A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Section I: Prologue
Chapter 1: Praising God
"A" is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is
What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him
The Supreme dwells within the lotus of the heart. Those who reach
Draw near the Feet of Him who is free of desire
Good and bad, delusion's dual deeds, do not cling to those
A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly
They alone dispel the mind's distress
They alone can cross life's other oceans who take refuge
The head which cannot bow before the Feet of the Possessor of
The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed,
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.