A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Possessing belongs only to the industrious. Do those
Those who own a mental energy possess a thing of worth.
Those who possess persevering industry
Good fortune of its own accord ferrets out and
The length of the lotus stalk depends on the water's depth.
Let all thoughts be thoughts of noble progress,
Elephants stand firm even when wounded by a barrage of arrows.
Without a zealous spirit, one will never enjoy
The towering elephant, with his tapering tusks,
An industrious mind is a man's real wealth.
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.