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.


2 Responses to “Tirukural – Chapter 10”

  1. Thilaiampalam Sivayogapathy says:

    Aum Namasivaya!

    Vanakkam to All Sivathondars!

    “THIRUKURAL” is a Great Asset for the Humanity,

    which shows the clear, correct Path ,with Light,

    in Human life. Aum Siva, Siva!

    Mikka Nanri,

    Anpudan,

    Siva,
    (T.Sivayogapathy).

  2. Pethuraja N.A. says:

    “AUM”!.

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