The Kural: Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural

Translated byThomas Hitoshi Pruiksma Foreword byAndrew Harvey

January 11, 2022|
The Kural: Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
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A new translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and friendship, bringing Tiruvalluvar’s poetry and philosophy to a new generation seeking practical wisdom and spiritual sustenance

Drawing on the poetic tradition of W. S. Merwin, Wendell Berry, and William Carlos Williams, and nurtured by 2 decades of study under Tamil scholar Dr. K. V. Ramakoti, this new translation of the Kural by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma brings English readers closer than ever to the brilliant inner and outer music of Tiruvalluvar’s work and ideas.

Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural is a masterwork of poetry and practical philosophy. On par with other world classics such as the Tao Te Ching, the Kural is a compendium of 1,330 short philosophical verses, or kurals, that together cover a wide range of personal and cosmic experience, such as—

POLITICS:
Harsh rule that brings idiots together—nothing
Burdens the earth more


HOSPITALITY:
The life that cherishes strangers each day
Never falls upon ruin


FRIENDSHIP:
Friendship is not a face smiling—friendship
Is a heart that smiles


GREED:
Those who won’t give and enjoy—even with billions
They have nothing


Accompanying the translation is a foreword by the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism, Andrew Harvey; an introduction by the translator and scholar Archana Venkatesan; and a “Commentary of Notes,” in which Pruiksma elucidates key words and shares insights from important Tamil commentaries.

Rich with indelible wordplay, learning, and heart, Pruiksma’s translation transforms the barrier of language into a bridge, bringing the fullness of Tiruvalluvar’s poetic intensity to a new generation.
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, performer, and teacher. His books include The Safety of Edges and Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar. Pruiksma teaches writing for Cozy Grammar and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, ...
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Title:The Kural: Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8.8 X 5.7 X 0.93 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.8 X 5.7 X 0.93 in
Published:January 11, 2022
Publisher:Beacon Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780807003619

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