A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
He who can discern another's unspoken thoughts by merely looking
Regard as god-like those who can divine
Give whatever is required to gain an advisor
Those who grasp others' unspoken thoughts have the same
Of what benefit are eyes in a body, if they cannot
As a crystal mirror reflects objects that are nearby,
What is more forthrightly profound than the face?
If you find a man who understands matters by looking into
If you find men who know the eye's language
Observe those who are said to see subtly with their mind's eye--
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.