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Tirukkural, the great poetic work by saint Tiru Valluvar, embodies values that are ever relevant and unchanging. The greatest classic of the Tamil language, it dates back anywhere between 2 BC and 8 AD. It comprises two parts, 'Tiru' and 'Kural': 'Tiru' can mean sacred, as well as beautiful, and 'Kural' means concise. Brevity is the charm of this scriptural text with its terse and forcible verses like sutras or aphorisms.

Tiru Valluvar, who was a weaver by profession, speaks at length about virtue, wealth and love with righteousness and touch the lives of many generations with his eloquent poetry and innate wisdom. Valluvar believes that with this knowledge of virtue, wealth and love one can lead the soul to nirvana and salvation. In effect, the fourth and final objective of human existence - 'moksha' or spiritual liberation is left to speak for itself.

Valluvar's valuable writings in the Tirukkural guide our actions and thoughts, with a perfect blend of personal character, social conduct and the state's responsibility to build a prosperous and thriving society. Read Full Article

January 10, 2010 at 9:32 am
(1) Leonardo says:

Fantastic your work! I am a professor of sanskrit. Do you know if Tiru Valluvar was one of the Alvars, the vaishnava sants from Tamil?

Good Year!! My best wishes…

January 21, 2014 at 2:14 am
(2) hinduism says:

Dr. Leo, I believe so…

January 21, 2014 at 5:04 am
(3) rajibala says:

Thiruvalluvar does not belong to Alwars. Thiruvalluvar(Tamil: திருவள்ளுவர், Tiruvaḷḷuvar ?), is a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher[1] whose contribution to Tamil literature is the Thirukkural, a work on ethics.[ He is sometimes also called Theiva Pulavar (“Divine Poet”), Valluvar, Poyyamozhi Pulavar, Senna Pothar,Gnana Vettiyan or Ayyan

January 22, 2014 at 9:50 am
(4) M Raghavan says:

I would have to disagree with Mr. Sadasivam when he suggests that the practice of Thirukkural’s principles would lead to moksham. vIdu is hardly spoken of even in the later devotional works of the Azhwars or Nayanmars. I would be more of the position that.such was in the Hands of a Higher Power, the very same Higher Power Whose Feet we are told to cling to in the opening verses of the work. In this way, we are more in line with the view that an ethical life is its own reward.

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