Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 751

 

To make even the unworthy into men of worth,
Is possible only for wealth and nothing else.

பொருள் அல்லவரைப் பொருளாகச் செய்யும்
பொருள் அல்லது, இல்லை பொருள்.

Even the unworthy& uncouth will be considered as men of worth as long as they are wealthy. Other than wealth there is nothing in this world that can make this happen.

There’s a wordplay in this couplet. பொருள் = Wealth,Thing or Worth. It’s impossible to bring that in translation.

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2 thoughts on “Thirukkural – 751

  1. நக்கல் மன்னன் ஐயன் தி க்ரேட்!

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