A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Do not take to gambling, even if you can win,
To win once, a gambler loses a hundred times.
Incessantly calling bets on rolling dice causes
Gambling brings on many miseries and erodes one's good name.
Desiring to win everything, those who love the dice,
Gambling is Misfortune's other name. Fools ensnared by her
Spending time in the gambling hall squanders
Gambling will consume a man's wealth and corrupt his honesty.
Those who take to gambling's fickle gain forfeit these five:
The gambler's passion increases with the losses incurred.
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.