BWV 055: The True Friend

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Jā 83 Kālakaṇṇijātakaṁ
The True Friend

People objected to someone because he was called Black-Ear; however he turned out to be a true friend. Names are not important, they are but sounds.

104. Mitto have sattapadena hoti,
Sahāyo pana dvādasakena hoti,
Māsaddhamāsena ca ñāti hoti,
Tat-uttariṁ attasamo pi hoti.

He is a friend who goes seven steps,
With twelve a companion true,
He is kith and kin at all times,
He is seen the same as my self.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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