100. Courtesy

Chapter. 100. Courtesy
Kural - 991
Who easy access give to every man, they say,
Of kindly courtesy will learn with ease the way.
Meaning : If one is easy of access to all, it will be easy for one to obtain the virtue called goodness..
Kural - 992
Benevolence and high born dignity,
These two are beaten paths of courtesy. .
Meaning :Affectionateness and birth in a good family, these two constitute what is called a proper behaviour to all.
Kural - 993
Men are not one because their members seem alike to outward view;
Similitude of kindred quality makes likeness true.
Meaning : Resemblance of bodies is no resemblance of souls; true resemblance is the resemblance of qualities that attract.
Kural - 994
Of men of fruitful life, who kindly benefits dispense,
The world unites to praise the 'noble excellence.'
Meaning :The world applauds the character of those whose usefulness results from their equity and charity.
Kural - 995
Contempt is evil though in sport. They who man's nature know,
E'en in their wrath, a courteous mind will show.
Meaning :Reproach is painful to one even in sport; those (therefore) who know the nature of others exhibit (pleasing) qualities even when they are hated.
Kural - 996
The world abides; for 'worthy' men its weight sustain.
Were it not so, 'twould fall to dust again.
Meaning :The (way of the) world subsists by contact with the good; if not, it would bury itself in the earth and perish.
Kural - 997
Though sharp their wit as file, as blocks they must remain,
Whose souls are void of 'courtesy humane'.
Meaning :He who is destitute of (true) human qualities (only) resembles a tree, though he may possess the sharpness of a file.
Kural - 998
Though men with all unfriendly acts and wrongs assail,
'Tis uttermost disgrace in 'courtesy' to fail.
Meaning : It is wrong (for the wise) not to exhibit (good) qualities even towards those who bearing no friendship (for them) do only what is hateful.
Kural - 999
To him who knows not how to smile in kindly mirth,
Darkness in daytime broods o'er all the vast and mighty earth.
Meaning :To those who cannot rejoice, the wide world is buried darkness even in (broad) day light.
Kural - 1000
Like sweet milk soured because in filthy vessel poured,
Is ample wealth in churlish man's unopened coffers stored.
Meaning : The great wealth obtained by one who has no goodness will perish like pure milk spoilt by the impurity of the vessel.