A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Silent about virtue and swift to act wrongly,
More vile than violating virtue and committing crime
Virtue declares that dying, not living, will bring
Though you speak unkind words to a man's face,
Though his every word is full of kindly virtue,
If a man spreads tales of others' faults,
Not knowing the companionable art of cheerful conversation,
If men are disposed to spread the faults of friends,
Only because she weighs duty well does Earth bear the weight
If men perceived their own faults as they do the faults of others,
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.