Avaa aruthal-37th chapter of Thirukural-
(Getting rid of desires)
(Here THiruvalluvar emphasizes the maxim of Vedantha as well as Budha that desire causes sorrow.We have to remember that in this case he is telling it to the ascetics.)
1.Ava yenba yella uyirkkum yenjandrum,
Thavaa appirppinum vithu.
1.Desire is to all beings the seed ,which causes,
The birth cycle which never to end for always.
2.Vendumkal vendum piravami, maththathu,
Vendamai venda varum.
2.If you are desiring anything , the birth cycle would not end
And that would be possible only in a state of no desire.
3.Vendamai anna vizhu chelvam eendillai ,
Yaandum akthoppathu yil.
3.There is no wealth in the world equal to “no desire”,
And there is no wealth like that in any other worlds also.
4.Thoo uymai yenpathu avavinmai , maththathu,
Vaaymai venda varum.
4.The state of purity is the state of no desire,
And that state can be got only by requesting the God.
5Aththavar yenpaar avaa aththaar, mathayaar ,
Aththaka aththathu yilar.
5.Ascetics are those who have left off their desires,
And others who have not given up their desires are not like them.
6.Anjuvathorum arane oruvanai,
6,Desire cheats a person and makes him get caught ,
In Birth-death cycle and dharma is in living ,
Scared of approaching desires.
7.Avaavinai aaththa aruppin thavaavinai,
Than venfum aaththaan varum.
7.If one completely cuts off all desires, the sorrowless,
Life would come to him as per his desire.
8.Avaa illarkku illakum thunbam, akthundel,
THavaathu men mel varum.
8. Sorrow would cease to exist for those without desire,
And if desire is there all sorrows would keep on coming one after another.
9.Inbam idayaraa theendum avaa yennum,
Thunbathul thunbam kedin.
9.If the “desire”, the greatest sorrow goes away from a person,
He would see progressive pleasures keep on coming.
10.AAraa iyarkkai avaa neepin annilaye ,
Peraa iyarkkai tharum.
10.If we are able to leave out desires which never gets fulfilled,
At any time, that would give pleasures that never change over time.