A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Dearth of wisdom is the direst destitution.
If any merit is gained when a fool gives a gift, however gladly,
The suffering that ignorant men inflict upon themselves
What is stupidity, you ask? It is the conceit
He who pretends to knowledge he does not possess
Fools follow a perverse path, clothing their well-formed naked body,
Neglecting valuable advice, an ignorant man
That soul who neither follows another's orders nor fathoms what to
As an unseeing man sees only the ways of his own mind, whoever
He who denies as false what the world declares
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.