Tirukural.Chapter 2: The Importance of Rain.

Kural 11

It is the unfailing fall of rain that sustains the world.
Therefore, look upon rain as the nectar of life.
Kural 12

Rain produces man’s wholesome food;
and rain itself forms part of his food besides.
Kural 13

Though oceanic waters surround it, the world will be deluged
by hunger’s hardships if the billowing clouds betray us.
Kural 14

When clouds withhold their watery wealth,
farmers cease to ply their plows.
Kural 15

It is rain that ruins, and it is rain again
that raises up those it has ruined.
Kural 16

Unless raindrops fall from the sky,
not a blade of green grass will rise from the earth.
Kural 17

The very nature of oceans, though vast, would diminish
if clouds ceased to take up water and replenish rain’s gifts.
Kural 18

Should the heavens dry up, worship here of the heavenly ones
in festivals and daily rites would wither.
Kural 19

Unless the heavens grant their gifts, neither the giver’s generosity
nor the ascetic’s detachment will grace this wide world.
Kural 20

No life on Earth can exist without water,
and water’s ceaseless flow cannot exist without rain.

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