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.

0279. கணைகொடிது யாழ்கோடு செவ்விதுஆங்

0279. Kanaikodithu Yaazhkodu Sevvithuaang

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    கூடா ஒழுக்கம்(Koodaa Ozhukkam)
    Inconsistent Conduct
  • குறள்
    கணைகொடிது யாழ்கோடு செவ்விதுஆங் கன்ன
    வினைபடு பாலால் கொளல்.
  • விளக்கம்
    அம்பு வடிவில் நேரானதாயினும் செயலால் கொடியது; யாழ், வடிவில் வளைவாக இருப்பினும் செயலால் இனிது; அவை போல, மக்களின் செயல்கண்டு அவர்களின் குணங்களை அறிதல் வேண்டும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Cruel is the arrow straight, the crooked lute is sweet,
    Judge by their deeds the many forms of men you meet.
  • Meaning
    As, in its use, the arrow is crooked, and the curved lute is straight, so by their deeds, (and not by their appearance) let (the uprightness or crookedness of) men be estimated.


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