Thirukural written by Thiruvalluvar consists of three books, the first book on Aram (the Way or Dharma), the second on Porul (Material or Artha) and the third on Inbam (Joy or Kama).

There are 37 chapters in the first book, the first four called Payiram or Prefactory Matter, the next twenty about Ill-Aram (the householder’s Dharma) and the next thirteen about Turavaram (the path of Renunciation). The second book on Porul contains seventy chapters, the first twenty dealing with Kings and their Duties, the succeeding thirty two chapters with the other matters concerning the State, and next thirteen, with Sundry Concerns. The third book on Inbam contains twenty five chapters, the first seven being on Pre Marital Love (Kalavu) and the next eighteen on Marital Love.

There are 133 chapters in all, each chapter contains ten distichs in the metre known as Kural and the work itself is now called by that name.

0002. கற்றதனால் ஆய பயனென்கொல்

0002. Katrathanaal Aaya Payanenkol

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    பாயிரம் இயல்(Paayiram Iyal) - Introduction
  • அதிகாரம்
    கடவுள் வாழ்த்து (Kadavul Vaazhththu)
    The Praise of God
  • குறள்
    கற்றதனால் ஆய பயனென்கொல் வாலறிவன்
    நற்றாள் தொழாஅர் எனின்.
  • விளக்கம்
    தூய அறிவுடைய கடவுளின் நல்ல திருவடிகளைத் தொழாதவருக்கு, கற்ற கல்வியினால் உண்டாகும் பயன் யாது? ஒன்றும் இல்லை.
  • Translation
    in English
    No fruit have men of all their studied lore,
    Save they the 'Purely Wise One's' feet adore.
  • Meaning
    What Profit have those derived from learning, who worship not the good feet of Him who is possessed of pure knowledge?


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