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Thirukkural-On Virtue-Avoidance of Fraud-Kural-290

Kalvaarkkuth thallum uyirnilai kallaarkkuth

Tallaadhu puthe lulaku.

Even the powers of the body will fail, when fraud is constantly practised;

On the other hand, the man of rectitude will be in such form as to be loved by the Gods.

In a man of fraud even the physical powers will fail; a man of rectitude will be welcome even in the land of Gods.

The word “uyirnilai" the 'vessel of life', will according to Parimelalagar, mean 'the body', but Manakudavar takes it to mean Mukthi or release. Most other commentators have preferred to follow Parimelalagar, whose meaning I have also adopted.

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Story first published: Monday, October 26, 2009, 10:56 [IST]
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