You ask, in lips of men what 'truth' may be;
'Tis speech from every taint of evil free
Truth is the speaking of such words as are free from the least degree of evil (to others).
Vaaimai Enappatuvadhu Yaadhenin Yaadhondrum
Theemai Ilaadha Solal.
Falsehood may take the place of truthful word,
If blessing, free from fault, it can afford
Even falsehood has the nature of truth, if it confer a benefit that is free from fault.
Poimaiyum Vaaimai Yitaththa Puraidheerndha
Nanmai Payakkum Enin.
Speak not a word which false thy own heart knows
Self-kindled fire within the false one's spirit glows
Let not a man knowingly tell a lie; for after he has told the lie, his mind will burn him (with the memory of his guilt).
Thannenj Charivadhu Poiyarka Poiththapin
Thannenje Thannaich Chutum.
True to his inmost soul who lives,- enshrined
He lives in souls of all mankind
He who, in his conduct, preserves a mind free from deceit, will dwell in the minds of all men.
Ullaththaar Poiyaa Thozhukin Ulakaththaar
Ullaththu Lellaam Ulan.
Greater is he who speaks the truth with full consenting mind
Than men whose lives have penitence and charity combined
He, who speaks truth with all his heart, is superior to those who make gifts and practise austerities.
Manaththotu Vaaimai Mozhiyin Thavaththotu
Thaananjey Vaarin Thalai.
No praise like that of words from falsehood free;
This every virtue yields spontaneously
There is no praise like the praise of never uttering a falsehood: without causing any suffering, it will lead to every virtue.
Poiyaamai Anna Pukazhillai Eyyaamai
Ellaa Aramun Tharum.
If all your life be utter truth, the truth alone,
'Tis well, though other virtuous acts be left undone
If a man has the power to abstain from falsehood, it will be well with him, even though he practise no other virtue.
Poiyaamai Poiyaamai Aatrin Arampira
Seyyaamai Seyyaamai Nandru.
Outward purity the water will bestow;
Inward purity from truth alone will flow
Purity of body is produced by water and purity of mind by truthfulness.
Puraldhooimai Neeraan Amaiyum Akandhooimai
Vaaimaiyaal Kaanap Patum.
Every lamp is not a lamp in wise men's sight;
That's the lamp with truth's pure radiance bright
All lamps of nature are not lamps; the lamp of truth is the lamp of the wise.
Ellaa Vilakkum Vilakkalla Saandrorkkup
Poiyaa Vilakke Vilakku.
Of all good things we've scanned with studious care,
There's nought that can with truthfulness compare
Amidst all that we have seen (described) as real (excellence), there is nothing so good as truthfulness.
Yaameyyaak Kantavatrul Illai Enaiththondrum
Vaaimaiyin Nalla Pira.