A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
What is truthfulness? It is speaking words
Even falsehood is of the nature of truth
Let one not speak as true what he knows to be false,
One who lives by truth in his own heart
Those who speak only truth from the heart
No prestige surpasses the absence of falsehood;
Not lying, and merely not lying, is beneficial
Water is sufficient to cleanse the body,
Not all lamps give light.
Among all great truths we have ever beheld,
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.