Smile, with patient, hopeful heart, in troublous hour;
Meet and so vanquish grief; nothing hath equal power
If troubles come, laugh; there is nothing like that, to press upon and drive away sorrow.
Itukkan Varungaal Nakuka Adhanai
Atuththoorvadhu Aqdhoppa Thil.
Though sorrow, like a flood, comes rolling on,
When wise men's mind regards it,- it is gone
A flood of troubles will be overcome by the (courageous) thought which the minds of the wise will entertain, even in sorrow.
Vellath Thanaiya Itumpai Arivutaiyaan
Ullaththin Ullak Ketum.
Who griefs confront with meek, ungrieving heart,
From them griefs, put to grief, depart
They give sorrow to sorrow, who in sorrow do not suffer sorrow.
Itumpaikku Itumpai Patuppar Itumpaikku
Itumpai Pataaa Thavar.
Like bullock struggle on through each obstructed way;
From such an one will troubles, troubled, roll away
Troubles will vanish (i.e., will be troubled) before the man who (struggles against difficulties) as a.
Matuththavaa Yellaam Pakatannaan Utra
Itukkan Itarppaatu Utaiththu.
When griefs press on, but fail to crush the patient heart,
Then griefs defeated, put to grief, depart
The troubles of that man will be troubled (and disappear) who, however thickly they may come upon him, does not abandon (his purpose).
Atukki Varinum Azhivilaan Utra
Itukkan Itukkat Patum.
Who boasted not of wealth, nor gave it all their heart,
Will not bemoan the loss, when prosperous days depart
Will those men ever cry out in sorrow, "we are destitute" who, (in their prosperity), give not way to (undue desire) to keep their wealth.
Atremendru Allar Patupavo Petremendru
Ompudhal Thetraa Thavar.
'Man's frame is sorrow's target', the noble mind reflects,
Nor meets with troubled mind the sorrows it expects
The great will not regard trouble as trouble, knowing that the body is the butt of trouble.
Ilakkam Utampitumpaik Kendru Kalakkaththaik
Kaiyaaraak Kollaadhaam Mel.
He seeks not joy, to sorrow man is born, he knows;
Such man will walk unharmed by touch of human woes
That man never experiences sorrow, who does not seek for pleasure, and who considers distress to be natural (to man).
Inpam Vizhaiyaan Itumpai Iyalpenpaan
Thunpam Urudhal Ilan.
Mid joys he yields not heart to joys' control
Mid sorrows, sorrow cannot touch his soul
He does not suffer sorrow, in sorrow who does not look for pleasure in pleasure.
Inpaththul Inpam Vizhaiyaadhaan Thunpaththul
Thunpam Urudhal Ilan.
Who pain as pleasure takes, he shall acquire
The bliss to which his foes in vain aspire
The elevation, which even his enemies will esteem, will be gained by him, who regards pain as pleasure.
Innaamai Inpam Enakkolin Aakundhan
Onnaar Vizhaiyunj Chirappu.