Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Naaladiyaar – 359

‘Will become rich today; now itself; a bit
later maybe’ dreaming so, merrily
absorbed in fantasy, losing their spirit,
withered like a lotus leaf, have many.

‘இன்று ஆதும்; இந் நிலையே ஆதும்; இனிச் சிறிது
நின்று ஆதும்’ என்று நினைத்திருந்து, ஒன்றி
உரையின் மகிழ்ந்து, தம் உள்ளம் வேறு ஆகி,
மரை இலையின் மாய்ந்தார், பலர்.

A lotus leaf doesn’t go anywhere but withers away at the same place where it grew. Similarly those who are caught in their day dreams without putting any effort will waste their life away.

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