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.

0691. அகலாது அணுகாது தீக்காய்வார்

0691. Agalaathu Anugaathu Theekkaaivaar

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அமைச்சியல் (Amaichchiyal) - Ministers of State
  • அதிகாரம்
    மன்னரைச் சேர்ந்தொழுகல் (Mannaraich Cherndhozhugal)
    Conduct in the Presence of the King
  • குறள்
    அகலாது அணுகாது தீக்காய்வார் போல்க
    இகல்வேந்தர்ச் சேர்ந்தொழுகு வார்.
  • விளக்கம்
    அடிக்கடி மனம் மாறுபடும் மன்னரைச் சேர்ந்து பனி செய்வோர், அவரை மிக நீங்காமலும், நெருங்காமலும் நெருப்பினிடத்துக் குளிர் காய்பவர் போன்று நடந்து கொள்ளுதல் வேண்டும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who warm them at the fire draw not too near, nor keep too much aloof;
    Thus let them act who dwell beneath of warlike kings the palace-roof.
  • Meaning
    Ministers who serve under fickle-minded monarchs should, like those who warm themselves at the fire, be neither (too) far, nor (too) near.


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