Spiritual Gems from Tirukural: V

“Humility is the strength of the strong and the instrument the wise use to reform their foes.”


“Elephants stand firm even when wounded by a barrage of arrows. Strong-willed men are not discouraged when they meet disaster.”


“Weigh a man’s merits and weigh his faults,

then judge him according to the greater.”


“As water changes according to the soil through which it flows,

so a man assimilates the character of his associates.”


“Virtue yields Heaven’s honor and Earth’s wealth.

What is there then that is more fruitful for a man?”


“Among those who stand outside virtue, there is no greater fool

than he who stands with a lustful heart outside another’s gate.”


“What is truthfulness? It is speaking words

which are totally free from harmful effects.”


“Though his every word is full of kindly virtue,

a man’s mean backbiting will betray an empty heart.”


“Riches acquired by proper and judicious means, in a manner

that harms no one, will bring both piety and pleasure.”


“In the hands of a benevolent man,

Wealth is like a medicinal tree whose healing gifts help all.”


“The whole purpose of earning wealth and maintaining a home is to provide hospitality to guests.”



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