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.

0327. தன்னுயிர் நீப்பினும் செய்யற்க

0327. Thannuyir Neeppinum Seiyarka

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    Not Killing
  • குறள்
    தன்னுயிர் நீப்பினும் செய்யற்க தான்பிறிது
    இன்னுயிர் நீக்கும் வினை.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன், தன் உயிரே போவதாக இருந்தாலும், தான் பிறிதொன்றன் இனிய உயிரைப் போக்கும் செயலைச் செய்யக்கூடாது.
  • Translation
    in English
    Though thine own life for that spared life the price must pay,
    Take not from aught that lives gift of sweet life away.
  • Meaning
    Let no one do that which would destroy the life of another, although he should by so doing, lose his own life.


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