पापान्निवारयति योजयते हिताय

पापान्निवारयति योजयते हिताय
गुह्यानि गूहति गुणान् प्रकटीकरोति।
आपद्गतं च न जहाति ददाति काले
सन्मित्रलक्षणमिदं प्रवदन्ति सन्ताः॥
pāpānnivārayati yojayate hitāya
guhyāni gūhati guṇān prakaṭīkaroti|
āpadgataṁ ca na jahāti dadāti kāle
sanmitralakṣaṇamidaṁ pravadanti santāḥ||
He restrains his friend from committing sins, induces his friend to do good deeds,
Conceals the unseemly secrets of his friend, projecting [only] his good qualities to others,
[He] does not desert his friend in difficulties, but gives timely assistance
These are the characteristics of a true friend, as described by saints.

[Thanks to Chandrasekar Raghu]

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