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.

0769. சிறுமையும் செல்லாத் துனியும்

0769. Sirumaiyum Sellaath Thuniyum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    படையியல் (Padaiyiyal) - Army
  • அதிகாரம்
    படைமாட்சி (Padaimaatchi)
    The Excellence of an Army
  • குறள்
    சிறுமையும் செல்லாத் துனியும் வறுமையும்
    இல்லாயின் வெல்லும் படை.
  • விளக்கம்
    படை தன் அளவில் சுருங்குதலும், தலைவரிடம் நீங்காத வெறுப்பும், வறுமையும் இல்லையாயின், அது பகைவரை வெல்லும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Where weakness, clinging fear and poverty
    Are not, the host will gain the victory.
  • Meaning
    An army can triumph (over its foes) if it is free from diminution; irremediable aversion and poverty.


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