Kalam arithal-49th chapter of Thirukkural-
(knowing the proper time)
(After telling us that any act should be done after clearly understanding our strength , Y=Thiruval;uvar tells us that doing any job at the proper time is extremely important. He says that like a stork patiently waiting for the fish to come before he pecks to catch it, we should also patiently wait for the proper time.)
1.Pakal vellum kookayai , kaakai ikal vellum,
Vendharkku vendum pozhuthu.
1,The crow would easily win over its enemy owl in the day time,
And like that ruler should choose proper time to fight .
2.Paruvathodatta ozhukal thiruvinai ,
Theeramai aarkkum kayiru.
2.Doing any action which in the appropriate time,
Is a rope that ties our wealth to keep it safe.
3.Aruvinai yenba ulavo karuviyaal ,
Kalam arinthu cheyin.
3.If we do an act with suitable weapon at the suitable time,
Are there any act which are difficult to accomplish.
4,Jnalam karuthinum kaikoodum kalam,
Karuthi idathaar cheyin.
4,If we one wants to rule the entire world , it is possible,
Provided if we does the suitable act at the suitable time.
5.Kalam karuthi iruppar kalangaathu,
5. Those who want to conquer the entire world ,
Should wait for the proper time , even if they have suitable weapons.
6,OOkamudayaam odukkam poruthakar,
6.The waiting of an enthusiastic person for a suitable time,
Is like the retreat of a ram waiting for suitable time to attack another ram.
7.PoLLena aange puram verrar kalam parthu,
Ulverppar olliyavar .
7.Wise people will not show their anger immediately on the enemy,
Who does harm to them but keep the anger inside them,
Till a suitable arises .
8,Cheru narai kaanin chumakka iruvarai,
Kaanin izhakkam thalai.
8,It is is better to wait for proper time bearing the faults of the enemy,
For when the time of destructions comes for him , things will turn topsy-turvy.
9.Yeitharkariyathu iyainthakkal annilaye ,
Cheitharkku ariya cheyal.
9,When we get the very rarely available proper and suitable time,
We should complete the rare job at that time itself.
10.Kokkokka kombum paruvathu , mathathan,
KUthokka cheertha idathu.
10. For performing a job, we should wait peacefully like a stork,
And when the proper time comes that job should be completed like its peck.