Saturday, September 24 , 2022

A friend……

24 Forth Dream before Enlightment

A friend who is friendly only to take, not to give,
A friend who talks big, but never helps a friend,
A friend who supports you just to make you happy (not thinking of the consequences),
A friend who pushes you towards sinful deeds;

Those are the four types, who are not your friends, but foes;
The one who is wise,
Understands this and would avoid them from afar,
As if they were a dangerous road.

A friend who always lends a hand,
A friend who is with you in both sorrow and joy,
A friend who offers you good advice,
A friend who sympathizes with you;

Those are the four kinds of true friends,
And the one who is wise, having understood this,
Would always cherish and serve such friends,
Just like a mother who tends her only child.

~ Digha Nikaya ~