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.

0254. அருளல்லது யாதெனின் கொல்லாமை

0254. Arulallathu Yaathenin Kollaamai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    புலால் மறுத்தல்(Pulaal Maruththal)
    The Renunciation of Flesh
  • குறள்
    அருளல்லது யாதெனின் கொல்லாமை கோறல்
    பொருளல்லது அவ்வூன் தினல்.
  • விளக்கம்
    அருள் என்பது பிற உயிரைக் கொள்ளாதிருத்தல்; அருள் அல்லாதது எது என்றால் உயிர்களைக் கொள்ளுதல்; ஆகையால் கொலையால் வரும் ஊனை உண்ணுதல் புண்ணியமற்றது - பாவம்.
  • Translation
    in English
    'What's grace, or lack of grace'? 'To kill' is this, that 'not to kill';
    To eat dead flesh can never worthy end fulfil.
  • Meaning
    If it be asked what is kindness and what its opposite, the answer would be preservation and destruction of life; and therefore it is not right to feed on the flesh (obtained by taking away life).


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