Pythagoras’s wisdom on spiritual friendship

A MOST RIGID LAW BINDS POWER AND NECESSITY

Render to the immortal gods the consecrated cult;

Guard then thy faith:

..Revere the memory of the illustrious heroes, 

Of Spirits, devas, demi-gods..

Be a good son, a just brother;

A spouse tender and loving;

And a father endearing and good.

Choose, for thy (spiritual) friend, the friend of impeccable virtue;

Yield to his gentle counsels,

Profit by his life; 

And for a trifling grievance never leave him;

If thou canst, at least: for,

A most rigid law binds power to necessity.

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