Mittanisamsa Sutta: The Benefits of Friendship

In this Sutta the Supreme Buddha explains the benefits of good friendship.

  1. Pahūtabhakkho bhavatī – Vippavuttho sakā gharā
    Bahū naṁ upajīvantī – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhatī

    He who maintains genuine friendship will, / whenever he goes far out of his home, / receive an abundance of hospitality. / Many will obtain their living through him.
  2. Yaṁ yaṁ janapadaṁ yātī – Nigame rājadhāniyo
    Sabbattha pūjito hoti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship will, / whatever country, village, or town he visits, / be honoured everywhere.
  3. Nāssa corā pasahanti – Nātimaññeti khattiyo
    Sabbe amitte tarati – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship / will not be over powered by robbers. The king will not look down upon him. He will triumph over all his enemies.
  4. Akkuddho sagharaṁ eti – Sabbhāya paṭinandito
    Ñātīnaṁ uttamo hoti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / returns home with feelings of kindness, / rejoices in the assemblies of people, / and becomes the chief among his relatives.
  5. Sakkatvā sakkato hoti – Garu hoti sagāravo
    Vaṇṇakittibhato hoti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / being hospitable to others, / in turn, receives hospitality. / Being respectful to others, / in turn, receives respect. He enjoys both praise and beauty.
  6. Pūjako labhate pūjaṁ – Vandako paṭivandanaṁ
    Yaso kittiñca pappoti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / being a giver, in turn he receives gifts. Being worshipful to others, / in turn, he is worshipped. He attains prosperity and fame.
  7. Aggi yathā pajjalati – Devatā’va virocati
    Siriyā ajahito hoti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / shines like a fire, / and is radiant as a deity. Never will prosperity forsake him.
  8. Gāvo tassa pajāyanti – Khette vutthaṁ virūhati
    Puttānaṁ phalamasnāti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / will have many breeding cattle. What is sown in the field will flourish. / His children will achieve success in life.
  9. Darito pabbatāto vā – Rukkhāto patito naro
    Cuto patiṭṭhaṁ labhati – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / should he fall from a cliff, mountain or tree, / he will always be protected.
  10. Virūḷhamūlasantānaṁ – Nigrodhamiva māluto
    Amittā nappasahanti – Yo mittānaṁ na dūbhati

    He who maintains genuine friendship, / cannot be overthrown by enemies, even as the deep-rooted banyan tree / cannot be uprooted by the wind.

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Translation from The Mahamevnawa Pali English Paritta Chanting Book.

Index

9 Buddha Qualities, abandon suffering, alms round, anger, animal world, anuttaropurisadammasarati quality, araham quality, Aṅgulimāla Arahant, bad association, bhagava quality, body meditation, buddhanussati meditation, Buddhist etiquette, chanting, compassion, confidence~saddhā, contentment, courage, craving, Culla Kammavibhanga Sutta, cutupapatanana, death, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, evil deeds, first noble truth, five precepts, Four Noble Truths, friendship, ghost world, giving~dāna, good actions, gratitude, greed, guided meditation, hatred, heaven, hell, iddhi, ignorance, impermanence~anicca, intoxicants, jataka, jealousy, karma, kavi, life of Buddha, lokavidu quality, losing loved ones, loss, loving-kindness~mettā, lying, Maha Satipatthana Sutta, Mangala Sutta, marks of a great man, meditation, merit~puññā, mindfulness~sati, mora paritta, nibbāna, Noble Eightfold Path, noble truth of suffering, non-attachment, ordination, origin of suffering, parents, paritta, patience, pilgrimage, practice, precepts, psychic powers, pujas, punishment, Pāli, rains retreat, rare human birth, Ratana Sutta, Ratthapala Sutta, relics, retreat, right speech, right view, Sakka God, sammasambuddho quality, samsara, Sangha, Second Noble Truth, sickness, similes, Sri Lanka, stress, Sāriputta Arahant, Taking advice, Therigatha, Third Noble Truth, uposatha, Venerable Maha Moggalana, Vesak, vijja, vijjacaranasampanno quality, virtue~sīla, wisdom, Work, worldly conditions, wrong view