Want of knowledge, 'mid all wants the sorest want we deem;
Want of other things the world will not as want esteem
The want of wisdom is the greatest of all wants; but that of wealth the world will not regard as such.
Arivinmai Inmaiyul Inmai Piridhinmai
Inmaiyaa Vaiyaa Thulaku.
The gift of foolish man, with willing heart bestowed, is nought,
But blessing by receiver's penance bought
(The cause of) a fool cheerfully giving (something) is nothing else but the receiver's merit (in a former birth).
Arivilaan Nenjuvandhu Eedhal Piridhiyaadhum
Illai Peruvaan Thavam.
With keener anguish foolish men their own hearts wring,
Than aught that even malice of their foes can bring
The suffering that fools inflict upon themselves is hardly possible even to foes.
Arivilaar Thaandhammaip Peezhikkum Peezhai
Seruvaarkkum Seydhal Aridhu.
What is stupidity? The arrogance that cries,
'Behold, we claim the glory of the wise.'
What is called want of wisdom is the vanity which says, "We are wise".
Venmai Enappatuva Thiyaadhenin Onmai
Utaiyamyaam Ennum Serukku.
If men what they have never learned assume to know,
Upon their real learning's power a doubt 'twill throw
Fools pretending to know what has not been read (by them) will rouse suspicion even as to what they have thoroughly mastered.
Kallaadha Merkon Tozhukal Kasatara
Valladhooum Aiyam Tharum.
Fools are they who their nakedness conceal,
And yet their faults unveiled reveal
Even to cover one's nakedness would be folly, if (one's) faults were not covered (by forsaking them).
Atram Maraiththalo Pullarivu Thamvayin
Kutram Maraiyaa Vazhi.
From out his soul who lets the mystic teachings die,
Entails upon himself abiding misery
The fool who neglects precious counsel does, of his own accord, a great injury to himself.
Arumarai Sorum Arivilaan Seyyum
Perumirai Thaane Thanakku.
Advised, he heeds not; of himself knows nothing wise;
This man's whole life is all one plague until he dies
The fool will not perform (his duties) even when advised nor ascertain them himself; such a soul is a.
Evavum Seykalaan Thaandheraan Avvuyir
Poom Alavumor Noi.
That man is blind to eyes that will not see who knowledge shows;-
The blind man still in his blind fashion knows
One who would teach a fool will (simply) betray his folly; and the fool would (still) think himself "wise in his own conceit".
Kaanaadhaan Kaattuvaan Thaankaanaan Kaanaadhaan
Kantaanaam Thaankanta Vaaru.
Who what the world affirms as false proclaim,
O'er all the earth receive a demon's name
He who denies the existence of what the world believes in will be regarded as a demon on earth.
Ulakaththaar Untenpadhu Illenpaan Vaiyaththu
Alakaiyaa Vaikkap Patum.