VOICE OF VALLUVAR Part 18

Chapter Eighteen

அதிகாரம் 18

“COVETING NOT”

வெஃகாமை (பிறர் பொருள் விரும்பாமை)

1  நடுவு இன்றி நன்பொருள் வெஃகின் குடியொன்றிக்

குற்றமும் ஆங்கே தரும்.

Naduvuindri nanporuL vehkin kutiyondrik

Kutramum aangkae tharum.

The one who covets

Against all norms suffers most

Grave evil visits!

The one who covets others wealth or belongings, he not only will lose his life but all disgrace will be with him.                        (171)

2 படுபயன்வெஃகிப் பழிப்படுவ செய்யார்

நடுவண்மை நாணு.பவர்..

Padupayan vehkip pazippaduva seyyaar

NaduvaNmai naaNu pavar.

Shy of unjust act

Know the evils of coveting

Indulge not in fact!

Those who are just and not after coveting others belongings, will not be desirous of the benefits accruing out of coveting and indulge in any act of disgrace. (172)

3.சிற்றின்பம் வெஃகி அறன் அல்ல செய்யாரே

மற்றுஇன்பம் வேண்டு பவர்..

Sitrinbam vehki aran alla seyyaarae

Matru inbam vaeNdubavar.

Sure they covet not

Who value virtues in life

Fleeting joy they hate!

Those who desire joy arising out of virtues and virtuous acts, will never do anything mean for a temporary joy by coveting others things.       (173)

4.இலம் என்று வெஃகுதல் செய்யார்; புலம்வென்ற

புன்மையில் காட்சி யவர்.

Ilamendru vehkudhal seyyaar pulamvendra

Punmaiyil kaatchi avar.

Senses five controlled

Though suffer from poverty

Covet not — a sin!

Those who have a control over their senses five will never resort to coveting others’ belongings as they are afflicted with poverty and penury. (174)

5. அஃகி அகன்ற அறிவுஎன்னாம் யார்மாட்டும்

வெஃகி வெறிய செயின்.

Ahki agandra arivu ennaam yaarmaattum

Vehki veriya seyin.

Wisdom has no charm

If it covets others wealth

Against virtues’ norm!

If the sensible people with an intent to covet others belongings against virtuous norms, of what avail is their senses so carefully nurtured with efforts and nicety? (175)

6.அருள்வெஃகி ஆற்றின்கண் நின்றான் பொருள்வெஃகிப்

பொல்லாத சூழும் கெடும்.

AruLvehki aatrinkaN nindraan poruLvehkip

Pollaadha soozum  kedum.

He is bound for hell

Who forsakes virtues in life

Covets others’ jewel!

The one who stands by virtues, if he indulges in wrong deeds with an intent to covet others wealth, he is bound to lose his virtues and go to hell.  (176)

7. வேண்டற்க வெஃகியான் ஆக்கம் விளைவயின்

மாண்டற்கு அரிதாம் பயன்.

VaeNdarka vehkiyaan aakkam viLaivayin

MaaNdarkku aridhaam payan.

Covet not others

What he gets is but disgrace

Brings doom and withers!

One should not desire for the coveted wealth; when one begins to derive joy out of it only leads to disgrace and misery.                             (177)

  1. அஃகாமை செல்வத்திற்கு யாதெனின் வெஃகாமை

வேண்டும் பிறன்கைப் பொருள்.

Ahkaamai selvaththirku yaadhenin vehkaamai

VaeNdum pirankaip poruL.

His wealth shrinks never

Who covets not others wealth

Keeps virtue ever!

When one’s wealth does not get dwindled, it is an indication that he should not think of coveting others wealth.                                     (178)

  1. அறன் அறிந்து வெஃகா அறிவுடையார்ச் சேரும்

திறன் அறிந்து ஆங்கே திரு.

Aran arindhu vehkaa arivudaiyaarch chaerum

Thiran arindhu aanggae thiru.

Covets not the wise

Sure to him the fortune swells

Virtue surely smiles!

Fortune visits those who are wise and virtuous enough not to think of coveting others wealth.                                   (179)

10.இறல்ஈனும் எண்ணாது வெஃகின், விறல்ஈனும்

வேண்டாமை என்னும் செருக்கு.

Iraleenum eNNaadhau vehkin viraleenum

VaeNdaamai ennum serukku.

Coveting ruins;

Who shuns the evils succeeds

Sure the wise prospers!

Without realizing the consequences of coveting others wealth when one indulges in that, is sure to be doomed and otherwise he prospers.  (180)

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