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You are your own friend

You are your own friend

पुरिसा ! तुममेव तुमं मित्तं,
किं बहिया मित्तमिच्छसि

Man! You are your own friend. Why do you wish for an outside friend?

It is said that God helps those who help themselves. This means that we should do our duty ourselves without expecting external help.

The aspirant who is firm on his devotion to duty, he does not care whether he gets external assistance or not. He is friendly with everyone but does not bother whether others are friendly or not. Being friendly with friends is a business because we help those who help us. This type of help is trading. A devotee is not a trader.

Without expecting anything in return, he helps everyone like a river, cloud or the sun – he is his own friend.

- Acaranga Sutra 1/3/3

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