Kural 841Dearth of wisdom is the direst destitution. Other poverties the world deems less impoverishing. Kural 842If any merit is gained when a fool gives a gift, however gladly, it is due to the recipient's past penance and nothing ...
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Tirukural

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


Chapter 85: Ignorance

Kural 841

Dearth of wisdom is the direst destitution.
Other poverties the world deems less impoverishing.

Kural 842

If any merit is gained when a fool gives a gift, however gladly,
it is due to the recipient's past penance and nothing else.

Kural 843

The suffering that ignorant men inflict upon themselves
can hardly be contrived by their enemies.

Kural 844

What is stupidity, you ask? It is the conceit
that dares to declare, "I am wise."

Kural 845

He who pretends to knowledge he does not possess
raises doubts about the things he really knows.

Kural 846

Fools follow a perverse path, clothing their well-formed naked body,
yet never thinking to conceal their deformed mind.

Kural 847

Neglecting valuable advice, an ignorant man
becomes the cause of his own misery.

Kural 848

That soul who neither follows another's orders nor fathoms what to
do himself creates nothing but torment until he leaves this life.

Kural 849

As an unseeing man sees only the ways of his own mind, whoever
attempts to open the eyes of those who will not see is himself blind.

Kural 850

He who denies as false what the world declares
to be true is deemed to be an earthly demon.
     
 



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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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