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Tamil Literary work thirukuRaL in the script of ancient (thiruvaLLuvar) days !
திருவள்ளுவர் கால எழுத்தில் திருக்குறள்...
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"There are three holy works by which the Tamil language has been made universal and immortal. These three
are the Tirukkural, the Tiruvasagam and the Tirumandiram.|
The Tirukkural is the life, the Tiruvasagam is the heart, and the Tirumandiram is the soul of Tamil culture.
Tirukkural, means "Holy Kural". It is the work of the great saint of South India, named Tiruvalluvar. It is a book for all humanity and for all times. A world that lives by its teachings shall enjoy eternal peace, harmony, health, wealth, power, grace and bliss.
The Tirukkural contains treasures that lead to peace and harmony at home as well as the country. The Tirukkural, the Gita and Kalidasa's Shakuntala have been regarded by wise men all over the world as the cream of Indian thought and culture.
The Tirukkural is a book written in the Tamil language more than two thousand years ago. The great saints of the time were very fond of discussing ethical ideals. In the streets, in the taverns and public places, men gathered to apply their concentrated minds on the great question of what ought to be considered as good and right, and what as evil and wrong. Many religions flourished in South India during this time. Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism were the most popular. The caste system had not yet taken root. There was freedom of thought, ideas were readily and easily exchanged, and men were willing to listen patiently to points of view that differed from their own.
It was in this flourishing environment that Tiruvalluvar lived. The Tirukkural, or Kural as it is also known, contains some of the greatest truths known to man, written in a style that has rarely been surpassed. Tiruvalluvar, or Valluvar as he was popularly known, was clearly familiar with all the great religions of his time. He also had knowledge of the philosophy of the Romans and the Greeks. But his Kural was not a patchwork of ideas borrowed from different sources.
Valluvar took up the first three of the Purusharthas or the fourfold objects of life, namely Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha (virtue, wealth, love and liberation), as given by the Vedic Rishis. He presented them in the three sections of the Tirukkural, known respectively as Arathuppaal, Porutpaal and Kaamathuppaal. He left out Moksha or liberation, for the simple reason that when the first three are set in order, the final state of God-realisation is attained naturally. He also recognised that Moksha or liberation is to be realised, not just discussed. .
-- Swami Sivananda, The Divine Life Society.
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The following article appeared in the Jan-Feb 1999 issue of VALLUVAM, bimonthly Tamil Literary magazine and is reproduced here for the benefit of cyber Tamil Community. Details of this Tamil Literary bimonthly are as follows:
Editor: pallaTam mANikkam, i. cuntaramUrti
published by: tirukuRaL paNpATTu aayvu maiyam,
kavitA nilayam, 31, paNipUNdAr veeti
tirumutukunRam, viruttAcalam - 606 001, Tamilnadu, India
திருவள்ளுவர் ஆண்டு 2030, தை - மாசி / சனவரி-பிப்ரவரி 1999, ப. 92/93
பல்லடம் மாணிக்கம், இ. சுந்தரமூர்த்தி
தமிழண்ணல், ச.வே சுப்பிரமணியன், இரா. இளங்குமரன், தி. முருகரத்தனம், மருதமுத்து
திருக்குறள் பண்பாட்டு ஆய்வு மையம்
கவிதா நிலையம், 31, பணிபூண்டார் வீதி,
திருமுதுகுன்றம், விருத்தாசலம் -606 001, தமிழ்நாடு
இதழ் விலை 25 ரூபாய்
புரவலர் ரூ 2000/-
நிறுவன உறுப்பினர் ரூ 1000/- ஆண்டு உறுப்பினர் ரூ.125
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