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Akara Muthala eluthellaam aathi pakavan muthatre ulagu.

October 13, 2010

Welcomes you all to my first blog. I am not an expert in Tamil but an ordinary lover of my mother language Tamil,  who wants to ask questions and live with reasoning and with the principles of the great Kural in mind which teaches simplicity and goodness with its very simple  straight forward verses that everyone understands and not with some mythical stories.

Using this blog i want to analyze, learn and teach about some important Tamil words their origins and in fact understand the beauty of Tamil and its greatness as a language of the ancients.

The literal translation of the first kural is what i want to start with.

அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதி
பகவன் முதற்றே உலகு.

Akara Muthala ELuthellaam: The “A” Sound that is the starting of all Letters,

Aathi Pakavan Muthatre Ulagu : and from the early enlightening one starts everything.

Here we will see about the Individual words with their meaning.

Akara– A+Kara,  Here in Kural, this refers to the letter that gives “A/அ” sound.  Kara means “taking and giving” in Tamil,  We can see this from other words  like “Kara”, “karai” and “Karuthu”  etc..

Muthala –  Starts

Eluthellam -The Letters

Aadhi-Early one.

Pakavan-God/Enlightened One, One who enlightens.


Ulaku – Soul  Ul+Akam – (Present+Inside)

So the Kural literally means

“The letters that starts from the  “A” sound(Akara) Originates from the early(Aadhi) Enlightening one’s(Pakavan) Soul”


This Kural praises the first enlightening one (Adhi Bhagwan), the God by giving credit  to him for everything that  includes the letters, It says the “Letters came along with the first enlightened soul”

what a great way to start His pearls of wisdom.

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