Idan arithal-50th chapter of Thirukural-
(To find suitable place)
(After emphasizing the need for knowing our own strength and the proper time , in this chapter the poet tells us that you should also choose a proper place. He says a chariot cannot go in water and a boat cannot go on land.)
1.THodangarkka yevvinayum yellarka muththum,
Idamkanda pin allathu.
1.Do not start any act and do not find fault with the enemies,
Before finding suitable place of fighting .
2.Muran chernths moimbinavarkkum aran chernthaal,
AAkkam palavum tharum.
2.Even to the king who is stronger than enemy ,
It would be better to reach a place where there is protection against enemies.
3.Aaththaarum aaththi adupa idanarinthu ,
Poththaar kan poththi cheyin.
3.If a king finds out a place suitable to his victory ,
And builds security for himself , even if he is,
Weaker than enemy , he would become strong and attain victory.
4.Yenniyaar yennam yizhappar , idanarinthu ,
Thunniyaar thunni cheyin.
4.If a king finds a suitable place to do the act that he has in his mind ,
Stays there and does the act properly,
His enemies would abandon the idea of winning over him.
5.Nedum punalul vellum mudalai adum punalin,
Neengin athanai pira.
5.Where water is deep a crocodile will win over others,
But in shallow water , it would be defeated.
6.Kadalodaa kalval nedum ther kadalodum,
Naavayum odaa nilathu.
6,Huge chariots raunning in land will not run in water,
And the great ships travelling in water cannot move in land.
7.Anjaamai allaal thunai vendaa yenjamai ,
Yenni idathaal cheyin.
7.After thinking well about the actions to be done , if a ruler,
Chooses a proper place to do it, and initiates,
Action then except fearlessness he does not need any other help.
8.Chirupadayaan chellidam cherin , uru padayaan,
OOkam azhindhu vidum.
8.If the one having a small army, if he reaches the proper place to fight,
Then even another one with a big army, would lose his initiative and fail.
9.Chirai nalanum cheerum ilareninum maanthar ,
Urai nilathodu ottal arithu.
9.Even if one lacks proper forts and other paraphernalia,
Only rarely would enemies go to their place and attack them.
10.Kaalazh kalarin nariyadum kannanjaa,
Velaal mukatha kaliru.
10 A big fearless elephant which can destroy by its tusk soldiers with spears ,
If it is caught in knee deep slushy land , it cannot even fight with a fox.