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Aristotle Vs Jesus Vs Thiru Valluvar

Aristotle (Born 384 BC and Died 322 BC)

Aristotle was one of the famous Greek Philosopher, and tutor of Alexander the Great, has written his own book of philosophies, and this was being followed as Rule book during the period 300 BC.

He tought to their society on one of the law as:

An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise: in concrete and brutal symmetry, the text insists, as Leviticus explicitly glosses, “as he has done so shall it be done to him.”

Ref: Aristotle’s Eye for Eye

Jesus (Born 4 BC Died 30 AD)

Jesus is famous Jewish preacher and a Religious leader and founder of Christianity. Jesus in his philosophical book “Bible” has mentioned

If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.

Mahatma Gandhi, a famous politician from India, and also Father of Indian Nation has also abide by this philosophy.

Ref: Luke 6:29 

Thiru Valluvar

Thiru Valluvar, the famous Tamil Poet and Philosopher, has written 1330 Couplets (thirukural), has shown his perspective in those couplets. Below are few references in the same context of above two persons.

Kural # 151

அகழ்வாரைத் தாங்கும் நிலம்போலத் தம்மை
இகழ்வார்ப் பொறுத்தல் தலை.

விளக்கம் :

தன்னையே தோண்டினாலும் தோண்டுபவர் விழுந்துவிடாதபடி தாங்கும் நிலம் போலத், தன்னை வார்த்தைகளால் அவமதிப்பவரையும் மதித்துப் பொறுப்பது முதன்மை அறம்.

Couplet Explanation:

To bear with those who revile us, just as the earth bears up those who dig it, is the first of virtues.

Kural # 152

பொறுத்தல் இறப்பினை என்றும் அதனை
மறத்தல் அதனினும் நன்று.

விளக்கம் :

தீமையைத் தண்டிக்க முடியும் என்றபோதும் பொறுத்துக் கொள்க; அந்தத் தீமையை மனத்துள் வைக்காமல் மறந்தே விடுவது பொறுத்தலையும் விட நல்லது.

Couplet Explanation:

Bear with reproach even when you can retaliate; but to forget it will be still better than that.

Kural # 157:

திறனல்ல தற்பிறர் செய்யினும் நோநொந்து
அறனல்ல செய்யாமை நன்று.

விளக்கம் 2:

கொடியவற்றைப் பிறர் தனக்குச் செய்தாலும், பதிலுக்குத் தானும் செய்தால் அவர் வருந்துவாரே என வருந்தி, அறம் அல்லாதவற்றைச் செய்யாது இருப்பது நல்லது.

Couplet Explanation:

Though others inflict injuries on you, yet compassionating the evil (that will come upon them) it will be well not to do them anything contrary to virtue.

All three persons have provided their perspective and its up to us to take the best one and follow.

If I follow Aristotle’s policy currently, then I am punishable by my country’s law, and I am not so generous to follow Jesus’s policy. Hence forgiving option with Thiru valluvar, would be the best option I can follow.

Happy reading…!

– Yuva

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