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.

0968. மருந்தோமற்று ஊன்ஓம்பும் வாழ்க்கை

0968. Marundhomatru Oonombum Vaazhkkai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    மானம் (Maanam)
  • குறள்
    மருந்தோமற்று ஊன்ஓம்பும் வாழ்க்கை பெருந்தகைமை
    பீடழிய வந்த இடத்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    மானம்கெட வந்தவிடத்து, உயிரை விடாது, உடம்பைக் காக்கும் வாழ்க்கையானது, சாவாமல் காக்கும் மருந்தாகுமோ?
  • Translation
    in English
    When high estate has lost its pride of honour meet,
    Is life, that nurses this poor flesh, as nectar sweet?
  • Meaning
    For the high-born to keep their body in life when their honour is gone will certainly not prove a remedy against death.


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