Nalkuravu-105th chapter of Thirukural-
(A graphic description of the ill of poverty. Most of the points are true even today.)
1.Inmayin innathathu yaathenin, inmayin,
1.If you ask what causes as much sorrow as poverty,
We can only say, only poverty causes as much sorrow as poverty.
2.Inmai yena oru paavu marumayum,
Immayum indri varum.
2.If the sinner called poverty catches some one,
That person would lose joy of this world as well as the other world.
3.Tholvaravum thoalum kedukkum thogayaaga ,
Nalkuravu tenum nasai.
3,The poverty caused by poisonous desire for riches,
Would spoil the name of our great lineage and the fame due to it.
4.Yirpiranthaar kanneyum inmai ili vantha ,
Chorpirakkum chorvu tharum.
4.Poverty would cause the weakness which makes,
People of great lineage tell evil words.
5.Nalkuravu yenum idumbayul palkurai,
THunbangal chendru padum.
5.Due to the sorrowful state called poverty,
Several type of sorrows would appear.
6.Narporul nankunarnthu chollinum nalkoornthaar,
Chorporul chorvu padum.
6.Though a poor man understands good things in good books ,
And tells them clearly, it would some times be not accepted by others.
7.Arancharaa nalkuravu yeendrathaa yaanum,
Piran poala nokka padum.
7.If poverty which prevents one from acting according to Dharma ,
Reaches a person, even the mother who gave birth to him would think him as an outsider.
8.Yindrum varuvathu kollo neruthalum,
KOndrathu poalum nirappu.
8.Would the poverty which came yesterday as if to kill me ,
Come to me today also?
9.Neruppinul thunjalum aagum nirappinul,
Yaathondrum kan paadu arithu.
9.Even though a person can perhaps sleep in fire surrounding him,
He cannot close his eyes in sleep in any way, when affected by poverty.
10.Thuppuravillaar thuvara thurvaamai,
Uppirkkum kaadikkum koothu.
10.The poor who do not have materials leading to joy ,
Are living in a family without leaving everything for the sake of gruel and salt.