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.

0716. ஆற்றின் நிலைதளர்ந் தற்றே

0716. Aatrin Nilaithalarndh Thatre

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    அமைச்சியல் (Amaichchiyal) - Ministers of State
  • அதிகாரம்
    அவை அறிதல் (Avai Arithal)
    The Knowledge of the Council Chamber
  • குறள்
    ஆற்றின் நிலைதளர்ந் தற்றே வியன்புலம்
    ஏற்றுணர்வார் முன்னர் இழுக்கு.
  • விளக்கம்
    அகன்ற நூற்பொருளை அறிந்து, அதன் மெய்ம்மையை உணர வல்லவர் அவையின் முன்பு ஒருவன் சொற்குற்றப்படுதல், ஒழுக்க நெறியில் செல்கின்றவன் நிலைதளர்ந்து வீழ்வது போலாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    As in the way one tottering falls, is slip before
    The men whose minds are filled with varied lore.
  • Meaning
    (For a minister) to blunder in the presence of those who have acquired a vast store of learning and know (the value thereof) is like a good man stumbling (and falling away) from the path (of virtue).


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