A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Should a man's wealth disappear, only his kinsmen
If a man's kindred cling to him with unfailing love,
Pursuing a happy life without mixing with one's clan
The real profit gained by gaining riches
Scores of kin will crowd around the kindly man
In this wide world none enjoys a more faithful family
The crow does not conceal his food, but calls his kind to share it;
The multitudes thrive when they observe their monarch
Close kinsmen who have become estranged
When one who left him returns with justifying reason,
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.