Sunday 3 February 2013


2013-01  Thiruvalluvar - Learn & Live T391

[After repeated study of the 380 couplets on Virtue and 700 on Wealth in the ancient Tamil Classic ThirukkuraL, I decided at the age of 15 that couplet 391 on Learning would be my ideal.  I share it with you here. After 50 more years of study, there was a tie with another couplet which you will read in my next post.]
What to Learn and How to Live?
Here, Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar
ties up the two action words: LEARN and LIVE.
First, LEARN. Learn; What?
Learn what is worth learning.
Next, LIVE. Live; How?
Live by that learning.
In Thiruvalluvar’s masterwork, ThirukkuraL,
couplet 391 on Education reads as follows:

“LEARN faultlessly, what is worth learning; 
After learning, 
 LIVE by that learning.”  

"கற்க கசடறக் கற்பவை ; கற்ற பின்
 நிற்க அதற்குத் தக."  [கு. 391]

Study, Meditate on and Practice -- "Learn-Live".

1 comment:

  1. Started the morning by reading the first post in learn-live-life blog. Excited to see to what comes next in this blog.