|PREFACE TO THE ORIGINAL
The 21ru-k-Kural of Tiru Valluvar is one of
the oldest of extant Tamil books. it is generally accepted an belonging toa period
anterior to the second century A. D. Some scholars place it in the first century B.C.
It is claimed by many that Tiru-Valluvar was a Jain. I do not accept this thegry.
Tiru-Valluvar was one of those raye and great men whose catholic spirit rose above all
denominations and whose vision was not clouded by dogma or prejudice of any kind. His
teachings elude classification on any denominational basis.
Tiru-Valluvar's approach to moral doctrine
is marked by a very thorough knowleJgc of human psychology and a desire to help impeifect
men with practical hints in the struggle against evil. Throughout we can see how the poet
brings everything down to the level of practicality without losing hold of the ideal.