Thirukkural Series – The Holy Kural – Introduction

This is going to be a pretty long series. Many of you reading this article might not be aware of what “The Holy Kural” or “Thirukkural” actually is. So, for those of you who don’t know, a brief introduction here.

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Thirukkural is a classic Indian Literature, written in the Sangam Period of the Tamil History. It was written by Thiruvalluvar. It consists of 1330 couplets, what we call in Tamil as “Kural”. It is still the finest piece of literature work in Indian Literature history predominantly because of a few very important reasons.

1. Every Couplet has only 7 words. In those 7 words, 4 words are in the first line, 3 words are in the second line. Thiruvalluvar conveyed profound and deep meaningful thoughts in just 7 words. When you go through the actual book, you will know that this man made popular the trend of tweeting – writing content with meaning within 140 characters.

2. This literary work was written somewhere between 3rd Century B.C and 1st Century B.C and it is still respected as the best of all literary works in the history of Indian, especially Tamil Literature.

3. This book has been translated into more than languages all over the world by several different authors. This is the only book to have achieved this kind of feat in the history of Indian Literature. GU Pope translated Thirukkural to the English language, bringing it to the western world. This is the first Indian Literary work to be translated into English.

4. The most important reason is that it has ‘greatness’ written all over it.

and there are many more reasons which will all be evident when you go through this series.

What I am not going to do – I am not going to give you the original Couplets/Kurals and related translations, like in the book.

What I am going to do – I am going to put together each chapter (133 chapters, 10 couplets each) as an article, a post focusing on one chapter, conveying you everything written in that particular chapter with my own flair.

So, keep looking out for the posts in this series. I think I will be posting an article a week on this series.

The main reason I want to do this is because everything that Thiruvalluvar had written more than 2000 years back, in those 133 chapters, is STILL VALID TODAY. That’s the most wonderous thing about most of the Indian literary works. Whatever was written a long time back in those literary works, is still applicable to our lives today and our lives can be made better by the application of those profound guidance provided by such great souls in the form of their works. This is me doing my part in making his work reach millions of internet users through me.

You will see why I am saying that their teachings are still valid, when you go through this series, article after article.

Before getting started,

Why should you care about this series? 

I will give you five reasons why you should care about this series and why you must definitely read and apply all the posts in this series.

1. It is going to give you profound, deep, and meaningful knowledge on three major areas of life

  • Righteousness
  • Wealth
  • Love (and everything related to it)

As I have mentioned before in the blog’s bio, these three are the areas where most people seek greatness but only a very few make it there to the top. This series is going to show you a way. Taking that way and making the best of your life is up to you.

The rest of the four reasons are the same as the first one. Let’s get started, shall we?

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