Kallamai-41st chapter of Thirukural-
(Not learning anything)
(The great THiruvalluvar abhors , the state of not learing anything. He compares them to animals and the unproductive brackish land)
1.Arangindri vattadi aththe nirambiya ,
Noolindri kotti kolal.
1.A person who has not learnt anything attempting to talk,
In the assembly of learned people ,
Is like trying to play chess without a drawn board.
2.Kallathaan chol kamuruthal , mulai irandum,
Illathaal pen kaamuthathaththu.
2,.A person who is ignorant desiring to lecture in assembly of wise people,
Is like a girl without two breasts desiring to become a lady.
3.Kallathavarum nani nallar kaththaar mun ,
3.If a person who has not learnt anything chooses to be silent ,
In an assembly of wise people, he would be considered as good.
4.Kallathaan otpam kazhiya nandrayinum,
.4.Though some times a person who has not learnt shows intelligence ,
The people with wisdom would not recognize him as learned.
5.Kallaa oruvan thakaimai thalai peithu ,
Chollaada chorvu padum.
5.The greatness ascribed to his own self by a person who has not learnt,
Would be destroyed when he talks to wise people.
6.Ularenum Mathirayar allal payavaak,
6.Though those who have not learnt anything can be considered as alive,
Like a brackish land which is of no use.
7.Nunmaan nuzhaipulam illaan yezhil nalam ,
Man maan punai pavai yathu .
7.The beauty of a person who has not learnt great books,
Is like that of the beauty of a doll made of mud.
8.Nallarkal kan patta varumayin innathe ,
Kallar kan patta thiru.
8.More sorrow is caused by wealth of a person without learning,
Than the poverty that exists with learned wise people.
9.Mer piranthaarayinum kallathaar , keezh piranthum,
Kaththaar anaithilar paadu.
9.More respect would be shown to learned people of lower caste,
Than to the the people of higher caste who has not learnt anything.
10.Vilangodu makkal anayar ilangu nool ,
10.The difference between the people who have learnt great books,
And the persons who are not learnt anything ,
Is similar to the difference between humans and beasts.