Yil Vazhkai Thirukkural fifth chapter
(This chapter tells us the need and greatness of the life of house holder .It keeps on reiterating that all other people depend on the householder and if a householder lives according to Dharma, He would be much greater than one who does penance . The Vedas, Puranas as well as Bhagwad Gita again and again emphasise this point. The verse8 of Chapter3 of Gita tells us exactly the same thing.)
1.Yil vaazhvan yenban iyalpudaya moovarkkum,
Nallathin nindra thunaai.
1.The one called householder would be the help,
To those three * , in the path of good.
*Brahmachari, Vana Prastha and Sanyasi or parents , siblings and children
2.Thurantharkkum thuvvatharkkum , irantharkkum,
Yil vaazhvan enban thunai.
2.The householder is the support to the Sanyasis ,
All others who are living and those who are dead.
3.Then pulathaar deivam virundhu okkal thaan yendru aangu,
Iym pulathu ombal thalai.
3.Householder has the duty of taking care of the five ,
Viz, dead ancestors , God , guests , relatives and his own self.
4.Pazhiyanji paathoon udaithayin vaazhkkai ,
Vazhiyenjal yenjandrum yil.
4.Getting scared for bad name and earn wealth and live sharing it,
And then his foot steps would be there for ever.
5.Anbum aranum udaithayin yil vaazhkkai,
Panpum payanum athu
5.If love and Dharma dominate the life of householder ,
His life would be cultured and useful.
6.Aranthathin yil vaakjkai aathin puranthathil,
Pooy peruvathu yevan?
6. If householder leads his life as per Dharma,
What extra would he get by renunciation ,
7.Iyambinaan yil vaazhkkai vaazhpavan yenpan,
Muyalvarul yellam thalai.
7.A householder leading his life according to Dharma ,
Is the greatest among all those who try various ways.
8.AAthin ozhukki aran yizhukka yil vaazhkkai,
Norparin nonmai udaithu.
8.The householder who supports and helps maintain ,
All those who do penance and leas his life properly,
Would become more famous than those who do penance
9.Aran yena pattathe yil vaazhkkai akthum ,
Piran pazhippathu yil aayin nandru.
9.Dharma is only life of householder and life of renunciation,
If done without others blaming it , also is good.
10.Vayyathul vaazhvangu vaazhpavan , vaan urayum,
DEivathul vaikka padum.
10.He who leads life of householder properly in this world,
Would be considered equal to Devas in heaven.