Natparaithal-80th chapter of THirukural-
(Investigating a friendship)
(The poet is of the opinion that one should accept from a person only after thoroughly investigating him. Being born in a good family , being afraid of bad name, willingness to help in time of crisis etc are important criterian for a suitable friend)
1.Nadathu nattalir kedillai , nattapin ,
1,A man developing friendship cannot leave the friendship later,
So there is nothing bad like friendship without investigation
2.AAitnthainthu kollaathaan kenmai kadaimurai ,
THanchan thuyaram tharum.
2.The friendship entered in to without investigation after investigation,
Would give him sorrow that would cause his death.
3.Kunanum kudimayum kuthamum knundraa
Inanum arinthiyaakka natpu.
3.You should enter in to a friendship after investigating ,
His character, heritage , crimes and reltive and friends.
4.Kudi piranthu than kan pazhi nanu vaanai,
Koduthum kolal vendum natpu.
4.If a person is born in a good family and is afraid,
Of possible bad name , his friendship should be sought,
By all the things that he may want ,
5,Azha cholli allathu idithu vazhakkariya,
Vallaar natpu aainthu kolal.
5.You should investigate and search for a person ,
Who would make you cry if you do an act against the rules ,
And would punish you for it and make him your friend.
6.Kettinum undu oar uruthi kilainjarai ,
Neeti alappathu oar kol.
6.Even at bad times a person has good because of it,
For that bad time would help him measure ,
The good qualities of his friend.
7.Oothiyam yenpathu oruvarkku pethayaar ,
Kenmai ore vidal.
7.The great salary that one can get is , the state,
Where he can avoid friendship of ignorant people .
8.Ullarkka ullam chirukuva , kollarkka ,
Allal kan aaththu aruppaar natpu.
8.You should never have thoughts which reduce your enthusiasm,
And also leave friends who do not help you in times of misfortune.
9.Kedumkalsi kai viduvaar kenmai adumkalai ,
Ullinum ullam kedum.
9.Going away from person when he is in bad times is not friendship,
For that thought even while he is dying , would hurt him.
10.Vizhayaar vizhaya padupa , Pazhayaar kan ,
PaNbin thalai piriyaathaar.
10.Those who do not forget old friends even when they ,
Cause problems , would be liked even by their friends.