A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
The unenvious heart is to be valued
Among the many precious things a man may acquire,
They say he who is jealous instead of joyous of another's wealth
Envy will never cause one to commit wrongful deeds
A man's own envy is foe enough to forge his ruin,
Whoever begrudges another's bounty will watch
Goddess Fortune, intolerant of those who cannot tolerate others'
The wicked one called Envy consumes this world's wealth,
It is worth pondering why good men may be poor
There are no envious men who have risen to prosperity.
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.