Chaandraanmai-99th chapter of Thirukural-
(The quality of being learned)
Translated by ,
(Valluvar says in this chapter that Love , fear to do bad acts , behaving like others. Mercy and truthfulness are the important characters of a learned person. How many of us are having them all?)
1.Kadanenba nallavai yellam kadan arinthu,
Chandranmai mer kolpavarkku,
1,Those who understand their duties due to their quality of being learned,
Would naturally have all the good characters.
2..Guna nalam chandror nalane pira nalam,
2.The welfare of the learned is the welfare of the good qualities in them,
All other type of welfare are not really their welfare.
3.Anbu naan opuravu kannottam vaimayodu ,
Iynthu chalpu oondriya thoon.
3.The five pillars that support learnedness are .
Love , fear to do bad acts , behaving like others. Mercy and truthfulness.
4.KOllaa nalathathu nonmai pirar theemai ,
Chollaa nalathathu chalpu,
4.Dharma/penance is not killing anything and learnedness,
Similarly is not pointing out mistakes of others.
5,AAththuvaar aaththal panithal athu chandror ,
Maaththarai maththum padai.
5. Those who are very able will have humility with others,
And that humility is a weapon to remove enmity from enemies.
6.Chalpirkku kattalai yaathenin tholvi ,
Thulayallar j kannum kolal.
6.The touchstone for learnedness is accepting defeat ,
From those who are no way comparable to them.
7.Inna cheithaarkkum iniyave cheyyaa kkal ,
Yenna bhayanthatho chalpu.
7.What other thing , other than doing good to those ,
Who trouble us , can be expected from learned people.
8.Inmai oruvarkku ilivandru chalpennum ,
Thinmai undaka perin.
8.When one has the strength of learnedness with him,
The state of being poor is not a bad thing for him.
9,OOzhi peyarinum thaam peyaraar , chandranmaikku ,
9,Even if being destroyed by the deluge, leaned people ,
W ho are wide like an ocean would not change their state.
10.AAththuvaar aaththal panithal , athu chandror ,
Matharai mathum padai.
10 , If very learned people change their state to lower position,
This world would not be able to bear their burden.