Attempt to translate the first chapter of Kural
( Thirukural the magnum opus of saint Thiruvalluvar consists of 1330 verses each containing two lines, with first line having four words and the second thre words. Thousands of translations and commentaries of this work in umpteen language exist. I tried to translate the first chapter of Kural dealing with worship of Gods, with verses in English with as few words as possible .Please try to make my translation more short with better meaning .)
(Praising of God)
1.Akara Mudhala ezhuthellam aadhi,
Bhagavan mudathe ulagu
1.Alphabets start with “A”,
And the world with God
2.Kathathanaal aana payannen kol valarivan,
Nathaal thozhaar yenin.
2.Useless is the learning , unless Lord’s
Feet is saluted
3.Malarmisai yeginaan manadi chernthaar,
Nilamisai needoozhi vaazhvar
3 Worship God occupying the flower like mind
And live long for all times to come.
4.Venduthal vendamai ilaan adi chernthaarkku ,
Yaandum idumbai ilai
4.To those who join the feet of him who has no likes or dislikes
There would never be any sorrow.
5.Irul cher iru vinayum cheraa iraivan,
POrul cher pugazh purinthaar maatu.
5, Those who praise the stable fame of God,
Are not followed by the dark fates of past karma
6.pOri vayil iynthavithan poi neer ozhukka,
Neri nindrar needu vaazhvar
6.Forsake evil of five senses and follow
The dharma and live long .
7.THamakku uvamai illathaan thaal chernthaarkku allal,
Manakkavalai mathaal arithu
7.Except by Joining feet of the incomparable God ,
Getting cured of mental worries is difficult.
8.Aravaazhi anthanan thaal cherntharkku allal,
Pira vazhi neendhal arithu
8. Except by saluting the feet of Good people ,
Who follow Dharma , swimming ocean of samsara is difficult.
9.Kolil poriyil gunamilave , yen gunathaan,
Thalai vananga thalai .
9.The head of those who do not salute the great God ,
Is as useless as the organs which fail to function.
10.Piravi perum kadal neenthuvar neenthaar,
Iraivan adi cheraathaar,
10 Try to swim and cross the great ocean of birth,
For those who do not, do not reach the feet of God.