Thirukkural – 560
Cow udders will dry up, all six professions will discard their skills –
if the protector fails to protect.
ஆ பயன் குன்றும்; அறுதொழிலோர் நூல் மறப்பர்;-
காவலன் காவான் எனின்.
If the King fails in ruling his country justly, his country’s wealth will dry up and people engaged in professions will discard their skills leading the country to ruin.
Cows will weaken if agriculture fails and their udders will dry up. Six professions are farming, weaving, drawing/painting, education/knowledge, trading and manufacturing. Devaneya Paavaanar comes to this conclusion based on Sendhan Thivakaram, an eighth century thesaurus.
ஆ – cow
பயன் – output
குன்றும் – reduce
அறுதொழிலோர் – six professionals
காவான் – does not protect