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.

0106. மறவற்க மாசற்றார் கேண்மை

0106. Maravarka Maasatraar Kenmai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல்(Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    செய்ந்நன்றி அறிதல் (Seinnandri Arithal)
    The Knowledge of Benefits Conferred: Gratitude
  • குறள்
    மறவற்க மாசற்றார் கேண்மை துறவற்க
    துன்பத்துள் துப்பாயார் நட்பு.
  • விளக்கம்
    துன்பத்தில் உதவி செய்தவரின் நட்பை விட்டுவிடக் கூடாது; அப்படியே அறிவு ஒழுக்கங்களில் குற்றமற்றவரின் உறவை மறக்க கூடாது.
  • Translation
    in English
    Kindness of men of stainless soul remember evermore!
    Forsake thou never friends who were thy stay in sorrow sore!
  • Meaning
    Forsake not the friendship of those who have been your staff in adversity. Forget not be benevolence of the blameless.


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