Puram kooramai-19th chapter of Thirukural
(Telling about others behind their back/backbiting )
(THiruvalluvar next tells us why we should not backbite. According to him the worst possible act for a human being. He advices us to tell a person’s fault on his face)
1.Aramkooran alla cheyinum , oruvan,
Punnkooran yendral inithu,
1.Though a person does not know Dharma and does only sins,
If others say that he does not backbite , it is sweet to hear.
2.Aranazhee allavai cheithalin theethe ,
Puranazhee poithu nagai.
2,it is worse than doing acts against Dharma ,
To backbite on others and laugh at them falsely .
3.Purankoori poithuyir vaazhthalin chathal,
Arankoorum aakkam tharum.
3.Rather than backbiting and living , death,
Would give better results of Dharma.
4.Kan nindru kannara chollinum , chollarkka,
Mun nindru pin nokkaaa chol.
4.Though we speak unpleasant words before a person,
Do speak before him rather than in his back.
5.Aram chollum nenjathan anmai puranchollum,
5.The fact that he does not have a mind to speak according to Dharma ,
Can be easily understood by his evil act of backbiting.
6.Piran pazhi kooruvaan than pazhi yullum ,
Thiran therinthu koora padum.
6 .The person who backbites should understand that ,
Other people would tell about his faults in a similar way.
7.Pakacholli kelir pirippar nakacholli,
7.Ignorant ones by backbiting people would lose friends ,
And others by saying things would make them joyous would make friends.
8.THunniyaar kuthamum thothum parabinar <
Yennaikol yethilaar maattu.
8. How can those who have the habit of backbiting close friends,
Not do backbiting for others whom they do not know.
9.Aran nokki aathunkol vaiyam puran nokki,
Punchol uraippan porai.
9.The earth is tolerating the weight of evil person who backbite,
Thinking that it is its Dharma
10.Yethilaar kutham pol tham kutham kangir pin ,
Theethundo mannum uyirkku.
10,If the one who back bites can also see his own faults,
No Sorrow would occur to any established being.