Vekkamai-Eighteenth chapter of Thirukkural
(not stealing material of others)
(In this chapter Valluvar emphasizes the need for us to desist stealing materials belonging to others.)
1,Naduvindri nan porul vekki kudi pondrik ,
Kuthamum aange tharum.
1.Without impartiality , if one steals wealth earned by fair means ,
Not only his family would be destroyed but evil would come to him.
2,Padu payan vekki pazhi paduva cheyyar,
2,Those who are scared to do acts which are not impartial,
Would get ashamed and would not steal the property of others.
3.Chithinbam vekki aranalla cheyyare ,
3.Those who desire to get the great pleasure which can never get destroyed,
Would not do acts against dharma desiring for small pleasures.
4.Yilam yendru vekkuthal cheyyar pulam vendra ,
Punmayil katchiyavar .
4.Those people with faultless wisdom , who have won over,
Their five senses, would steal from others because they do not have it.
5.Akki akandrra arivu yennam yaar maattum,
Vekki veriya cheyin.
5.What is the use of broad sharp intellect , if they,
With a view to steal from any type of people.
6.Arul vekki aathin kan nindraan porul vekki ,
Pollatha choozha kedum.
6.Those who desire for properties of others and do acts ,
Against their wisdom , would lose the dharma of grace.
7.Vendarkka vekkiyaam aakkam , vilaivayin ,
Mandarku arithaam payan.
7.Do not desire for income out of stealing, for,
Such wealth would not give us any greatness.
8.Akkamai chelvathukku yaathenin , vekkamai,
Vendum piran kai porul.
8.The method of growth of one’s wealth , is
Not to desire for stealing property of others.
9.Aranainthu vekka arivudayar cherum,
Thiran arinthu aange thiru.
9.Goddess Lakshmi would approach those wise people who do not steal after .
Knowing the path of Dharma, knowing their greatness.
10.Yiral eenum yennathu vekkin , viral eenum,
Vendamai yennum cherukku .
10 If we steal without understanding the future results, it would ,
Lead to our downfall and life without such desire would lead us to victory.