A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Men of greatness dread base company,
As water changes according to the soil through which it flows,
By knowing his thoughts, a man's mind is discovered.
Wisdom, appearing to originate in a man's mind,
Purity of mind and purity of conduct--these two
Praiseworthy progeny come to pure-minded men
Wealth will be bestowed on good-minded men,
Even perfect men, possessing the mind's full goodness,
Goodness of mind leads to bliss in the next world,
There exists no greater aid than virtuous fellowship,
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.