Inherent Goodness Never Fades

 The sandal wood tree does not abandon its fragrance even when it is cut.  Though advanced in age, the owner of a shop does not miss a chance to make profit.  Even after being crushed, sugarcane does not lose its sweetness.  A virtuous man does not give up his good qualities though he may suffer deprivation.

(Transliteration: CHinnOpi chandhanatharuhu na jahAthi ganDHam vrdhDHOpi vApaNapathihi na jahAthi lAbham /  yanthrArpithO maDHurathAm na jahAthi chEkshuhu kshINOpi na thyajathi shIlaguNAn kulInaha)


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