A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Kindliness, high birth and a nature congenial to kings
Kindliness, knowingness and deliberateness of speech
An envoy sent to announce to lance-bearing monarchs
Send him on mission who possesses three attractive traits:
Whatever good an ambassador procures derives from succinct
An envoy is educated, eloquently persuasive, unafraid of
He is unsurpassed who knows duty and place,
Integrity, influence and intrepidity--these three and truthfulness
Commission him to deliver the monarch's mandates
An ambassador fearlessly extends his king's glory,
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.