Chapter 24: Glory
By their good deeds, feeding and clothing the indigent, this couple has earned the abundant blessings of the celestials. So valued is this simple and selfless act, that the devas ignore the sages and yogis below.
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Give to the poor and become praiseworthy.
Life offers no greater reward than this.
Those who expound will always praise
people who bestow alms on the imploring poor.
Nothing on Earth is imperishable,
except exalted glory, which endures forever.
So great is glory gained by men in this world
that celestials cease praising ascended sages.
Loss that is gain and death that is life of
immortal glory are attained only by the wise.
If you must be born, be born for glory.
Those born without it would be better off without birth.
Why do those whose life is devoid of renown blame enemies
who hate them, when they have themselves to blame?
Barren are they and deemed a disgrace by all men on Earth
who fail to beget the offspring called fame.
Even flawlessly fruitful lands will lessen their yields
when forced to support the body of one who lacks illustriousness.
Those who live without reproach truly live.
Those who live without renown don’t live at all.
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