The Resolve is counsel's end, If resolutions halt
In weak delays, still unfulfilled, 'tis grievous fault
Consultation ends in forming a resolution (to act); (but) delay in the execution of that resolve is an evil.
Soozhchchi Mutivu Thuniveydhal Aththunivu
Thaazhchchiyul Thangudhal Theedhu.
Slumber when sleepy work's in hand beware
Thou slumber not when action calls for sleepless care
Sleep over such (actions) as may be slept over; (but) never over such as may not be slept over.
Thoonguka Thoongich Cheyarpaala Thoongarka
Thoongaadhu Seyyum Vinai.
When way is clear, prompt let your action be;
When not, watch till some open path you see
Whenever it is possible (to overcome your enemy) the act (of fighting) is certainly good; if not, endeavour to employ some more successful method.
Ollumvaa Yellaam Vinainandre Ollaakkaal
Sellumvaai Nokkich Cheyal.
With work or foe, when you neglect some little thing,
If you reflect, like smouldering fire, 'twill ruin bring
When duly considered, the incomplete execution of an undertaking and hostility will grow and destroy one like the (unextinguished) remnant of a fire.
Vinaipakai Endrirantin Echcham Ninaiyungaal
Theeyechcham Polath Therum.
Treasure and instrument and time and deed and place of act
These five, till every doubt remove, think o'er with care exact
Do an act after a due consideration of the (following) five, viz money, means, time, execution and place.
Porulkaruvi Kaalam Vinaiyitanotu Aindhum
Iruldheera Ennich Cheyal.
Accomplishment, the hindrances, large profits won
By effort these compare,- then let the work be done
An act is to be performed after considering the exertion required, the obstacles to be encountered, and the great profit to be gained (on its completion).
Mutivum Itaiyoorum Mutriyaangu Eydhum
Patupayanum Paarththuch Cheyal.
Who would succeed must thus begin first let him ask
The thoughts of them who thoroughly know the task
The method of performance for one who has begun an act is to ascertain the mind of him who knows the secret thereof.
Seyvinai Seyvaan Seyanmurai Avvinai
Ullarivaan Ullam Kolal.
By one thing done you reach a second work's accomplishment;
So furious elephant to snare its fellow brute is sent
To make one undertaking the means of accomplishing another (similar to it) is like making one rutting elephant the means of capturing another.
Vinaiyaan Vinaiyaakkik Kotal Nanaikavul
Yaanaiyaal Yaanaiyaath Thatru.
Than kindly acts to friends more urgent thing to do,
Is making foes to cling as friends attached to you
One should rather hasten to secure the alliance of the foes (of one's foes) than perform good offices to one's friends.
Nattaarkku Nalla Seyalin Viraindhadhe
Ottaarai Ottik Kolal.
The men of lesser realm, fearing the people's inward dread,
Accepting granted terms, to mightier ruler bow the head
Ministers of small states, afraid of their people being frightened, will yield to and acknowledge their superior foes, if the latter offer them a chance of reconciliation.
Uraisiriyaar Ulnatungal Anjik Kuraiperin
Kolvar Periyaarp Panindhu.