Vali arithal -48th chapter of Thirukkural-
(knowing the strength)
(Thiruvalluvar emphasizes the need for us to judge the relative strengths of people or things before deciding to act .He says by stacking feathers , even the axle of a cart can be broken, if the quantity stacked is sufficient.)
1,Vinai valiyum , than valiyum maththaan valiyum,
Thunai valiyum thooki cheyal
1.Act after judging the strength of that job , our own strength ,
The strength of the enemies and strength of those who support us.
2.Olvathu arivathu arinthathan kan thangich,
Chelvaarkku chellathathu yil.
2.To those who can understand their capability and what others know about it,
And get engaged in doing a job, no job is impossible.
3.Udaitham vali ariyaar ookkathin ookki ,
Idaikkan rinthaar palar.
2. Many of those who do not know their strength and do an act ,
Due to own enthusiasm would get destroyed before completing the job.
3.Amaithaan kozhukaan alavariyaan thannai,
Viyanthan virainthu kedum.
4.Those who do not act according to their natural strength , without ,
Understanding the extent of their power,
But brag about his strength would get destroyed with great speed.
5.Peeli pei chakaadum achirum , appandam,
Chala miguthu peyin.
5.The axle of a cart loaded with even feathers can break,
If the amount of feathers becomes too too much.
6.Nuni kombar yerinaar akthirath thookin,
Uyirkkiruthi yaki vidum.
6.If those who have climbed up to the tip of a tree try to,
Go further than that would cause the end of their life.
7.AAththin alavarinthu yeega athuporul,
pOththi vazhangum neri.
7.Give to others after knowing our likely income,
And that is the only way to protect our assets and live.
8.AAkaaru alavittithu aayinum kedillai ,
Pokaaru akalaa kadai.
8.Even if the income is less , if expenditure ,
Is less than income, there is no harm in that.
9.Alavarinthu vaazhaathaan vaazhkkai uLapola,
Illaki thondraa kedum.
9.The life of a person who does not live as per his income ,
Would initially seem to grow but afterwards would get completely destroyed.
10.ULavarai thookatha oppuravaanmai,
VaLavarai vallai kedum.
10.Helping others without understanding the extent of our income,
Would speedily lead to reduction of our wealth.