Maanam-97th chapter of Thirukural-
(Indian culture gives very great importance to self respect ,Valluvar says that A man losing his self respect does not have even right to live .Please remember Bhima’s words in Mahabharatha , “Even by losing life , I would protect my self-respect , for life is temporary but self respect would live as long as sun and moon,)
1.Indri amayaa chirappina aayinum ,
Kundra varupa vidal.
1.Wven the acts are unavoidable , if it,
Brings down your self respect, those should not be done.
2,Cheerinum cheeralla cheyyare cheerodu,
2.Those who desire to have greatness and great respect,
Would not do evil acts which may lead to fame and wealth.
3.Perukkathu vendum panithal chiriya,
Karukkathu vendum uyarvu.
3.Those with great respect should behave with humility even ,
When they are rich and should protect ,
Their self respect when wealth s decrease.
4.Thalayin izhintha mayiranayar maanthar,
Nilayin izhitha kadai .
4.When a person slips from high status to low,
He would be neglected like the hair that has been shaved from the head.
5.Kumdrin anayaarum kundruvar , kundruva,
Kundri abaya cheyin.
5.Even those who are as great as a mountain , by doing a little seed measure,
Of evil acts , would loose their self respect.
6.Pugazh yindraal putheLnaatu uyyathaal yen mathu,
Yigazhvaar pin chendru nilai.
6,. The act of standing behind those who berate us , would not give,
Fame in this world and nor take us to heavens.
7.Ottar pin chendroruvan vaazhthalin annilaye ,
Kettan yenapaduthal nandru.
7.Living along those who disrespect us is worse than ,
Being told “He got destroyed in his own state of affairs.”
8.Maruntho maththu oon vombum vaazhkkai , perumthakaimai,
Peedazhiya vandha idathu.
8.Would keeping the body only alive by medicine for deathlessness
Better than living when our self respect is destroyed?
9.Mayir neepin vaazhaa kavari maan, annaar,
Uyir neepar maanam varin.
9.A musk deer would not live when it loses its hair,
And People similar to it would not live when they lose their self-respect.
10.Ilivarin vaazhaatha maanam udayaar ,
OLithozhuthu yethum ulagu.
10,Those who do not prefer live when they lose their self respect,
Would praised and saluted by the entire world.