December 1, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Symbol of OmniLight in the சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledgea place of special manifestation of
OmniLight.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 706

சாலவே யினிக்குஞ் சர்க்கரைத் திரளே

ஏலவே நாவுக் கினிய கற்கண்டே!

November 30, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Entrance to the site of the radiant symbol (Jothi or orb of light) of OmniLight in the Sathiya Gnana Sabhai (1872), or Hall Of Truth-Knowledge, designed by Ramalingam.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 705

இதந்தரு கரும்பி லெடுத்ததீஞ் சாறே

பதந்தரு வெல்லப் பாகினின் சுவையே!

November 29, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

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சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledge, and place of special manifestation of OmniLight, designed by Ramalingam without any formal training in architecture. It was constructed in 1871 and opened to the public in January 1872. It has no anthropomorphic idols or images.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 704

புனிதவான் றருவிற் புதுமையாம் பலமே

கனியெலாங் கூட்டிக் கலந்ததீஞ் சுவையே!

November 28, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

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An old photo of Sathiya Dharuma Saalai (The Home of True Charity) in Vadalur, Tamilnadu, South India – It was opened by Ramalingam on May 23, 1867, and has fed the poor and hungry to this day. 

Ripe Mangoes

Charcoal Roasted Ripe Plantain

Jujube or Jujuba (Tamil: இலந்தை or Ilandai)

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 703

கட்டுமாம் பழமே கதலிவான் பழமே

இட்டநற் சுவைசெய் யிலந்தையங் கனியே!

The

Delicious

Ripe

Mango,

And

Plantain,

The

Sweet

Jujube,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues to invoke beneficial and delicious natural substances to convey the bliss and benevolence of the OmniLight.

In invoking these delicious natural substances, such as fruits and so forth, to describe the experience of the bliss of the OmniLight, I think that Ramalingam is also recommending them for their beneficial effects. It should also be noted that these fruits are manifestations of the supreme compassion of OmniLight. They have many useful functions in supporting life-forms.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

November 27, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

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An old photo of Siddhi Valaagam (சித்தி வளாகம்) or “Abode of Adepthood”, Mettukuppam, Vadalur, Tamilnadu, India. It was Ramalingam’s final residence and venue of his last talk in October 1873.

Indian Gooseberry Tree

Indian Gooseberry or Amlaki (Tamil: நெல்லிக்கனி or Nelli kani)

Jackfruit
Jackfruit Tree

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 702

நீர்நசை தவிர்க்கு நெல்லியங் கனியே

வேர்விளை பலவின் மென்சுவைச் சுளையே!

The

Ripe

Nelli

Fruit,

Which

Overcomes

Thirst,

The

Soft

And

Sweet

Jackfruit,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

நெல்லிக்கனி (Nelli kani) or Amlaki is Indian gooseberry with established usages in Ayurveda or Indian herbal medicine preparations. It is the central ingredient in the Ayurvedic Rasāyana (रसायन) medicine named “Chyawanprash“. Rasāyana is a branch of Ayurveda concerned with longevity extension and vigor of the body.

This couplet continues to invoke beneficial and delicious natural substances to convey the bliss and benevolence of the OmniLight.

In invoking these natural substances, such as fruits and so forth, to describe the experience of the bliss of the OmniLight, I think that Ramalingam is also recommending them for their beneficial effects. It should also be noted that these fruits are manifestations of the supreme compassion of OmniLight. They have many useful functions in supporting life-forms.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

November 26, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Symbol of OmniLight in the சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledgea place of special manifestation of
OmniLight.

Coconut water

Coconut milk

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 701

தென்னைவாய்க் கிடைத்த செவ்விள நீரே

தென்னைவான் பலத்திற் றிருகுதீம் பாலே!

Delicious

Coconut

Water,

Delectable

Coconut

Milk,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues to invoke beneficial and delicious natural substances to convey the bliss and benevolence of the OmniLight.

In invoking these natural substances, such as fruits and so forth, to describe the experience of the bliss of the OmniLight, I think that Ramalingam is also recommending them for their beneficial effects. It should also be noted that these fruits are manifestations of the supreme compassion of OmniLight. They have many useful functions in supporting life-forms.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

November 25, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Entrance to the site of the radiant symbol (Jothi or orb of light) of OmniLight in the Sathiya Gnana Sabhai (1872), or Hall Of Truth-Knowledge, designed by Ramalingam.

Traditional Tamilian vegetarian lunch spread on eco-friendly plantain leaf – Ramalingam praises the sustaining power of the OmniLight in terms of the metaphor of delectable and nourishing vegetarian food: “இளைப்பற வாய்த்த வின்சுவை யுணவே!”

Rio Celeste, Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 700

களைப்பறக் கிடைத்த கருணைநன் னீரே

இளைப்பற வாய்த்த வின்சுவை யுணவே!

Refreshing,

Rejuvenating,

Pure

Water

Of

Compassion,

Delectable,

Nourishing,

Pure

Food,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet invokes pure natural water and pure (vegetarian) delectable food to describe the nourishing and rejuvenating action of the OmniLight in the face of the weariness and exhaustion of a worldly life beset by worries and tribulations.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

November 23, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

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சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledge, and place of special manifestation of OmniLight, designed by Ramalingam without any formal training in architecture. It was constructed in 1871 and opened to the public in January 1872. It has no anthropomorphic idols or images.

Travelers & Plane Tree by Arthur Rackham“TWO TRAVELERS, worn out by the heat of the summer’s sun, laid themselves down at noon under the widespreading branches of a Plane-Tree. As they rested under its shade, one of the Travelers said to the other, “What a singularly useless tree is the Plane! It bears no fruit, and is not of the least service to man.”
The Plane-Tree, interrupting him, said, “You ungrateful fellows! Do you, while receiving benefits from me and resting under my shade, dare to describe me as useless, and unprofitable?’
Some men underrate their best blessings.
” (AesopAesop’s Fables: 294. The Travelers and the Plane-Tree)

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 699

கோடைவாய் விரிந்த குளிர்தரு நிழலே

மேடைவாய் வீசிய மெல்லிய காற்றே!

The

Cool

Shade

Of

The

Boughs

Of

A

Tree,

And

The

Wafting

Breeze,

Alleviating

The

Suffering

Of

A

Scorching

Summer,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet employs the symbols of the cooling shade provided by the boughs of a tree, the gentle and soothing breeze, and their alleviation of distress in the intense heat of a summer, to describe the succor provided by the OmniLight, to those who have attuned to it, in the face of the sufferings caused by the passions.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

November 21, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

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An old photo of Siddhi Valaagam (சித்தி வளாகம்) or “Abode of Adepthood”, Mettukuppam, Vadalur, Tamilnadu, India. It was Ramalingam’s final residence and venue of his last talk in October 1873.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 698

சேற்றுநீ ரின்றிநற் றீஞ்சுவை தருமோர்

ஊற்றுநீர் நிரம்ப வுடையபூந் தடமே!

November 20, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Symbol of OmniLight in the சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledgea place of special manifestation of OmniLight.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 697

என்றுயர்ச் சோடைக ளெல்லாந் தவிர்த்துள

நன்றுற விளங்கிய நந்தனக் காவே!