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.

0181. அறங்கூறான் அல்ல செயினும்

0181. Arangooraan Alla Seyinum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    புறங்கூறாமை (Purangkooraamai)
    Not Backbiting
  • குறள்
    அறங்கூறான் அல்ல செயினும் ஒருவன்
    புறங்கூறான் என்றல் இனிது.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன் அறத்தைப் போற்றிச் சொல்லதவனைத் தீய செயல்களைச் செய்தொழுகுபவனானாலும், அவன் புறங்கூறாதவன் என்று மற்றவர் சொல்லும்படி நடத்தல் நல்லது.
  • Translation
    in English
    Though virtuous words his lips speak not, and all his deeds are ill.
    If neighbour he defame not, there's good within him still.
  • Meaning
    Though one do not even speak of virtue and live in sin, it will be well if it be said of him "he does not backbite."


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