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.

1289. மலரினும் மெல்லிது காமம்

1289. Malarinum Mellithu Kaamam

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    கற்பியல் (Karpiyal) - The Post-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    புணர்ச்சி விதும்பல் (Punarchchi Vithumbal)
    Desire for Reunion
  • குறள்
    மலரினும் மெல்லிது காமம் சிலர்அதன்
    செவ்வி தலைப்படு வார்.
  • விளக்கம்
    காதலின்பம் மலரைவிட மேல்லியதாயிருக்கும்; இவ்வாறிருப்பதை அறிந்து, அதன் நயத்தைப் பெறுகிறவர் உலகில் சிலரேயாவர்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Love is tender as an opening flower. In season due
    To gain its perfect bliss is rapture known to few.
  • Meaning
    Sexual delight is more delicate than a flower, and few are those who understand its real nature.


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