A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
He is a true king who impartially investigates
He who wishes his prosperity to long remain
The tyrant who causes dread in his people
"Our king is cruel." When these bitter words are spoken,
If a man's countenance is harsh and access to him is hard,
If a man is unkind and speaks cruelly,
Harsh language and overly severe punishment,
A king's wealth wanes when, without thoughtful involvement,
The sovereign who does not secure defenses will be seized
Earth bears no greater burden than crude counselors
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.