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Chapter 51 : Assess before accepting

30 Nov
Assess the attitude of a person on these four aspects before choosing him:
righteousness (aram), money, lust and fear for life.
501
Accept only a person who is of good birth, is clear of flaws,
has fear for infamy and shame.
502
Even a person who is known to be erudite and faultless,
if assessed well, will rarely be free of flaws and ignorance.
503
Weigh the virtues and vices, discern which is more,
and thus decide.
504
The touchstone for greatness or unworthiness
is one’s own deeds.
505
What one has accomplished is the touchstone
that determines if one is great or unworthy.
505 V2
Choose not those who have made no friends :
devoid of any affinity, they won’t dread disgrace.
506
Choose not those who are unrighteous :
with nothing to bind them, they won’t dread disgrace.
506 V2
Out of affection, choosing those who know not
what needs to be known, will result in folly.
507
Out of affection, choosing without properly assessing,
will result in folly.
507 V2
One who accepts without assessing,
will invite harm that will last for generations.
508
Choose not anyone without assessment; once chosen,
trust the person to deliver on the assigned tasks.
509
Selecting without assessing, and doubting after selecting,
will ensure enduring distress.
510

# 503 – வெளிறு is an interesting choice of a word. Among other things, it means both flaw/defect and ignorance. Both fit perfectly here.

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தெரிந்துதெளிதல்

அறம்பொரு ளின்ப முயிரச்ச நான்கின்
திறம்தெரிந்து தேறப் படும்.
501
குடிப்பிறந்து குற்றத்தி னீங்கி வடுப்பரியும்
நாணுடையான் கட்டே தெளிவு.
502
அரியகற் றாசற்றார் கண்ணுந் தெரியுங்கால்
இன்மை யரிதே வெளிறு.
503
குணநாடிக் குற்றமு நாடி யவற்றுள்
மிகைநாடி மிக்க கொளல்.
504
பெருமைக்கு மேனைச் சிறுமைக்குந் தத்தங்
கருமமே கட்டளைக் கல்.
505
அற்றாரைத் தேறுத லோம்புக மற்றவர்
பற்றிலர் நாணார் பழி.
506
காதன்மை கந்தா வறிவறியார்த் தேறுதல்
பேதைமை யெல்லாந் தரும்.
507
தேரான் பிறனைத் தெளிந்தான் வழிமுறை
தீரா இடும்பை தரும்.
508
தேறற்க யாரையும் தேராது தேர்ந்தபின்
தேறுக தேறும் பொருள்.
509
தேரான் தெளிவுந் தெளிந்தான்க ணையுறவுந்
தீரா விடும்பை தரும்.
510
 
2 Comments

Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Porul, Thirukkural

 

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2 responses to “Chapter 51 : Assess before accepting

  1. Pragati

    March 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    In 501 verse, I didn’t understand money as a factor to choose ? Choose one woth or without money
    Verse 509 and 510, beatutifully conveys the concept of delegating with ownership. A lot of leaders even after making their choice stress over their choice of the person and micro manage, which stifles both the selector n chosen one

     
    • Kannan

      March 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Pragati – Attitude towards money is the factor to be considered, not money itself. Can one be morally compromised if offered money? Is a person joining you, only for the money?

      On delegation, true…it is not easy🙂 There are two common pitfalls to delegation – the first one is what you pointed out, and the second is delegation without proper assessment and without taking on responsibility for outcomes.

       

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