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.

0407. நுண்மாண் நுழைபுலம் இல்லான்

0407. Nunmaan Nuzhaipulam Illaan

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    கல்லாமை (Kallaamai)
  • குறள்
    நுண்மாண் நுழைபுலம் இல்லான் எழில்நலம்
    மண்மாண் புனைபாவை யற்று.
  • விளக்கம்
    நுண்ணியதாய் மாட்சிமைப்பட்டு ஆராயும் அறிவில்லாதவனது அழகின் சிறப்பு, மண்ணால் மாண்புறச் செய்யப்பட்ட பாவையின் அழகு போன்றதாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who lack the power of subtle, large, and penetrating sense,
    Like puppet, decked with ornaments of clay, their beauty's vain pretence.
  • Meaning
    The beauty and goodness of one who is destitute of knowledge by the study of great and exquisite
    works, is like (the beauty and goodness) of a painted earthen doll.


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