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Chapter 30: Truthfulness


Thirukkural in English

Truth is defined as
speaking words that cause no harm.
291
Even a lie will be placed on par with the truth,
if it yields unblemished benefits.
292
Do not lie consciously; once you lie so,
your own conscience will sear you.
293
One who, guided by his heart, lives without lies,
will forever live in the hearts of all.
294
One who tells the truth, with all his heart, is ahead of those
who do  penance and charity.
295
No other fame equals not lying; without any physical strain
it yields all virtues.
296
Not lying, not lying, if practiced, makes it acceptable
not to do, not to do other righteous deeds.
297
Not lying, if practiced unfailingly, makes it worthwhile
to refrain from not doing the righteous deeds.
297 V2
Water ensures cleanliness externally;
truthfulness makes inner purity evident.
298
External cleanliness is brought about by water; inner…

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