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Chapter Thirteen

அதிகாரம் 13.



1.அடக்கம் அமரருள் உய்க்கும்; அடங்காமை
ஆரிருள் உய்த்து விடும்.

Adakkam amararuL uykkum adanggaamai
AAriruL uyththu vidum.

Saints’ humility great!
Arrogance leads to the hell
To the world a treat!

Humility- a virtue lifts the human beings to the divine level;    arrogance leads one to the world of darkness-the hell.                         (121)

2. காக்க பொருளா அடக்கத்தை;ஆக்கம்
அதனின்ஊஉங்கு இல்லை உயிர்க்கு.

Kaakka poruLaa adakkaththai; aakkam
Adhaninuungu illai uyirkku.

Guard humility
No virtue richer than this
Pure Divinity!

One has got to guard the great virtue of humility as a wealth; there is no other more valuable wealth than divine humility in the world. (122)

3. செறிவுஅறிந்து சீர்மை பயக்கும் அறிவுஅறிந்து
ஆற்றின் அடங்கப் பெரின்.

Serivuarindhu seermai payakkum arivuarindhu
Aatrin adangap perin.

Realize and act
Modesty is self control
To be hailed in fact!

Realizing the virtues and acting on the basis of realization and adopt humility in life, will fetch the recognition of the world to be deemed as a great wealth.                               (123)

4. நிலையில் திரியாது அடங்கியான் தோற்றம்
மலையினும் மாணப் பெரிது.

Nilaiyil thiriyaadhu adangiyaan thoatram
Malaiyinum maaNap peridhu.
Taller than the peak

Is the one who holds to this
All others to seek!

The one who keeps humility as a virtue and holds to it, will reavh the peak of glory and joy.                                          (124)

5.எல்லார்க்கும் நன்றுஆம் பணிதல்; அவருள்ளும்
செல்வர்க்கே செல்வம் தகைத்து.

Ellarkkum nanraam paNidhal avaruLLum
Selvarkkae selvam thagaiththu.

Modesty for all
More so to the big and rich
Makes each and all tall!

Humility is good for all ; it is all the more important for the big and rich to be humble.                                       (125)

ஒருமையுள் ஆமைபோல் ஐந்துஅடக்கல் ஆற்றின்
எழுமையும் ஏமாப்பு உடைத்து.

OrumaiyuL aamaipoal aindhu adakkal  aatrin
Ezumaiyum aemaappu udaiththu.

Tortoise withdraws safe!
One who controls senses five
Keeps seven births strong!

The ability to keep all the five senses under strict control as a tortoise is able to withdraw into its shell, will keep all the coming births also safe and sound.                                     (126)

7. யாகாவார் ஆயினும் நா காக்க; காவாக்கால்
சோகாப்பர் சொல்லிழுக்குப் பட்டு.;

Yakaavaar aayinum naa kaakka; kaavaakkaal
Soakaappar sol izukkup pattu.
Control face or nose

But sure the tongue that helps speak
Lest one suffers woes!

Whatever one keeps under his control or not one has to keep his tongue under control lest he will face disgrace and ignominy.         (127)

8. ஒன்றானும் தீச்சொல் பொருட்பயன் உண்டாயின்
நன்றுஆகா தாகி விடும்.

Ondraanum theechchol porutpayan uNdaayin
Nanruaakaa thaaki vidum.

Amidst sweet deeds-words
A mix of words harsh and sharp
Hurts and proves a sword!

One wrong doing or saying can erase all the good deeds one has done in the past.                        (128)

9. தீயினால் சுட்டபுண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே
நாவினால் சுட்ட வடு.

Theeyinaal chuttapuN uLLaarum aaraadhae
Naavinaal chutta vadu.

Wounds of fire get cured
Those of words cruel and harsh
A permanent scar!

Wounds arising out of fire may get cured in course but not the one caused by one’s harsh and cruel words.                                                (129)

10.கதம்காத்துக் கற்றுஅடங்கல் ஆற்றுவான் செவ்வி
அறம்பார்க்கும் ஆற்றின் நுழைந்து.

Kadhamkaaththuk katru adanggal aatruvaan sevvi
Arampaarkkum aatrin nuzhaindhu.

Wrath controlled, learned well
To him the Lord of Virtues
In praise rings the bell!

Lord of virtues will wait to look at the one who controls his anger, learns continuously and acts with humility.                                      (130)



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