One of Swami Satchidananda’s most beloved and oft-quoted scriptures was the Thirukkural. Written by Thiruvalluvar, one of South India’s greatest saints and poets, the Thirukkural weaves the fabric of living a virtuous life. The poetry of this beautiful Tamil scripture speaks directly to modern readers from every culture around the world. Its universal, ethical themes reflect a deep wisdom and an understanding of the hearts of all people, so much so that scholars from many different faiths have proposed that Thiruvalluvar was influenced by the teachings of their own religious founders.
In this workshop, we will introduce the major themes of the first book on Dharma (Virtue), exploring selected verses from its 42 chapters. We will explore his sage advice to householders on domestic life, love, sweet speech, forbearance, self-control, social obligation, and fame. From the chapters directed toward monastics, we will discuss kindliness, tapasya (austerity), truthfulness, not hurting others, impermanence, and renunciation, which you will find are topics of great benefit to one and all.