Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika
The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom
If the one who does no wrong
Follows one who is evil,
He himself will be suspected of evil
And his reputation will decline.
According to the friends one makes,
According to who one follows,
So does one become.
Like one’s associates one becomes.
Follower and following ,
Toucher and touched alike,
An arrow smeared with poison
Infects those arrows that are not poisioned,
So that all are fouled.
The upright person not wishing to be soiled
Should not keep company with the fool.
If one string a piece of putrid fish
On a blade of suka grass,
The grass will smell putrid too;
The same with one who follows the fool.
If one wraps frankincense
In an ordinary kind of leaf,
The leaf will soon smell sweet too;
The same with one who follows the wise.
Remembering the example of the leaf wrapping
And understanding the results,
One should seek companionship with the wise,
Never with the fool.