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Tirukural

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


Section III: The Way of The Renunciate

Chapter 25: Possession of Compassion

Kural 241

Among the wealthy, compassionate men claim the richest wealth,
for material wealth is possessed even by contemptible men.

Kural 242

Find and follow the good path, ruled by compassion.
Of the many ways, that one leads to liberation.

Kural 243

Those whose hearts are drawn toward mercy
will never be drawn into the dark and woeful world.

Kural 244

Kindly ones who lovingly protect all life
need never dread hurt from the actions of their own life.

Kural 245

This wide and wind-swept fertile Earth is witness to the truth
that misery is not for kind-hearted men.

Kural 246

They say those who act cruelly by forsaking kindness
must have forgotten what it means to forsake virtue.

Kural 247

As this world is not for the penniless,
so is that world not for the pitiless!

Kural 248

Those without wealth may one day prosper,
but those without kindness are utterly and incurably poor.

Kural 249

Practicing charity without compassion is as inconceivable
as realizing God without clarity of mind.

Kural 250

Before proceeding against men weaker than yourself,
ponder when you stood before those more powerful.
     



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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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