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.

0278. மனத்தது மாசாக மாண்டார்

0278. Manaththathu Maasaaga Maandaar

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    கூடா ஒழுக்கம்(Koodaa Ozhukkam)
    Inconsistent Conduct
  • குறள்
    மனத்தது மாசாக மாண்டார் நீராடி
    மறைந்தொழுகு மாந்தர் பலர்.
  • விளக்கம்
    மனத்திலே அழுக்கு இருக்க, தவத்தால் மாட்சிமைப் பட்டவர் போல் காட்டி, நீரில் முழுகி, நடிப்பவர் பலர் இவ்வுலகில் உள்ளனர்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Many wash in hollowed waters, living lives of hidden shame;
    Foul in heart, yet high upraised of men in virtuous fame.
  • Meaning
    There are many men of masked conduct, who perform their ablutions, and (make a show) of greatness, while their mind is defiled (with guilt).


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