OmniLight Invocations 365

Chidambaram RamalingamThere are many declarations, in his poetry and prose, of his liberation, by means of the compassionate action of the OmniLight, from the three complex, intertwined, multiplying chains of desire: desire for land or property, desire for gold or wealth, and desire for sensual pleasure.
Greco-Roman mythology: The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli (Source: Wikipedia)
Hindu mythology: Kāma, God of Desire (left) with consort Rati on a temple wall of Chennakesava TempleBelur, Karnataka state, India. (Source: Wikipedia)
Hindu mythology: Kāma, God of Desire, burned by a ray from the “third eye” of the ascetic God Shiva for daring to shoot his desire-inducing arrows at the latter. (Painting by Raja Ravi Varma)
Buddhist mythology: Buddha in the mudra of “touching the earth” and calling it to witness his Enlightenment and conquest over the demon Māra and his assailing forces, including forces of desire. (The Buddha triumphing over Mara, 900–1000. India; probably Kurkihar, Bihar state. Stone. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection)

The Love Song by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (Source: metmuseum.org)
Desire 1907 by Edvard Munch

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 396

காமப் புடைப்புயிர் கண்டொட ராவகை

ஆமற வடக்கு மருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Incessant

Currents

Of

Intense

Desire,

Craving,

Creating

Catharses,

Buffeting

Beings,

But

Calmed,

Controlled,

Curbed,

Curtailed,

Consummately,

Enabling

Emancipation,

By the Supreme Compassion Of OmniLight!

Note: This couplet affirms that mental states or occurrences, e.g., desire or craving, of living beings are subject to the supreme subduing, regulating, controlling, curbing powers (அடக்குதல் – adakkudhal) exercised by the OmniLight in accordance with self-determined laws

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.