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rajendran muthiah

(16.03.1950)

Thiruvalluvar's Couplets on 'Possession of Motivation'


(Section—60)
591. Owners of motivation are proud possessors.
Do they really possess who own things else?
592. Motivation in mind has no end and it lasts long.
But material wealth endures not and passes away.

593. Those who own lasting motivation as handy goods
don’t despair for the loss of material wealth.

594. Prosperity paves the way to reach him
who has steadfast motivation.

595. The stem of a water-lily is the depth of water abounds.
The greatness of people is the measure of their motivation.

596. Whatever you think, let it be high. Failing to attain it
shouldn’t thwart you from aspirations lofty.

597. The elephant stands firm even when arrows showered on him.
The highly induced don’t lose heart even in the face of danger.

598. Those without self-motivation can’t have the glorious thought
of having exhaustive might among the men.

599. Despite his large body and sharp tusk, the elephant alarms,
when a spurred tiger assaults.

600. High motivation in a man is his real excellence.
Those who are bereft of it are trees in the pretence of men.

Submitted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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  • Ravindran Govindaraju (7/17/2013 1:01:00 AM)

    Rajendran, with your interest and depth of the language i sincerely request to translate some poems of Bharathiar..ninrathuve..nada pathuve.. enthayum thayum.. Please (Report) Reply

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