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.

0236. தோன்றின் புகழொடு தோன்றுக

0236. Thondrin Pugazhodu Thondruga

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    புகழ் (Pugazh)
  • குறள்
    தோன்றின் புகழொடு தோன்றுக அஃதிலார்
    தோன்றலின் தோன்றாமை நன்று.
  • விளக்கம்
    மனிதராகப் பிறந்தால் புகழ் தோன்றுவதற்குக் காரணமாகிய குணங்களோடு பிறக்கவேண்டும்; அக்குணங்களில்லாதவர் பிறவாதிருத்தல் நல்லது.
  • Translation
    in English
    If man you walk the stage, appear adorned with glory's grace;
    Save glorious you can shine, 'twere better hide your face.
  • Meaning
    If you are born (in this world), be born with qualities conductive to fame. From those who are destitute of them it will be better not to be born.


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