A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
In the very attempt to wrongly gain another's wealth,
Those who deem injustice shameful never commit
Those who seek immortal bliss will not succumb
With senses conquered and sight unclouded by depravity,
What avails a man's subtle and comprehensive learning,
Desiring grace and doing his duty, a man who desires wealth
Do not seek the fortune that greed gathers,
To protect one's own prosperity from decline,
Just as wise men know the goodness of noncoveting,
There is a thoughtless desire for others' things that is destructive.
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.