Call that a gift to needy men thou dost dispense,
All else is void of good, seeking for recompense
To give to the destitute is true charity All other gifts have the nature of (what is done for) a measured return.
Variyaarkkondru Eevadhe Eekaimar Rellaam
Kuriyedhirppai Neera Thutaiththu.
Though men declare it heavenward path, yet to receive is ill;
Though upper heaven were not, to give is virtue still
To beg is evil, even though it were said that it is a good path (to heaven) To give is good, even though it were said that those who do so cannot obtain heaven.
Nallaaru Eninum Kolaldheedhu Melulakam
Illeninum Eedhale Nandru.
'I've nought' is ne'er the high-born man's reply;
He gives to those who raise themselves that cry
(Even in a low state) not to adopt the mean expedient of saying "I have nothing," but to give, is the characteristic of the mad of noble birth.
Ilanennum Evvam Uraiyaamai Eedhal
Kulanutaiyaan Kanne Yula.
The suppliants' cry for aid yields scant delight,
Until you see his face with grateful gladness bright
To see men begging from us in disagreeable, until we see their pleasant countenance.
Innaadhu Irakkap Patudhal Irandhavar
Inmukang Kaanum Alavu.
'Mid devotees they're great who hunger's pangs sustain,
Who hunger's pangs relieve a higher merit gain
The power of those who perform penance is the power of enduring hunger It is inferior to the power of those who remove the hunger (of others).
Aatruvaar Aatral Pasiaatral Appasiyai
Maatruvaar Aatralin Pin.
Let man relieve the wasting hunger men endure;
For treasure gained thus finds he treasure-house secure
The removal of the killing hunger of the poor is the place for one to lay up his wealth.
Atraar Azhipasi Theerththal Aqdhoruvan
Petraan Porulvaip Puzhi.
Whose soul delights with hungry men to share his meal,
The hand of hunger's sickness sore shall never feel
The fiery disease of hunger shall never touch him who habitually distributes his food to others.
Paaththoon Mareei Yavanaip Pasiyennum
Theeppini Theental Aridhu.
Delight of glad'ning human hearts with gifts do they not know.
Men of unpitying eye, who hoard their wealth and lose it so
Do the hard-eyed who lay up and lose their possessions not know the happiness which springs from the pleasure of giving ?.
Eeththuvakkum Inpam Ariyaarkol Thaamutaimai
Vaiththizhakkum Vanka Navar.
They keep their garners full, for self alone the board they spread;-
'Tis greater pain, be sure, than begging daily bread
29 Solitary and unshared eating for the sake of filling up one's own riches is certainly much more.
Iraththalin Innaadhu Mandra Nirappiya
Thaame Thamiyar Unal.
'Tis bitter pain to die, 'Tis worse to live.
For him who nothing finds to give
Nothing is more unpleasant than death: yet even that is pleasant where charity cannot be exercised.
Saadhalin Innaadha Thillai Inidhadhooum
Eedhal Iyaiyaak Katai.