Seek not the gamester's play; though you should win,
Your gain is as the baited hook the fish takes in
Though able to win, let not one desire gambling; (for) even what is won is like a fish swallowing the iron in fish-hook.
Ventarka Vendritinum Soodhinai Vendradhooum
Thoontirpon Meenvizhungi Atru.
Is there for gamblers, too, that gaining one a hundred lose, some way
That they may good obtain, and see a prosperous day
That they may good obtain, and see a prosperous day? Is there indeed a means of livelihood that can bestow happiness on gamblers who gain one and lose a hundred?.
Ondreydhi Noorizhakkum Soodharkkum Untaangol
Nandreydhi Vaazhvadhor Aaru.
If prince unceasing speak of nought but play,
Treasure and revenue will pass from him away
If the king is incessantly addicted to the rolling dice in the hope of gain, his wealth and the resources thereof will take their departure and fall into other's hands.
Urulaayam Ovaadhu Koorin Porulaayam
Pooip Purame Patum.
Gaming brings many woes, and ruins fair renown;
Nothing to want brings men so surely down
There is nothing else that brings (us) poverty like gambling which causes many a misery and destroys (one's) reputation.
Sirumai Palaseydhu Seerazhikkum Soodhin
Varumai Tharuvadhondru Il.
The dice, and gaming-hall, and gamester's art, they eager sought,
Thirsting for gain- the men in other days who came to nought
Penniless are those who by reason of their attachment would never forsake gambling, the gamblingplace and the handling (of dice).
Kavarum Kazhakamum Kaiyum Tharukki
Ivariyaar Illaaki Yaar.
Gambling's Misfortune's other name: o'er whom she casts her veil,
They suffer grievous want, and sorrows sore bewail
Those who are swallowed by the goddess called "gambling" will never have their hunger satisfied, but suffer the pangs of hell in the next world.
Akataaraar Allal Uzhapparsoo Thennum
Mukatiyaan Mootappat Taar.
Ancestral wealth and noble fame to ruin haste,
If men in gambler's halls their precious moments waste
To waste time at the place of gambling will destroy inherited wealth and goodness of character.
Pazhakiya Selvamum Panpum Ketukkum
Kazhakaththuk Kaalai Pukin.
Gambling wastes wealth, to falsehood bends the soul: it drives away
All grace, and leaves the man to utter misery a prey
Gambling destroys property, teaches falsehood, puts an end to benevolence, and brings in misery (here and hereafter).
Porul Ketuththup Poimer Koleei Arulketuththu
Allal Uzhappikkum Soodhu.
Clothes, wealth, food, praise, and learning, all depart
From him on gambler's gain who sets his heart
The habit of gambling prevents the attainment of these five: clothing, wealth, food, fame and learning.
Utaiselvam Oonoli Kalviendru Aindhum
Ataiyaavaam Aayang Kolin.
Howe'er he lose, the gambler's heart is ever in the play;
E'en so the soul, despite its griefs, would live on earth alway
As the gambler loves (his vice) the more he loses by it, so does the soul love (the body) the more it suffers through it.
Izhaththoru?um Kaadhalikkum Soodhepol Thunpam
Uzhaththoru?um Kaadhatru Uyir.