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.

0997. அரம்போலும் கூர்மைய ரேனும்

0997. Arampolum Koormaiya Renum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    பண்புடைமை (Panbudaimai)
  • குறள்
    அரம்போலும் கூர்மைய ரேனும் மரம்போல்வர்
    மக்கட்பண்பு இல்லா தவர்.
  • விளக்கம்
    மக்களுக்குரிய நல்ல குணங்கள் இல்லாதவர், அரத்தின் கூர்மை போல் கூரிய புத்தியுடையவராயினும் மரத்தைப் போன்றவராவர்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Though sharp their wit as file, as blocks they must remain,
    Whose souls are void of 'courtesy humane'.
  • Meaning
    He who is destitute of (true) human qualities (only) resembles a tree, though he may possess the sharpness of a file.


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