BWV 060: Four True Friends

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SN 1.1.53 Mittasuttaṁ
Four True Friends

A god approaches and asks four questions regarding friends and this is the Buddha’s reply.

124. Sattho pavasato mittaṁ, Mātā mittaṁ sake ghare,
Sahāyo atthajātassa hoti mittaṁ punappunaṁ.
Sayaṁkatāni puññāni taṁ mittaṁ samparāyikaṁ.

A caravan’s a friend abroad,
A Mother is a friend at home,
A companion in times of need
Is a good friend time and again.
Merits that were done by oneself
Are the true friend in the next world.

from Buddhist Wisdom Verses


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