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Thirukkural-On Virtue-Avoidance of Fraud-Kural-289

Alavalla seythaange veevar kalavalla

Matraiya thaettraa thavar.

The following translation is an adaptation of K Srinivasan"s:

They who cherish the art of fraud

Will perish by their own actions.

The word 'alavu' has been used by the poet in different contexts in the last four Kurals. I have consistently taken it to mean the 'norms of righteousness" or the 'correct sense of values".

The idea of the Kural, therefore, is that a person who indulges in fraudulent actions would, in due course, destroy himself by doing things in contravention of the code of righteousness.

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Story first published: Friday, October 23, 2009, 14:47 [IST]
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