A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Wherever it may wander, the world follows the farmer's plow.
Farmers are the linchpin of the world, for they support all
Those who live by the plow live in self-sufficiency.
Those whose fields lie shaded by abundant sheaves of grain
Those who eat food harvested with their own hands
When plowers of the fields stand idly with folded arms,
If soil is dried so that one ounce shrinks to one-quarter ounce,
It is better to fertilize than to furrow a field. After weeding,
If the lord of the land fails to visit his fields,
Mother Earth laughs when she sees
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.