A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
There is nothing like wealth for lending consequence
Those who have nothing have everyone's contempt,
Wealth is an unfailing lamp whose light
Riches acquired by mindful means, in a manner
Wealth acquired without compassion and love
Wealth with no owner, wealth of defeated foes, wealth from
Compassion, which is the child of Love,
Undertaking an enterprise with sufficient resources in hand
Make money--that is the sharpest scalpel
Having acquired affluence, the acquisition of two
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.