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Kural, by Tiruvalluvar (W.P. Chettiar, 1885)
What a Classic
This book is simply awesome and one of the best I have ever read. I was angry with Penguin India for rejecting my work in 48 hours but now I forgive them for sending me this masterpiece. I thoroughly enjoyed every couplet in this book.
In the introduction, P.S. Sundaram says (page 11) - "It is not the work of a mystic but of a down-to-earth man of the world concerned with the home and community" This statement is absolutely ridiculous and obviously Mr Sundaram has no idea what an enlightened one or mystic is.
This work is the work of a great sage or mystic, a master of the highest order. Such wisdom is possible only by an enlightened one who works to benefit the community by sacrificing his own life.
One small error -asterisk 655 is shown as 665 at the end of the book where the asterisks are explained.
The only asset in life is fame,
Then comes charity.
Its is a pleasure to meet a scholar,
A pain to part with him.
With such superb couplets Kural has gone straight up to one of my favorites.
This is poetry and not the garbage we have available in the market today. Poetry, the most condensed form of philosophy, will permeate with the essence of god and will be timeless as proven in the Kural.
The only thing missing is he doesn't show you the path of how to get enlightened and here I appreciate the great master Patanjali who goes to the extent of saying, "seven breaths of one pointed concentration will get you enlightened."
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