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.

0037. அறத்தாறு இதுவென வேண்டா

0037. Araththaaru Idhuvena Vendaa

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    பாயிரம் இயல்(Paayiram Iyal) - Introduction
  • அதிகாரம்
    அரண் வலியுறுத்தல் (Aran Valiyuruththal)
    Assertion of the Strength of Virtue
  • குறள்
    அறத்தாறு இதுவென வேண்டா சிவிகை
    பொறுத்தானோடு ஊர்ந்தான் இடை.
  • விளக்கம்
    அறத்தின் பயன் இன்னதன்மையுடையது என்று சொல்ல வேண்டியதில்லை; பல்லக்கைச் சுமந்து செல்லுபவனுக்கும், அதில் ஏறிச் செல்லுபவனுக்கும் உள்ள வேற்றுமையே அதனைக் காட்டிவிடும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Needs not in words to dwell on virtue's fruits: compare
    The man in litter borne with them that toiling bear!
  • Meaning
    The fruit of virtue need not be described in books; it may be inferred from seeing the bearer of a palanquin and the rider therein.


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