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.

0257. உண்ணாமை வேண்டும் புலாஅல்

0257. Unnaamai Vendum Pulaaal

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    புலால் மறுத்தல்(Pulaal Maruththal)
    The Renunciation of Flesh
  • குறள்
    உண்ணாமை வேண்டும் புலாஅல் பிறிதொன்றன்
    புண்ணது உணர்வார்ப் பெறின்.
  • விளக்கம்
    புலால் என்பது வேறோர் உடலின் புண். அதன் இழிநிலையை அறிவாரைப் பெற்றால், அதனை உண்ணாது ஒழிதல் வேண்டும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    With other beings' ulcerous wounds their hunger they appease;
    If this they felt, desire to eat must surely cease.
  • Meaning
    If men should come to know that flesh is nothing but the unclean ulcer of a body, let them abstain from eating it.


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