Perumai-98th chapter of Thirukural-
(THiruvalluvar analyses in this chapter “Greatness of person ” and tries to define it. So true and so natural)
1.Oli oruvarkku ulla verukkai ini oruvarkku,
Akthu iranthu vaazhthum yil.
1.Greatness of a person is due to great enthusiasm ,
And inferior nature of a person is due to,
The feeling that they can live without enthusiasm.
2.Pirapokkum yella uyirkkum , chirappovva ,
Chei thozhil vettumai yaan.
2.Though by birth everyone is equal ,
The nature of the job he does , gives rise to differences.
3.Melirundhum mel allar , keezhirundum ,
Keezhallaar keezh allavar.
3.Though in great place , a person not having great qualities is not great,
And though a person is in a low position who does not have ,
Low type of qualities is really not a low person.
4.Orumai makalire poala perumayum ,
THannaithaan kondozhukin undu.
4.If a person is like a women of great virtue,
Is stable in his good character,
And is able to protect his character he is great.
5,Perumai udayavar aathuvar aathin,
Arumai udaya cheyal.
5.Great people engage themselves in doing acts,
Which are rare and complete them.
6.Chiriyaar unarchiyul illi periyaarai ,
Peni kolvomennum nokku.
6,The lower people do not understand how,
Praise the great ones and do not try to do their type of deeds.
7.Irappe purintha thozhiththaam chirappum thaan,
CHeerallavar kan padin.
7.If the greatness of life are h got by a people of low nature,
It would increase their pride and it would not fit them.
8.Paniyumaam yendrum perumai , chirumai,
Aniyumaam thannai viyanthu.
8,Greatless would always be along with humility,
And lower nature would make them praise themselves.
9.Perumai perumitham inmai , chirumi,
Perumitham oornthu vidal.
9.Greatness is due to absence of pride and ,
Lower nature makes them proud for no reason.
10.Aththam maraikkum perumai chirumai thaan,
Kuththame koori vidum.
10.Great people would hide fault of others but the low ones,
Would hide the good qualities of others and only say their faults.