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Tirukural

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


Section IV: Destiny

Chapter 38: Destiny

Kural 371

When destiny ordains wealth, it gives birth to industriousness.
When it decrees a life of loss, it inspires only idleness.

Kural 372

That destiny which decreases prosperity increases ignorance.
That destiny which diminishes loss expands knowledge.

Kural 373

However subtle the sundry texts he studies,
a man is left with his native intelligence.

Kural 374

Two natural ways are ordained in this world.
Securing wealth is one. Seeking wisdom's light is another.

Kural 375

In karma's presence, sure success with wealth can fail,
and certain failure can succeed.

Kural 376

Though you guard it well, what destiny does not decree disappears.
Though you cast it aside, what destiny calls yours will not depart.

Kural 377

A man may amass millions, but its enjoyment
will never exceed the portion allotted to him.

Kural 378

The poor are practically ascetics and would renounce if only karma,
approaching with experiences yet to be, would pass them by.

Kural 379

Why should those who rejoice when destiny brings them good
moan when that same destiny decrees misfortune?

Kural 380

What is there that is mightier than destiny?
For it is present even in the plans we devise to overcome it.
     
 



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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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