Ten million-fold 'tis greater gain, asking no alms to live,
Even from those, like eyes in worth, who nought concealing gladly give
Not to beg (at all) even from those excellent persons who cheerfully give without refusing, will do immense good.
Karavaadhu Uvandheeyum Kannannaar Kannum
Iravaamai Koti Urum.
If he that shaped the world desires that men should begging go,
Through life's long course, let him a wanderer be and perish so
If the Creator of the world has decreed even begging as a means of livelihood, may he too go abegging and perish.
Irandhum Uyirvaazhdhal Ventin Parandhu
Ketuka Ulakiyatri Yaan.
Nothing is harder than the hardness that will say,
'The plague of penury by asking alms we'll drive away.'
There is no greater folly than the boldness with which one seeks to remedy the evils of poverty by begging (rather than by working).
Inmai Itumpai Irandhudheer Vaamennum
Vanmaiyin Vanpaatta Thil.
Who ne'er consent to beg in utmost need, their worth
Has excellence of greatness that transcends the earth
Even the whole world cannot sufficiently praise the dignity that would not beg even in the midst of destitution.
Itamellaam Kollaath Thakaiththe Itamillaak
Kaalum Iravollaach Chaalpu.
Nothing is sweeter than to taste the toil-won cheer,
Though mess of pottage as tasteless as the water clear
Even thin gruel is ambrosia to him who has obtained it by labour.
Thenneer Atupurkai Aayinum Thaaldhandhadhu
Unnalin Oonginiya Thil.
E'en if a draught of water for a cow you ask,
Nought's so distasteful to the tongue as beggar's task
There is nothing more disgraceful to one's tongue than to use it in begging water even for a cow.
Aavirku Neerendru Irappinum Naavirku
Iravin Ilivandha Thil.
One thing I beg of beggars all, 'If beg ye may,
Of those who hide their wealth, beg not, I pray.'
I beseech all beggars and say, "If you need to beg, never beg of those who give unwillingly.".
Irappan Irappaarai Ellaam Irappin
Karappaar Iravanmin Endru.
The fragile bark of beggary
Wrecked on denial's rock will lie
The unsafe raft of begging will split when it strikes on the rock of refusal.
Iravennum Emaappil Thoni Karavennum
Paardhaakkap Pakku Vitum.
The heart will melt away at thought of beggary,
With thought of stern repulse 'twill perish utterly
To think of (the evil of) begging is enough to melt one's heart; but to think of refusal is enough to break it.
Iravulla Ullam Urukum Karavulla
Ulladhooum Indrik Ketum.
E'en as he asks, the shamefaced asker dies;
Where shall his spirit hide who help denies
Saying "No" to a beggar takes away his life. (but as that very word will kill the refuser) where then would the latter's life hide itself ?.
Karappavarkku Yaangolikkum Kollo Irappavar
Sollaatap Poom Uyir.