Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wise Words from Ancient India

The Tirukural is an ancient Indian book of wisdom, written in Tamil probably between 100-300 BCE. I actually get a verse a day from it. Today's missive had a very striking comment with great resonance for me. In the email version I receive, it was rendered as:

KURAL 129

The wound caused by fire heals in its time;
the burn inflicted by an inflamed tongue never heals.


I decided I wanted to see the original, so I GoogledTM for it and found this:

129. தீயினாற் சுட்டபுண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே
நாவினாற் சுட்ட வடு.

The fire-burnt wounds do find a cure;
Tongue-burnt wound rests a running sore.


The art of translation is a lively one, but in either case, the sentiment is vivid and resonant.

3 comments:

The joey Zone said...

Being Irish, the motto "Always forgive never forget" comes to mind. But being THAT type of Irish ;D i be an unforgivin' bastid as well IOW i be with Ye on this whatever the circumstances...

And! *in person* Sunday :D (keeps pincers crossed for the maintaining of The Good Weather Thang)

*hug* The Abominable JOEman

K. A. Laity said...

Fingers crossed -- it does look like we'll ahve good weather this weekend. Hurrah! Big hugs for everyone!

K. A. Laity said...

And from today's email:

KURAL 152

It is always good to endure injuries done to you, but to forget them is even better.

But hard to do...