Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Naaladiyaar – 2

If your rightfully earned bounty materializes,
share the porridge of plowed grains with multitudes;
wealth never stays steadfast with anyone,
but rolls like wagon wheel on a run.

துகள்தீர் பெருஞ்செல்வம் தோன்றியக்கால் தொட்டுப்
பகடு நடந்தகூழ் பல்லாரோ டுண்க ;
அகடுற யார்மாட்டும் நில்லாது செல்வம்
சகடக்கால் போல வரும்.

This poem in Naaladiyaar talks about the impermanence of wealth. If you earn wealth that is justly due to you, share it with everyone. Because wealth never stays with one person but keeps moving like a wagon wheel. Even if you try to hoard it, you will lose it. So it is better spent sharing with others.

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