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.

1224. காதலர் இல்வழி மாலை

1224. Kaathalar Ilvazhi Maalai

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    கற்பியல் (Karpiyal) - The Post-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    பொழுதுகண்டு இரங்கல் (Pozhuthukandu Irangal)
    Lamentations at Eventide
  • குறள்
    காதலர் இல்வழி மாலை கொலைக்களத்து
    ஏதிலர் போல வரும்.
  • விளக்கம்
    மாலைப் பொழுது, காதலர் பிரிந்தபோது, கொலை செய்கின்ற இடத்தில் கொலை செய்பவர் போல வருகின்றது.
  • Translation
    in English
    When absent is my love, the evening hour descends,
    As when an alien host to field of battle wends.
  • Meaning
    In the absence of my lover, evening comes in like slayers on the field of slaughter.


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