Vaan chirappu (Thirukkural-second chapter)
Greatness of sky
(Thiruvalluvar after saluting God in the first chapter, describes rain and its effect on the world in the second chapter. He says :-
The rain supplies nectar to the world. It helps us to produce food and also becomes our food .If it fails not only world would be hungry but farmers cannot farm and produce food. World becomes sad if it fails and becomes joyous if it falls properly as we cannot see even a blade of grass without it , even oceans would dry and even charity and penance would come to an end .He then concludes that without rain we cannot exist.)
1.Vaan nindru ulagam vazhangi varuthalaal,
THaan amizhtham yendru unarar pathu.
1.All beings , live believing in the sky,
And realize , that what falls from it is nectar
2.thupparkku thuppaya thuppakki , thupparkku,
Thuppaya thoom Mazhai
2.Rain makes food for consumers and ,
Also becomes their food.
3.Vin nindru poippin viri neer viyan ulagathu ,
Ul nindru udatthum pasi.
3,If rain fails , world surrounded by water,
Would suffer due to pangs of hunger.
4.Yerin uzhaar uzhavar puyal yennum ,
Vaari valam kundri kaal.
4.If rains fails, farmers would not farm,
And the prosperity would decrease.
5.Keduppathoom kettarkku chaarvai mathaange ,
Yedppathoom yellam mazhai.
5.Rain causes disaster by failing ,
And also increases joy by proper falling.
6.Visumbin thuli veezhin allal mathu aange ,
Pasumpul thalai kanpathu arithu
6.Unless rain drops fall from the sky,
It is difficult to see a blade of fresh grass.
7.Nedum kadalum than neermai kundrum , thadinthu yezhili,
Than nalkathu aagi vidin,
7.Even the huge ocean would dry , if the clouds ,
Do not pour back the water that they have taken.
8.Chirappodu poosanai chellathu vaanam,
Varakku mrl vanorkkum yeendu.
8.Even worship to those in heaven would stop,
If the rains dry up in the sky
9,Thanam thavam irandum thanga viyan ulagam,
VAnam vazhangathu yenin.
9.Charity and penance would not stay , Unless ,
The sky gives water to earth.
10,Neer nindru amayathu ulagu yenin, yaaryaarkkum,
Vaan yindru amayathu ozhukku.
10.World cannot exist without water and that ,
Water would not flow unless the sky rains.