A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Chapter 25: Possession of Compassion
Among the wealthy, compassionate men claim the richest wealth,
Find and follow the good path, ruled by compassion.
Those whose hearts are drawn toward mercy
Kindly ones who lovingly protect all life
This wide and wind-swept fertile Earth is witness to the truth
They say those who act cruelly by forsaking kindness
As this world is not for the penniless,
Those without wealth may one day prosper,
Practicing charity without compassion is as inconceivable
Before proceeding against men weaker than yourself,
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.