Though linked to splendours man no otherwise may gain,
Reject each act that may thine honour's clearness stain
Actions that would degrade (one's) family should not be done; though they may be so important that not doing them would end in death.
Indri Amaiyaach Chirappina Aayinum
Kundra Varupa Vital.
Who seek with glory to combine honour's untarnished fame,
Do no inglorious deeds, though men accord them glory's name
Those who desire (to maintain their) honour, will surely do nothing dishonourable, even for the sake of fame.
Seerinum Seeralla Seyyaare Seerotu
Peraanmai Ventu Pavar.
Bow down thy soul, with increase blest, in happy hour;
Lift up thy heart, when stript of all by fortune's power
In great prosperity humility is becoming; dignity, in great adversity.
Perukkaththu Ventum Panidhal Siriya
Surukkaththu Ventum Uyarvu.
Like hairs from off the head that fall to earth,
When fall'n from high estate are men of noble birth
They who have fallen from their (high) position are like the hair which has fallen from the head.
Thalaiyin Izhindha Mayiranaiyar Maandhar
Nilaiyin Izhindhak Katai.
If meanness, slight as 'abrus' grain, by men be wrought,
Though like a hill their high estate, they sink to nought
Even those who are exalted like a hill will be thought low, if they commit deeds that are debasing.
Kundrin Anaiyaarum Kundruvar Kundruva
Kundri Anaiya Seyin.
It yields no praise, nor to the land of Gods throws wide the gate:
Why follow men who scorn, and at their bidding wait
Why follow men who scorn, and at their bidding wait?.
Pukazhindraal Puththelnaattu Uyyaadhaal Enmatru
Ikazhvaarpin Sendru Nilai.
Better 'twere said, 'He's perished!' than to gain
The means to live, following in foeman's train
It is better for a man to be said of him that he died in his usual state than that he eked out his life by following those who disgraced him.
Ottaarpin Sendroruvan Vaazhdhala?n Annilaiye
Kettaan Enappatudhal Nandru.
When high estate has lost its pride of honour meet,
Is life, that nurses this poor flesh, as nectar sweet
For the high-born to keep their body in life when their honour is gone will certainly not prove a remedy against death.
Marundhomatru Oonompum Vaazhkkai Perundhakaimai
Peetazhiya Vandha Itaththu.
Like the wild ox that, of its tuft bereft, will pine away,
Are those who, of their honour shorn, will quit the light of day
Those who give up (their) life when (their) honour is at stake are like the yark which kills itself at the loss of (even one of) its hairs.
Mayirneeppin Vaazhaak Kavarimaa Annaar
Uyirneeppar Maanam Varin.
Who, when dishonour comes, refuse to live, their honoured memory
Will live in worship and applause of all the world for aye
The world will (always) praise and adore the fame of the honourable who would rather die than suffer indignity.
Ilivarin Vaazhaadha Maanam Utaiyaar
Olidhozhudhu Eththum Ulaku.