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A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'

Chapter 4: Asserting Virtue's Power

Kural 31

Virtue yields Heaven's honor and Earth's wealth.
What is there then that is more fruitful for a man?

Kural 32

There is nothing more rewarding than virtue,
nor anything more ruinous than its neglect.

Kural 33

Be unremitting in the doing of good deeds;
do them with all your might and by every possible means.

Kural 34

Keep the mind free of impurity. That alone is
the practice of virtue. All else is nothing but empty display.

Kural 35

Virtue is living in such a way that one does not fall
into these four: envy, anger, greed and unsavory speech.

Kural 36

Don't tell yourself you'll be wise enough to practice virtue tomorrow.
Do it now, for it will be your deathless companion when you die.

Kural 37

It is utterly superfluous to inquire about virtue's benefits, so
evident in the difference between the palanquin's rider and bearer.

Kural 38

Not allowing a day to pass without doing some good
is a boulder that will block your passage on the path to rebirth.

Kural 39

Only virtuous deeds abound in true joy.
All other deeds are empty and devoid of distinction.

Kural 40

Virtue is merely that which should be done in life,
and vice is merely that which should be avoided.

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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.


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