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.

0485. காலம் கருதி இருப்பர்

0485. Kaalam Karuthi Iruppar

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    காலம் அறிதல் (Kaalam Arithal)
    Knowing the Fitting Time
  • குறள்
    காலம் கருதி இருப்பர் கலங்காது
    ஞாலம் கருது பவர்.
  • விளக்கம்
    நிலம் முழுவதையும் கைக் கொள்ள நினைக்கும் மன்னர், தம் வலிமை மிகுதியாக இருந்தாலும் அதைக் கருதாது, செயற்கேற்ற காலத்தை நினைத்துக் காத்திருப்பார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who think the pendant world itself to subjugate,
    With mind unruffled for the fitting time must wait.
  • Meaning
    They who thoughtfully consider and wait for the (right) time (for action), may successfully meditate (the conquest of) the world.


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