A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Section V: Royalty
Chapter 39: The Merits of the King
He is lion among kings who is well endowed with these six:
There are four attributes that cannot be absent in a king:
In those who rule the land, three traits must never lapse:
The noble king is unswerving in virtue, restrains wrongdoing
He who can produce a treasury of wealth, deposit it,
All peoples praise that nation whose sovereign
Behold the king who speaks graciously, gives generously and
Ruling righteously himself and safeguarding his subjects,
The world lives protected beneath the umbrella
He is a light among rulers who is endowed with the four merits
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.