He Spoke Yet Again
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
“One is a bottle friend; one says, ‘friend, friend’ only to one’s face; one is a friend and an associate only when it is advantageous.
“Sleeping till sunrise, adultery, irascibility, malevolence, evil companions, avarice — these six causes ruin a man.
“The man who has evil comrades and friends is given to evil ways, to ruin does he fall in both worlds — here and the next.
“Dice, women, liquor, dancing, singing, sleeping by day, sauntering at unseemly hours, evil companions, avarice — these nine causes ruin a man.
“Who plays with dice and drinks intoxicants, goes to women who are dear unto others as their own lives, associates with the mean and not with elders — he declines just as the moon during the waning half.
“Who is drunk, poor, destitute, still thirsty whilst drinking, frequents the bars, sinks in debt as a stone in water, swiftly brings disrepute to his family.
“Who by habit sleeps by day, and keeps late hours, is ever intoxicated, and is licentious, is not fit to lead a household life.
“Who says it is too hot, too cold, too late, and leaves things undone, the opportunities for good go past such men.
“But he who does not regard cold or heat any more than a blade of grass and who does his duties manfully, does not fall away from happiness.”