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.

0511. நன்மையும் தீமையும் நாடி

0511. Nanmaiyum Theemaiyum Naadi

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    தெரிந்து வினையாடல் (Therindhu Vinaiyaadal)
    Selection and Employment
  • குறள்
    நன்மையும் தீமையும் நாடி நலம்புரிந்த
    தன்மையான் ஆளப் படும்.
  • விளக்கம்
    நன்மை, தீமைகளை ஆராய்ந்தறிந்து நன்மையையே செய்யும் இயல்புடையவனைச் செயலுக்கு உரியவனாக அமர்த்த வேண்டும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who good and evil scanning, ever makes the good his joy;
    Such man of virtuous mood should king employ.
  • Meaning
    He should be employed (by a king), whose nature leads him to choose the good, after having weighed both the evil and the good in any undertaking.


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