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.

0638. அறிகொன்று அறியான் எனினும்

0638. Arikondru Ariyaan Eninum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அமைச்சியல் (Amaichchiyal) - Ministers of State
  • அதிகாரம்
    அமைச்சு (Amaichchu)
    The Office of Minister of State
  • குறள்
    அறிகொன்று அறியான் எனினும் உறுதி
    உழையிருந்தான் கூறல் கடன்.
  • விளக்கம்
    அறிந்து சொன்னவரின் அறிவையும் அழித்துத் தானும் அறியாமலும் உள்ள அரசனுக்கும் நல்லன கூறுதல் அமைச்சரின் கடமை.
  • Translation
    in English
    'Tis duty of the man in place aloud to say
    The very truth, though unwise king may cast his words away.
  • Meaning
    Although the king be utterly ignorant, it is the duty of the minister to give (him) sound advice.


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