Ozhukkamudamai -!4th chapter of Thirukkural
(Possessing good conduct)
(After the emphasis for need of discipline in life, Valluvar emphasizes on the need for good conduct .He tells I us in several ways that the good conduct is extremely important He even says if a Brahmin foregets Vedas , he can always learn them again. But if his behavior is not good , nothing can be down about it.)
1.Ozhukkam vizhuppam tharalan , ozhukkam,
Uyirunym Omba padum .
1.Since good conduct leads to greatness,
It would be protected more securely than life.
2.Parinthombi kakka ozhukkam , therinthombi,
Therinum akthe thunai.
2,Good conduct should be protected in spite of suffering,
As thoughtful research says it is your only good companion.
3.Ozhukkam udamai kudimai yizhukkam,
Yizhintha pirappai vidum.
3.Good conduct indicates good heritage,
And going away from it would bring down your status.
4.Marappinum othu kolalaagum paarppan,
Pirappozhukkam kundra kedum..
4. If a Brahmin forgets to learn Vedas , he can learn them,
But if he errs from good conduct , none would believe him to be a noble one.
5.Azhukkaru udayan kan , aakkam pondru illai ,
Ozhukkam yilan kan uyarvu.
5.Just like wealth deserts a person with jealousy ,
Greatness would desert him who does not have good conduct.
6. Ozhukkathin olkar uravor yizhukkathin ,
Yetham paduma kkarithu.
6.Realizing the sin committed by them by going away ,
From good conduct , the noble ones would guard ,
Themselves from slipping away from good conduct.
7.Ozhukkathin yeithuvar menmai izhukkathin ,
Yeithuvar yeithaa pazhi.
7.Greatness would be reached by good conduct ,
And by bad conduct they would reach great bad name.
8.Nandrikku vithakum nallozhukkam , theeyozhukkam,
Yendrum idumbai tharum.
8. Good conduct is the seed of Dharma and bad conduct,
Would always lead to sorrow.
9.Ozhukkam udayavarkku ollave , theeya,
Vazhkkiyum vaayar cholar.
9.It is not proper for people with good conduct ,
To tell bad words, even by forgetting /mistake.
10.Ulakathoduy otta ozhukal pala kathum,
10.Those who do not know how to behave with ,
People of good conduct , even if learned are ignorant.