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.

0879. இளைதாக முள்மரம் கொல்க

0879. Ilayathaaga Mulmaram Kolga

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    நட்பியல் (Natpiyal) - Alliance
  • அதிகாரம்
    பகைத்திறம் தெரிதல் (Pagaiththiram Therithal)
    Knowing the Quality of Hate
  • குறள்
    இளைதாக முள்மரம் கொல்க களையுநர்
    கைகொல்லும் காழ்த்த இடத்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    முள் மரத்தை அது சிறியதாய் இருக்கும்போதே களைந்து விடுதல் வேண்டும்; வளர்ந்து வைரம் அடைந்தால் அது வேட்டுவோரின் கையை வருத்தும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Destroy the thorn, while tender point can work thee no offence;
    Matured by time, 'twill pierce the hand that plucks it thence.
  • Meaning
    A thorny tree should be felled while young, (for) when it is grown it will destroy the hand of the feller.


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