Chapter 74: The Country Kural 731Where unfailingly fertile fields, worthy men and wealthy merchants come together--that is a country! Kural 732A land coveted for its vast wealth, free from calamities and yielding in abundance is indeed a country. Kural ...
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Tirukural

A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'


Section VII: Qualities of a Country

Chapter 74: The Country

Kural 731

Where unfailingly fertile fields, worthy men
and wealthy merchants come together--that is a country!

Kural 732

A land coveted for its vast wealth, free from calamities
and yielding in abundance is indeed a country.

Kural 733

Call that a nation which bears every burden that befalls it,
yet pays in full all tariffs owed to the king.

Kural 734

Free of famine, endless epidemics and ravaging foes--
now that is a flourishing country.

Kural 735

Proliferating factions, ruinous subversives and murderous gangs
harassing the king--a real country is free from all these.

Kural 736

An incomparable state is one never devastated;
yet if devastated, it would not diminish, but prosper.

Kural 737

Rain waters, underground waters and rivers shed from well-situated
mountains, plus strong fortresses, are features of a fine country.

Kural 738

Five ornaments adorn a country: good health, abundant harvests,
wealth, happiness and safety from invasions.

Kural 739

A land where prosperity comes easily deserves the name country,
not one where wealth entails laborious toil.

Kural 740

Even if a country acquires all these blessings, it is worth nothing
if it lacks harmony between the ruler and the ruled.
    
 



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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.

 

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