With sinful act men cease to feel the dread of ill within,
The excellent will dread the wanton pride of cherished sin
Those who have experience of evil deeds will not fear, but the excellent will fear the pride of sin.
Theevinaiyaar Anjaar Vizhumiyaar Anjuvar
Theevinai Ennum Serukku.
Since evils new from evils ever grow,
Evil than fire works out more dreaded woe
Because evil produces evil, therefore should evil be feared more than fire.
Theeyavai Theeya Payaththalaal Theeyavai
Theeyinum Anjap Patum.
Even to those that hate make no return of ill;
So shalt thou wisdom's highest law, 'tis said, fulfil
So shalt thou wisdom's highest law, 'tis said, fulfil.
Arivinul Ellaan Thalaiyenpa Theeya
Seruvaarkkum Seyyaa Vital.
Though good thy soul forget, plot not thy neighbour's fall,
Thy plans shall 'virtue's Power' by ruin to thyself forestall
Even though forgetfulness meditate not the ruin of another Virtue will meditate the ruin of him who thus meditates.
Marandhum Piranketu Soozharka Soozhin
Aranjoozham Soozhndhavan Ketu.
Make not thy poverty a plea for ill;
Thy evil deeds will make thee poorer still
Commit not evil, saying, "I am poor": if you do, you will become poorer still.
Ilan Endru Theeyavai Seyyarka Seyyin
Ilanaakum Matrum Peyarththu.
What ranks as evil spare to do, if thou would'st shun
Affliction sore through ill to thee by others done
Let him not do evil to others who desires not that sorrows should pursue him.
Theeppaala Thaanpirarkan Seyyarka Noippaala
Thannai Atalventaa Thaan.
From every enmity incurred there is to 'scape, a way;
The wrath of evil deeds will dog men's steps, and slay
However great be the enmity men have incurred they may still live The enmity of sin will incessantly pursue and kill.
Enaippakai Yutraarum Uyvar Vinaippakai
Veeyaadhu Pinsendru Atum.
Man's shadow dogs his steps where'er he wends;
Destruction thus on sinful deeds attends
Destruction will dwell at the heels of those who commit evil even as their shadow that leaves them not.
Theeyavai Seydhaar Ketudhal Nizhaldhannai
Veeyaadhu Atiurain Thatru.
Beware, if to thyself thyself is dear,
Lest thou to aught that ranks as ill draw near
If a man love himself, let him not commit any sin however small.
Thannaiththaan Kaadhala Naayin Enaiththondrum
Thunnarka Theevinaip Paal.
The man, to devious way of sin that never turned aside,
From ruin rests secure, whatever ills betide
Know ye that he is freed from destruction who commits no evil, going to neither side of the right path.
Arungetan Enpadhu Arika Marungotith
Theevinai Seyyaan Enin.