Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today said during his last 14 months of stay in the State, he has come across fascinating aspects of Tamil literature, the Tamil system of medicine, Saiva Siddhantam and the Thirukkural. Speaking at the inauguration of 5th Annual World Tamilar Festival 2019 and Global Organisation of Tamil Origin Meet at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai, he said the Thirukkural which was written more than 2000 years ago focuses almost on all aspects of life.
"It is loaded with nuggets of wisdom on good governance, planning, specialization, merit selection, placement, communication, equality, time management, financial management, water management, etc. These valuable pearls of wisdom are relevant to present day living." He added: "That is why Poetess Avvaiyar observed, “Thiruvalluvar pierced an atom and injected in it the seven seas and compressed it into what we have today as the Thirukkural."
Thirukkural is appealing to the mind and sweet to the ears, conveying maximum sense in minimum words, he said and added: Its construction resembles that of a design in a mosaic.
Purohit further said Mahathma Gandhi after reading a translation of Thirukkural remarked “The maxims of Thiruvalluvar have touched my heart and soul. There is none who has given such a treasure of wisdom like him.”
He said the fundamental principal that forms the bedrock for the Siddha System is that the instrument for attaining Siddhi is the human body which should be kept healthy if eternal bliss is to be achieved. The focus of the Siddha system of medicine is therefore towards maintaining bodily health.