Friendship

09/03/2011 Comments Off on Friendship

Friendship defined: The state of being friends; friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness; amity; good will.

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Hinduism: He that is grateful, virtuous, truthful, large-hearted, and devoted, and he that has his senses under control, preserves his dignity, and never forsakes a friend, should be desired for a friend. (Mahabharata Udyog Parva)

He that is endued with the intelligence makes friendships with those that are wise, having first examined by the aid of his intelligence, repeatedly searching by his understanding, and using his ears, eyes, and judgment. (Mahabharata Udyog Parva)

He that is intelligent should avoid an ignorant person of wicked soul, like a pit whose mouth is covered with grass, for friendship with such a person can never last. The man of wisdom should never contract friendship with those that are proud, ignorant, fierce, rash and fallen off from righteousness. (Mahabharata Udyog Parva)

They that are quarrelsome, covetous, shameless, deceitful, and are known as unrighteous, their companionship should always be avoided (Mahabharata Udyog Parva)

As fuel that is wet burneth with that which is dry, so a sinless man is punished equally with the sinful in consequence of constant association with the latter. Therefore, friendship with the sinful should be avoided. – Mahabharata, Udyog Parva, section 34

A mother, a friend, and a father, -from natural disposition form a friendly trio; and others from a special cause are friendly-minded. – Hitopadesh, Chapter Mitralabha, verse 38

The mind is indeed lowered from association with the low; with equals it reaches equality; but with the distinguished it attains distinction. Hitopadesh, Chapter Prastavana, Verse 42

Vidya mitram prawasesu bharya mitram griheshu cha
vyaditasyaushadam mitram dharmo mitram mrittasya chaKnowledge is the best friend in foreign land, wife is the best friend at home, good medicines are best friend for a person suffering from disease and dharma is the best friend after death. Chanakya Niti
Christianity: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(John 15:13, New Revised Standard version)
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