A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Chapter 38: Destiny
When destiny ordains wealth, it gives birth to industriousness.
That destiny which decreases prosperity increases ignorance.
However subtle the sundry texts he studies,
Two natural ways are ordained in this world.
In karma's presence, sure success with wealth can fail,
Though you guard it well, what destiny does not decree disappears.
A man may amass millions, but its enjoyment
The poor are practically ascetics and would renounce if only karma,
Why should those who rejoice when destiny brings them good
What is there that is mightier than destiny?
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.