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Tirukural – Chapter 3

The Greatness of Renunciates

Verse 27

A sadhu is seated on the mountaintop his right leg raised over a rock. The five senses of human consciousness are personified below him, senses he has perfectly controlled. Touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing.

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Verse 21

The Scriptures exalt above every other good
the greatness of virtuous renunciates.

Verse 22

Attempting to speak of the renunciate’s magnitude is like
numbering all the human multitudes who have ever died.

Verse 23

Behold those who have weighed the dual nature of things and
followed the renunciate’s way. Their greatness illumines the world.

Verse 24

He whose firm will, wisdom’s goading hook, controls his five senses
is a seed that will flourish in the fields of Heaven.

Verse 25

Such is the power of those who subdue the five senses, that even Indra,
sovereign of spacious Heaven’s celestials, suffered their curse.

Verse 26

The magnificent ones are they who can dispatch the most
difficult tasks; the insignificant ones are they who cannot.

Verse 27

Touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing are the senses–
he who controls these five magically controls the world.

Verse 28

Their own subtle sayings reveal to the world
the greatness of men whose words prove prophetic.

Verse 29

It is impossible to endure, even for a second, the wrath of those
who have scaled and stand upon the mountain called virtue.

Verse 30

Pious men are called the priestly ones,
for they are clothed in robes of compassion for all life.


3 Responses to “Tirukural – Chapter 3”

  1. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh!
    Thank you Swamis for this post.
    Aum Namasivaya!
    Sivayanama Aum!

  2. Pethuraja says:

    “AUM GURAVE NAMAHA”!.

  3. Rajendra Giri says:

    Aum Namah Shivay!

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