Uzhavu-104th chapter of Thirukural-
(Great chapter which must be read by all people especially the cultivators. Tiruvalluvar says that only cultivator lives independently and others salute and follow him .)
1.Chuzhandrum yer pinnathu ulagam athanaal,
Uzhandhum uzhave thalai.
1.The world follows the plough which rotates,
And so though tiring cultivation is the best
2.Uzhuvaar ulagathaarkku aani akthaathu,
Yezhuvarai yellam poruthu.
2.Those who cultivate are the axis of the world,
Because it is they who support all people engaged in other jobs.
3.Uzhuthundu vaazhvaare vaazgvar, mathellam ,
THozhuthundu pin chelpavar.
3.Only the one who cultivates and feeds others live in the real sense,
Others are those who salute and follow them for their food.
4.Pala kudai neezhalum tham kudai keezh kanbar ,
Alai kudai neezha lavar.
4.Those who have only the shade of the spike of the paddy crop,
Are capable of making all the land below the royal umbrella.
5.Yiravaar yirappaar kondrivar kaavaathu,
Kai cheithoon malayavar.
5.Those who are habituated who cultivate by their hand,
Would only give and never beg from others.
6.Uzhavinaar kai madankin illai vizhaivathoom ,
6.If the cultivator stops working, even the sages,
Would be forced to stop their life of renunciation.
7,Thodipuzhuthi kaksaa unakkin piditheruvum,
Vendaathu chala ppadum.
7.If the cultivator reduces dust to one fourth by ploughing ,
And drying, then even without a fist of manure, he would get a good crop.
8.Yerinum nandraal yeruviduthal kattapin,
Neerinum nandrathan kappu.
8.Applying manure is better than ploughing, after it,
Irrigating after weeding and protecting the crop is better.
9.Vhellaan kizhavan iruppin nilampulathu,
Illalin oodi vidum.
9.If the cultivator does not inspect his crop in proper times,
Like the wife not given love , that land would also hate him.
10.Ilam yendrasai irupparai kaanin,
Nilamennum nallaaL nagum.
10.When the land sees a cultivator neglecting her ,
Saying he does not have money, She would laugh,
At him within herself , at his bad ignorance.