Selection six

If you can win an intelligent,
Fellow-faring, steadfast friend,
You should fare delighted and mindful,
You should overcome all obstacles.

And if you can’t win an intelligent
Fellow-faring, steadfast friend,
Thus like a king abandoning his conquered realm
Fare alone like an elephant in the elephant forest.

When the fool is a slothful,
Greedy, drowsy, restless one,
Like a well-foddered great pig,
The fool returns to the womb again and again.

You should be those who delight in heedfulness.
Protect your own mind,
Extract yourself from a bad path,
Like the elephant stuck in the mud.

Translated by Bodhipaksa.

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