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c01226 - நன்னெறி

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    c01226 - நன்னெறி

    நன்னெறி was one of the later didactic works in Tamil. The author is சிவப்பிரகாச சுவாமிகள். He was a bachelor who lived in துறைமங்கலம் in the eighteenth century. Though he lived only for 32 years he has written 30 poems.

    நன்னெறி consists of forty poems. They are addressed to a lady. சிவப்பிரகாசர் first wrote them on the sands of the seashore. Later his students copied them on palm leaves. நன்னெறி shows the way of good living. Friendship, the value of pleasant words, the power of education, the greatness of work, the glory of noble people, the joy of a life devoted to others are some of the themes of the poem.

    Friendship is the most precious relationship between two people. We should cultivate friendship with the good. Friendship with the wicked will wither away like a flower. Once friend’s fight, they can never get back the original warmth and stability.

    According to சிவப்பிரகாசர் even harsh words are sweet, if uttered by good people to correct others; for example, a father scolding his son or a teacher punishing his pupil. Just as the waves of the sea jump in joy at the rise of the moon, so do people feel happy when they hear sweet words.

    நன்னெறி highlights the value of education. Education leads men to a sense of wholesomeness. Just as the speed of the river கங்கை was controlled by Lord Siva, when he bore her on his head, the people who pretend to be learned, become silent in the face of true scholarship. A scholar's knowledge increases when he interacts with other scholars.

    True scholars fear blame and never perform sinful acts. Valor enhances their knowledge. Even when they are angry, their anger never harms others but only helps them. A learned person is superior to a king, even if the latter wears ornaments to beautify himself.

    Who is really great? It is those who perform deeds that one can be proud of, They perform good deeds without any expectation of rewards. They cannot bear the sorrows of others and rush to their aid.

    All of us receive some kind of help from others. It is therefore our duty to help others in turn. We should help others without expecting anything in return. Even as every part of a banana tree is useful to others, great men share whatever they have, with others. They help anyone in need, irrespective of who he is. How do we get help from people who are unwilling to help? We should approach them through their friends.

    Arrogance could be due to wealth or learning. If arrogant people do not mend their ways, they are bound to suffer. A man with knowledge as vast as the sea may become proud. Let him remember how sage Agastya, a short man, drank up the whole sea. Similarly a man proud of his wealth would do well to remember how Lord Siva bent the great மேரு mountain into a bow.

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புதுப்பிக்கபட்ட நாள் : 12-09-2018 16:57:13(இந்திய நேரம்)