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Thirukkural-On Virtue-True Knowledge-Kural 360

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Kaamam vekuli mayakkam ivaimoonran

Naamam kedak kedum noy

Once the triple evils of lust, anger and delusion are eliminated,

All sorrow will come to an end.

All pain and sorrow will end if the three-fold evil-attachments of lust, anger and delusion are done away with. Even the very names of these evils should be eschewed, according to the poet. Manimekalai refers to the same idea when it says:

Yaamael uraitha porul katkellam

Kaamam vekuli mayakkam kaaranam

Lust, anger and greed (instead of delusion) are referred to as the triple gates of hell and as destructive of Self in 'Gita', (16:21), quoted by me under Kural 309 on Anger. The two are reconcilable, when we appreciate that greed arises out of delusion.

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Story first published: Friday, March 26, 2010, 12:17 [IST]
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