Kural 221Giving to the poor is true charity. All other giving expects some return. Kural 222Though some may declare it a good path, garnering gifts is bad. Even if they say it denies one Heaven, giving gifts is good. Kural 223Men of good ...

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Chapter 23: Charity

Kural 221

Giving to the poor is true charity.
All other giving expects some return.

Kural 222

Though some may declare it a good path, garnering gifts is bad.
Even if they say it denies one Heaven, giving gifts is good.

Kural 223

Men of good birth graciously give,
never uttering the wretched excuse, "I have nothing."

Kural 224

How unpleasant a beggar's pleading can become,
until one sees his face so sweetly pleased.

Kural 225

Great, indeed, is the power to endure hunger.
Greater still is the power to relieve others' hunger.

Kural 226

Relieving the ravaging hunger of the poor
is a right use for wealth men have obtained.

Kural 227

The fiery scourge called hunger never touches
the man who shares his daily meal with others.

Kural 228

Is it because they are unaware of the joys of giving
that hard-hearted men waste their wealth by hoarding it?

Kural 229

More bitter than even a beggar's bread is the meal
of the miser who hoards wealth and eats alone.

Kural 230

There is nothing more bitter than death;
yet even death seems sweet when giving is impossible.
    

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