Padai matchi -77th Chapter of Thirukural-
(The greatness of army.)
(This is a chapter about how an army of the king should be .In the modern context It could be techniques and ways used to fight the competitor .Read the following with this in mind ,You would see how meaningful are the great words of the great poet.)
1.Uruppamainthu ooranjaa velpadai vendhan,
Verukkayul yellam thalai.
1.The greatest wealth of a king is an army with all sections,
Which is not scared of sorrows and wins the enemy.
2.Ulaividathu ooranjaa vankan tholaividathu ,
Thol padaikku allal arithu.
2.Only a traditional army does not get scared of its destruction in the battle field,
And has bravery to fight in the war.
3.Olithakkal yen aam uvari elipakai,
Nakam uyirppa kedum.
3.If an army of rats joins and make sound like an ocean,
What can it do to a snake , for as soon it breaths that army would be completely desired.
4.Azhivu indru aRaipokaathu aaki vazhi vandha,
Van kan athuve padai.
4.Army is the one that which cannot be destroyed easily by the enemy,
And which has inherited the fearlessness from epic s days and belongs to the king.
5.Koothu udanru mel varinum koodi yethir nirkum,
Aaththal athuve padai.
5.Army is that unit which even if God of death with great anger,
Comes to attack it, would be able stand united and oppose him.
6.Mara maanam maNda vazhichelavu theththam,
Yena nange yemam padaikku,
6.The four aspects of security to the army are great valour,
Self respect, inherited self discipline and having the trust of the king.
7.Thar thangi chelvathu thanai thalai vantha ,
POr thangum thanmai arinthu.
7.An army knows how to win the attacking enemy army,
And marches to destroy the flag bearing army of the enemy.
8.Adal ththa kayyum aaththalum illeninum thanai,
Padainthakayaal paadu perum.
8.Even though an army does have less strength to oppose the enemy,
And does not have capacity to defeat them ,
By properly arranging it, its greatness can be increased,
9.Chirumayum chellaa thuniyum varumayum,
Yil aayin vellum padai.
9.If an army does not get reduced , does not have hatred that does not decrease,
And does not have poverty that army will win.
10.Nilaimakkal chala udaitheninum thanai,
THalai makkal yil vazhi yil.
10.though the army has stable valorous soldiers, If there are ,
None to lead them properly , it would get destroyed without any use.