Kural 231Give to the poor and become praiseworthy. Life offers no greater reward than this. Kural 232Those who expound will always praise people who bestow alms on the imploring poor. Kural 233Nothing on Earth is imperishable, except exalted glory, ...

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Tirukural

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


Chapter 24: Glory

Kural 231

Give to the poor and become praiseworthy.
Life offers no greater reward than this.

Kural 232

Those who expound will always praise
people who bestow alms on the imploring poor.

Kural 233

Nothing on Earth is imperishable,
except exalted glory, which endures forever.

Kural 234

So great is glory gained by men in this world
that celestials cease praising ascended sages.

Kural 235

Loss that is gain and death that is life of
immortal glory are attained only by the wise.

Kural 236

If you must be born, be born for glory.
Those born without it would be better off without birth.

Kural 237

Why do those whose life is devoid of renown blame enemies
who hate them, when they have themselves to blame?

Kural 238

Barren are they and deemed a disgrace by all men on Earth
who fail to beget the offspring called fame.

Kural 239

Even flawlessly fruitful lands will lessen their yields
when forced to support the body of one who lacks illustriousness.

Kural 240

Those who live without reproach truly live.
Those who live without renown don't live at all.
     
 



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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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