6, The Wise Man
Should one find a man who points out faults and who reproves,
let him follow such a wise and sagacious person as one would
a guide to hidden treasure. It is always better, and never
worse, to cultivate such an association.
Let him admonish, instruct and shield one from wrong;
he, indeed, is dear to the good and detestable to the evil.
Do not associate with evil companions; do not seek the fellowship
of the vile. Associate with the good friends; seek the fellowship
of noble men.
He who drinks deep the Dhamma lives happily with a tranquil
mind. The wise man ever delights in the Dhamma made known
by the Noble One (the Buddha).
Irrigators regulate the rivers; fletchers straighten the arrow
shaft; carpenters shape the wood; the wise control themselves.
Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the
wise are not affected by praise or blame.
On hearing the Teachings, the wise become perfectly purified,
like a lake deep, clear and still.
The good renounce (attachment for) everything. The virtuous
do not prattle with a yearning for pleasures. The wise show
no elation or depression when touched by happiness or sorrow.
He is indeed virtuous, wise, and righteous who neither for
his own sake nor for the sake of another (does any wrong),
who does not crave for sons, wealth, or kingdom, and does
not desire success by unjust means.
Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The
rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank.
But those who act according to the perfectly taught Dhamma
will cross the realm of Death, so difficult to cross.
Abandoning the dark way, let the wise man cultivate the bright
path. Having gone from home to homelessness, let him yearn
for that delight in detachment, so difficult to enjoy. Giving
up sensual pleasures, with no attachment, let the wise man
cleanse himself of defilements of the mind.
Those whose minds have reached full excellence in the factors
of enlightenment, who, having renounced acquisitiveness, rejoice
in not clinging to things rid of cankers, glowing with
wisdom, they have attained Nibbana in this very life.