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There was a man in the first century B.C. in Tamil Nadu, in a place named Poompuhar on the banks of the river Cauvery. He earned a living by weaving cloth and selling it. In the same place there was a rich man whose son was a naughty boy. This lad came to the weaver and asked what was the price of the sari he was selling. The man replied, "Three rupees (the price in those days)". The lad tore the sari into half and asked what was the price of the half of the sari. The weaver relied, "A rupee and a half." The lad tore it again into two and asked what was the price of the torn piece. The man replied, "It is worth twelve annas" (The three fourths of a rupee). The weaver did not get angry at the lad’s behavior. He was calm and unruffled. The young lad was astonished. He asked the weaver, "How did you acquire the quality of forbearance (Kshama)?" The man replied, "Forbearance is truth. It is right conduct. It is non-violence. It is a source of great joy. It is heaven itself. It is the summum bonum of this world. There is nothing greater than forbearance in this world."
( Read on here )

Thiruvalluvar, the honoured Tamil poet, who 2000 years ago created Tirukkural, a great masterpiece of 1330 verses dealing with virtue, wealth, love, envy..... It has been a code of living, a bible, for many South Indians. The huge statue is 133ft (41m) high.

Some verses by Thiruvalluvar:

"Humility is a precious quality in all people,
But it has a rare richness in the rich."

"Giving to the poor is true charity.
All other giving expects a recompense."

"Friendship is not seen on a friendly face,
But felt deep within a friendly heart."

"Prostitutes, thieves and those who make friends
To make money are all alike."

More verses here.

I saw this big rock, so from behind I took the statue covering almost total the less relevant pedestal so it became more timeless and serene.

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