Thirukkural – 202
Since evil deeds beget evil, evil deeds
are feared more than a fiery blaze.
தீயவை தீய பயத்தலான், தீயவை
An evil deed never goes unpunished. It will bring evil to one who did it. So it is to be feared more than a fiery blaze. A fire will burn a person then and there. But even if a person escapes retribution after doing an evil deed, it will follow them and will take its toll. Hence it is feared more than a fire.
பயத்தல் – beget / bring about