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Kural - The Great Book Of Tiru-Valluvar
Kulapati 's preface

Author

Foreword

Preface To The Original (Rochouse) Edition

Preface To Revised Edition Of Kural

Dharma

The Good House Holder

The Life - partner

Children

A Loving Disposition

An Open House

The Soft Word

Gratitude

Rectitude

Self - Control

The Regulated life

Unlawful Life

Forbearance

Do Not Envy

Do Not Covet

Speak Not ill Of Others

Avoid Worthless Talk

Conscience

Social Cooperation

Helping The Poor

Public Esteem

Compassion

Eat No Meat

Penance

Impure Life

Truthfulness

Against Anger

Do Not Cause Harm

The Fleeting World

Renunciation

True Knowledge

Renouncing Of Desire

The Law Of Karma

Vigilance

Industriousness 

The Strenuous Life

Fortitude

On Learning

On Being Unlettered

Knowledge Through Listening

On Friendship

Folly

Guard Against Deceivers

A Warning 

On Lust And Wine And Gambling

On The Art Of Healing

Self Respect

Glory

Looking After The Tribe

Niggardliness

Repugnance To Evil

Unscrupulous Men

On Agriculture

On Poverty

Labour

The Prosperous State

Action

Judging The Time

Tactics

Choosing The Executive

Good Ministers

Good Birth

Nobility

Just Rule

Oppression And Misrule

Penalties

The Good Minister

Resoluteness

On Spies

The Art Of Persuation 

Assembly Work

The Moral Law

The Dangers Of The Palace

A Prosperous Nation

Fortifications

A Well Filled Exchequer

Efficiency In Action

The Offensive

The Army

Valour

About Envoys And Messengers

Enemies

On Citizenship

Major Sections
Books By Rajaji
Ramayana Mahabharata

Bhagavad Gita

Bhaja Govindam

Kural

Upanishads

Hinduism Doctrine And Way Of Living

PENANCE

When Kural was written, the monastic rife was common in South India. Tiru-Valluvar does not oppose it, but brings out the essence of the virtue in such life in a rational manner. Penance really consists in the fortitude with which the pain that falls to one's lot is borne and in the avoidance of causing pain to sentient beings. This is the substance of penance, nothing else.

All notions of supernatural benefits arising out of self-inflicted pain are discounted herein quietly, and a rational and catholic doctrine of patiently suffering what ever pain falls to one's lot is indicated. Blessed is he who is qualified for penance.To those who undertake penance in the form of self-inflicted pain without being truly qualified, penance is mere profitless ravail.

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