Makkat peru-seventh chapter of Thirukural
Getting birth to a child
(Here is a remarkable chapter on sons and daughters and their relation to their father. Each of the gems of the verses would definitely bring tears in to the eyes of any reader .First the poet tells how great is the gift of a children as sorrow for seven generations would be removed by it. Then the poet tells us about the matchless happiness that a son or daughter would bring to the family. Though I have read a lot, I have never seen anywhere the definition of sweetness that a child brings to his parents as done by this great poet .I wish this is read by all people who do not know Tamil.)
1.Perum avathul yaamarivathillai arivarintha,
Makkat peru alla pira.
1.Among the things that we get , all others,
Are not as great as getting an intelligent child.
2.Yezhu pirappum theeyavai , theendaa pazhi pirangaa,
Panpudai makkal perin.
2.Even in seven(series/types) births problems would not come near ,
To him who gets children whose conduct is beyond reproach.
3.THam porul yenpatham makkal avar porul,
Tham tham vinayal varum.
3.Children are our own wealth and that wealth ,
Comes due to our Karma.
4.Amizthinum aatha inithe tham makkal .
Chiru kai alaviya koozh.
4.The gruel nixed by the little hands of our child ,
Is much tastier than nectar.
5,akkal mei theenda; udarkinbam , mathavar ,
Chol kettal inbam chevilkku.
5.Touch by our children is the pleasure for the body,
And hearing their voice is pleasure to the ears.
6.Kuzhal inithu , yaazh inithu yenbar , tham makkal ,
Mazhalai chol Kelathavar
6.Those who have not lisping toungue of their babies,
Would say , the Violin is sweet and the flute is sweet.
7.Thanatha magarjkku aathum nandri , Avayatrhu ,
Munthi iruppa cheyal.
7.The help that a father does to g his son,
Is to make him wise so that he is the leader of any assembly.
8.THammil tham makkal arivudamai manilathu .
8.The children being wiser than us , is the news,
That is sweet for all beings on earth.
9.Yeendra pozhthil perithuvakkum than makanai ,
CHandron yens ketta thai .
9.The joy of mother hearing that her son is great,
Is much more than the joy she felt when he was born.
10.Makan thanyjaikku aathum udavi , ivan thanthai,
Yen nothaan kol yenum chol
10.The help that can be done by a son to his father ,
Is making others say ‘What great penance has his father done?”