A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
A deceiver's own five elements remain undeceived
Of what avail is an outer appearance of saintliness
He who has not attained the power yet wears the garb of saints
He who conceals himself beneath holy robes and commits sins
The day will come when those who claim dispassion
None is so heartless as he who, without renunciation in his heart,
Like the poisonous jequirity bean, with its red and black sides,
Many are the men who piously bathe in purifying waters,
The arrow is straight but cruel; the lute is crooked but sweet.
Neither shaven head nor long matted locks are needed,
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.