The men of household virtue, firm in way of good, sustain
The other orders three that rule professed maintain
7 He will be called a (true) householder, who is a firm support to the virtuous of the three orders in.
Ilvaazhvaan Enpaan Iyalputaiya Moovarkkum
Nallaatrin Nindra Thunai.
To anchorites, to indigent, to those who've passed away,
The man for household virtue famed is needful held and stay
He will be said to flourish in domestic virtue who aids the forsaken, the poor, and the dead.
Thurandhaarkkum Thuvvaa Dhavarkkum Irandhaarkkum
Ilvaazhvaan Enpaan Thunai.
The manes, God, guests kindred, self, in due degree,
These five to cherish well is chiefest charity
The chief (duty of the householder) is to preserve the five-fold rule (of conduct) towards the manes, the Gods, his guests, his relations and himself.
Thenpulaththaar Theyvam Virundhokkal Thaanendraangu
Aimpulaththaaru Ompal Thalai.
Who shares his meal with other, while all guilt he shuns,
His virtuous line unbroken though the ages runs
His descendants shall never fail who, living in the domestic state, fears vice (in the acquisition of property) and shares his food (with others).
Pazhiyanjip Paaththoon Utaiththaayin Vaazhkkai
Vazhiyenjal Egngnaandrum Il.
If love and virtue in the household reign,
This is of life the perfect grace and gain
If the married life possess love and virtue, these will be both its duty and reward.
Anpum Aranum Utaiththaayin Ilvaazhkkai
Panpum Payanum Adhu.
If man in active household life a virtuous soul retain,
What fruit from other modes of virtue can he gain
What will he who lives virtuously in the domestic state gain by going into the other, (ascetic) state ?.
Araththaatrin Ilvaazhkkai Aatrin Puraththaatril
Pooip Peruva Thevan?.
In nature's way who spends his calm domestic days,
'Mid all that strive for virtue's crown hath foremost place
Among all those who labour (for future happiness) he is greatest who lives well in the household state.
Iyalpinaan Ilvaazhkkai Vaazhpavan Enpaan
Muyalvaarul Ellaam Thalai.
Others it sets upon their way, itself from virtue ne'er declines;
Than stern ascetics' pains such life domestic brighter shines
The householder who, not swerving from virtue, helps the ascetic in his way, endures more than those who endure penance.
Aatrin Ozhukki Aranizhukkaa Ilvaazhkkai
Norpaarin Nonmai Utaiththu.
The life domestic rightly bears true virtue's name;
That other too, if blameless found, due praise may claim
The marriage state is truly called virtue The other state is also good, if others do not reproach it.
Aran Enap Pattadhe Ilvaazhkkai Aqdhum
Piranpazhippa Thillaayin Nandru.
Who shares domestic life, by household virtues graced,
Shall, mid the Gods, in heaven who dwell, be placed
He who on earth has lived in the conjugal state as he should live, will be placed among the Gods who dwell in heaven.
Vaiyaththul Vaazhvaangu Vaazhpavan Vaanu?ryum
Theyvaththul Vaikkap Patum.