All goodly things are duties to the men, they say
Who set themselves to walk in virtue's perfect way
It is said that those who are conscious of their duty and behave with a perfect goodness will regard as natural all that is good.
Katanenpa Nallavai Ellaam Katanarindhu
Saandraanmai Merkol Pavarkku.
The good of inward excellence they claim,
The perfect men; all other good is only good in name
The only delight of the perfect is that of their goodness; all other (sensual) delights are not to be included among any (true) delights.
Kunanalam Saandror Nalane Piranalam
Ennalaththu Ulladhooum Andru.
Love, modesty, beneficence, benignant grace,
With truth, are pillars five of perfect virtue's resting-place
Affection, fear (of sin), benevolence, favour and truthfulness; these are the five pillars on which perfect goodness rests.
Anpunaan Oppuravu Kannottam Vaaimaiyotu
Aindhusaal Oondriya Thoon.
The type of 'penitence' is virtuous good that nothing slays;
To speak no ill of other men is perfect virtue's praise
Penance consists in the goodness that kills not , and perfection in the goodness that tells not others' faults.
Kollaa Nalaththadhu Nonmai Pirardheemai
Sollaa Nalaththadhu Saalpu.
Submission is the might of men of mighty acts; the sage
With that same weapon stills his foeman's rage
Stooping (to inferiors) is the strength of those who can accomplish (an undertaking); and that is the weapon with which the great avert their foes.
Aatruvaar Aatral Panidhal Adhusaandror
Maatraarai Maatrum Patai.
What is perfection's test? The equal mind
To bear repulse from even meaner men resigned
The touch-stone of perfection is to receive a defeat even at the hands of one's inferiors.
Saalpirkuk Kattalai Yaadhenin Tholvi
Thulaiyallaar Kannum Kolal.
What fruit doth your perfection yield you, say!
Unless to men who work you ill good repay
Of what avail is perfect goodness if it cannot do pleasing things even to those who have pained (it) ?.
Innaasey Thaarkkum Iniyave Seyyaakkaal
Enna Payaththadho Saalpu.
To soul with perfect virtue's strength endued,
Brings no disgrace the lack of every earthly good
Poverty is no disgrace to one who abounds in good qualities.
Inmai Oruvarku Ilivandru Saalpennum
Thinmai Un Taakap Perin.
Call them of perfect virtue's sea the shore,
Who, though the fates should fail, fail not for evermore
Those who are said to be the shore of the sea of perfection will never change, though ages may change.
Oozhi Peyarinum Thaampeyaraar Saandraanmaikku
Aazhi Enappatu Vaar.
The mighty earth its burthen to sustain must cease,
If perfect virtue of the perfect men decrease
If there is a defect in the character of the perfect, (even) the great world cannot bear (its) burden.
Saandravar Saandraanmai Kundrin Irunilandhaan
Thaangaadhu Manno Porai.