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February 11, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 386

எப்படி யெவ்வுயி ரெண்ணின வவ்வுயிர்க்

கப்படி யளித்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி



Means of subsistence,

Modality of existence,

Measure of sustenance,


By any living being,

To nurture it,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Note: The key word “படி” (padi) at the start of this couplet refers to the means and measure of subsistence.

In these couplets, it is evident that Ramalingam has gone way beyond ordinary human compassion as we understand it and attained the all-embracing transcendent compassionate intelligence (ஒப்பற்ற பெருந் தயவுடைய பேரறிவு) he mentioned in his last talk (பேருபதேசம் – Perupadesam) in late 1873.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these verses.