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What are the best thirukkurals?


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The Thirukkural is a classic Tamil text that emphasizes ethical and moral values. It consists of 1330 couplets (short two-line poems), and is divided into three sections: Aram (virtue), Porul (wealth), and Inbam (love).

Some of the best Thirukkurals, or couplets, are:

  1. “Agara mudhala ezhuthellam adhikaramai ithu ulagil, arivil nee selvam arindhu”

This means that the first letter of the alphabet is the symbol of authority. You can gain wisdom and knowledge by understanding this.

  1. “Karka kasadara karpavai katrapin nirka varumai varadhe, manamum illai vilagi”

This means that if you work hard and persevere, success will come to you. You should never give up, even if you face difficulties along the way.

  1. “Aanaiyum uravu alla, arasaalum uravu alla nulainthu iruppae, kainkaryaavai uravu”

This means that a relationship between a king and his subject should be based on mutual respect and loyalty. The king should serve his people with honesty and fairness, and the people should honor and follow him in return.

  1. “Kannin pugalidam kanden kanavillai munnin udalil muzhudhum adhipathyamai”

This means that having seen the greatness of the eye, I have never seen anything more powerful than the body. No matter what the eye sees, the body is always in control of what you do with that information.

  1. “Anaivarukkum anbu vendum, arival vendum undhan pugai nilaippavar thamaivu seyy”

This means that everyone needs love and knowledge. If you come across anyone who is in need, be compassionate and show them kindness.

These couplets teach us about the importance of values like hard work, perseverance, mutual respect, and compassion. They encourage us to strive for success while doing good, and to treat others with dignity and kindness. Overall, the Thirukkural is a timeless guide to living a happy and fulfilling life.