My favourite letter in the Thamil alphabet is அ.
It’s not only the first letter of the alphabet but at the start of meaningful Thamil words like Amma, Appa, Anna, Arul, Anpu and so on. (Mom, Dad, Brother, wisdom/enlightenment, love). The first kural or verse in the Thirukural also mentions this letter.
அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதி
பகவன் முதற்றே உலகு.
(Akara mudhala ezuththellam adhi pagavan muthattre ulagu)
Which roughly translates to:
Like 'A' is the prime of all letters. The source of life is God who is the prime of the world.
What’s interesting in Thirukural is Thiruvalluvar never mentions a particular God in any of the 1,330 verses. So it’s upto the reader to interpret it as love, nature, spiritual, mythological or religious figure. Free of any particular religion, the Thirukural is a Thamil text that teaches us how to lead a virtuous and meaningful life.
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