Chapter 70 : Being with the king

19 Sep
Not too far, not too near – while being with an irritable ruler,
resemble those warming before a fire.
Desiring not the objects of desire for the king,
gives lasting riches through the king.
If you deem it imperative, maintain impeccable decorum;
it maybe tough to placate anyone, once they turn bitter.
Whisper not in others’ ears nor giggle with them
in the presence of dignified elders.
Don’t eavesdrop on or badger about any confidential matter;
hear it only when it is revealed.
Gauge the mood; await the ripe time; avoid what he abhors;
and speak what is essential, such that it charms him.
Tell him what will enthrall him; but indulge not
in useless small talk, even if he desires so.
Scorn him not because he is younger or is related;
respect him for his position and reputation.
Those with a clarity of purpose will refrain from
acting repulsively thinking they command respect.
Taking advantage of proximity to the top
and acting out of character brings ruin.


அதிகாரம் 70 : மன்னரைச் சேர்ந்தொழுகல்

அகலா தணுகாது தீக்காய்வார் போல்க
இகல்வேந்தர்ச் சேர்ந்தொழு வார்.
மன்னர் விழைப விழையாமை மன்னரான்
மன்னிய ஆக்கம் தரும்.
போற்றின் அரியவை போற்றல் கடுத்தபின்
தேற்றுதல் யார்க்கும் அரிது.
செவிச்சொல்லும் சேர்ந்த நகையும் அவித்தொழுகல்
ஆன்ற பெரியார் அகத்து.
எப்பொருளும் ஓரார் தொடரார்மற் றப்பொருளை
விட்டக்கால் கேட்க மறை.
குறிப்பறிந்து காலம் கருதி வெறுப்பில
வேண்டுப வேட்பச் சொலல்.
வேட்பன சொல்லி வினையில எஞ்ஞான்றும்
கேட்பினும் சொல்லா விடல்.
இளையர் இனமுறையர் என்றிகழார் நின்ற
ஒளியோ டொழுகப் படும்.
கொளபட்டே மென்றேண்ணிக் கொள்ளாத செய்யார்
துளக்கற்ற காட்சி யவர்.
பழைய மெனக்கருதிப் பண்பல்ல செய்யும்
கெழுதகைமை கேடு தரும்.

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Porul, Thirukkural, Thirukural


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7 responses to “Chapter 70 : Being with the king

  1. Ramachandran

    May 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Thanks. It was helpful. Keep going. All the best.

  2. Deepak

    October 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

    You are half-way: chapter 70. What about remaining chapters? pl keep it up.

    • Kannan

      October 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Deepak. I’ll resume my translation soon.

  3. Christa

    September 15, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Hello Kannan,
    just found this inspiring website. Why did you stop your great, unparalleled work?

    • Kannan

      September 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Christa. I hope to resume the translation soon.

  4. Ulaganathan Shanmugam

    October 22, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Hello Kannan, I am 70 years old. I have always wanted to read and understand the Kural but as I am weak in Tamil and poor in vocabulary, I have kept my distance from the great work, Thank God you came along and gave me an opportunity to read and understand the great work. Your translation is great and I am sure your work will spread the teachings of our great teacher to the entire world (just as India is beginning to emerge as a global player and power) . To put in perspective, when China began to emerge as a world power in the 90s their Art of War translated into English and touted as Business Guide. In our context, I am overwhelmed by the content in the Kural and very happy that you have done the translation. As you admitted translation loses some elementd of poetry but to the uninitiated, you have given us the meaning. Soon we will try to read the Tamil original and enjoy the pleasures that many have appreciated. Complete your translation, Publish it. Great work in progress. As stated in Kural : Execute if not do not begin. Thanks on Saraswathy poojay day 22.10.15 Penang, Malaysia.

    • Kannan

      October 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you for such extensive feedback. I have started publishing the translation on this blog again. I now stay in a village with no internet connectivity. I hope to post at least a couple of chapters every weekend.


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