A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Ask what is more miserable than being poor,
Poverty, the cruelest of demons, deprives a man
Craving, another name for poverty, will obliterate at once
Privation produces unmindfulness, which gives birth
Poverty is that single sorrow which
Even when the poor perceive profoundly and speak skillfully,
He who is impoverished and estranged from virtue will be
Will the wretched poverty that nearly
Men may slumber even in the midst of fire,
Lacking a morsel of food, a man may either
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.