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.

0660. சலத்தால் பொருள்செய்தே மார்த்தல்

0660. Salaththaal Porulseithe Maarththal

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அமைச்சியல் (Amaichchiyal) - Ministers of State
  • அதிகாரம்
    வினைத்தூய்மை (Vinaiththooimai)
    Purity in Action
  • குறள்
    சலத்தால் பொருள்செய்தே மார்த்தல் பசுமண்
    கலத்துள்நீர் பெய்திரீஇ யற்று.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன் தீயசெயல்களால் பொருளைச் சம்பாதித்துக் காத்தல், பச்சை மண் கலத்தில் நீரை ஊற்றிக் காப்பது போலாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    In pot of clay unburnt he water pours and would retain,
    Who seeks by wrong the realm in wealth and safety to maintain.
  • Meaning
    (For a minister) to protect (his king) with wealth obtained by foul means is like preserving a vessel of wet clay by filling it with water.


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