Enmity Within (By St. Thiruvalluvar) - Poem by Rajendran Muthiah
881.Unwholesome water and shade cause diseases.
And it is a bane with treacherous relations.
882.Fear not the foes who appear as drawn out swords.
Fear the tie with the foes feigning as kinsmen in stealth.
883.Be panicky about the foes within and guard yourself.
As your foes will hurt you fatally as the potter’s knife.
884.Insidious, unchangeable enmity in mind perverts
The ties of kinship and inculcates chronic crimes.
885.Internal enmity arising among the relatives
causes deadly injuries and crimes resulting in death.
886.If discord occurs among those in concord with you
Death waits at your door step.
887.The union between the casket and its lid may be very close
But the life of a family with a hidden huff is not tight.
888.As the file wears away gold on polishing
A family with concealed ire gets its strength eroded.
889.Though the hidden wrath is like the split in a sesame seed
Destruction lurks in.
890.Life with a disagreeing husband is like dwelling
With a cobra together in a hut.
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