The quality of Virtuous wife - Vazhkai Thunainalam


Thiruvalluvar's Thirukkural . The following verses under title Vazhkai Thunainalam describes the qualities of virtuous wife

வாழ்க்கைத் துணைநலம்

1. மனைத்தக்க மாண்புடையள் ஆகிதத்ர் கொண்டான்
வளத்தக்காள் வாழ்கை துணை
Manaithakka Manpudaiyal akithar kondan
valathakkal vazhkai thunai

A good and efficient lady who adjusts her needs and expenses according to
the income of her husband is a virtuous wife in all respect.

2. மனைமாட்சி இல்லாள்கண் இல்லாயின் வழக்கை
எனைமாட்சி தாயினும் இல்
Manaimatchi illalkan illayin vazhkai
enaimatchi thayinum il.

If one's better half does not possess the virtues of a good wife, then
the life of that man will be like hell even if he has all the materialistic
benefits .

3. இல்லதென் இல்லவள் மாண்பானால் உள்ளதென்
இல்லவள் மானா கடை

Illathen illaval manpanal ullathen
illaval mana kadai

If the wife of one is of virtue what does than man not possess. If the wife
is of no excellence (virtue) what does than man possess.

4. பெண்ணிற் பெருந்தக்க யாவுள் கற்பென்றும்
திண்மையுண் டாக பெரின்.

Pennir perunthakka yavul karpenum
thinmayun taka perin

Of all the virtues of a woman her chastity is the most important. If a
woman has that it is the greatest quality she could have.

5. தெய்வம் தொழா அள் தொழுநன் தொழுதெழுவாள்
பெய்யன பெய்யும் மழை

Theivam thozha al thozhunan thozhuthezhuval
peyyena peyyum mazhai.

A virtuous woman who dont even worship God but respect her husband be truthful to him, if she says it will rain, that words of her will become true.

6. தற்காத்துத் தர்கொண்டார் பேணி தகைசான்ற
சொற்காத்துச் சோர்விலாள் பெண்

Tharkathu tharkondar peni thakaisandra
sorkathu sorvilal pen.

A woman is said to be of virtue who take care of herself (chastity) and look after her husband's needs and his status in the society.


7. சிறைகாக்குங் காப்பு எவன் செய்யும் மகளிர்
நிறைகாக்குங் காப்பே தலை

Siraikakung kappu evan seyyum magalir
niraikakkung kappe thalai

A man is not going to possess anything by guarding a lady like in prison, be it his wife or mother or daughter. Her greatest guard being her chastity. This means noone can guard a woman if she is not virtuous .But at the same time there is no need of safeguarding a lady of virtue. That quality of her's will safeguard her.

8. பெற்றார் பெறின்பெறுவர் பெண்டிர் பெருஞ்சிறப்பு
புத்தேளிர் வாழும் உலகு

Pettrar perinperuvar pentir perunchirappu
puthelir vazhum ulagu.

If the women shows reverence to their husbands, that will help her
to enjoy a happy and peaceful life and also help her avail peace of
mind in heavens.

9. புகழ்புரிந்த இல்லிலோர்க்கு இல்லை இகழ்வார்முன்
ஏறுபோல் பீடு நடை

Pugazhpurintha illiyorku illai igazhvarmun
erupol padu nadai.

Those who do not have a wife to safeguard their prestige in the society,
they cannot walk like lion , like a stately step before those who talk
ill about them.

10. மங்களம் என்ப மனைமாட்சி மற்றுஅதன்
நன்கலம் நன்மக்கட் பேறு

Mangalam enba manaimatchi mattruathan
nankala nemakat peru.

The virtue of a wife is the good of her husband, and good children are like the jewels of that virtue.


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