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.

0256. தினற்பொருட்டால் கொல்லாது உலகெனின்

0256. Thinarporuttaal Kollaathu Ulagenin

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    புலால் மறுத்தல்(Pulaal Maruththal)
    The Renunciation of Flesh
  • குறள்
    தினற்பொருட்டால் கொல்லாது உலகெனின் யாரும்
    விலைப்பொருட்டால் ஊன்றருவா ரில்.
  • விளக்கம்
    உண்பதற்காக உலகத்தவர் உயிரைக் கொல்ல வில்லையெனில் விற்பதற்காகக் கொலை செய்து ஊன் விற்பவர் எவரும் இரார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    'We eat the slain,' you say, by us no living creatures die;
    Who'd kill and sell, I pray, if none came there the flesh to buy?
  • Meaning
    If the world does not destroy life for the purpose of eating, then no one would sell flesh for the sake of money.


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