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.

0404. கல்லாதான் ஒட்பம் கழியநன்

0404. Kallaathaan Otpam Kazhiyanan

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    கல்லாமை (Kallaamai)
  • குறள்
    கல்லாதான் ஒட்பம் கழியநன் றாயினும்
    கொள்ளார் அறிவுடை யார்.
  • விளக்கம்
    நூல்களைக் கல்லாதவனது அறிவு மிக நன்றாக இருப்பினும், அதனை அறிவுடைமையாகக் கற்றவர் ஏற்றுக் கொள்ள மாட்டார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    From blockheads' lips, when words of wisdom glibly flow,
    The wise receive them not, though good they seem to show.
  • Meaning
    Although the natural knowledge of an unlearned man may be very good, the wise will not accept for true knowledge.


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