Not Being Jealous (By St. Thiruvalluvar) - Poem by Rajendran Muthiah
161. The disposition of unenvying at heart
is the way of decorum, one must adopt.
162. If a man lives on earth without jealousy on anyone
that nature is the wealth beyond compare.
163. He who neither desires virtue nor wealth
is jealous and delights not at the wealth of others.
164. Knowing that the vice of envy is virulent
the wise do no ill-deeds of jealousy.
165. Though the foes fail to harm the envious
envy itself will afflict them.
166. If the family envies for one’s liberal gifts to others,
without food to eat and clothes to wear, they perish.
167. From the jealous departs the goddess of Fortune
directing them to the care of her sister, Misfortune.
168. Envy, the sinner beyond compare destroys a man’s wealth.
and lets him descend to hell.
169. It is to be probed the causes of wealth of the envious
and the misery of the honest.
170. Envy augments no one’s wealth
and no erosion of it to those bereft of envy.
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