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Thirukkural-On Virtue-Elimination Of Desire-Kural 370

Aaraa iyarkai avaaneeppin annilaiye

Peraa iyarkai tharum

If desire, which is by nature a bottomless pit, be eliminated,

It will, in turn, naturally bring about lasting happiness.

For all the sorrow in the world, there is only one root cause and that is desire. The more it feeds on, the more it grows. It is like a bottomless pit or flaming holocaust, into which all that is put will only be speedily consumed, leaving a greater void. The only solution to the problem, therefore is to get rid of desire itself, firmly and fully.

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Story first published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 16:39 [IST]