Tirukural.Chapter 5: Family Life.

Section II: The Way of The Householder

Chapter 5: Family Life

Kural 41

He alone may be called a householder who supports
students, elders and renunciates pursuing well their good paths.
Kural 42

The virtuous householder supports the needs
of renunciates, ancestors and the poor.
Kural 43

The foremost duty of family life is to serve duly these five:
God, guests, kindred, ancestors and oneself.
Kural 44

The posterity of householders who gather wealth without misdeeds
and share meals without miserliness will never perish.
Kural 45

When family life possesses love and virtue,
it has found both its essence and fruition.
Kural 46

If a man masters the duties of married life,
what further merits could monkhood offer him?
Kural 47

Among those who strive for liberation, the foremost are they
who live the blessed state of family life as it should be lived.
Kural 48

The householder dedicated to duty and to aiding
ascetics on their path of penance endures more than they do.
Kural 49

Domestic life is rightly called virtue. The monastic path,
rightly lived beyond blame, is likewise good.
Kural 50

He who rightly pursues the householder’s life here on Earth
will be rightfully placed among the Gods there in Heaven.

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