Pulal Maruthal-26th chapter of Thirukural
(Saying “no” to meat)
(The poet seems to be a great advocate of Vegetarianism . He seems to abhor the idea of killing another for eating its meat. It is very important to note here that this advice is not included in the Dharma of householders but has been included in the section dealing with duties of ascetics.)
1.Thanoon perukkathirkku than pirithu oon unban,
Yenganam aalum arul.
1.How can the person who eats flesh of others ,
To grow his own “flesh”, can ever have compassion.
2,Porulatchi poththathaarkku illai arulatchi,
Aangillai m oon thinpavarkku,
2, Those who do not save cannot rule over wealth ,
And those who w eat meat cannot have compassion.
3,Padai kondaar nenjam poal nandrookaathu ondran,
Udal chuvai undaar manam.
3,The mind of those who carry a weapon goes towards killing ,
And similarly those who eat the flesh of others, cannot have compassion.
4.Arul allathu yaathenil kollamai koral,
Porul allathu avoon thinal.
4.Compassion is about not killing other beings ,
And that which is not compassion is eating their meat.
5.Unnamai ullathu uyir nilai oon unna ,
Annathal cheyathu Alaru.
5.Being are keep themselves alive by others not eating their n meat,
And the hell will not open its mouth to eat those who do not eat meat.
6.Thinar poruttaal kollathu ulagenin yaarum,
Vilai poruttal oon tharuvaar yil.
6.If people do not kill to eat other beings,
Then merchants selling meat would cease to exist.
7.Unnamai vendum pulaal pirithondran,
Punnathu unarvaar perin.
7.Meat is only a wound in the body of a being,
And those who know about it , would not eat it.
8.Cheyirin thalaipirintha katchiyaar unnar,
Uyirin thalai pirintha oon.
8.People with clarity in thought, would not eat,
The meat got from a body which has lost its soul.
9.Avichorinthu aayiuram vettalin ondranm,
Uyir chekuthu unnamai nandru.
9,Not eating its meat after killing a being,
Is much greater than doing thousand fire sacrifices by offering ghee.
10.Kollaan pulalai maruthaanai kaikoopi ,
Yellaa uyirum thozhum.
10 The person who does not kill nor eat meat ,
Would be saluted by all beings.