The acquisitions of a man of rectitude go down to his children without
diminution and will protect them against adversity. This is not a mere superstition
invoked for supporting the moral rule, There is practical wisdom in the statement as to
the stability of well-earned wealth and the instability of acquisitions got by methods
that society condemns.
Rectitude of means employed gives
stability to what is acquired, whereas what swerving from the straight path gets stands
ever in danger of being lost again or serving as a snare. The most powerful motive for the
householder is the desire to see that his children are assured of happiness after him.
Upright conduct, says Tiru-Valluvar, ensures this.