A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
All that you learn, learn perfectly, and
Two are the eyes of those who truly live--
The learned have eyes that see, they say.
It is the learned man's prowess that meetings with him
The learned remain ever humble, as the poor are before
The deeper a sand well is dug, the more freely its water flows.
Knowing that knowledge makes all nations and neighborhoods
The learning a man secures in one birth
When the learned discern that the learning which delights them
A man's learning is an imperishable and precious wealth.
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.