Payinila chollamai-Twentieth chapter of Thirukural
(Avoiding of talking useless things.)
(It is but natural for Thiruvalluvar to greatly dislike useless talk but it is great that he u included a chapter on that. He says that if a person keeps on telling useless things, people would consider that he is useless,)
1.Pallar muniya payanila cholluvaan,
Yellarum yella padum.
1.He who talks useless things in front of wise people ,
Would be hated by every one.
2,Payanila pallar mun chollal nayanils ,
Nattar kan cheithalin theethu
2.Telling useless things in front of people with great wisdom,
Is worse than doing improper things before friends.
3.Nayanilan yenpathu chollum payanila,
Paari thuraikkum urai.
3.If a person keeps on telling useless things in detail,
That talk would show that he is undesirable.
4.Nayancharaa nanmayin neekum payancharaa,
Panpil chol pallaa rakathu.
4.If a person tells useless and not good to many people ,
Then those words which are not cultured would remove him from goodness.
5.Cheermai chirappodu neengum payanila,
5.If good people tell useless words, their ,
Greatness would go away along with good opinion about them.
6.Payanil chol parattu vaanai magan yenal,
Makkat pathati yenal.
6.A person who tells useless words several times,
Cannot be termed as human , but a twig among humans.
7.Nayanila chollinum cholluga , chandror ,
Payinila chollamai nandru.
7.Even if wise people do not tell words of justice ,
It would be better if they do not tell useless words.
8.Arum payan aayum arivinaar chollaar ,
Perum payan illatha chol.
8.Those wise people who search for knowledge that is of use ,
Would not tell words which are of not of any great use.
9.Porul theernthspochaanthum chollar , marul theerntha,
9.Those faultless wise people who have woken from a trance .
Would never tell words which are useless.
10.Cholluka chollin payanudaya chollarkka ,
Chollin payanilaa chol.
10.If you talk, tell useful words and
Do never tell useless words.