A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
More malicious than a professional murderer is the monarch
A scepter-wielding king requesting a gift is like
Day to day the king must seek out and punish unlawfulness,
Without thinking, a king rules crookedly, and thus
Are not the tears of a people who cannot bear their monarch's
Ruling rightly, a monarch may long endure.
As the Earth fares under a rainless sky,
Possessions hold less pleasure than poverty
If the king acts contrary to justice, contrary seasons will befall
If the people's protector fails to protect
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.