Friendship can even be Infinite:
The Blessed Buddha said
following method, Ananda, it may be understood how the entire
Holy & Noble Life is sole good friendship, good companionship, and good
comradeship: By relying upon me as a good friend, Ananda, beings subject
to birth are freed from birth,
beings are freed from their ageing,
beings subject to disease are cured from illness, beings subject to death
escape death, and beings subject to sorrow, lamentation, pain, &
despair are freed from this grief, pain, frustration and endless
Therefore, Ananda it may be emphasized, how this entire Noble Life is all
based on good friendship, beautiful amity, and benevolent harmony...
Selfless friendship is the most deep, genuine, sincere and sweet!
Why so? It is not limited or tainted by any egoistic self-interest,
which otherwise interferes, as soon as the imaginary 'self' suspects
even minor overstepping of its perceived territorial 'my' domain..
If there is no
"ego-self" present, how can it ever be possessive?
The Blessed Buddha often emphasized:
All states are selfless,
egoless, ownerless, & void of any core "I"-dentity!
Mettā Meditation on Friendliness:
How to cure Depression?
More on this very
best good within
beautiful friendship (Kalyānamittatā):
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya 3(18): [I 88]
If animals despite differences can
display so beautiful inter-species
friendship so more should we humans be kind towards all beings!