Iniyavai kooral –tenth chapter of Thirukural
(Telling sweet things)
(IN this chapter valluvar pleads with us to talk sweetly. He says that one of the important aspects of Dharma is “Sweet words” and he concludes that , if we use harsh words when sweet words are there , is like robbing unripe fruits from a garden with e ripe fruits.)
1.In cholal eeram alai ippa padiru ilavaam,
Chemporul kandar vai chol.
1.Sweet words would be mixed with love and would be free from deceit ,
And are the words coming from mouth of those who know the truth.
2.Akan amarnthu eethalin nandre mukan amarnthu ,
In cholan aaka perin.
2.If one has the habit of telling sweet words with a pleasant face,
It is better than the habit of giving charity with a pleased mind.
3.Mugathan amarnthu inithu nokki akathaanaam,
In chol inithe aram.
3.Telling sweet words looking sweetly with a happy face,
With words coming from the mind is Dharma.
4.THunpuroom thuvvamai yilaakum yaar maattum,
Inpuroom in chol avarkku
4.Those having capacity to speak sweet words that lead to happiness ,
Wound not undergo poverty leading to sorrow.
5.Panivudayaan incholan aathal oruvarkku ,
Aniyalla mathu pira.
5.Humility and sweet words add s beauty to a person,
All other things do not contribute to his beauty.
6.Allavai theya aram perugum, nallavai ,
Nadi iniya cholin.
6.Suppose a person searches for the good and tells ,
About them sweetly , evil events would get reduced
And Dharma would grow for him,.
7.Nayan eendru nandri payakkum payan eendru,
Panbin thalai piriyar chol.
7,Words which cause good and which are not away from sweetness,
Would cause good to those who hear them ,and good to those who tell.
8.Chirumayul neengiya in chol marumayum,
Immayum inbam tharum.
8.To the person who tells sweet words causing happiness,
And which are not disliked by others ,
Would give him happiness in this world and in the other.
9.in chol initheendral kanpaan , evan kolo,
Van chol vazhanguvathu.
9.Why is it a person enjoying sweet words of others,
Tells harsh words to others.
10.iniya ulavaka innatha kooral,
Kaniyiruppa kai kavarnthattu.
10.Telling harsh words when sweet words are available,
Is like stealing unripe fruits when ripe ones are available.