Iravacham-107th chapter of Thirukural-
(The shyness caused by begging)
(I have translated by now 1070 kural stanzas but what brought me tears is the second kural of this chapter.Valluvar says , that if God wants some people to live by begging , that God needs to suffer. It is similar to the words of Mahakavi Bharathy , that he would prefer to destroy the world if any individual does not have foo,Please read this chapter fully , it would make you a different person.)
1.Karavaathu ulam theeyum kannannar kannum,
Iravaamai kodi perum.
1,Not begging with an eye like person who does not hide what he has ,
But gives with great joy, is one crore times valuable than what we ask.
2,Iranthum uyir vaazthal vendin paranthu,
2.If God felt the need for some persons to live by begging ,
Let that creator of the world wander everywhere and get spoiled.
3.Inmai idumbai iranthu theer vaamennum,
Vanmayil vanpaattathu yil.
3.If a person feels that poverty can be managed by begging,
There is nothing more worse than that.
4.Idamellam kolla thagaithe idamella,
Kalum irovalla chalpu.
4.The culture (peace of mind) of not wanting to beg in spite of poverty ,
Is greatest in this wide world .
5.TheNNeer adupurkai yayinum thaal thanthathu ,
Unnalin oonginiyathu yil.
5.Even if we get clear water like gruel only by our effort ,
Nothing is sweeter than eating that.
6.AAvirkku neerendru Yirappinum navirkku,
Yiravin ili vanthathu yil.
6.Even if we have to beg water for our cow to drink,
There is nothing worse for the toungue than that begging.
7.Yirappan yirapparai yellaam yirappin,
Karappaar iravinmin tendru.
7.If I have to ask someone to beg, I would request him ,
Not to go to beg with a person who hides what he has and does not give anything.
8.Iravennum yemaappil thoni karavennum ,
Parthaakka pakku vidum.
8.The ship without security called begging use to cross the sea of poverty,
Would break in to pieces if it hits a stone called “not giving and hiding.”
9.Iravulla ullam urukum , karavulla ,
Ullathoom indri kedum.
9.If we think of begging our heart will melt,
But if we think about hiding and not giving, that mind itself would vanish.
10.Karppavarkku yaangu olikkum kollo , yirappavr ,
Chollada poalum uyir.
10.When those who hide their wealth and say “no”, the soul ,
Of the one who begs would go away, but where would ,
The soul of those who hide and not give hide itself.