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There was once a grief-stricken, good natured, ragged man

who was accompanied at all times by a dog.

Wealth and position did not concern him;

he took refuge in nothing and no one.

He was never worried in the least about food,

and would only open his mouth to beg food for his dog.

Someone remarked, “O you at war with this world,

don’t disgrace yourself for the sake of a dog.

You who are God-like in your freedom from need,

why beg for the benefit of a dog?”

When the pain-afflicted one heard these words,

he responded with sighs of anguish:

“If I were to turn away from this friend,

there would be no one left to love me.

In loyalty, dogs are superior to humans.

They are better friends than all these disloyal people.”

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