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.

0978. பணியுமாம் என்றும் பெருமை

0978. Paniyumaam Endrum Perumai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    பெருமை (Perumai)
  • குறள்
    பணியுமாம் என்றும் பெருமை சிறுமை
    அணியுமாம் தன்னை வியந்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    பெருமையுடையவர் எப்பொழுதும் தாழ்ந்தொழுகுவர்; சிறுமையுடையவர் தம்மைத் தாமே மதித்துப் பெருமைப்படுத்திப் புகழ்வர்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Greatness humbly bends, but littleness always
    Spreads out its plumes, and loads itself with praise.
  • Meaning
    The great will always humble himself; but the mean will exalt himself in self-admiration.


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