Company gives good Advantage:
The Blessed Buddha once said:
I am a friend and helper to all,
I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of friendly goodwill.
I always delight in harmlessness!
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy,
and make it immovable and unshakable.
I develop these divine states of mind
not cultivated by simple men.
I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with 4 feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
May not the bipeds harm me,
May not those with 4 feet harm me, &
May not those with many feet harm me.
A friend, who always lends a hand,
a friend both in sorrow and joy,
a friend who offers good counsel,
a friend who sympathizes too.
These are the four kinds of true friends:
One who is wise, who have understood much,
will always cherish and serve such friends,
just as a mother tends
to her only child.
Among tigers, lions, leopards
and bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
And how does a Bhikkhu abide with his mind imbued with friendliness
extending overall? Just as he would feel friendliness on seeing a dearly
favourite person, exactly so does he extend this same loving-kindness to
all beings in all eight directions, one by one, and as above so
Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness;
in shining, glowing and beaming radiance, in invisible
yet shielding protection,
such release of mind by universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them
Friendliness (Mettā) is 1 of 4 Infinite States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihāra):