Wise Company Gives Good Advantage
The Blessed Buddha once said:
I am a friend and helper to all. I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of friendly goodwill. I always delight in harmlessness!
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy, and make it immovable and unshakable.
I develop these divine states of mind not cultivated by simple men.
I am a friend of the footless, therefore the footless do not harm me,
I am a friend of the bipeds, therefore the bipeds do not harm me,
I am a friend of those with 4 feet, therefore the 4 feeted do not harm me,
I am a friend of the many-feeted, therefore the many-feeted do not harm me.
AN II 72
A friend, who always lends a hand, a friend both in sorrow and joy,
a friend who offers good counsel,a friend who sympathizes too.
These are the four kinds of true friends: One who is wise, who really have
understood much, will always cherish and serve such friends, just as a good
mother tends to her only child.
Digha Nikaya III, 188
Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude...
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540
And how does a Bhikkhu abide with his mind imbued with friendliness
extending overall? Just as he would feel friendliness on seeing a dearly
favourite person, exactly so does he extend this same loving-kindness to
all beings in all the 8 directions, one by one, and as above, so also below.
Abhidhamma Pitaka: Appamañña-vibhanga
Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness [metta];*
in shining, glowing and beaming radiance, in invisible yet shielding protection,
such release of mind by universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them all...