the noble path to that state where human nature will have a fair chance to manifest itself in deeds of generosity, loving kindness and compassion for fellow beings..The guiding force is faith in one's own karmic deeds. For example, contemplation of the infinite compassion of Buddha, as one makes one's way to Shwedagon's great stupa, is a good karmic deed. The pilgrim, on his way up the steps of the pagoda, buys flowers, candles, coloured flags and streamers. They are to be offered in honour of the great stupa wherein are enshrined the relics of Buddha. This act is the act of dana, or giving, an important aspect of Buddhist teaching.