Monthly Archives: July 2014

40. அந்நாட்டவரின் நன்னெறிச் செல்கை – Citizens of Kosala following the righteous path

நெறிகடந்து பரந்தன நீத்தமே;
குறி அழிந்தன குங்குமத் தோள்களே;
சிறிய மங்கையர் தேயும் மருங்குலே;
வெறியவும் அவர் மென்மலர்க் கூந்தலே.

Boundaries are crossed only by floods;
marks are lost only in red painted shoulders;
narrow are only young women’s waists;
intoxication is only  in their flowered tresses.

People of Kosala do not cross the boundaries of righteousness. Flood is the only one that crosses the boundaries in Kosala. The harvested grains in warehouse are marked to indicate their quantity. Since there is no theft those marks are not disturbed. The only marks lost are those in the shoulders of young women as they embrace their lovers. Citizens of Kosala are broadminded. Only thing that is narrow in the country is their young women’s waists . There is no crime of passion among the people of Kosala. Only intoxicant in the country is fragrant flowers in their young women’s tresses.

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39. கூற்றம் இல்லாமை – Absence of death

கூற்றம் இல்லை, ஓர் குற்றம் இல்லமையால்;
சீற்றம் இல்லை, தம் சிந்தையின் செம்மையால்;
ஆற்றல் நல் அறம் அல்லது இல்லாமையால்,
ஏற்றம் அல்லது, இழித்தகவு இல்லையே.

Death is absent, as crime is absent;
anger is absent, due to virtuous thought;
they are fair and not otherwise,
they head only to heaven, not hell.

Since there is no crime in Kosala, there is no unnatural death. Anger is absent since the citizens have only virtuous thoughts. This can also be read as presence of only Satva Guna (Purity of thought) and absence of Tamo Guna (darkness of thought) in people of Kosala. Due to fairness of their actions, the citizens of Kosala head only to heaven and not hell.

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