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' IMPERMANENCE '



"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; use it on the instant
On things that stay.

A day, so called, if rightly understood,
Is a sword hacking at life.

Do good in time, ere the tongue dies
With the last hiccup.

"He was here yesterday," gloats the earth over man,
"Today he is gone."

Men unsure of the next moment
Make more than a million plans.

Like a bird's to the shell it leaves
Is life's link to its body.

Death is but a sleep, and birth
An awakening.

Can life never have a house of its own
Cribbed ever in its cabin?"


English version by P. S. Sundaram ,Original Language Tamil

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' RENUNCIATION '


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.

To give up all behooves the ascetic:
Attachment deludes.

When on liberation's road the very body is a burden
Why take other luggage?

His is the world beyond heaven
Who is free of the delusion of "I" and "Mine."

Sorrows will cling to those who cling
To likes and dislikes.

Those who give up all are saved;
The rest are caught in delusion.

Life's tangle is cut with detachment;
Uncut the thread is endless.

Cling to the One who clings to nothing;
And so clinging, cease to cling.

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' REALIZATION '

Of the folly which takes the unreal for real
Comes the wretchedness of birth.

The pure of vision undeluded
Shall taste radiant joy.

To those freed of doubt and clear
More than earth is Heaven near.

Where a sense of the Real is lacking,
The other five senses are useless.

The mark of wisdom is to see the reality
Behind each appearance.

Those who have learnt to see the reality here
Will have learnt not to come back here.

Reality once searched and seized
No need to think of rebirth.

Wisdom is that rare realization
Which removes the folly of rebirth.

To one who clings and does not cling
Clinging ills will not cling.

Where lust, wrath and delusion are unknown
Sorrow shall not be.

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' TRUTHFULNESS '

English version by P. S. Sundaram
Original Language Tamil


"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.

Not false to one's own conscience one will reign
In all the world's consciousness.

Truthfulness in thought and word
Outweighs penance and charity.

Nothing can equal truthfulness
In getting fame and other virtues.

To be unfailingly true
Is to be unfailing in other virtues.

Water ensures external purity
And truthfulness shows the internal.

All lights are not lights: to the wise
The only light is truth.

In all the gospels we have read we have found
Nothing held higher than truthfulness."

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' LOVE '

Can love be latched and hidden? A trickling tear
Will proclaim it loud.

The loveless grasp all; while the loving
With their very bones help others.

The soul, it is said, is enclosed in bones
That human love may be.

From love, devotion comes; and from that unsought
Priceless enlightenment.

Bliss hereafter is the fruit, they say,
Of a loving life here.

"Love helps only virtue," say the fools:
But it also cures vice.

As boneless worms wither in the sun, so too
The loveless in a just world.

A loveless life is a withered tree that would fain
Sprout in a desert.

What good are outward features if they lack
Love, the inward sense?

Love's way is life; without it humans are
But bones skin-clad.

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GRATITUDE

108. Forgetting the good is no good but it is good
To forget at once what is no good.

From Thirukkural

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WISDOM

430. Those with wisdom have everything
Fools with everything have nothing.

From Thirukkural

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34.IMPERMANENCE

331. To view the fleeting as everlasting is foolish and degrading.

~ Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar

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One, who controls with a hook of strong determination and willpower, the five elephants representing the five sensory organs, embodies the seed of bliss in the soil of heaven.

From " Thirukkural"

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ON FOLLY

834. Fool of fools is the one who always learns
Realizes, teaches but never practices.

From " Thirukkural "

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Just as the alphabet ‘A’ is the beginning of all letters, so also, God is the beginning for this universe.

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Thiruvalluvar, Tamil Siddha.

Thiruvalluvar was born at Madurai, the capital of the Pandyas.
He is regarded as an Avatara of Brahma.
His wife Vasuki was a chaste and devoted lady, an ideal wife, who never disobeyed the orders of her husband, but always carried them out implicitly.
Thiruvalluvar showed people that a person could lead the life of a Grihastha or householder, and at the same time, lead a divine life or a life of purity and sanctity. He showed people that there was no necessity to leave the family and become a Sannyasin to lead a divine life of purity and sanctity.
All his wise sayings and teachings are now in book form and known as ‘Thirukkural’. These sayings are all in couplets. Here are some of them:

Just as the alphabet ‘A’ is the beginning of all letters, so also, God is the beginning for this universe.

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To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there.

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