Who with deceitful mind in false way walks of covert sin,
The five-fold elements his frame compose, decide within
The five elements (of his body) will laugh within him at the feigned conduct of the deceitful minded man.
Vanja Manaththaan Patitrozhukkam Poodhangal
Aindhum Akaththe Nakum.
What gain, though virtue's semblance high as heaven his fame exalt,
If heart dies down through sense of self-detected fault
What avails an appearance (of sanctity) high as heaven, if his mind suffers (the indulgence) of conscious sin.
Vaanuyar Thotram Evanseyyum Thannenjam
Thaanari Kutrap Patin.
As if a steer should graze wrapped round with tiger's skin,
Is show of virtuous might when weakness lurks within
The assumed appearance of power, by a man who has no power (to restrain his senses and perform austerity), is like a cow feeding on grass covered with a tiger's skin.
Valiyil Nilaimaiyaan Valluruvam Petram
Puliyindhol Porththumeyn Thatru.
'Tis as a fowler, silly birds to snare, in thicket lurks
When, clad in stern ascetic garb, one secret evil works
He who hides himself under the mask of an ascetic and commits sins, like a sportsman who conceals himself in the thicket to catch birds.
Thavamaraindhu Allavai Seydhal Pudhalmaraindhu
Vettuvan Pulsimizhth Thatru.
'Our souls are free,' who say, yet practise evil secretly,
'What folly have we wrought!' by many shames o'er-whelmed, shall cry
The false conduct of those who say they have renounced all desire will one day bring them sorrows that will make them cry out, "Oh! what have we done, what have we done.".
Patratrem Enpaar Patitrozhukkam Etretrendru
Edham Palavun Tharum.
In mind renouncing nought, in speech renouncing every tie,
Who guileful live,- no men are found than these of 'harder eye'
Amongst living men there are none so hard-hearted as those who without to saking (desire) in their heart, falsely take the appearance of those who have forsaken (it).
Nenjin Thuravaar Thurandhaarpol Vanjiththu
Vaazhvaarin Vankanaar Il.
Outward, they shine as 'kunri' berry's scarlet bright;
Inward, like tip of 'kunri' bead, as black as night
(The world) contains persons whose outside appears (as fair) as the (red) berry of the Abrus, but whose inside is as black as the nose of that berry.
Purangundri Kantanaiya Renum Akangundri
Mukkir Kariyaar Utaiththu.
Many wash in hollowed waters, living lives of hidden shame;
Foul in heart, yet high upraised of men in virtuous fame
35 There are many men of masked conduct, who perform their ablutions, and (make a show) of.
Manaththadhu Maasaaka Maantaar Neeraati
Maraindhozhuku Maandhar Palar.
Cruel is the arrow straight, the crooked lute is sweet,
Judge by their deeds the many forms of men you meet
As, in its use, the arrow is crooked, and the curved lute is straight, so by their deeds, (and not by their appearance) let (the uprightness or crookedness of) men be estimated.
Kanaikotidhu Yaazhkotu Sevvidhuaang Kanna
Vinaipatu Paalaal Kolal.
What's the worth of shaven head or tresses long,
If you shun what all the world condemns as wrong
There is no need of a shaven crown, nor of tangled hair, if a man abstain from those deeds which the wise have condemned.
Mazhiththalum Neettalum Ventaa Ulakam
Pazhiththadhu Ozhiththu Vitin.