Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: II

“Benevolent man considers himself poor only

when he is unable to render his accustomed duty to humanity.”


“Neglecting valuable advice, an ignorant man

becomes the cause of his own misery.”


“Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her,

it is best to bear with those who despise us.”


“If men fathom what it means to have virtuous and wise friends,

they will find the means to procure such friendships.”


“It is disgraceful to be discourteous towards others,

even to unfriendly fellows who treat you unjustly.”


“A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small,

but in worth it exceeds the whole world.”


“Nothing on Earth is imperishable,

except exalted glory, which endures forever”


“A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly

on the faultless path of Him who controls the five senses.”


“Perfect men hold as good their own good character.

They count no other goodness so genuinely good.”


“Prosperous as his life may appear, unless a man

measures well his wealth, it will disappear without a trace.”


 “Who is there who can conquer those

who have relinquished all hostilities?”


“Is it because they are unaware of the joys of giving

that hard-hearted men waste their wealth by hoarding it?”


(Source: Spiritual Teachings-Himalayan Academy, Hawaii, USA)