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What is the Ultimate Goal of tirukkural and does it achieve it?


The ultimate goal of tirukkural is to extol the greatness of those who have abandoned all desire while abiding by the rules of their state. It aims to encourage people to perform difficult tasks with unflinching endeavor and to consider the exertion required, obstacles to be encountered, and great profit to be gained. The touchstone of perfection is to receive a defeat even at the hands of one’s inferiors. The text emphasizes that the great will be able to perform difficult deeds in the proper way, while the mean cannot. However, the text also questions the value of extensive knowledge if a person acts senselessly towards others due to covetousness. The text does not explicitly state whether it achieves its ultimate goal.