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Thirukkural – 140

October 28, 2008

Thirukkural – 140

உலகத்தோடு ஒட்ட ஒழுகல் பலகற்றும்
கல்லார் அறிவிலா தார்

ulagatthOdu otta ozhukal palakatrum

kallAr arivilAdhAr



ulagatthOdu otta       –     to be on par with people

Palakatrum                    having learnt so much

ozhukal KallAr              those, not learning discipline

arivilAdhAr                    are deemed uneducated


ozhukal palakatrum kallAr          those learning many things but discipline


This verse is from the chapter titled ‘good conduct or discipline’ (Ozhukkam Udaimai). Hence ‘ozhukal’ is given more importance than ‘ulagatthodu ottal’.


We may compare it with the present day saying:

If Wealth is lost, nothing is lost

If Health is lost, something is lost

If Character is lost, everything is lost


To be on par with other people in the world one may learn many things. But if discipline is not learnt, he will be deemed uneducated. 


Thirukkural – 35

October 17, 2008

அழுக்காறு அவாவெகுளி இன்னாச்சொல் நான்கும்
இழுக்கா இயன்றது அறம்.                                         (35)

azhukkAru  avA vekuli  innAchol  nAngum

IzhukkA iyandrathu arram


azhukkAru  avA vekuli  innAchol – Envy, greed, anger and harsh words

nAngum – these four,  IzhukkA – not committing or not drawing

iyandrathu arram – the conduct of dharma or righteousness.


IzhukkA – this word can be interpreted in two ways.

Izhaitthal- Committing or Izhutthal- drawing.


Not only one should be away from envy towards others, one should also not draw unto oneself envy of others by one’s flamboyance; one should not be greedy, neither he should provoke greed in others by making empty inducements; one should never be angry and neither he should draw other’s anger by unfit behaviour; one should not speak harsh words neither he should provoke harsh words from others. This is the conduct of people who follow the path of dharma or righteousness.


Envy, Greed, Anger and Harsh words are the four things, not to be committed or provoked, if one wants to follow the path dharma or righteousness.



Decay of Spiritual Values in India

October 7, 2008

Spiritual heritage of India is all well known in the whole world. India is still respected for its spiritual achievements. Two ancient religions of the world, Hinduism and Buddhism, have their origins in India. Yoga and ayurveda are two major disciplines of health and hygiene with wide following throughout the world and they have their practices lined with spiritualism. Let us not mistake spiritualism for religion. Spiritualism is universal and religion is specific. Religion is the outcome of spiritualism. We know of many spiritualists who are non-believers. Atheism is accepted as a part of many religions including Hinduism. In fact it helps to start as a believer to become an agnostic. Agnostics are in a way spiritual. Ethics, etiquettes and values were all formulated out of some kind of spiritualism.   


But in modern India, the tradition of spiritual thinking is severely endangered. It is very painful to see that all the non-believers have joined together as a group of pseudo secularists and with other so-called-secular politicians and intellectuals, they act against the whole dharmic fabric of India. There is no surprise that their first targets are the ethics and values of Hindus, the majority community of India. We may notice the glee in their eyes, while they celebrate any discomfiture undergone by majority Hindu community. This trend has lead to the decay of spiritual values, which eventually leads to all kinds of extremisms, including Islamic and naxalite terrorisms. It appears that our Dharma, and in fact, the whole aanmik (spiritual) values are in grave danger. Not only Hindus, even other aanmik movements including Islam, Christianity and Budhhism should take grave note of this trend. Even though these nastik forces may now appear to appease other religions, it is high time the leaders of other religions realize that these forces are against all aanmik convictions including Islam and Christianity. Many political parties in India and especially in Tamil Nadu are in the same anti-aanmik mood. This spells danger for the entire civilization of the world including India.

Here comes my humble appeal to leaders of all major communities in India, be they Mullahs, be they Sanakaracharyas or be they Arch Bishops. To save India from these non-aanmik forces, these community leaders should start a new movement which should totally partake in open political activity by supporting those who believe in dharmic values. I even have thought of a name for this movement – Anmika Mamandram. In the next elections, be it for Assemblies or Loksabha, this Anmika Mamandram (shortly AANMA), should support candidates with dharmic values. AANMA may include dharmic people from all communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and other minority communities. AANMA should give strong and open support to dalits and backward communities. This is the only way to keep other anti-social and political exploiters, away from these vulnerable communities.

L V Nagarajan

7th Oct 2008