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Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 11 Oct 2011 10:37 and updated at 11 Oct 2011 10:37

TIRUKKURAL of Tiruvalluvar, the Tamil poet




1.4 Fate


1.4.1 Fate

Wealth giving fate power of unflinching effort brings;
From fate that takes away idle remissness springs.
Perseverance comes from a prosperous fate, and idleness from an adverse fate.

The fate that loss ordains makes wise men s Wisdom foolishness;
The fate that gain bestows with ampler powers will Wisdom bless.
An adverse fate produces folly, and a prosperous fate produces enlarged Knowledge.

In subtle learning manifold though versed man be,
The Wisdom, truly his, will gain supremacy.
Although (a man) may study the most polished treatises, the Knowledge which fate has decreed to him will still prevail.

Two fold the fashion of the world: some live in Fortune s light;
While other some have Souls in Wisdom s radiance bright.
There are (through fate) Two different natures in the world, hence the difference (observable in men) in (their acquisition of) Wealth, and in their attainment of Knowledge.

All things that good appear will oft have ill success;
All Evil things prove good for gain of happiness.
In the acquisition of property, every thing favourable becomes unfavourable, and (on the other hand) everything unfavourable becomes favourable, (through the power of fate).

Things not your own will yield no good, howe er you guard with pain;
Your own, howe er you scatter them abroad, will yours remain.
Whatever is not conferred by fate cannot be preserved although it be guarded with most painful care; and that, which fate has made his, cannot be lost, although one should even take it and throw it away.

Save as the sharer shares to each in due degree,
To those who Millions store enjoyment scarce can be.
Even those who gather together Millions will only enjoy them, as it has been determined by the disposer (of all things).

The destitute with Ascetics merit share,
If fate to visit with predestined ills would spare.
The destitute will renounce Desire (and become Ascetics), if (fate) do not make them suffer the hindrances to which they are liable, and they pass away.

When good things come, men view them all as gain;
When Evils come, why then should they complain?
How is it that those, who are pleased with good Fortune, trouble themselves when Evil comes, (since both are equally the decree of fate)

What powers so great as those of Destiny? Man s skill
Some other thing contrives; but fate s beforehand still.
What is stronger than fate If we think of an expedient (to avert it), it will itself be with us before (the thought).

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