A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
The most precious wealth is the wealth acquired by the ear.
Only when no fare can be found for the ear
In Heaven, Deities feed from sacrificial fires.
Though he has no learning, if a man listens to the learned,
Words from the lips of upright men
Let a man listen to good things, however little.
Those who have studied deeply and listened diligently never speak
If not pierced by acute listening,
Unless he has listened to learning's subtlety,
There are those whose tongues taste but whose ears savor nothing.
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.