A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Laugh when troubles come your way.
A tide of troubles will recede the moment
Trouble itself they send away troubled
Troubles will feel troubled facing a man who faces them
Though massed upon him like a mountain,
Those who do not clutch their wealth, boasting, "I have so much,"
Knowing this body to be the prey of misery,
Declaring difficulties to be perfectly natural,
He who does not long for joy in joy
The man who does not distinguish pain from pleasure
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.