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.

0818. ஒல்லும் கருமம் உடற்று

0818. Ollum Karumam Udatru

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    நட்பியல் (Natpiyal) - Alliance
  • அதிகாரம்
    தீ நட்பு (Thee Natpu)
    Evil Friendship
  • குறள்
    ஒல்லும் கருமம் உடற்று பவர்கேண்மை
    சொல்லாடார் சோர விடல்.
  • விளக்கம்
    தம்மால் முடிக்கக்கூடிய செயலைச் செய்து முடிக்க இயலாதவர் போல் காட்டுபவரின் நட்பை விட்டு விடுதல் வேண்டும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Those men who make a grievous toil of what they do
    On your behalf, their friendship silently eschew.
  • Meaning
    Gradually abandon without revealing (beforehand) the friendship of those who pretend inability to carry out what they (really) could do.


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