A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
The Scriptures exalt above every other good
Attempting to speak of the renunciate's magnitude is like
Behold those who have weighed the dual nature of things and
He whose firm will, wisdom's goading hook, controls his five senses
Such is the power of those who subdue the five senses, that even Indra,
The magnificent ones are they who can dispatch the most
Touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing are the senses--
Their own subtle sayings reveal to the world
It is impossible to endure, even for a second, the wrath of those
Pious men are called the priestly ones,
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.