A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Chapter 5: Family Life
He alone may be called a householder who supports
The virtuous householder supports the needs
The foremost duty of family life is to serve duly these five:
The posterity of householders who gather wealth without misdeeds
When family life possesses love and virtue,
If a man masters the duties of married life,
Among those who strive for liberation, the foremost are they
The householder dedicated to duty and to aiding
Domestic life is rightly called virtue. The monastic path,
He who rightly pursues the householder's life here on Earth
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.