is wealth if it is brought about for causes that raise a man in the
esteem of the world. Death under certain circumstances is life
everlasting. Such poverty which is not poverty and such death
which is not death but life, come only to those who understand true
When men have not lived so as to earn
the esteem of good men, why do they not see and grieve over their
own fault but blame the world that refuses to esteem them?
According to commentators, chapters
25 to 38 of Kural, from which the following selections have been
taken, deal with matters of special significance to the order of
ascetics and monastic life. When Kural was written, large
numbers of people in the South of the Jain and Buddhist
denominations were solemnly pledged to a monastic life.