Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
The friend who is a helpmate, the friend in happiness and woe, the friend who gives good counsel, the friend who sympathises too — these four as friends the wise behold and cherish them devotedly as does a mother her own child.
The wise and virtuous shine like a blazing fire. He who acquires his wealth in harmless ways like to a bee that honey gathers, riches mount up for him like ant hill’s rapid growth. With wealth acquired this way, a layman fit for household life, in portions four divides his wealth: thus will he friendship win.
One portion for his wants he uses, two portions on his business spends, the fourth for times of need he keeps.