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.

0614. தாளாண்மை இல்லாதான் வேளாண்மை

0614. Thaalaanmai Illaathan Velaanmai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அரசியல் (Arasiyal) - Royalty
  • அதிகாரம்
    ஆள்வினை உடைமை (Aalvinai Udaimai)
    Manly Effort
  • குறள்
    தாளாண்மை இல்லாதான் வேளாண்மை பேடிகை
    வாளாண்மை போலக் கெடும்.
  • விளக்கம்
    முயற்சியில்லாதவன் பிறருக்கு உதவி செய்ய முயலுதல், பேடி தன் கையில் வாள் பிடித்துப் பயன்படுத்த முயல்வது போலாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Beneficent intent in men by whom no strenuous work is wrought,
    Like battle-axe in sexless being's hand availeth nought.
  • Meaning
    The liberality of him, who does not labour, will fail, like the manliness of a hermaphrodite, who has a sword in its hand.


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