Sree Narayana Guru's

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(The Code of Conduct for a wife)


Guru’s this composition is a translation from Thiruvalluvar’s Thirukkural. Thirukkural is a famous Tamil text of social codes that is worshipfully studied even today.


Stanza 1.


vasthikkothu gunamu-

llavalai varavil samam

vyayavum cheyyukil thante

vazhchakku thuayamaval


A wife who spends in accordance with her husband’s income, becomes a solace to him.


Stanza 2.


gunam kudumbinikkilla


gunamilla kudumbathi-

nillathakum kudumbavum.


If the lady of the house does not possess good qualities, every thing is lost. The family will not have good qualities and ultimately the family will deteriorate and get destroyed.


Stanza 3.


gunam kudumbinikkunda-





If a house wife has good qualities, what does she lack? If she doesn’t have, what does she have at all? Thus there will be nothing.


Stanza 4.



gunathodothu chernnedil


valuthayenthu labhichidan.


If a man acquires a virtuous wife, he has nothing to achieve greater than that.


Stanza 5.


daivathine thozhatathma-


ezhunnelppaval, peyyennu

cholleedil mazha peythidum


A wife who pays her respect to her husband when she wakes up, even before she prays to God, can even bring showers (rains) at her will.


Stanza 6.


thane rakshichu than prana-

nadhane peni, perine

sookshichu chorchayillathe

vaneedilaval naariyam


Only a woman who protects herself (from ill-fame) and looks after her husband without tarnishing his name or image is worth to be called a naari (a woman worth her name).


Stanza 7.


nthapurathil kaatheedi-

lenthullathavare swayam

naarimar kaakkanam swatma-

charithryam kondatuthamam


There is no meaning in protecting women within a house. The ladies should guard themselves, with their virtues (chastity). That is really great (noble).


Stanza 8.


naarimarkkingu thanprana-

nadhapooja labhikkukil

devalokathilum melam

sreyassokke labhichidam


If a woman gets the opportunity to worship (serve) her husband faithfully, she will get a fame much greater than what is available in the abode of Gods.


Stanza 9.


peru rekshikkunna nalla,


paridathil simhayanam

gouravam thannil vannida


If a man does not have a woman who guards his good name from being tainted, then he will not be able to go out with his head held high (he will lose respect).


Stanza 10.


naareegunam grehathinnu


saaranam puthranathinu

nerayoru vibhooshanam


A woman’s virtue enhances the fame of the house. If she begets a virtuous son, he becomes an apt adornment to that house.