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A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'

Chapter 71: Discerning Unspoken Thoughts

Kural 701

He who can discern another's unspoken thoughts by merely looking
is an emerald on an Earth encircled by equable seas.

Kural 702

Regard as god-like those who can divine
without hesitation what is in the minds of others.

Kural 703

Give whatever is required to gain an advisor
who, knowing his own mind, can read another's intentions.

Kural 704

Those who grasp others' unspoken thoughts have the same
physical features as most folks--yet how different they are.

Kural 705

Of what benefit are eyes in a body, if they cannot
by their observing powers perceive another's intentions?

Kural 706

As a crystal mirror reflects objects that are nearby,
so the face reflects what is foremost in the heart.

Kural 707

What is more forthrightly profound than the face?
For whether the heart is angry or glad, the face expresses it first.

Kural 708

If you find a man who understands matters by looking into
the mind, it suffices to stand silently looking into his face.

Kural 709

If you find men who know the eye's language
the eyes will speak to them of hidden hate and love.

Kural 710

Observe those who are said to see subtly with their mind's eye--
their singular measuring rod is their eyes.

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These daily couplets are drawn from Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, an ethical masterpiece written over 2,200 years ago in South India. This American English translation, known as Weaver's Wisdom, is available at our Minimela online store.


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