Nilyamai-34th chapter of Thirukural
(Understanding nothing is stable.)
(THiruvalluvar emphasizes in this chapter about the instability of everything in life .Possibly he wanted to tell this firmly to the ascetics..I feel that this chapter should be again and again read by people who live as if this life is stable and everything about life is stable .While translating I remembered about a story from Mahabharatha . It seems one day King Yudishtra sent back a beggar promising him alms on the next day .BHima his brother , it seems started celebrating because his elder brother was confidant of living through the night.)
1.Nillathavathai nilayina yendrunarum ,
1.Those who believe unstable things are stable,
Are people with very low intelligence.
2.Koothattu avai kuzhaathathe perum chelvam,
POkkum athu vilnthattu .
2.A man getting great wealth is like large number of people coming to see a dance,
And the wealth would go away like crowd returning home after the dance.
3,Arkaa iyalpithu chelvam , athu pethaal,
Arkupa aange cheyal.
3.Wealth is unstable and so when we get it,
WE should perform stable acts like Dharma(charity)
4.Nalen ondru poal kaatti uyir eerum ,
Valathu unarvaar perin.
4.A period of a day is like a sword which slowly removes soul from our body,
And those who are wise know about this.
5.Naachethu vikkulmel vaaraa mun nalvinal,
Mer chendru cheyya pedum.
5.Controlling the toungue , before we get a hiccup,
We should do fast the acts of Good Dharma.
6.Nerunal ulanoruvan yindrillai yennum,
Perumai udathu yivvulagu.
6.The person who was alive yesterday is not with us today,
And world has this property of this great stability.
7.Orupozhuvathum vaazhvathu , ariyaar karuthupa ,
Kotiyum alla pala.
7.People ignorant of how long the soul would be with thebody,
Would be spending their time in crores of thoughts(wishes).
8.Kudambai thanithoxhiya pul parathathee,
Udambodu uyiridai natpu.
8.Just like bird deserting the nest , in which it lived ,
Is the relation between body and the soul.
9,Uranguvathu poalum CHakkadu , Urangi ,
Vizhippathu poalum pirappu.
9. Death is like a sleep and birth ,
Is like waking up from sleep.
10.Pukkil amaithindru kollo udambinul,
Thuchil irundha uyirkku.