A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Give to the poor and become praiseworthy.
Those who expound will always praise
Nothing on Earth is imperishable,
So great is glory gained by men in this world
Loss that is gain and death that is life of
If you must be born, be born for glory.
Why do those whose life is devoid of renown blame enemies
Barren are they and deemed a disgrace by all men on Earth
Even flawlessly fruitful lands will lessen their yields
Those who live without reproach truly live.
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.