Search out, to no one favour show; with heart that justice loves
Consult, then act; this is the rule that right approves
To examine into (the crimes which may be committed), to show no favour (to any one), to desire to act with impartiality towards all, and to inflict (such punishments) as may be wisely resolved on,.
Orndhukan Notaadhu Iraipurindhu Yaarmaattum
Therndhusey Vaqdhe Murai.
All earth looks up to heav'n whence raindrops fall;
All subjects look to king that ruleth all
When there is rain, the living creation thrives; and so when the king rules justly, his subjects thrive.
Vaanokki Vaazhum Ulakellaam Mannavan
Kol Nokki Vaazhung Kuti.
Learning and virtue of the sages spring,
From all-controlling sceptre of the king
The sceptre of the king is the firm support of the Vedas of the Brahmin, and of all virtues therein described.
Andhanar Noorkum Araththirkum Aadhiyaai
Nindradhu Mannavan Kol.
Whose heart embraces subjects all, lord over mighty land
Who rules, the world his feet embracing stands
The world will constantly embrace the feet of the great king who rules over his subjects with love.
Kutidhazheeik Kolochchum Maanila Mannan
Atidhazheei Nirkum Ulaku.
Where king, who righteous laws regards, the sceptre wields,
There fall the showers, there rich abundance crowns the fields
Rain and plentiful crops will ever dwell together in the country of the king who sways his sceptre with justice.
Iyalpulik Kolochchum Mannavan Naatta
Peyalum Vilaiyulum Thokku.
Not lance gives kings the victory,
But sceptre swayed with equity
It is not the javelin that gives victory, but the king's sceptre, if it do no injustice.
Velandru Vendri Tharuvadhu Mannavan
Koladhooung Kotaa Thenin.
The king all the whole realm of earth protects;
And justice guards the king who right respects
The king defends the whole world; and justice, when administered without defect, defends the king.
Iraikaakkum Vaiyakam Ellaam Avanai
Muraikaakkum Muttaach Cheyin.
Hard of access, nought searching out, with partial hand
The king who rules, shall sink and perish from the land
The king who gives not facile audience (to those who approach him), and who does not examine and pass judgment (on their complaints), will perish in disgrace.
Enpadhaththaan Oraa Muraiseyyaa Mannavan
Thanpadhaththaan Thaane Ketum.
Abroad to guard, at home to punish, brings
No just reproach; 'tis work assigned to kings
68 In guarding his subjects (against injury from others), and in preserving them himself; to punish crime.
Kutipurang Kaaththompik Kutram Katidhal
Vatuvandru Vendhan Thozhil.
By punishment of death the cruel to restrain,
Is as when farmer frees from weeds the tender grain
For a king to punish criminals with death, is like pulling up the weeds in the green corn.
Kolaiyir Kotiyaarai Vendhoruththal Paingoozh
Kalaikat Tadhanotu Ner.