Chithinam cheramai-46th chapter of Thirukkural
(Avoiding bad company )
(After emphasizing the need for company of greatly learned people THiruvalluvar emphasizes the need to avoid bad company. He says that like water taking the colour of the land it stands in, the company that one moves in determines the impression he makes on other people.)
1.Chithinam anjum perumai, chirumai thaan ,
Chuthamaga choozhnthu vidum.
1.Great people would be sacred to join with inferior bad people,
But the bad ones would think that they are their near ones and join with them.
2,Nilathinpal neer thirinthaththakum mandharkku ,
2.Water assumes the properties of the land it stands in,
Ansd similarly people will assume the qualities of people whom they join.
3.Manathaanaam mandharkku unarchi inathaanaam,
Inaan yenapadum chol.
3.People get knowledge from their mind but the opinion,
Of people about him arises because of the company that he keeps.
4.Manathulathu poala kaati oruvarkku,
Inathulathu aakum arivu.
4,The knowledge which appears to arise from the mind,
Would actually depend on the nature of the company they keep.
5.Manathooymai chei vinai thooymai irandum,
Inathooymai thoovaa varum.
5.The purity of the mind as well as the purity of work,
Would both depend on the purity of the company he keeps.
6.Manam thooyarkku yecham nandru aakum , inam thooyaarkku ,
Yillai nandru aakkaa vinai.
6,The purity of the mind and acts he does of a person,
Are caused by the purity of the company he keeps.
7.Mana nalam mannuyirkku aakkam , ina nalam,
Yella pugazhum tharum.
7.The health of the mind would give wealth of heaven to them,
But the health of the company he keeps , gives him all fame of the world.
8.Mana nalam thankudayaar aayinum chandrorkku,
Yina nalam yemaa pudaithu.
8.Though naturally great people would have a pure mind ,
The purity of the company that they keep , would give them more strength.
9.Mana nalathin aakum marumai , mathakthum,
Ina nalathin yemapudaithu .
9 .Purity of mind causes happiness in heaven,
And good company further strengthens it.
10.Nallinathin oongum thunai illai , theeyinathin ,
Allar padupathoom yil.
10.A person does not a better help than good company ,
And there is no enmity which causes sorrow like the bad company.