Kural 161The unenvious heart is to be valued no less than virtuous conduct itself. Kural 162Among the many precious things a man may acquire, none surpasses a nature free from envy toward all. Kural 163They say he who is jealous instead of ...
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Tirukural

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


Chapter 17: Avoidance of Envy

Kural 161

The unenvious heart is to be valued
no less than virtuous conduct itself.

Kural 162

Among the many precious things a man may acquire,
none surpasses a nature free from envy toward all.

Kural 163

They say he who is jealous instead of joyous of another's wealth
clearly desires no wealth or virtue of his own.

Kural 164

Envy will never cause one to commit wrongful deeds
who rightly fathoms the disgrace that follows.

Kural 165

A man's own envy is foe enough to forge his ruin,
even if he has no other enemies.

Kural 166

Whoever begrudges another's bounty will watch
his kindred die in poverty, naked and starving.

Kural 167

Goddess Fortune, intolerant of those who cannot tolerate others'
success, introduces them to her sister, Misfortune, and goes away.

Kural 168

The wicked one called Envy consumes this world's wealth,
then consigns sinners to those worlds of hellish fire.

Kural 169

It is worth pondering why good men may be poor
while the envious in heart can prosper.

Kural 170

There are no envious men who have risen to prosperity.
There are no men free from envy who have fallen from it.
     
 



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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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