Buddha once said:
Follow only the Good and Pure Ones. Associate only with the Clever Ones,
To learn the Truth from these Nobles gives
an advantage like nothing else!
To follow the fools
and thereby copy and
choose mostly the wrong ways,
know any Good Friends, is
often causing only sad misery!
As if one strings rotten fish on a
very same grass will soon smell putrid too...
so with anyone, who follows a fool!
Or as if one wraps up perfume in a common leaf,
simple leaf will soon smell sweet too! Exactly so with
anybody, who follows a Noble.
More on the
good in beautiful Friendship (Kalyānamittatā):
Mettā Meditation on Friendliness:
How to cure Depression?
Metta Meditation As streaming audio and mp3 download:
Adapted from Gemstones of Good Dhamma
by Ven. S. Dhammika, BPS Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy.