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.

0418. கேட்பினுங் கேளாத் தகையவே

0418. Ketpinung Kelaath Thagaiyave

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    கேள்வி (Kelvi)
  • குறள்
    கேட்பினுங் கேளாத் தகையவே கேள்வியால்
    தோட்கப் படாத செவி.
  • விளக்கம்
    அறிவுரைகளைக் கேட்டலாகிய கேள்வியால் துளைக்கப்படாத செவிகள், கேட்குந் தன்மையுடையனவாய் இருப்பினும் செவிட்டுத் தன்மையினவாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Where teaching hath not oped the learner's ear,
    The man may listen, but he scarce can hear.
  • Meaning
    The ear which has not been bored by instruction, although it hears, is deaf.


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