Anbudamai-Eighth chapter of Thirukkural
(I am feeling little nervous in using the word “love” as meaning of the word “Anbu” because love in present day Tamil Nadu means , the liking between opposite sexes. “Anbu” is much above that, It is a great liking that does not expect anything in return.,Valluvar starts with saying that love (anbu) cannot be g hidden. He says there is no selfishness in it .He goes further expalaing the need for love , the results of love and concludes that a loveless body is a skeleton which is covered by a skin.)
1.Anbirkum undo daikkum thaazh,aarvalar.
Punkaneer poosal tharum.
1.Is there a bolt to lock love , for,
When the loved one is sad , tears from our eyes would show it.
2.Anbilar yellam thammukku uriyar , Anbudayar,
Yenpu, uriyar pirakku.
2.All those without love believe everything is only theirs,
But those who have love, believe even their body belongs to others.
3.Anbodiyaintha vazhakkenpa aaruyirku ,
Yenpodu iyaintha thodarppu.
3. The dear soul joins with the body , only ,
For living with love to others.
4.Anbu eenum aarvam udaimai , thu eenum,
Nanbenum naadaa chirappu.
4.Love makes others get attracted to us and that ,
Would give the immeasurable thing called friendship.
5.Anbuthamarnthar vazhakkenba vaiyakathu ,
Inbuthaar yeithum chirappu
5.Those who live in this life , with ties of friendship,
Would also lead a happy life in heaven.
6.Arathirkke anbu charppu yenba ariyaar ,
Marathirkkum akthe thunai .
6.The ignorant ones would say that acts of Dharma ,
Follows only due to love but it also removes acts which are against Dharma
7.Yenbu ilathanai veyil pola kayume ,
Anbu ilathanai aram.
7.Similar to worms without bones being killed by heat of Sun,
The God of Dharma would trouble him who does not have love
8.Anbakathilla uyir vaazhkkai , vapar kan,
Vatthal maram thalirthathattu.
8.The life of a person without love is like,
The dried tree in a desert giving out new shoots.
9.Purathurpellam yevan cheyyum yaakkai ,
Akathu uruppu anbu ilavarkku
9.What is the need of all limbs outside ,
For a person who does not have love, which is within.
10.Anbin vazhiyathu uyir nilai , akthilarkku ,
Yenbu thol portha udambu
10.Only the body with love is a living body,
The body of others is a skeleton covered by skin.