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Tirukural

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


Chapter 60: Possession of Industriousness

Kural 591

Possessing belongs only to the industrious. Do those
who lack such energy really possess their possessions?

Kural 592

Those who own a mental energy possess a thing of worth.
Material wealth is an unenduring possession that goes away.

Kural 593

Those who possess persevering industry
will never say in despair, "We have lost our wealth."

Kural 594

Good fortune of its own accord ferrets out and
finds the man of unflagging energy.

Kural 595

The length of the lotus stalk depends on the water's depth.
Even so, a man's greatness is proportionate to his mind's energy.

Kural 596

Let all thoughts be thoughts of noble progress,
for then even failing cannot be called a failure.

Kural 597

Elephants stand firm even when wounded by a barrage of arrows.
Strong-willed men are not discouraged when they meet disaster.

Kural 598

Without a zealous spirit, one will never enjoy
the proud exhilaration of the world's generosity.

Kural 599

The towering elephant, with his tapering tusks,
still shrinks in fear when a fierce tiger attacks.

Kural 600

An industrious mind is a man's real wealth.
Lacking it, he is immobile--more tree-like than human.
     
 



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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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