Those who see & tell us our faults bestow upon us a hidden treasure,.
The wise rebuke us & shine a light on our faults.
It is better, not to our detriment, to associate with them.
They should instruct & advise you on how to restrain improper conduct.
They are dear to the good and reviled by the wicked.
Do not associate with the unskilled & ignoble friends.
Associate with friends who are admiral & noble.
Those who find joy in the Dhamma dwell happily, with a brightened mind.
The Wise always delight in the Dhamma declared by the Noble Ones.
One who makes irrigation channels guides the water, fletcher’s straighten the arrow.
Carpenters manipulate wood, the wise master themselves.
Just as a solid rock is not moved by the wind.
In the same way the wise are unmoved by praise & blame.
Just as a deep lake is clear when undisturbed.
In the same way the mind of the wise becomes clear upon hearing the Dhamma.
The skilful relinquish everything, the peaceful do not indulging in chatter for pleasure & enjoyment.
When met with pleasure or difficulty, the wise remain unmoved.
Not for their own, or another’s sake, nor through desire for a child, wealth or county do they act in unskilled ways.
Not desiring success by unjust means, the skilful remain discerning & virtuous.
Few are those who aim for the other shore.
Those other people only run along this shore.
Whatever well-taught Dhamma should be lived in accordance with,
those who do will reach the other shore, which is difficult to cross over away from the realm of death.
Abandoning unskilled practices, the wise ones cultivate their virtue,
leaving the house for homelessness, going to where is remote and secluded
Delighting in that place they become dissident, so having nothing destroy sensuality.
The wise ones purify their own mind of defilements.
Whichever factors of highest awakening are well-developed in the mind,
Forsaking grasping and delighting in whatever is held without grasping,
the mind of one free from obsession is brilliant, they will die without being reborn in the world.