Five Precepts Blues; #1.9 – Do You Call That a Buddy?

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Martin Bogan & Armstrong • Do You Call That a Buddy?

When I had ¢15, I would loan him a dime
And I thought he was a friend of mine
If I had a hundred donuts, darn his soul
I wouldn’t even give him a donut hole
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Do you call that a buddy? (No, no…)
Could that be your buddy? (No, no…)
I think I’ll drown my buddy (Drown him? Shoot him!)
‘Cause he’s just a dirty cat

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind, suffering follows,
As the wheel follows the hoof of an ox pulling a cart.

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a serene mind, happiness follows,
As surely as one’s shadow.

“He abused me, mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.”
Harboring such thoughts keeps hatred alive.
“He abused me, mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.”
Releasing such thoughts banishes hatred for all time.

Animosity does not eradicate animosity.
Only by loving kindness is animosity dissolved.
This law is ancient and eternal.

There are those who are aware
That they are always facing death.
Knowing this, they put aside all quarrels.

-Dhammapada, 1 ☸ Twins

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