Mei unarthal-36th Chapter of Thirukural-
(Understanding the truth)
(The main activity of an ascetic is to find and realize the ultimate truth. In this chapter Thiruvalluvar puts great emphasis on this .He says that unless we realize the ultimate truth , we would not be able to avoid future births.
1.Porulalla avaththai porulendru unarum,
Marulaanaam maaNaa pirappu
1.We believe that untruth is truth, and due to,
This misconception we would have a sorrowful life.
2.Irul neengi inbam payakkum marul neengi,
Masaru katchi yavarkku.
2.Those who come out of this misconception and know the real truth ,
That knowledge would remove the darkness of ignorance and give them pleasant life.
3.Iyathin neengi thelinthaarkku vaiyathin,
Vaanam naniyathu taithu.
3,To those who come out of their doubt and know the real truth,
The heavens would be nearer to them than this earth.
4.Iyunarvu yeithiya kannum bayamindre,
4.Those who do not have wisdom to know the real truth,
Have know use for knowledge out of the senses.
5.Yepporul yethanmai thayinum apporul ,
Meipporul kanpathu arivu.
5.Whatever may the nature of any particular thing,
To know its real truth is the real wisdom.
6.Katheendu meiporul kandaar thalai paduvar ,
Matheendu vaaraa neri.
6.Those who after learning , realize the real truth,
Would reach the great way of avoiding future births.
7.Orthullam ullathu unarin oruthalayap,
Perthulla vendaa pirappu .
7.If a person’s mind thinks and realizes the real truth,
Then definitely we need not think that he will have another birth.
8.Pirappenum pethaimai neenga chirappenum,
CHemporul kaanpathu arivu.
8.For removing ignorance which is cause of future births,
And wisdom consists in realizing the God through truth.
9.CHarpunarnthu charpu keda ozhukin mathazhithu,
Charthara chartharu noi.
9.Knowing the real truth , a person should behave without attachments,
And if he does that the sickness .
10.Kamam, vekuli , mayakkam ivai moondrin,
Namam keda kedum noi.
10 When we get rid of attachment, hatred and confusion,
Then sorrows would not come near us.