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.

1218. துஞ்சுங்கால் தோள்மேலர் ஆகி

1218. Thunjunkaal Tholmelar Aagi

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    கற்பியல் (Karpiyal) - The Post-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    கனவுநிலை உரைத்தல் (Kanavunilai Uraiththal)
    The Visions of the Night
  • குறள்
    துஞ்சுங்கால் தோள்மேலர் ஆகி விழிக்குங்கால்
    நெஞ்சத்தர் ஆவர் விரைந்து.
  • விளக்கம்
    யான் தூங்கும்போது தோள்மீது இருப்பவராகி, விழிக்கும்போது விரைவாகச் சென்று நெஞ்சில் இருந்துகொள்வார்.
  • Translation
    in English
    And when I sleep he holds my form embraced;
    And when I wake to fill my heart makes haste!
  • Meaning
    When I am asleep he rests on my shoulders, (but) when I awake he hastens into my soul.


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