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February 18, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

“Vituvian Man” By Leonardo Da Vinci: “Leonardo envisaged the great picture chart of the human body he had produced through his anatomical drawings and Vitruvian Man as a cosmografia del minor mondo (cosmography of the microcosm). He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe.” (Encyclopædia Britannica online)
Yoga: The five vital airs or prāṇas and their functions in the body
Yoga: The five vital airs or prāṇas and their functions in the body

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 393

பிண்டத் துரிசையும் பேருயிர்த் துரிசையும்

அண்டற வடக்கு மருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Defect,

Distortion,

Disorder,

Dirt,

Of

Stuff,

Substance,

Structure,

State,

Site,

Of

Zygote,

Embryo,

Fetus,

Body,

Of

Inflowing,

Outflowing,

Vital air,

Life-energy,

Curbed,

Controlled,

Cleansed,

Consummately

By the Supreme Compassion of OmniLight!

Note: The Tamil word உயிர் (Uyir) in the first line of this couplet also refers to life-energy, vital air or prāṇa.

This couplet is the second in the series of couplets dealing with the supreme regulating, controlling, curbing powers (அடக்குதல் – adakkudhal) exercised on the cosmos, universe, world, and body by OmniLight. These couplets imply that order in the universe, and in any world, is the result of the supremely compassionate controlling, curbing, and regulating action of OmniLight. Law-governed dissolution or destruction of physical, or material, forms or structures is an aspect of this constructive action.

The need for this controlling, curbing, and regulating action by OmniLight arises because of the nature of the stuff of the habitat of souls developing from a state of ignorance toward knowledge. This is the அசுத்த மாயை (Asuddha Mayai) or the original dark stuff of our universe and its tendency to produce random variations, distortions, and deficiencies (“மாயையின் விகற்ப ஜாலங்கள்“, as Ramalingam puts it in his essay “JeevaKarunya Ozhukkam” on compassion for living beings). It is also the basis of the phenomena of suffering of living beings.

It may be that the condition of ignorance in the consciousness of individual souls has tainted and warped the matter or stuff of the universe in which they have taken birth to progressively achieve freedom from that original ignorance. I will pursue this topic in other posts.

The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. 

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