VOICE OF VALLUVAR Part 12.

Chapter Twelve

அதிகாரம் 12.

EQUITY

நடுவுநிலைமை.

  1. தகுதி எனஒன்று நன்றே பகுதியால்

பாற்பட்டு ஒழுகப் பெரின்.

Thaguthi enaonru nanrae pagudhiyaal

Paarpattu ozukap perin.

It brings all the good

When one shows equity nice

To everyone you should!

That indeed is a virtue when an individual keeps equity towards all irrespective of any factor such as friend- foe, known- unknown, big- small, educated- uneducated, men- women and so on                           (111)

2. செப்பம் உடையவன் ஆக்கம் சிதைவுஇன்றி

எச்சத்திற்கு ஏமாப்பு உடைத்து.

Seppam udaiyavan aakkam sidhaivuinri

Echchaththirkku aemaappu udaiththu.

The wealth that he earns

Will last ever for his heirs

Sure equity turns!

The assets of the man who follows the virtue of equity will never get diminished and be intact for his successive generations.               (112)

3. நன்றே தரினும் நடுவுஇகந்துஆம் ஆக்கத்தை

அன்றே அழிய விடல்.

 

Nanrae tharinum naduvuigandhuaam aakkaththai

Andrae ariya vidal.

To be shunned at once

The wealth through inequity

Though turns you prince!

Even the wealth that may come to one at the cost of following the virtue of EQUITY is to be shunned and discarded.                                    (113)

4. தக்கார் தகவிலர் என்பது அவரவர்

எச்சத்தால் காணப் படும்.

Thakkaar thagaviar enbadhu avaravar

Echchaththaal kaaNap padum.

You know who is or

Who is not – through his offspring

Good, kind, nice and more!

Who indeed follows the virtue of equity and who is not can be seen through the greatness and nobility they leave after death/ through the offspring of the person.                        (114)

5. கேடும் பெருக்கமும் இல்லல்ல; நெஞ்சத்துக்

கோடாமை சான்றோர்க்கு அணி.

Kaedum perukkamum illalla nenjaththu

Koadaamai saandroarkku aNi.

The noble know well

Good or bad destiny made

Equity their jewel!

One cannot really say what poverty is and what prosperity is. But real jewel and ornament is the virtue of equity one possesses.                (115)

6. கெடுவல்யான் என்பதுஅறிகதன் நெஞ்சம்

நடுஒரீஇ அல்ல செயின்.

Keduvalyaan enbadhuarikathan nenjam

Naduoree alla seyin.

 

Let him realize

Once he strays from rectitude

Doom will patronize!

When one is about to swerve from equity, he should remember that he is inching towards his doom.                                             (116)

7. கெடுவாக வையாது உலகம் நடுவாக

நன்றிக்கண் தங்கியான் தாழ்வு.

Keduvaaga vaiyaadhu ulagam naduvaaga

NanrikkaN thangiyaan thaazhvu.

World will not abuse

The one who faces penury

Equity he has!

Even the penury suffered by a person with the virtue of equity, will not be a subject for abuse by the world.                                                     (117)

8. சமன்செய்து சீர்தூக்கும் கோல்போல் அமைந்துஒருபால்

கோடாமை சான்றோர்க்கு அணி.

Samanseydhu seerthookkum koalpoal amaindhuorupaal

Koadaamai saanroarkku aNi.

 

It’s the noble’s jewel

For him who owns rectitude

Acts as a balance!

Keeping to the virtue of equity at all costs like a balance is indeed a great jewel on the noble.                                               (118)

9. சொற்கோட்டம் இல்லது செப்பம் ஒருதலையா

உள்கோட்டம் இன்மை பெரின்.

 

sorkoattam illadhu seppam orythalaiyaa

ULkoattam inmai perin.

Rectitude is seen

In thoughts, words and deeds in life

That one should be keen!

 

Equity insists that there be no twisting and turning of words spoken and that comes of the virtue of equity in mind.                             (119)

10. வாணிகம் செய்வார்க்கு வாணிகம் பேணிப்

பிறவும் தமபோல் செயின்.

vaaNigam seyvaarkku vaaNigam paeNip

Piravum thamapoal seyin.

Trader prospers sure

When equity taken care

And that is trade fair!

Fairness of a business man lies in the virtue of equity that he practices in all his dealings.                                 (120)

 

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