On Gratitude (Section 11 Of Thirukural) - Poem by Rajendran Muthiah
101. Both earth and heaven can't compensate
for an unexpected help rendered.
102. A timely help though be small in worth
exceeds in value the size of the earth.
103. If you ponder on the aid given, weighing not the returns
it is greater than the ocean in its merit.
104. Though the size of the benefit given may be of millet-seed,
Knowing the use of it, they treat it higher than the Palmyra.
105. Help is not the measure of itself.
Its worth is the measure of the merit of the recipients.
106. Forget not the benevolence of the faultless.
Forsake not the friendship of those who supported in adversity.
107. They remember the friendship through seven-fold births,
of those who dispatched the sorrow overwhelmed them.
108. It isn't good to let the thoughts of good deeds to you pass away.
Good it is to rid your memory the evil things the very day.
109. On remembering a good thing done to you in former times
the perilous harm wrought to you by him recedes.
110. Anyone who destroyed any virtue can hope to escape.
But no escape from sin to those who are ungrateful!
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