Tirukural – Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Gratitude

Verse 108
Standing in the golden footstep of God Siva with his arms raised high above his head in thanks for the magnificence of creation, a devotee exudes gratitude for all the things he never asked for but were given to him.

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Verse 101

The bounty of Heaven and Earth are scant repayment
for help rendered though no help was received.

Verse 102

A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small,
but in worth it exceeds the whole world.

Verse 103

When help is given by weighing the recipient’s need
and not the donor’s reward, its goodness is greater than the sea.

Verse 104

While aid may outwardly seem as puny as a mustard seed,
those who know will deem it as imposing as a towering palm.

Verse 105

Help rendered another cannot be measured by the extent of
assistance given. Its real measure is the recipient’s worthiness.

Verse 106

Never forget fellowship with pure souls,
nor forsake friendship with those who aided you in adversity.

Verse 107

For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember
friends who relieved their anguish and affliction.

Verse 108

It is improper to ever forget a kindness,
but good to forget at once an injury received.

Verse 109

The deadliest injury is effaced the moment
the mind recalls a single kindness received from the injurer.

Verse 110

Having killed every kind of goodness, one may yet be saved,
but there is no redemption for those who let gratitude die.

Photos from Yesterday’s Skanda Shashti Abhishekam

Majestically seated on the manipura chakra, this scarlet-hued God blesses mankind and strengthens our will when we lift to the inner sky through sdhana and yoga. The yoga pada begins with the worship of Him. The yogi, locked in meditation, venerates Karttikeya, Skanda, as his mind becomes as calm as Saravana, the lake of Divine Essence. The kundalini force within everyone is held and controlled by this powerful God, first among renunciates, dear to all sannyasins. Revered as Murugan in the South, He is commander in chief of the great devonic army, a fine, dynamic soldier of the within, a fearless defender of righteousness. He is Divinity emulated in form. The Vedas say, "To such a one who has his stains wiped away, the venerable Sanatkumara shows the further shore of darkness. Him they call Skanda."

Tirukural – Chapter 10

Chapter 10: Speaking Pleasant Words

Verse 93
An old lady is sitting on the bed. Her granddaughter holds her hand, smiles and offers encouraging words. Above, the devas see the young one’s goodness and offer heavenly blessings.

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Verse 91

Pleasant words, full of tenderness and devoid of deceit,
fall from the lips of virtuous men.

Verse 92

Better than a gift given with a joyous heart
are sweet words spoken with a cheerful smile.

Verse 93

A kindly countenance and sweet words
spoken from the heart are virtue's way.

Verse 94

Poverty-provoking sorrow will not pursue
those who speak joy-producing words to all they meet.

Verse 95

Humility and pleasant words are the jewels
that adorn a man; there are none other.

Verse 96

If a man seeks to do good while speaking sweet words,
his virtues will wax and his vices will wane.

Verse 97

Words yield spiritual rewards and moral excellence
when they do not wander far from usefulness and agreeableness.

Verse 98

Sweet speech that is a stranger to pettiness
imparts pleasure not only in this life, but in the next.

Verse 99

Why would anyone speak cruel words,
having observed the happiness that kind words confer?

Verse 100

To utter harsh words when sweet ones would serve
is like eating unripe fruits when ripe ones are at hand.

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