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February 15, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 390

வாய்ந்திடுஞ் சுத்த வகையுயிர்க் கொருமையின்

ஆய்ந்துறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Perceptively protect,

Uphold the uniqueness,

Sustain the singularity,

Of

Species of herbivores,

Subsisting on

Sustenance of purity,

OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: In the first line of this couplet, the expression “சுத்த வகையுயிர்can also refer to herbivores or living beings (உயிர் – uyir) who do not kill and consume the flesh of other creatures. Their food, or means (வகை – Wagai) of subsistence, is, therefore, pure (சுத்தம் – Suttham). In his great incomplete essay on compassion for living beings (ஜீவகாருண்ய ஒழுக்கம் – Jeevakarunya Ozhukkam), Ramalingam implies that the flesh of creatures is impure food (அசுத்தம் – Asuttham). The word “ஒருமை” (Orumai) also means “unique, or singular”, and, in the context of this couplet, pertains to the uniqueness or singularity of herbivores.

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.