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.

0496. கடலோடா கால்வல் நெடுந்தேர்

0496. Kadalodaa Kaalval Nedunther

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    இடன் அறிதல் (Idan Arithal)
    Knowing the Place
  • குறள்
    கடலோடா கால்வல் நெடுந்தேர் கடலோடும்
    நாவாயும் ஓடா நிலத்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    வலிய சக்கரங்களை உடைய தேர் கடலில் ஓட இயலாது; கடலில் ஓடுகின்ற மரக்கலமும் நிலத்தில் ஓட இயலாது.
  • Translation
    in English
    The lofty car, with mighty wheel, sails not o'er watery main,
    The boat that skims the sea, runs not on earth's hard plain.
  • Meaning
    Wide chariots, with mighty wheels, will not run on the ocean; neither will ships that the traverse ocean, move on the earth.


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