kaLLammai-29th chapter of Thirukkural
(Not stealing property of others.)
(THiruvalluvar in this chapter emphasizes that an Ascetic should not steal the property of others. He has emphasized the same thing as an important quality of the householder in Chapter 18 Vekkamai. While there he emphasizes that stealing is a crime here he tells , even the thought of stealing is a great crime.)
1.YeLLamai venduvaan yenban yenaithondrum,
KaLLamai kaakka than nenju.
1.He who does not want others to abuse him ,
Should protect his mind so that he does not steal property of others.
2.ULLathaal uLLalum theethe , piran porulai,
KaLLathal kaLvem yenal.
2.It is bad to think of evil acts by the mind,
And so thinking to steal others property by mind is also bad.
3.KaLvinaal aakiya aakkam alaviRanthu ,
AAvathu poala kedum.
3.The income from stealing would appear great,
But in the end it would destroy our wealth and then get destroyed.
4.KaLavin kan kandriya kaathal viLaivin kan,
Veeyaa vizhumam tharum.
4.The desire to steal property of others would give rise ,
To never diminishing great sorrow , when we try to implement that desire.
5,Arul karuthi anbudayar aathal porul karuthi ,
Pochappu paarappar kan yil.
5.The love others due to compassion would not arise ,
In those who are waiting the chance of stealing from others.
6.ALavin kan ninrozhukal aaththaar kaLavinkan,
Kanriya kaadha lavar
6.Those who have great desire to steal property of others,
Would not be able to live obeying rules of justice.
7.KaLvenum karaRi vaaNmai alavennum,
AAththal purinthaar ka
7.Those strong people who live in justice , would not,
Have the strength arising out of ignorance of stealing.
8.ALavarinthaar nenjathu aRam poala nirkkum,
Ka:avarinthaar nenjil karavu
8.In the mind of those who live according to justice , Dharma would stay,
And in those who knows how to steal treason will always stay.
9.Alavalla ceithange veevar kalavalla ,
Maththaya thethaathavar .
9.Those who do not know good acts but know only stealing,
Would do unjust acts and would get destroyed immediately.
10.Kalvaarkku thallum uyirnilai kallaarkku ,
Thallathu puthel ulaku.
10.This world where we live would push away those who steal,
But te heaven will welcome those who do not engage themselves in stealing.