TIRUKKURAL IN PRAISE OF GOD 1.2
Katradanal aya payanenkol, valarivan
Natral tola ar enin?
What use can come from learning, Oh!
To Truth-Knower’s feet if they do not bow?
Core Idea: No matter how great, mere learning is useless if one does not recognize the finiteness of human knowledge in the present of infinity. As the Tamil poetess Avvai said, what we have learned is but a handful, the unknown is vast as the universe. Only the Supreme Principle knows the Absolute Truth. Worshipping the feet of the Omniscient Principle, i.e., the All Knower, is a poetic way of expressing one;’s humility in the face of boundless knowledge.
katradanal – as a result of learning
aya – what came out of
payan – use, benefit
en – what
kol – an interjection, like oh!
val – truth, purity
arivan – one who knows
valarivan – the knower of truth, god
nal – good, holy
tal – foot
tola – not worshiping
ar – they
enin – if indeed
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