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What good is a man's knowledge unless it prompts him to
Prevent the pain of others as if it were his own pain?

Any actions which a man knows would harm himself
He should not inflict on others.

The supreme principle is this: Never knowingly
Harm anyone at any time in any way.

-Tirukkural 32: 315-317
Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications,