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Tag: Tiruvalluvar

Truthfulness

Poet: Tiruvalluvar

Truthfulness may be described as utterance
Wholly devoid of ill.

Even a lie is truthful
If it does unsullied good.

Lie not against your conscience
Lest it burn you.

Renunciation

Poet: Tiruvalluvar

As one by one we give up
We get freer and freer of pain.

Renounce early if you seek joy;
Great gladness awaits the ascetic.

Control the five senses and give up
All longings at once.

Impermanence

Poet: Tiruvalluvar

To take the fleeting for the permanent
Is foolish and pitiable.

Great wealth, like a crowd at a concert,
Gathers and melts.

Wealth never stays;