Tirukural – Chapter 40


Chapter 40: Learning


Verse 394
A holy man is seated in a mandapam during a festival. Around him, people are singing joyously. Their happiness is intensified by being with a man of such high learning.


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Weaver’s Wisdom




Verse 391

All that you learn, learn perfectly, and
thereafter keep your conduct worthy of that learning.

Verse 392

Two are the eyes of those who truly live–
one is called numbers, and the other letters.

Verse 393

The learned have eyes that see, they say.
The unlearned have two open sores on their face.

Verse 394

It is the learned man’s prowess that meetings with him
bring delight, and departures leave pleasant thoughts.

Verse 395

The learned remain ever humble, as the poor are before
the prosperous. Lowly men lack such learning.

Verse 396

The deeper a sand well is dug, the more freely its water flows.
Even so, the deeper a man’s learning, the greater is his wisdom.

Verse 397

Knowing that knowledge makes all nations and neighborhoods
one’s own, how can a man stay untutored until his death?

Verse 398

The learning a man secures in one birth
will secure his well-being in seven.

Verse 399

When the learned discern that the learning which delights them
also delights the world, they love learning all the more.

Verse 400

A man’s learning is an imperishable and precious wealth.
No other possession is as golden.


3 Responses to “Tirukural – Chapter 40”

  1. Pethuraja says:

    “AUM”!.

  2. Velmurugan (வேல்முருகன்) says:

    I am very happy to see your work. (உங்கள் பணியை கண்டு நான் மிகவும் மகிழ்ச்சி அடைந்தேன்.)

  3. Rajendra Giri says:

    Thank you,

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