Kooda Natpu-83rd chapter of Thirukural-
(Friendship that should be avoided)
(Thiruvalluvar wants us to leave those who are only friends outside . He cautions us never to be friends with our enemies.)
1.Cheeridam kaanin yeritharkku pattadai ,
Neraa niranthavar natpu.
1.The friendship which is outwardly but does not come from inside,
Is like a black smith’s hammer to be used to hit us when chance occurs.
2,Inam pondru inam allaar kenmai , makalir ,
Manam pola veru padum.
2. The friendship between those unlike persons, who look as if they are similar ,
Would be very unstable like the mind of ladies.(one commentator says prostitutes)
3.Pala nalla kaththa kadainthum mana nallar ,
3.Uncultured people who may be learned cannot ,
Change their mind and become good friends.
4.Mukathin yiniya nakaavu akathinnaa,
4.Those who are sweet outwardly but not sweet,
Inside their mind are cheaters and we should be scared of them.
5.Manathin amayavatharai yenaithondrum,
Chollinaal nerar paththu andru.
5.The words of those who do not mix with us mentally ,
Cannot be relied upon even to a little extent.
6.Nattaar pol nallavai chollinum ottaar chol,
Ollai unara ppadum.
6.Though enemies tell words that do good like friends,
The real truth of their words would be realized soon.
7.Chol vanakkam onnaar kaN kollarkka, vil vanakkam,
7.The bent of a bow is aimed at causing harm and so ,
The word of an enemy who bows down caould cause wrong and should not be believed.
8.Thozhuthakayullum padai odungum onnaar ,
Azhutha kannerum anaithu.
8.When enemy folds his hands , he could be hiding a weapon,
And similarly his tears also may be similar.
9.Miga cheithu tham yelluvaarai naka cheithu ,
Natpinul chaappullal paaththu.
9.Those enemies who outwardly show friendship but find fault with us ,
inwardly , should be made happy and we should keep away from them.
10.Pakai natpaam kalam varumkal muka nattu,
Aka natpu oree vidal.
11.Even if a time comes when we have to be friends with enemies,
We should show only friendship on our face and not have friendship in the mind.