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.

0943. அற்றால் அறவறிந்து உண்க

0943. Atraal Aravarindhu Unga

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    நட்பியல் (Natpiyal) - Alliance
  • அதிகாரம்
    மருந்து (Marundhu)
  • குறள்
    அற்றால் அறவறிந்து உண்க அஃதுடம்பு
    பெற்றான் நெடிதுய்க்கும் ஆறு.
  • விளக்கம்
    முன் உணவு செரித்ததை அறிந்து, பின் உணவை அது செரிக்கும் அளவு அறிந்து உண்ண வேண்டும். அவ்வாறு செய்தால், உடம்பை நெடுங்காலம் போற்றி வாழலாம்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Who has a body gained may long the gift retain,
    If, food digested well, in measure due he eat again.
  • Meaning
    If (one's food has been) digested let one eat with moderation; (for) that is the way to prolong the life of an embodied soul.


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