Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Pazhamozhi 400 – 161

“Who else is as forsaken as I am? Alone am I!”
Thinking so, one should not give in to lethargy;
Give up sloth and try! – The tireless never fail
To achieve what they yearn for.

‘இனி, யாரும் இல்லாதார் எம்மின் பிறர் யார்?
தனியேம் யாம்!’ என்று ஒருவர் தாம் மடியல் வேண்டா;
முனிவு இலராகி முயல்க!-முனியாதார்
முன்னியது எய்தாமை இல்.

This is a straight forward verse, spurring people to action. It is easy to give up  on life saying “There is no one to support me. I am the most forsaken person in the world. So I might as well give up”. But one should not give in to this lazy attitude. The tireless person who strives hard even without others’ support will always achieve what they have in mind.

தனி – alone
மடியல் – become lazy
முனிவு – tired / slothful
முனியாதார் – tireless
முன்னியது – what’s in one’s mind / yearning
எய்தாமை – fail to achieve
இல் – never

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