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MITTĀNISAMSA SUTTA



Discourse On Advantages Of Friendship








MITTĀNISAMSA SUTTA

Discourse On Advantages Of Friendship




The Mittānisamsu stanzas are designed specially for the benefit of laymen. He who does not betray his friends derives many benefits which are described here. These stanzas are also found in the Temiya Jataka where they are attributed to the Bodhisattva.


  1. Pahūta-bhakkho bhavatī - Vippavuttho sakā gharā
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    whenever he goes away from his home,
    Bahū nam upajīvantī - Yo mittānam na dūbhatī
    will receive abundance of hospitality. Many will depend on him.


  2. Yam yam janapadam yātī - Nigame rājadhāniyo
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    Sabbattha pūjito hoti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    in whatever country, village or town he visits, will be honoured.


  3. Nāssa corā pasahanti - Nātimaññeti khattiyo
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    robbers will not overpower him. Royalty will not look down upon him.
    Sabbe amitte tarati - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    He will triumph over all his enemies.


  4. Akkuddho sagharam eti - Sabhāya patinandito
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    returns home with feelings of amity, rejoices in the assemblies of people,
    Ñātīnam uttamo hoti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    will become the chief among his kinsmen.


  5. Sakkatvā sakkato hoti - Garu hoti sagāravo
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    being hospitable to others, in turn, receives hospitality.
    Vanna-kittibhato hoti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    Being respectful to others, in turn, receives respect. He enjoys both praise and fame.


  6. Pūjako labhate pūjam - Vandako pati-vandanam
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    being a giver, in turn, receives gifts himself.
    Yaso kittiñca pappoti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    Being adorable to others, in turn, himself is adored.He attains prosperity and fame.


  7. Aggi yathā pajjalati - Devatā’va virocati
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    shines in glory like the fire, and is radiant as a deity.
    Siriyā ajahito hoti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    Never will prosperity forsake him.


  8. Gāvo tassa pajāyanti - Khette vuttham virūhati
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    to him there will be many breeding cattle.
    Puttānam phalamasnāti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    What is sown in the field will flourish. The fruit of that which is sown he enjoys.


  9. Darito pabbatāto vā - Rukkhāto patito naro
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous,
    should he fall from a precipice or mountain or tree,
    Cuto patittham labhati - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    he will be protected (will not be harmed).


  10. Virūlha-mūla-santānam - Nigro-dhamiva māluto
    He who maintains genuine friendship and is not treacherous
    cannot be overthrown by enemies,
    Amittā nappa-sahanti - Yo mittānam na dūbhati
    even as the deep-rooted banyan tree cannot be overthrown by the wind.