Friendships on the spiritual path require caution, if we are to enjoy them fully. Sometimes we get so involved in our relationships that our own individual spiritual progress is undermined. This is a mistake, because the very purpose of friendship is to uplift, and if I am remiss in my spiritual efforts, I will not be able to exert the positive influence of my own most elevated state. One should always maintain the intention of being of help to friends. But that help needs to be devoid of any desire for praise, and above any reactions of ill feeling or sorrow. Offering this kind of help will only further my spiritual growth.