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.

0403. கல்லா தவரும் நனிநல்லர்

0403. Kallaa Thavarum Naninallar

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    கல்லாமை (Kallaamai)
  • குறள்
    கல்லா தவரும் நனிநல்லர் கற்றார்முன்
    சொல்லா திருக்கப் பெறின்.
  • விளக்கம்
    கற்றவர் உள்ள சபையில் யாதொன்றையும் பேசாதிருப்பின், கால்லாதவரும் மிக நல்லவராகக் கொள்ளப்படுவார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    The blockheads, too, may men of worth appear,
    If they can keep from speaking where the learned hear!
  • Meaning
    The unlearned also are very excellent men, if they know how to keep silence before the learned.


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