Ellis's Commentary on and Translation of Selections from Tirukkuṟaḷ

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1819 - 304 pages

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Page 170 - WHO can find a virtuous woman ? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships ; she bringeth her food from afar.
Page 79 - This world is all a fleeting show For man's illusion given ; The smiles of joy, the tears of woe, Deceitful shine, deceitful flow, — There's nothing true but Heaven...
Page 35 - As milk, once drawn, cannot again enter the udder, nor butter, churned, be re-combined with milk, As sound cannot be produced from a broken conch, nor the life be restored to the dead body, As a decayed leaf, and a fallen flower, cannot be reunited to the parent tree, So a man, once dead, is subject to no future birth.
Page 32 - Who but he possesseth in the highest degree the highest virtue ? Who but he vouchsafeth clearness of understanding, to dispel the fantasies of the world ? Who but he is the Lord of deities, free from all affliction ? Bow, O my soul, at his resplendent feet, by which the miseries of the world are removed. " He removeth the impurity of the mind, and causeth the flower of purity again to blow; His knowledge is eternal and immeasurable, but his knowledge is not derived from the organs of sense; He is...
Page 44 - Valang-caiydr sfa&Idang-caiydr, or, as commonly, though improperly called, the right hand and left hand castes ; the former including the whole of the agricultural tribes, who endeavour, under a different order of things, to maintain their ancient preeminence ; the latter including chiefly the trading and manufacturing tribes, who endeavour, and in modern times generally with success, to evade it
Page 90 - If it be thought eternal felicity can be obtained by wearing long and matted hair, by bathing in -water, lying on the ground, and emaciating the body, then may the bears that bathe in the lakes and wander in the forests, also, obtain felicity ;—qmt, said he, such ignorant notions.
Page 34 - Formerly, how many flowers have I gathered and scattered, How many prayers have I repeated in a vain worship! While yet in the prime of my life, how much water have I poured out! And, moreover, how often have I encompassed the holy places of Siven! This...
Page 104 - ... hast affirmed, be considered as proceeding from a prescribed destiny f Listen sedulously to the explication of the exalted faith taught by the Lord. " If there be a prescribed destiny it is impossible to avoid it; all crooked actions, therefore, must be considered as the fault of destiny, not the fault of the mind which it affects; all virtuous actions, also, must be referred to destiny and cannot be considered as virtues of the mind; consequently, neither virtue, nor vice can be attributed to...
Page 65 - On the flying chariot of Desire, she arrived at the Desert of Sin; on the flying chariot of Fear, she repaired to the Mountains of Penitence ; on the flying chariot of resplendent Wisdom, she entered the grove of Growing Virtue ; and on the flying chariot of My Name, she shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Page 95 - Refer not virtue to another day ; Receive her now, and, at thy dying hour, She "11 prove thy never-dying friend.

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