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.

1065. தெண்ணீர் அடுபுற்கை ஆயினும்

1065. Thenneer Adupurkai Ayinum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    பொருட்பால் (Porutpaal) - Wealth
  • இயல்
    குடியியல் (Kudiyiyal) - Miscellaneous
  • அதிகாரம்
    இரவச்சம் (Iravachcham)
    The Dread of Mendicancy
  • குறள்
    தெண்ணீர் அடுபுற்கை ஆயினும் தாள்தந்தது
    உண்ணலின் ஊங்கினிய தில்.
  • விளக்கம்
    தன் முயற்சியினால் வந்தது தெளிந்த நீர் போன்று சமைத்த கூழேயாயினும் அதனை உண்ணுவதினும் மேம்பட்ட இன்பம் வேறு இல்லை.
  • Translation
    in English
    Nothing is sweeter than to taste the toil-won cheer,
    Though mess of pottage as tasteless as the water clear.
  • Meaning
    Even thin gruel is ambrosia to him who has obtained it by labour.


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