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.

0223. இலனென்னும் எவ்வம் உரையாமை

0223. Elanennum Evvam Uraiyaamai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    ஈகை (Eegai)
  • குறள்
    இலனென்னும் எவ்வம் உரையாமை ஈதல்
    குலனுடையான் கண்ணே யுள.
  • விளக்கம்
    இரந்து வந்தவர்க்கு இல்லை என்னும் துன்பம் தரும் வார்த்தையைச் சொல்லாமல், கொடுத்தல் உயர் குடிப் பிறந்தவரிடத்தில் உள்ளது.
  • Translation
    in English
    'I've nought' is ne'er the high-born man's reply;
    He gives to those who raise themselves that cry.
  • Meaning
    (Even in a low state) not to adopt the mean expedient of saying "I have nothing," but to give, is the characteristic of the mad of noble birth.


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