The wise declare, through all the days, to every living thing
That ceaseless round of birth from seed of strong desire doth spring
(The wise) say that the seed, which produces unceasing births, at all times, to all creatures, is desire.
Avaaenpa Ellaa Uyirkkum Enj Gnaandrum
Thavaaap Pirappeenum Viththu.
If desire you feel, freedom from changing birth require!
'I' will come, if you desire to 'scape, set free from all desire
If anything be desired, freedom from births should be desired; that (freedom from births) will be attained by desiring to be without desire.
Ventungaal Ventum Piravaamai Matradhu
Ventaamai Venta Varum.
No glorious wealth is here like freedom from desire;
To bliss like this not even there can soul aspire
There is in this world no excellence equal to freedom from desire; and even in that world, there is nothing like it.
Ventaamai Anna Vizhuchchelvam Eentillai
Aantum Aqdhoppadhu Il.
Desire's decease as purity men know;
That, too, from yearning search for truth will grow
Purity (of mind) consists in freedom from desire; and that (freedom from desire) is the fruit of the love of truth.
Thoouymai Enpadhu Avaavinmai Matradhu
Vaaaimai Venta Varum.
Men freed from bonds of strong desire are free;
None other share such perfect liberty
They are said to be free (from future birth) who are freed from desire; all others (who, whatever else they may be free from, are not freed from desire) are not thus free.
Atravar Enpaar Avaaatraar Matraiyaar
Atraaka Atradhu Ilar.
Desire each soul beguiles;
True virtue dreads its wiles
It is the chief duty of (an ascetic) to watch against desire with (jealous) fear; for it has power to deceive (and destroy) him.
Anjuva Thorum Arane Oruvanai
Vanjippa Thorum Avaa.
Who thoroughly rids his life of passion-prompted deed,
Deeds of unfailing worth shall do, which, as he plans, succeed
If a man thoroughly cut off all desire, the deeds, which confer immortality, will come to him, in the path in which he seeks them.
Avaavinai Aatra Aruppin Thavaavinai
Thaanventu Maatraan Varum.
Affliction is not known where no desires abide;
Where these are, endless rises sorrow's tide
There is no sorrow to those who are without desire; but where that is, (sorrow) will incessantly come, more and more.
Avaaillaark Killaakun Thunpam Aqdhuntel
Thavaaadhu Menmel Varum.
When dies away desire, that woe of woes
Ev'n here the soul unceasing rapture knows
Even while in this body, joy will never depart (from the mind, in which) desire, that sorrow of sorrows, has been destroyed.
Inpam Itaiyaraa Theentum Avaavennum
Thunpaththul Thunpang Ketin.
Drive from thy soul desire insatiate;
Straight'way is gained the moveless blissful state
The removal of desire, whose nature it is never to be satisfied, will immediately confer a nature that can never be changed.
Aaraa Iyarkai Avaaneeppin Annilaiye
Peraa Iyarkai Tharum.