Kural 1041Ask what is more miserable than being poor, and the answer comes--only poverty pains like poverty. Kural 1042Poverty, the cruelest of demons, deprives a man of every joy in this life, then takes them from the next life. Kural 1043Craving, ...

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Tirukural

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


Chapter 105: Poverty

Kural 1041

Ask what is more miserable than being poor,
and the answer comes--only poverty pains like poverty.

Kural 1042

Poverty, the cruelest of demons, deprives a man
of every joy in this life, then takes them from the next life.

Kural 1043

Craving, another name for poverty, will obliterate at once
ancestral honor and dignity of speech.

Kural 1044

Privation produces unmindfulness, which gives birth
to improper words, even in men of proper birth.

Kural 1045

Poverty is that single sorrow which
gives rise to a multitude of miseries.

Kural 1046

Even when the poor perceive profoundly and speak skillfully,
their most meaningful words are always forgotten.

Kural 1047

He who is impoverished and estranged from virtue will be
regarded as a stranger even by his own mother.

Kural 1048

Will the wretched poverty that nearly
killed me yesterday come again today?

Kural 1049

Men may slumber even in the midst of fire,
but none can find repose in the midst of poverty.

Kural 1050

Lacking a morsel of food, a man may either
slay every desire or kill off his neighbor's salt and rice broth.
     
 



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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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