Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Naaladiyaar – 28

Those who are blessed with a healthy body,
Must put their body to good use –
Like a cloud circling mountain peaks,
This body will appear and vanish in a blink.

யாக்கையை யாப்புடைத்தாப் பெற்றவர், தாம் பெற்ற
யாக்கையால் ஆய பயன் கொள்க-யாக்கை
மலை ஆடும் மஞ்சுபோல் தோன்றி, மற்று ஆங்கே
நிலையாது நீத்துவிடும்!

This Naaladiyaar verse talks about the impermanence of life. A healthy body is a rare gift. Those who have got that, should use their life to do good deeds to the maximum of their potential. They should not think that they will be healthy and live for ever. The body is like a cloud circling a mountain peak. It might look massive and permanent but we all know it will vanish without a trace. So one must make good us of the healthy life they are bestowed with.

யாக்கை – body
யாப்பு – firm / healthy
ஆய பயன் – maximum use
மஞ்சு – cloud

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2 thoughts on “Naaladiyaar – 28

  1. I love it. . . the comparison of life to a vanishing cloud. . .

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  2. மலையாடு மஞ்சு here

    This is what NammAzhwAr says:

    மின்னின் நிலையில மன்னுயிர் யாக்கைகள்

    Briefer than a flash of lightning 🙂

    The overall import is reminiscent of
    பரோபகாரம் இதம் ஷரீரம்

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