A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Chapter 96: Nobility
An innate sense of right and shying away from wrong
Men of noble birth will never fall away from these three:
Four traits define the true gentleman: a smiling face,
Though millions upon millions could be gained by it,
Though their means of charitableness may be cut off,
Those committed to their family's flawless fame
In high-born men, blemishes are clearly seen,
When a man with good background lacks loving affection,
The nature of a soil is known by the seedlings it sprouts.
Those desiring greatness must desire modesty. Those seeking
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.