Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Naaladiyaar – 29

Think that life’s brief like a dewdrop on a grass tip,
and do good deeds now itself; – as it’s often said
“a moment ago he stood here, laid down a bit,
and now he’s gone, leaving his kin to wail”

புல்நுனிமேல் நீர்போல் நிலையாமை என்றெண்ணி
இன்னினியே செய்க அறவினை;-இன்னினியே
நின்றான் இருந்தான் கிடந்தான்தன் கேள்அலறச்
சென்றான் எனப்படுத லால்

This is poem no. 29 in Naaladiyar about impermanence of life. Life may be snuffed out anytime. It is ephemeral like a dew drop on a grass tip. So do good deeds this moment itself. Do not delay it thinking you have enough time.

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