.Ookkam udamai-60th chapter of Thirukural-
(The great poet twlls us without enthusiasm no work can be completed .He concludes that a very big sized elephant with sharp tusks would be scared of an enthusiastic tiger.)
1.Udayarenapaduvathu ookkam akthilaar ,
Udayathu udayaro maththu.
1.having enthusiasm is called as “having it” and those,
Having no enthusiasm , do not have anything.
2.Ullam udaimai udaimai , poruludumai ,
Nillathu neengi vidum.
2.Possesion is having possession of enthusiasm in the mind ,
As possession of wealth is not stable but would go away.
3.AAkkam izhanthemendru allaavaar ookkam,
Oruvantham kaithudayaar .
3.Those who have stable enthusiasm with them,
Will not be sad when they lose their wealth.
4.AAkkam atharvinai chillum asaivilaa ,
4,Wealth will find out the way and attain the person,
Who has the tireless enthusiasm with them.
5.Vellathanaya malar neettam maanthar tham,
5.The height of the flower stalk of a flower growing in water ,
Would be as much as the depth of the water,
And like that the progress of a person would be equal to his enthusiasm.
6,Ulluvathellam uyarvullal mathathu,
ThaLLinum thaLLamai neerthu.
6.All that we think should about great things and if by fate ,
It becomes not possible, no one would find fault with that thought.
7.Chithaividathu olkaar uravor puthayampir,
Pattu paadoondrum kaliru.
7.Like the elephant not losing its enthusiasm even if it is wounded by arrows,
And like that those with enthusiasm ,
Even if they are not able to achieve their aims, wuld never get tired.
8.Ullam ilathavar yeithaar ulagathu,
Valliyam yennum cherukku .
8.Those rulers without enthusiasm would never be able to claim,
“We are very charitable.”
9.Pariyathu koorngottathu aayinum , yaanai.
9.Though elephant has a huge body and sharp tusks,
But it would get scared of a tiger with enthusiasm.
10.Uramoruvarkku uLLa verukkai akthilaar ,
Maramakkal aathale veru.
10.Those who are strong are enthusiastic and those who do not have that,
Are just like trees , though their appearance differs.