Knowledge befriends the world. It
fosters a spirit of equanimity saving one from both excitement and depression.
The man of True Knowledge understands how
the world moves, and moves accordingly.
Ulagam, which occurs often in Tamil
didactic poetry, though it literally means the world, is used to describe the elite among
the people and not the mass of the people.
Unlike the ignorant, the man of True
Knowledge knows beforehand what will befall. Thereby he escapes even stunning grief.
He fears what is truly to be feared, and
refrains from it. Folly not to fear what should be feared.