.Kollamai-33rd chapter of Thirukural
(It is interesting to note that After dedicated one chapter to not eating meat THiruvalluvar dedicates another chapter to not killing. He clearly says that killing is evil.Here he is not dealing with killing for food but with killing perse )
1.Aravinai yaathenin kollamai, koral,
Piravinai yellam tharum.
1.Dharma consists of not killing because,
Killing leads to all other evils.
2,Pakuthundu palluyir omputhal , nool oar,
Thokuthvaththul yellam thalai.
2.Sharing and nurturing several lives is the greatest ,
Among those mentioned as Dharmic acts by all writers.
3.Ondraka nallathu kollamai maththu athan,
PInsara poyyamai nandru.
3.Not killing is only one Dharma , which is the greatest,
And the next that follows it is “Not telling a lie”
4.Nallaru yena paduvathu yaathenin, yaathondrum,
Kollamai choozhum neri.
4. When you enquire what is the best Dharma,
It is the good habit of not killing any thing.
5.Nilai anji neetharul yellam kolai anji,
Kollamai choozhvaan thalai.
5.Those who adopt the penance of not killing ,
Due to being scared by killing are much better,
Than those ascetics who left domestic life being scared of it.
6.Kollamai merkondozhukuvaan vaazh naal mel,
CHellathu uyir unnum koothu.
6.The God of death who takes away life , would not bother,
About those who take up the penance of “not killing”.
7.THannuyir neepinum cheyyarkka, thaan pirithu,
Innuyir neekum vinai,
7,Even if a person is likely to loose his soul,
He should not do the act of taking away another life.
8.Nandrrakum aakkam peritheninum chaandrorkku ,
KOndarum aakkam kadai.
8.Even if the income is big by killing some one else,
The noble people, that income is deplorable.
9.KOlai vinaya rakiya maakkal pulai vinayaar,
Punamai therivaar akathu.
9.Those animal like men who take up “killing “ as work,
Would be considered as “Evil minded” by good people.
10.Uyir udambin neekkiyaar yenba , cheyurudambin,
Chellaathee vazhkkai avar.
10.The learned people say that those who killed in early birth,
Would be the diseased ones and those who lead evil life in this birth.