The austere conduct of Ascetics stand tall
When they abandon worldly desires all.
The loftiness of those who have curbed all desires
Is akin to counting the number of people dead.
Beyond all others the Ascetic shines
Because the common place world he truly opines.
To one who has his five senses subdued
Lord Indra* himself is lured.
Great men overpower their desires
The small men fall in the worldly mires.
The great have the world within their spell
To interpret about sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
The Ascetics negotiate with words cryptic
By which they convey with codes mystique.
The wrath of an insulted Ascetic, who is atop a hill
Cannot be borne and endured to still.
The Ascetic towards all has pools of compassion
And thus fulfills in this world his mission.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
It was authored by the Saint-Poet-'Thiruvalluvar' who lived 30 years before Christ.
*Lord Indra is considered as the King of Heaven in Hindu philosophy.
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