A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
So accursed is the thing called hatred that one
It is bad enough to incur the enmity of those who live by the bow,
One man who, all by himself, arouses hatred in many
The world abides beneath the greatness
Finding that he faces two foes and has no allies,
When distress dawns, neither draw near nor depart from
Never tell your troubles to those who cannot comprehend them,
Engineer a plan, execute that plan well and ensure
Chop down a thorny tree while it is young.
Those who fail to quell a hostile rival's pride
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.