Lowest and meanest lore, that bids men trust secure,
In things that pass away, as things that shall endure
That ignorance which considers those things to be stable which are not so, is dishonourable (to the wise).
Nillaadha Vatrai Nilaiyina Endrunarum
Pullari Vaanmai Katai.
As crowds round dancers fill the hall, is wealth's increase;
Its loss, as throngs dispersing, when the dances cease
The acquisition of wealth is like the gathering together of an assembly for a theatre; its expenditure is like the breaking up of that assembly.
Kooththaattu Avaik Kuzhaath Thatre Perunjelvam
Pokkum Adhuvilin Thatru.
Unenduring is all wealth; if you wealth enjoy,
Enduring works in working wealth straightway employ
Wealth is perishable; let those who obtain it immediately practise those (virtues) which are imperishable.
Arkaa Iyalpitruch Chelvam Adhupetraal
Arkupa Aange Seyal.
As 'day' it vaunts itself; well understood, 'tis knife',
That daily cuts away a portion from thy life
Time, which shows itself (to the ignorant) as if it were something (real) is in the estimation of the wise (only) a saw which cuts down life.
Naalena Ondrupor Kaatti Uyir Eerum
Vaaladhu Unarvaarp Perin.
Before the tongue lie powerless, 'mid the gasp of gurgling breath,
Arouse thyself, and do good deeds beyond the power of death
Let virtuous deeds be done quickly, before the biccup comes making the tongue silent.
Naachchetru Vikkulmel Vaaraamun Nalvinai
Mersendru Seyyap Patum.
Existing yesterday, today to nothing hurled!-
Such greatness owns this transitory world
This world possesses the greatness that one who yesterday was is not today.
Nerunal Ulanoruvan Indrillai Ennum
Perumai Utaiththuiv Vulaku.
Who know not if their happy lives shall last the day,
In fancies infinite beguile the hours away
Innumerable are the thoughts which occupy the mind of (the unwise), who know not that they shall live another moment.
Orupozhudhum Vaazhvadhu Ariyaar Karudhupa
Kotiyum Alla Pala.
Birds fly away, and leave the nest deserted bare;
Such is the short-lived friendship soul and body share
The love of the soul to the body is like (the love of) a bird to its egg which it flies away from and leaves empty.
Kutampai Thaniththu Ozhiyap Pulparan Thatre
Utampotu Uyiritai Natpu.
Death is sinking into slumbers deep;
Birth again is waking out of sleep
Death is like sleep; birth is like awaking from it.
Urangu Vadhupolunj Chaakkaatu Urangi
Vizhippadhu Polum Pirappu.
The soul in fragile shed as lodger courts repose:-
Is it because no home's conclusive rest it knows
It seems as if the soul, which takes a temporary shelter in a body, had not attained a home.
Pukkil Amaindhindru Kollo Utampinul
Thuchchil Irundha Uyirkku.