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.

1148. நெய்யால் எரிநுதுப்பேம் என்றற்றால்

1148. Neiyaal Erinuthuppem Endratraal

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    களவியல் (Kalaviyal) - The Pre-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    அலர் அறிவுறுத்தல் (Alar Arivuruththal)
    The Announcement of the Rumour
  • குறள்
    நெய்யால் எரிநுதுப்பேம் என்றற்றால் கெளவையால்
    காமம் நுதுப்பேம் எனல்.
  • விளக்கம்
    தூற்றுதலினால் காதலைக் குறைப்போம் என்று நினைத்தல், நெய்யினால் நெருப்பை அவிப்போம் என்று நினைத்தல் போன்றது.
  • Translation
    in English
    With butter-oil extinguish fire! 'Twill prove
    Harder by scandal to extinguish love.
  • Meaning
    To say that one could extinguish passion by rumour is like extinguishing fire with ghee.


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