Tirukural – Chapter 30

Chapter 30: Truthfulness

Verse 298
A stream of water pours on a person as he bathes his body. A stream of golden light bathes a man of truth.

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Verse 291

What is truthfulness? It is speaking words
which are totally free from harmful effects.

Verse 292

Even falsehood is of the nature of truth
if it renders good results, free from fault.

Verse 293

Let one not speak as true what he knows to be false,
for his conscience will burn him when he has lied.

Verse 294

One who lives by truth in his own heart
truly lives in the hearts of all people.

Verse 295

Those who speak only truth from the heart
surpass even penitents and philanthropists.

Verse 296

No prestige surpasses the absence of falsehood;
all other virtues flow from it effortlessly.

Verse 297

Not lying, and merely not lying, is beneficial
for those who cannot or will not practice other virtues.

Verse 298

Water is sufficient to cleanse the body,
but truthfulness alone can purify the mind.

Verse 299

Not all lamps give light.
The lamp of not-lying is the learned man’s light.

Verse 300

Among all great truths we have ever beheld,
not a single one rivals the goodness of telling the truth.

3 Responses to “Tirukural – Chapter 30”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh

    Thank you Swamis for this post. Since the pandemic began I have been thinking about truthfulness. On a daily basis I reflect on GOD IS TRUTH, TRUTH IS ONE and PATHS ARE MANY, in a spiritual sense. In a worldly sense I reflect on EAST OR WEST TRUTH IS BEST and EAST OR WEST TELL THE TRUTH! and I go about my day.

    Aum Namasivaya

  3. Rajendra Giri says:

    Thank you, Swami Ji

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