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.

0479. அளவறிந்து வாழாதான் வாழ்க்கை

0479. Alavarindhu Vaazhaathaan Vaazhkkai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    வலியறிதல் (Valiyaridhal)
    The Knowledge of Power
  • குறள்
    அளவறிந்து வாழாதான் வாழ்க்கை உளபோல
    இல்லாகித் தோன்றாக் கெடும்.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன் தனக்குள்ள பொருளின் அளவுக்கும் அதிகமாகப் பிறர்க்கு உதவி செய்தால், அவனது செல்வம் விரைவில் குறைந்து விடும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who prosperous lives and of enjoyment knows no bound,
    His seeming wealth, departing, nowhere shall be found.
  • Meaning
    The prosperity of him who lives without knowing the measure (of his property), will perish, even while it seems to continue.


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