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.

0334. நாளென ஒன்றுபோற் காட்டி

0334. Naalena Ondrupor Kaatti

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    துறவறவியல் (Thuravaraviyal) - Ascetic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
  • குறள்
    நாளென ஒன்றுபோற் காட்டி உயிர்ஈரும்
    வாளது உணர்வார்ப் பெறின்.
  • விளக்கம்
    காலத்தின் உண்மைத் தன்மையை அறிந்தவர், அது நாள் என்னும் சிறுகால அளவைப் போல் காட்டி உயிரின் வாழ்நாளைச் சிறிது சிறிதாக அறுத்துச் செல்லும் வாளாகும் என அறிவர்.
  • Translation
    in English
    As 'day' it vaunts itself; well understood, 'tis knife',
    That daily cuts away a portion from thy life.
  • Meaning
    Time, which shows itself (to the ignorant) as if it were something (real) is in the estimation of the wise (only) a saw which cuts down life.


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