Thiruvalluvar-The Saint Poet of India
MYLAPORE – MY BIRTH PLACE :
The Tamils called it ‘ MAILAPUR ‘(town of peacocks), Mailiga Vandha Voor(town where peacock offers worship) and in Sanskrit it is known as ‘MAYURPURI’. Greeks called it ‘ MALIARPHA ‘ and the Portuguese called it ‘ MELIAPUR ‘.Finally, the English called it ‘ MYLAPORE ‘. It is a known center of human habitation for thousands of years. Even before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Tamil Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar lived here.He conveyed his noble thoughts in the form of poems and his work known as ” THIRUKKURAL ” can rightly be claimed as a gift of God to mankind. I am happy to present some poems translated into English by Shri.J Narayanaswamy.
10. KINDNESS IN WORDS
91. Sweet words laced with love, free from
deceit, are the gift of the enlightened
92.Saying sweet things with a smile, is as
good as munificence of a kind soul
93.Earnest words from the mind, conveyed
with a smile, have virtue in them
94.The woe of unfriendliness does not afflict
those who instil mirth by sweet words
95.Those adorned with modesty, speaking sweet
truth do not need other decorations
96.Pursuing virtue in the goodness of
fruitful words, vanishes harm
97.Graceful words of kindness
yield fruitful good deeds
98.Sweet words free from deceit, afford
pleasure to life and fame beyond it
99.who perceive seeds of goodness in sweet
words have no mind for harsh things
100.None having ripe fruits relish raw ones; who will
speak harsh when sweetness can achieve good.
Please feel free to spread those sweet words which took birth in MYLAPORE.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
M.B.B.S., Class of April, 1970.