Quo Vadis -My thirukkural translations?
THirukkral has 133 chapters (note 3+3+1=7) arranged in three books viz Arathupal( Book of Dharma) , Porutpal( Book of wealth) and Kamathupal (book of love .).Possibly the most accepted commentary is written by Parinel Azhagar(Pretty one on the top of horse ),Several commentaries in Tamil exist. All the commentators are of the opinion that Thiruvalluvar did not write a chapter on salvation because he felt that those who live according to the tenets that he has explained , salvation is automatic..Thirukkural was first translated in to Latin first and later in to English which was made in 1886.. It has been later translated in to 13 different Indian languages languages. Nine asian languages and 14 european languages. Since I have studied Thirukkural with lot of interest., I wanted to translate it in my own style. I was hesitant as I was not a master in Tamil lanuguages and also I thought there is no further need of one more translation .Anyway , I did the first chapter of Kural entitled praise of God and uploaded in several social forums.Many people seem to like my translation and I was encouraged by many to translate. I started doing it about a month back and as on today I have translated 24 chapters.
AS mentioned earlier , the first chapter is a chapter praising God.The second is the praise of rain, the greatness of those who forsake the world and the fourth is about a need to lead life according to Dharma,
The next twenty chapters deal about place of a householder in the world and the next 19 deal about how a householder can make his life ideal. The fifth chapter emphasizes the need for a Householder .In the next two chapters Valluvar emphasizes the need of a wife of good virtue ., need for children to make it bright.Then he emphasizes the need for a house holder to love other, need for hospitality, talking of only sweet things. Gratefulness, unbiased nature, need to have humility, need to have good behavior, not desiring the wife of others, need for patience, need to be not jealous, need not to desire wealth earned by others, need not to back bite, need to avoid talking non sense. Need to desist from doing evil acts, need not to expect gratefulness, charity and getting fane
From 25th chapter to 37TH Chapter , Valluvar deals about the life of a detached person and in 38 , he deals about fate. This would bring to and the first book of kural dealing with Dharma.
I believe that as long as atleast few people like it and not many do not like it at all, I should continue what I am doing If any of you think that my effort is a wasteful exercise , I am willing to stop these translations .