A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Dare you not, my enemies, to stand against my monarch!
It is more gratifying to carry a lance that missed an elephant
Intrepid courage is what they call valor,
Having hurled his spear at a battlefield elephant,
Is it not a disgraceful defeat to the courageous warrior
When recounting his days, the heroic soldier regards all those
To fasten the warrior's anklet on one who desires glory
Men of courage who do not fear for their lives in battle do not
Who would dare deride as defeated
Heroic death that fills the sovereign's eyes with tears
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.