Expenditure, return, and profit of the deed
In time to come; weigh these- than to the act proceed
Let a man reflect on what will be lost, what will be acquired and (from these) what will be his ultimate gain, and (then, let him) act.
Azhivadhooum Aavadhooum Aaki Vazhipayakkum
Oodhiyamum Soozhndhu Seyal.
With chosen friends deliberate; next use the private thought;
Then act By those who thus proceed all works with ease are wrought
There is nothing too difficult to (be attained by) those who, before they act, reflect well themselves, and thoroughly consider (the matter) with chosen friends.
Therindha Inaththotu Therndhennich Cheyvaarkku
Arumporul Yaadhondrum Il.
To risk one's all and lose, aiming at added gain,
Is rash affair, from which the wise abstain
Wise men will not, in the hopes of profit, undertake works that will consume their principal.
Aakkam Karudhi Mudhalizhakkum Seyvinai
Ookkaar Arivutai Yaar.
A work of which the issue is not clear,
Begin not they reproachful scorn who fear
Those who fear reproach will not commence anything which has not been (thoroughly considered) and made clear to them.
Thelivi Ladhanaith Thotangaar Ilivennum
Edhappaatu Anju Pavar.
With plans not well matured to rise against your foe,
Is way to plant him out where he is sure to grow
One way to promote the prosperity of an enemy, is (for a king) to set out (to war) without having thoroughly weighed his ability (to cope with its chances).
Vakaiyarach Choozhaa Thezhudhal Pakaivaraip
Paaththip Patuppadho Raaru.
'Tis ruin if man do an unbefitting thing;
Fit things to leave undone will equal ruin bring
58 He will perish who does not what is not fit to do; and he also will perish who does not do what it is fit to.
Seydhakka Alla Seyak Ketum Seydhakka
Seyyaamai Yaanung Ketum.
Think, and then dare the deed! Who cry,
'Deed dared, we'll think,' disgraced shall be
Consider, and then undertake a matter; after having undertaken it, to say "We will consider," is folly.
Ennith Thunika Karumam Thunindhapin
Ennuvam Enpadhu Izhukku.
On no right system if man toil and strive,
Though many men assist, no work can thrive
The work, which is not done by suitable methods, will fail though many stand to uphold it.
Aatrin Varundhaa Varuththam Palarnindru
Potrinum Poththup Patum.
Though well the work be done, yet one mistake is made,
To habitudes of various men when no regard is paid
There are failures even in acting well, when it is done without knowing the various dispositions of men.
Nandraatra Lullun Thavuruntu Avaravar
Panparin Thaatraak Katai.
Plan and perform no work that others may despise;
What misbeseems a king the world will not approve as wise
Let a man reflect, and do things which bring no reproach; the world will not approve, with him, of things which do not become of his position to adopt.
Ellaadha Ennich Cheyalventum Thammotu
Kollaadha Kollaadhu Ulaku.