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.

1228. அழல்போலும் மாலைக்குத் தூதாகி

1228. Azhalpolum Maalaikkuth Thoothaagi

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    கற்பியல் (Karpiyal) - The Post-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    பொழுதுகண்டு இரங்கல் (Pozhuthukandu Irangal)
    Lamentations at Eventide
  • குறள்
    அழல்போலும் மாலைக்குத் தூதாகி ஆயன்
    குழல்போலும் கொல்லும் படை.
  • விளக்கம்
    இடையனுடைய புல்லாங்குழலின் ஓசை, நெருப்புப் போல் என்னைச் சுடுவதாகிய மாலைப்பொழுதுக்குத் தூதாக வந்து, என்னைக் கொல்லும் படையுமாயிற்று.
  • Translation
    in English
    The shepherd's pipe is like a murderous weapon, to my ear,
    For it proclaims the hour of ev'ning's fiery anguish near.
  • Meaning
    The shepherd's flute now sounds as a fiery forerunner of night, and is become a weapon that slays (me).


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