Chei nandri arithal-Eleventh chapter of Thirukural
(Gratefulness for help done.)
(Valluvar considers showing gratitude as a very important duty of a person. The people who had helped you without your having helped them earlier are considered “Simply great”. He again puts as greater the help done when you need it.He further tells that if a person does a help and later troubles you , you should forget about the trouble and show gratitude to that person..What a great concept and what a great poet.)
1.Cheyyamar cheitha udavikku , vaiyakamum ,
Vanakamum aathal arithu.
1.To the help done by a person without your doing a help to him,
Even this world and the heavens would not be adequate compensation.
2.Kalathinaal cheitha nandri , chirithu yeninum,
Jnalathin mana pperithu.
2.The help done at proper time to another even if is small,
Is much bigger than this world.
3.Payan thookkar cheitha udhavi nayan thookin,
Nanmai kadalir perithu.
3.The help done without bothering for any return,
If valued , would be much bigger than the ocean.
4.Thinaithunai nandri cheyinum panai thunaya,
Kolvar payan therivar
4.Though one does help as small as a grain,
Those who are knowledgeable would take it equal to a palm tree.
5. Udhavi varaithandru udhavu , Udhavi ,
Cheyya pattar chalpin varainthu.
5. Help is not measured by help done but by ,
The suitability of one who received it.
6,Maravarkka masathaar kenmai , thuravarkka,
THunbathul thuppayaar natpu.
6.Do not forget the friendship of the untainted ones,
And do not k leave the friendship of those who helped you when you were sad.
7.Yezhumai yezhu pirappum , ulluvar thangan,
Vizhumam thudaithavar natpu.
7.The Friendship of those who helped in times of sorrow ,
Would not be forgotten for seven births by good people.
8,Nandri marappathu nandrandru, Nandrallathu ,
Andre marappathu nandru.
8.It is not proper to forget gratefulness, but it is better,
To forget immediately the ills done by others.
9.Kondranna inna cheyinum , avar cheitha,
Ondru nandru ulla kedum.
9.If after doing a help , he does bad acts ,
Equivalent to killing , better think of the help and forget the bad act.
10.Yennandri kondararkkum uyvundam , Uyvilllai,
Chei nandri kondra makarkku.
10.There is an escape for all the people who destroyed good acts ,
Bu there is no escape for those who have killed gratitude.