A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Virtuous conduct leads a man to eminent greatness.
In your striving, be mindful to preserve good conduct.
Morality is the birthright of high families,
If a priest forgets the Vedas, he can relearn them.
Prosperity is not for the envious,
The firm-minded never slacken in upholding virtuous conduct,
By honest conduct one achieves honorable eminence,
Good conduct is the seed in virtue's field;
Men who conduct themselves virtuously
Those who cannot live in harmony with the world,
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.