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.


2 Responses to “Tirukural – Chapter 11”

  1. Pethuraja N.A. says:

    “AUM”!.

  2. holly young says:

    Verse 108 is my favorite! Thank you Tirukural.

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