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.

0010. பிறவிப் பெருங்கடல் நீந்துவர்

0010. Piravip Perunkadal Neendhuvar

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    பாயிரம் இயல்(Paayiram Iyal) - Introduction
  • அதிகாரம்
    கடவுள் வாழ்த்து (Kadavul Vaazhththu)
    The Praise of God
  • குறள்
    பிறவிப் பெருங்கடல் நீந்துவர் நீந்தார்
    இறைவன் அடிசேரா தார்.
  • விளக்கம்
    கடவுளின் திருவடிகளை அடைந்தவர், பிறவியாகிய பெரிய கடலைக் கடப்பார்; அடையாதவர், அதனைக் கடக்கமாட்டார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    They swim the sea of births, the 'Monarch's' foot who gain;
    None others reach the shore of being's mighty main.
  • Meaning
    None can swim the great sea of births but those who are united to the feet of God.


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