Kural 531Excessive anger's harm is exceeded by excessive merriment's mindless mishaps. Kural 532Just as perpetual poverty slowly nullifies one's knowledge, so frequent forgetfulness destroys one's prestige. Kural 533Unmindful men will never know renown. ...

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Tirukural

A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'


Chapter 54: Avoiding Unmindfulness

Kural 531

Excessive anger's harm is exceeded
by excessive merriment's mindless mishaps.

Kural 532

Just as perpetual poverty slowly nullifies one's knowledge,
so frequent forgetfulness destroys one's prestige.

Kural 533

Unmindful men will never know renown.
This is the verdict of every virtuous text in the world.

Kural 534

Nothing will provide defense for the cowardly,
and nothing will secure good for the unmindful.

Kural 535

The forgetful man who fails to take precautions
against impending perils will regret his negligence afterwards.

Kural 536

Nothing can compare to watchfulness
extended unfailingly to all people at all times.

Kural 537

There is nothing too difficult for the man who
consciously conceives and carefully executes his work.

Kural 538

One should do that which men extol as praiseworthy.
Forgetfully failing to do so brings deprivation lasting seven births.

Kural 539

Whenever the mind is engrossed in pleasant infatuations,
one should remember men who were ruined by forgetfulness.

Kural 540

It is easy to get what you think of
if you can get yourself to think of it.
     
 



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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.

 


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