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.

1054. இரத்தலும் ஈதலே போலும்

1054. Iraththalum Eethale Polum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    இரவு (Iravu)
  • குறள்
    இரத்தலும் ஈதலே போலும் கரத்தல்
    கனவிலும் தேற்றாதார் மாட்டு.
  • விளக்கம்
    தம்மிடம் உள்ளதை மறைத்தலைக் கனவிலும் அறியாதவரிடத்தில் இரத்தலும் வறியவர்க்கு கொடுத்தாலே போலும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Like giving alms, may even asking pleasant seem,
    From men who of denial never even dream.
  • Meaning
    To beg of such as never think of withholding (their charity) even in their dreams, is in fact the same as giving (it oneself);


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