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Thirukkural-On Virtue-Not Causing Injury-Kural 320

Noyellaam noyseydhaar maelavaam noyseyyaar Noyinmai vendu pavar.

All pain in the world rebounds on the man who caused it,One who seeks freedom from it, should not give pain.

When one causes pain, one asks for pain and it will come to one in greater measure. He who wants to be free from pain should never give pain to others.

The Old Testament of the Bible has on record the following statement.

'He who diggeth a pit shall fall into it'

(Proverbs 26:27)

'He who sows injustice shall reap a calamity'

(Proverbs 22:8)

The New Testament has variations of it thus:

'The measure you give will be the measure you get'

(Matt. 7:2)

'Whatever a man soweth that shall he also reap'

the 'Holy Koran' says

'Wrong not and ye shall not be wronged'

(Chapter 3, Rukoo 5)

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 14:43 [IST]