Thuravaram(ascetism) –second section of First book of Thirukural
(Dharma of Ascetics)
25.Aruludamai-25th chapter of Thirukkural
(It is very interesting to note that the great poet believes that Compassion is the first necessary character of all ascetics. He feels that compassion is the only support of their life as they need not bother to go to the dark world of sorrows )
1.Arutchelvam , chelvathul chelvam , porut chelvam,
Pooriyaar kanum ula
1.Compassion is the greatest wealth among wealth,
And the wealth of plenty is seen even among ordinary people.
2.Nallatthal nadi arulalga pallaththal ,
THerinum akthe thunai.
2,Using a good path , observe quality of compassion,
For in spite of geat research, that is the only support to our k life.
3.Arul chertha nenjinarkillai , irul cherntha,
Inna ulagam pugal.
3.To those with a compassionate heart , there is no need,
To enter the dark world of great sorrow,
4,Mannuyir ombi arul aalvaarkku illenba ,
Thannyir anjum vinai.
4.To those who protect others due to compassion ,
There us nothing in this world which is scary.
5.Allal arul aalvaarkku illai vali vazhangum,
Mallal maa jnaalam kari.
5.Those who are compassionate never suffer sorrow,
This can be known by observing people who live in this earth where the wind blows.
6.POrul neeki pochaandhaar. Yenbar arul neeki,
6.Those who do cruel deeds without any compassion,
Would not attain the wealth(Dharma) that they aim at.
7,Arul illarku avvulakam illai, porul illarkku ,
7.Just like those having no wealth cannot enjoy life in earth,
Those who do not have compassion cannot enjoy life in heaven.
8.POrulatthaar pooppar orukal arulaththar ,
Aththaar maththathal arithu.
8.Perhaps a man without wealth can become wealthy,
But those without compassion can never get out of downfall.
9.Therulaathaan meiporul kandaththal therin,
Arulaathaan cheyyum aram.
9.One without compassion cannot find the ultimate truth by learning,
And similarly he cannot get good Karma by doing good acts.
10.Valiyaar mun thannai ninaikathaan thannin ,
Meliyar mel chillum idathu.
10.When the personwithout compassion causes trouble to weaker persons,
He should also think about possibility of strong ones troubling him.