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Thirukkural in English

ARATHUPPAL
DEALING WITH VIRTUE
1. THE EXCELLENCE OF RAIN -

The Excellence of Rain -



Tamil
.

Trans VanNindru Ulagam Valangi Varudhalaal


-literate ThanAmildham Endrunarar Paatru

Meaning By the continuance of rain the world is


in English preserved in existence; it is therefore
worthy to be called ambrosia(Gods
Food).
The Excellence of Rain -


Tamil
.

Trans Thupparkkuth Thuppaya Thuppakki


Thupparkkuth Thuppaya Thooum Malai
-literate

Meaning Rain produces good food, and is


in English itself food.
The Excellence of Rain -


Tamil
.

Trans VinIndru Poipin Virineer


-literate Viyanulagathu
Ulnindru Udatrum Pasi
Meaning If the cloud, withholding rain,
in English deceive (our hopes) hunger will long
distress the sea-girt spacious world.
The Excellence of Rain -

Tamil
.

Trans Yerin Ulaa-ar Ulavar Puyalennum


-literate Vaari Valangundrik kaal

Meaning If the abundance of wealth imparting


in English rain diminish, the labour of the
plough must cease.
The Excellence of Rain -



Tamil .

Trans Keduppathum Kettarkku Chaarvai Mattrange


Eduppathum Ellam Malai
-literate

Meaning Rain by its absence ruins men; and


in English by its existence restores them to
fortune.
The Excellence of Rain -



Tamil .

Trans Visumbin ThuliVeelin Allal Mattrange


-literate Pasumbul Thalaikaanbu Arithu

Meaning If no drop falls from the clouds, not


in English even the green blade of grass will be
seen.
The Excellence of Rain -


Tamil .

Trans Nedunkadalum thanneermai kundrum thadinthezhili


dhaannalgaa dhaagi vidin.
-literate

Meaning Even the wealth of the wide sea will


in English be diminished, if the cloud that has
drawn (its waters) up gives them not
back again (in rain).
The Excellence of Rain -

Tamil




.

Trans sirappodu poosanai sellaadhu vaanam


-literate varakkumel vaanorkkum eendu.

Meaning If the heaven dry up, neither yearly


in English festivals, nor daily worship will be
offered in this world, to the
celestials.
The Excellence of Rain -


Tamil .

Trans Thaanam Thavamirandum thangaa


viyanulagam
-literate vaanam vazhangaa thenin.

Meaning If rain fall not, penance and alms-


in English deeds will not dwell within this
spacious world.
The Excellence of Rain -



Tamil .

Trans neerindru amaiyaadhu ulaguenin


yaaryaarkkum
-literate vaanindru amaiyaadhu ozhukku.

Meaning If it be said that the duties of life


in English cannot be discharged by any person
without water, so without rain there
cannot be the flowing of water.