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Thirukkural-On Wealth-On Listening To The Wise-Kural-418

Kaetpinum kaelaath thakaiyave kaelviyaal

Thoatkap padaadha sevi

Ears that have not been penetrated by words of instruction from the learned,

Will be effectively deaf, even if functionally in order.

K M Balasubramaniam, in his commentary on Thirukural, says with reference to this Kural that the prevalent practice in Tamil Nadu, of piercing the ear at the time of putting a child to school, probably had a symbolic meaning relating to the penetration of the ears, by words of wisdom from the wise. May be it is so.

K V Jaganathan in his Research edition of Thirukkural cites a relevant passage from Kambaramayanam in the context.

“Kaelviyaar saevikal mutrum

Thoatavar unarvin unnum

Amudhathin suvaiyaai ninraan" (Kambaramayanam: Savari 7)

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 13:28 [IST]
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