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.

0967. ஒட்டார்பின் சென்றொருவன் வாழ்தலின்

0967. Ottaarpin Sendroruvan Vaazhthalin

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    மானம் (Maanam)
  • குறள்
    ஒட்டார்பின் சென்றொருவன் வாழ்தலின் அந்நிலையே
    கெட்டான் எனப்படுதல் நன்று.
  • விளக்கம்
    தன்னை இகழ்பவர்பின் சென்று ஒருவன் உயிர் வாழ்வதைவிட, தனது நிலையிலே நின்று இறந்தான் எனப்படுதல் நன்று.
  • Translation
    in English
    Better 'twere said, 'He's perished!' than to gain
    The means to live, following in foeman's train.
  • Meaning
    It is better for a man to be said of him that he died in his usual state than that he eked out his life by following those who disgraced him.


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