Koodaa Ozhukkam-28th Chapter of Thirukural
(Conduct that has to be avoided.)
(Thiruvalluvar wants the conduct of sages should be above board and not evil. These ten verses clearly bring out the fact that there were many sages even then who were acting as if they are sages.)
1.Vancha manathaan padiththozhukkam poothangal,
Iynthum agathe nakum.
1.Seeing the lying conduct of an evil minded person ,
The Five elements in his body would laugh within themselves.
2.Vanuyar thothatham yevan cheyyum thannenjam,
Thaan ari kutha padin.
2.If a person does acts which are considered by his own mind as evil,
There is no use of his having a sage like form touching the sky.
3.Vali yil nilaimayaan valluruvam peththa,
Puliyin thol porthu meithaththu.
3.He who does not have strength to control his mind, in spite ,
Of having a huge sagely form , is like a cow grazing , covering itself by a tiger’s hide.
4.THavam marainthu allavai cheithal puthal marainthu ,
Vettuvan pul chimizhthu aththu.
4.Doing acts which are not proper to a sage , after assuming a sagely form,
Is equal to a hunter who hides in a bush and catches the birds.
5.Paththaththom yenbar padithozhukkam yeththendru,
Yetham palavum tharum.
5.Those who say that they have cut off all their attachments ,
And engage themselves in evil acts , would be forced to ask,
“What mistakes have I done?, when they are attacked by sorrows later.
6.Nenjil thuravaar thuranthaarpoal vanchithu.
Vaazhvaarin van kanaar yil.
6.There are no people of greater evil than those,
Who have not got detached of desires but act like that.
7.Puram kundri kandu Anaya renum akam kundri,
Mookil kariyaar udaithu.
7.Though they appear outside red like seed of Kundri mani(Arbus precatorius/Gunj)
The mind of most of them is of the colour black like the tip of that seed.
8.Manathathu masaka maandaarneer aadi,
Marainthozhukum manthar palar.
8.There are very large number of people who have a dirty mind,
But who act as if they are great sages.
9.Kanai kodithu yaazhkodu chevvithanganna ,
Vinai padu paalal kolal.
9.Though arrow is straight it is cruel , though Yaazh(A musical instrument) is bent,
It gives out sweet music and so people should be judged by their acts.
10.Mazhithalum neettalum vendaa , ulagam,
Pazhithathu ozhithu vidin.