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.

0195. சீர்மை சிறப்பொடு நீங்கும்

0195. Seermai Sirappodu Neengum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    பயனில சொல்லாமை (Payanila Sollaamai)
    The Not Speaking Profitless Words
  • குறள்
    சீர்மை சிறப்பொடு நீங்கும் பயனில
    நீர்மை யுடையார் சொலின்.
  • விளக்கம்
    நற்குணமுடையவர்கள் பயனில்லாத சொற்களைச் சொன்னாள், அவர்களுடைய மதிப்பும் சிறப்பும் நீங்கி விடும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Gone are both fame and boasted excellence,
    When men of worth speak of words devoid of sense.
  • Meaning
    If the good speak vain words their eminence and excellence will leave them.


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