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Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 11 Oct 2011 10:58 and updated at 11 Oct 2011 10:58

TIRUKKURAL of Tiruvalluvar, the Tamil poet




2.3 The Essentials of a State


2.3.13. Hostility

Hostility disunion s Plague will bring,
That Evil quality, to every living thing.
The Disease which fosters the Evil of disunion among all creatures is termed hatred by the wise.

Though men disunion plan, and do thee much despite
Tis best no enmity to plan, nor Evil deeds requite.
Though disagreeable things may be done from (a feeling of) disunion, it is far better that nothing painful be done from (that of) hatred.

If enmity, that grievous Plague, you shun,
Endless undying praises shall be won.
To rid one self of the distressing dtsease of hatred will bestow (on one) a never decreasing imperishable Fame.

Joy of joys abundant grows,
When Malice dies that woe of woes.
If hatred which is the greatest misery is destroyed, it will yield the greatest delight.

If men from enmity can keep their spirits free,
Who over them shall gain the Victory?
Who indeed would think of conquering those who naturally shrink back from hatred

The life of those who cherished enmity hold dear,
To grievous fault and utter death is near.
Failure and ruin are not far from him who says it is sweet to excel in hatred.

The very truth that greatness gives their Eyes can never see,
Who only know to work men woe, fulfilled of enmity.
Those whose judgement brings misery through its connection with hatred cannot understand the triumphant nature of truth.

Tis gain to turn the Soul from enmity;
Ruin reigns where this hath mastery.
Shrinking back from hatred will yield Wealth; indulging in its increase will hasten ruin.

Men think not hostile thought in Fortune s favouring hour,
They cherish enmity when in misfortune s power.
At the approach of Wealth one will not think of hatred (but) to secure one s ruin, one will look to its increase.

From enmity do all afflictive Evils flow;
But Friendliness doth Wealth of kindly good bestow.
All calamities are caused by hatred; but by the delight (of Friendship) is caused the great Wealth of good Virtues.

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