A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Chapter 74: The Country
Where unfailingly fertile fields, worthy men
A land coveted for its vast wealth, free from calamities
Call that a nation which bears every burden that befalls it,
Free of famine, endless epidemics and ravaging foes--
Proliferating factions, ruinous subversives and murderous gangs
An incomparable state is one never devastated;
Rain waters, underground waters and rivers shed from well-situated
Five ornaments adorn a country: good health, abundant harvests,
A land where prosperity comes easily deserves the name country,
Even if a country acquires all these blessings, it is worth nothing
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.