Pethiamai-84th chapter of Thirukural-
(I have used the dictionary meaning of Pethaimai(Folloy) to translate this chapter .But I some how feel Man of folly should be substituted by simpleton.)
1.Pethaimai yenpathondru yaathenin ,yethamkondu,
OOthiyam poka vidal.
1.Folly consists of taking things that are harmful,
And leaving out those which are good.
2.Pethaimayul yellam pethaimai kathanmai ,
Kayyalla than kan cheyal.
2.The greatest t folly is getting attached ,
To habits that are harmful to us.
3.NaaNamai , naadamai naarinmai yaathondrum,
PeNaamai pethai thozhil.
3.Not getting shyness , not getting desire , not getting love, and,
Not providing protection all at proper time are the ways of person with folly.
4.Othi unarnthum pirarkuraithum thaan adangaa ,
Pethayin pethayaar yil.
4. A person who does not read and learn , then teach it to others ,
And then follow what he knows , is the worst possible man of folly.
5.Orumai cheyal aaththum pethai , yezhumayum,
THanpukku azhunthum aLaru
5.A man of folly would undergo the sorrow of hell,
Of his last seven births , in his one birth.
6.Poi padum ondro punai poonum kai ariyaa,
Pethai vinai mel kolin.
6.If a man of folly who does not know how to act ,
Tries to do the act, he would fail and would be chained.
7.Yethilaar aara thamarpasippar pethai,
Perum chelvam uththa kadai.
7.When a man of folly gets wealth , it would be enjoyed ,
By the unconnected ones and his relatives would starve.
8.Mayyal oruvan kalithu aththaal Pethai than,
Kai ondru udamai perin.
8.When a man of folly gets wealth, he would be ,
Like a mad person losing his stability due to Alcoholic drinks.
9.Perithu , inithu prthayaar kenmai , pirivin kan,
Peezhai tharuvathu ondru yil.
9.In a certain sense relation with a man of folly is pleasant,
Because if you part with him , you will not feel sad.
10.Kazhaakkal palliyul vaithu aththaal chandror ,
Kuzhaa athu pethai pukal.
10.A man of folly entering an assembly of wise people,
Is like retiring to bed with an unwashed dirty feet.