Soodhu-94th chapter of Thirukural-
(These golden words of Valluvar about Gambling are so true that , it would never get out of date.)
1.Vendarkka vendridinum choothinai , vendrathoom,
Thoondil pon meen vizhungiyathu.
1.If you are winning do not desire to gamble as victory,
Is like the iron hook swallowed by the fish.
2.Ondreythi noorizhakkum chootharkkum undangol,
Nandreythi vaazhvathor aaru.
2.To the gambler losing hundred things, due to winning ,
Of one thing, is there a way to live well.
3.Urulaayam oovaathu koorin porulaayam,
Poai purame padum.
3.If a gambler keeps on rotating the dice by telling the bet,
The income of wealth would desert him and reach others.
4.Chirumai pala cheithu cheerazhikkum choothin,
Varumai tharuvathondru yil.
4.There is nothing else worse than gambling ,
In causing sorrow and in giving poverty.
5.Kavarum kazhakamum kayyum tharukki ,
Yivariyaar yillaki yaar.
5.Those who do not estimate the dice , the casinos and skill ,
In gambling and leave gambling would loose everything.
6.Akataraar allal uzhappar choothu yennum,
Mukatiyaan mooda pattaar.
6.Those who are influences by Gambling which is Goddess Jyeshta*,
Would not eat sufficiently and sorrow greatly.
*.Goddess of misfortune , elder sister of Goddess Lakshmi
7.Pazhakiya chelvamum panpum kedukkum,
Kazhakathu kaalai pugin.
7.If one spends all time in casinos , the wealth,
And culture which he is used to would get destroyed.
8.Porul keduthu poi merkolee arul keduthu,
Allal uzhappikkum choothu.
8.Gambling causes loss of wealth , make one a liar ,
Make him loose his culture and make him sad,
9.Udai chelvam oon oli kalvi yendru iynthum,
Adayaavaam aayam kolin.
9.A gambler would loose five things namely , dress,
Wealth , food , fame and education.
10.Yizhasthoroom kadalikkum choothe poal thunbam ,
10.Gambling which makes you love it more when you lose ,
Is like the person who loves the body more when it suffers.