Oppuraavarithal-22nd chapter of Thirukkural
(doing philanthropic work )
(Oppuravu also would mean , universal behavior, traditional behavior etc. But in this chapter THiruvalluvar emphasises the need to do any act without any expectation . He says that all our acts should be g for the good of all people without expecting any compensation.)
1.Kaimaru venda kadappdu maareemattu,
Yen aathunk kollo ulagu.
1 Similar to the world not being able to compensate rain,
The help done by great ones is expecting no compensation.
2.Thalathi thantha porulalellam thakkarkku,
Velanmai cheithar poruttu.
2.All the wealth that is earned and saved by putting great effort ,
Is meant to do help to suitable people.
3,Puthel ulagathum yeendum peralarithe,
Oppuravin nalla pira.
3.Either in heaven or earth, it is very difficult to get ,
To find a great act of doing good to others and living
4.Othatharivaan uyir vaazhvaan , mathayaan,
Chetharul vaikka padum.
4.Only helping each other and living is life,
And even if others who do not do it live , it is equal to death.
5.Ooruni neer nirainthathe ulakavaam,
5.The wealth of a greatly a worldly wise man,
Is like a completely filled up public well.
6. Payan maram ulloor pazhuthatthal chelvam,
Nayanudai yaan kan patin.
6.If a tree for public use is in the centre of the village ,
And is full of ripe fruits , is like the people who live helping each other.
7.Marunthaki thappaa marathatthaal , chelvam,
Peum thagai yaan kan padin.
7.If wealth is there with man with great qualities,
It is like having tree , all whose parts are medicine.
8.Idanil paruvathum oppuravirkku olkaar ,
Katanari kakshi yavar.
8.The persons with the nature of helping each other ,
Would not hesitate to help others, even if they becomes poor.
9.Nayunadayaan nalkoorthaan aathal cheyum neera,
Cheyyathu amaikalavaaru ,
9.To those who have the nature of helping others,
Poverty is being not able to help others.
10.Oppuravinaal varum kedenin akthoruvan ,
Vithu kol thakka thudaithu .
10. If some one of the opinion that they will suffer loss ,
If they help others , then that l loss is proper ,
To have , even if one has to sell himself.