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.

1018. பிறர்நாணத் தக்கது தான்நாணா

1018. Pirarnaanath Thakkathu Thaannaanaa

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    நாணுடைமை (Naanudaimai)
  • குறள்
    பிறர்நாணத் தக்கது தான்நாணா னாயின்
    அறம்நாணத் தக்கது உடைத்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    பிறர் நாணத்தக்க பழிச்செயலை ஒருவன் நாணாது செய்வானாயின், அவனிடம் அறம் இருக்க நாணும் இயல்புடையதாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Though know'st no shame, while all around asha med must be:
    Virtue will shrink away ashamed of thee!
  • Meaning
    Virtue is likely to forsake him who shamelessly does what others are ashamed of.


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