I have very little knowledge of this great saint
may be we should ask Sankaran for more on him ….
Kural – 1114
The lotus, seeing her, with head demiss, the ground would eye,
And say, ‘With eyes of her, rich gems who wears, we cannot vie.’
If the blue lotus could see, it would stoop and look at the ground saying, “I can never resemble the eyes of this excellent jewelled one.”
If as her face, whose eyes are flowers, thou wouldst have charms for me,
Shine for my eyes alone, O moon, shine not for all to see!
O moon, if you wish to resemble the face of her whose eyes are like (these) flowers, do not appear so as to be seen by all.
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There was a man in the first century B.C. in Tamil Nadu, in a place named Poompuhar on the banks of the river Cauvery. He earned a living by weaving cloth and selling it. In the same place there was a rich man whose son was a naughty boy. This lad came to the weaver and asked what was the price of the sari he was selling. The man replied, “Three rupees (the price in those days)”. The lad tore the sari into half and asked what was the price of the half of the sari. The weaver relied, “A rupee and a half.” The lad tore it again into two and asked what was the price of the torn piece. The man replied, “It is worth twelve annas” (The three fourths of a rupee). The weaver did not get angry at the lad’s behavior. He was calm and unruffled. The young lad was astonished. He asked the weaver, “How did you acquire the quality of forbearance (Kshama)?” The man replied, “Forbearance is truth. It is right conduct. It is non-violence. It is a source of great joy. It is heaven itself. It is the summum bonum of this world. There is nothing greater than forbearance in this world.”
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Thiruvalluvar, the honoured Tamil poet, who 2000 years ago created Tirukkural, a great masterpiece of 1330 verses dealing with virtue, wealth, love, envy….. It has been a code of living, a bible, for many South Indians. The huge statue is 133ft (41m) high.
Some verses by Thiruvalluvar:
“Humility is a precious quality in all people,
But it has a rare richness in the rich.”
“Giving to the poor is true charity.
All other giving expects a recompense.”
“Friendship is not seen on a friendly face,
But felt deep within a friendly heart.”
“Prostitutes, thieves and those who make friends
To make money are all alike.”