Eekai-23rd chapter of Thirukkural
(giving in charity)
(In this chapter Thiruvalluvar emphasizes the need to give charity to one who does not have anything.)\
1.Variyarkku ondru eevathe eekai , mathellam ,
Kuri yethir[ppai neera thudaithu.
1.Giving to people who are poor is charity and ,
All others are giving aiming to get benefit.
2.Nallaaru yeninum kolaltheethu mel ulagam,
Yilleninum eethale nandru.
2.Our taking wealth of others for doing a good deed also is bad,
And even if salvation cannot be assured , charity is better.
3,Yilanendrum yevvam urayamai eethal,
Kulanudayan kanne ula.
3.Only people of good heritage give charity,
Even before he comes and says , “I do not have anything”.
4.Yinnathu irakka paduthal iranthavar ,
Yinmukham kanum alavu.
4.We would be sad till the person gets charity ,
From us and becomes happy because of it,
5.AAthuvaar aathal pasi aathal , appasiyai,
Mathuvaar aathalin pin.
5.Those who do penance hve the strength to tolerate their hunger ,
But that strength is less than the strength of those who wipe away hunger by charity.
6.Athaar azhipasi therthal akthu oruvan ,
Pethan porulvai pazhi.
6.The rich should satiate the cruel hunger of the poor,
And that is like a provident fund to help him in future.
7.Paathoon mareeyi yavanai pasi yennum,
Theepini theendal arithu.
7.The fire like disease of hunger would not come near,
Those who have the habit of sharing with others and eating.
8.Yeethuvakkum inbam ariyaarkol thaamudami ,
Vaithizhakkum van kanavar.
8.Those cruel people who save wealth without giving to others ,
Perhaps do not know about the happiness of giving to others.
9.Yirathalin yinnathu mandra nirappiya ,
Thame thamiyar unal.
9.Those who earn wealth by taking food without sharing ,
Gives much more pain than begging to take food.
10.Chathalin innatha Thillai inithathoom ,
Eethal iyaya kadai.
10.Though there is no suffering greater than death ,
But death when we are not able to give charity to the poor is sweeter.