A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
The aspiration for glorious achievement is the light of life.
All men who live are alike at birth.
Lowly men are never high, even when elevated.
Like chastity in a woman, greatness is guarded
A man possessing greatness possesses the power
"We will befriend great men and become like them."
When small-minded men do achieve some distinction,
Greatness is always humbly self-effacing,
Greatness abides in the absence of arrogance.
Greatness conceals by silence the weaknesses of others.
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.