Men, pure in heart, who know of words the varied force,
The mighty council's moods discern, nor fail in their discourse
The pure who know the classification of words having first ascertained the nature (of the court) will not (through fear) falter in their speech before the powerful body.
Vakaiyarindhu Vallavai Vaaisoraar Sollin
Thokaiyarindha Thooimai Yavar.
Who what they've learned, in penetrating words heve learned to say,
Before the learn'd among the learn'd most learn'd are they
Those who can agreeably set forth their acquirements before the learned will be regarded as the most learned among the learned.
Katraarul Katraar Enappatuvar Katraarmun
Katra Selachchollu Vaar.
Many encountering death in face of foe will hold their ground;
Who speak undaunted in the council hall are rarely found
Many indeed may (fearlessly) die in the presence of (their) foes; (but) few are those who are fearless in the assembly (of the learned).
Pakaiyakaththuch Chaavaar Eliyar Ariyar
Avaiyakaththu Anjaa Thavar.
What you have learned, in penetrating words speak out before
The learn'd; but learn what men more learn'd can teach you more
(Ministers) should agreeably set forth their acquirements before the learned and acquire more (knowledge) from their superiors (in learning).
Katraarmun Katra Selachchollith Thaamkatra
Mikkaarul Mikka Kolal.
By rule, to dialectic art your mind apply,
That in the council fearless you may make an apt reply
In order to reply fearlessly before a foreign court, (ministers) should learn logic according to the rules (of grammar).
Aatrin Alavarindhu Karka Avaiyanjaa
Maatrang Kotuththar Poruttu.
To those who lack the hero's eye what can the sword avail
Or science what, to those before the council keen who quail
What have they to do with a sword who are not valiant, or they with learning who are afraid of an intelligent assembly ?.
Vaaloten Vankannar Allaarkku Nooloten
Nunnavai Anju Pavarkku.
As shining sword before the foe which 'sexless being' bears,
Is science learned by him the council's face who fears
The learning of him who is diffident before an assembly is like the shining sword of an hermaphrodite in the presence of his foes.
Pakaiyakaththup Petikai Olvaal Avaiyakaththu
Anju Mavankatra Nool.
Though many things they've learned, yet useless are they all,
To man who cannot well and strongly speak in council hall
Those who cannot agreeably speak good things before a good assembly are indeed unprofitable persons inspite of all their various acquirements.
Pallavai Katrum Payamilare Nallavaiyul
Nanku Selachchollaa Thaar.
Who, though they've learned, before the council of the good men quake,
Than men unlearn'd a lower place must take
They who, though they have learned and understood, are yet afraid of the assembly of the good, are said to be inferior (even) to the illiterate.
Kallaa Thavarin Kataiyenpa Katrarindhum
Nallaa Ravaiyanju Vaar.
Who what they've learned, in penetrating words know not to say,
The council fearing, though they live, as dead are they
Those who through fear of the assembly are unable to set forth their learning in an interesting manner, though alive, are yet like the dead.
Ulareninum Illaarotu Oppar Kalananjik
Katra Selachchollaa Thaar.