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

Chapter 87: The Merits of Enmity

Kural 861

Rein in antagonism against the strong,
but unleash animosity against feeble adversaries.

Kural 862

How can an unloving man, with neither powerful allies
nor the strength to stand alone, overcome mighty enemies?

Kural 863

He who is fearful, ignorant, unfriendly and uncharitable
proves an easy prey to his enemies.

Kural 864

Letting go of his secrets but not his antipathy,
a man becomes easy prey to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Kural 865

Without character, conscience, piety and propriety,
a man may yet be delightful--to his enemies!

Kural 866

Even hatred can be a welcome thing, when it comes from
scoundrels seized by blind rage and indulgent lust.

Kural 867

Some men undertake a task, then undermine it unawares.
Acquire their hatred--indeed, pay good money for it.

Kural 868

If a man has no virtues and many vices, he will surely have
no allies, and this will be his enemies' surest advantage.

Kural 869

Finding that his foe is ignorant and afraid to fight,
the attacker's cheerfulness cannot forsake him.

Kural 870

Fame will flee the grasp of one who fails to grasp
the wealth of an enemy who is angry and unlearned.

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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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