Padai cherukku-78th chapter of thirukkural-
(Pride of the army)
(THiruvalluvar in this chapter deals with the essential pride that any soldier should have .When he says , hero is one who killed an elephant with a spear and when he was unable to find a spear to kill another elephant, He becomes happy to a spear which has gone deep in him. I wish this chapter is made compulsory learning to all over soldiers,)
1,Yennai mun nillanmin thevvir palar yennai,
Mun nindru kal nindravar.
1.Oh Enemies, do not stand before my leader ,
Because there are many tomb stones planted,
Over the bodies of those who opposed him.
2.Kana muyaleitha ambinil yanai,
Pizhaitha vel yenthal inithu.
2,It is better to have a spear which missed the aim on a great elephant,
Than having a arrow which has killed a rabbit.
3.Peranmai yenba tharukan othutha kaal,
Ooranmai mathathan ekku.
3,The great virility lies in fighting the enemy without getting scared,
But the sharpness of virility lies in helping them when they fall in great sorrow.
4.Kai vel kaliththodu pokki varupavan ,
Mei vel pariyaa najum,
4.A person who killed an elephant attacking with spear and
Is searching for a spear to kill another elephant,
Would be happy to see an enemy spear which has entered him.
5.Vizhitha kan vel konderiya azhithimai pin,
Ottandro van kanavarkku.
5.If the eye which angrily saw the enemy closes and opens .
His eyes seeing the spear thrown by the enemy ,
Then it is a defeat to the fearless hero.
6.Vizhu pun padatha naal yellam vazhukkinul,
Vaikkum than nalai yeduthu.
6. A hero will count the days he lived and would consider ,
Those days as useless when his face and chest are not injured.
7.CHuzhalum isai vendi vendaa uyiraar,
Chuzhal yaapu karikai neerthu.
7.Those heroes who are not bothered about their life aiming,
At fame all over the world wear heroes anklets only for beauty.
8.Urin uyir anjaa maravar iraivan ,
Cherinum cheer kundral ilar.
8.Those heroes who are not bothered to die ,
Would not loose their enthusiasm even if their king prevents them.
9.Izhaithathu ikavaamai chavaarai yaare ,
Pizhaithathu orukkirpavar .
9. People would not blame that hero who fought greatly,
And died as per their oath , as having sought an early death.
10.Puranthaar kan neer malka chakin pin chakkadu ,
Iranthu kol thakkathu udaithu.
10. If a hero dies bringing out tears in the eyes of his king,
That great death is suitable to be got by begging.