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.

1326. உணலினும் உண்டது அறல்இனிது

1326. Unalinum Undathu Aralinithu

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    இன்பத்துப்பால் (Inbaththuppaal) - Love
  • இயல்
    கற்பியல் (Karpiyal) - The Post-Marital Love
  • அதிகாரம்
    ஊடலுவகை (Oodaloovagai)
    The Pleasure of Temporary Variance
  • குறள்
    உணலினும் உண்டது அறல்இனிது காமம்
    புணர்தலின் ஊடல் இனிது.
  • விளக்கம்
    மேன்மேல் உண்ணுவதைவிட உண்ட உணவு செரித்தல் இன்பந்தருவதாகும்; அதுபோலக் காதலுக்குச் சேர்தலைவிட ஊடல் இன்பம் தருவதாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    'Tis sweeter to digest your food than 'tis to eat;
    In love, than union's self is anger feigned more sweet.
  • Meaning
    To digest what has been eaten is more delightful than to eat more; likewise love is more delightful in dislike than intercourse.


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