OmniLight Invocations 365

A reconstruction of Ramalingam’s appearance based on descriptions by those who knew him. It is missing his footwear. Ramalingam emphasized the use of footwear as a requirement of the care of the body.
Chariot wheel of the 13th century Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha, India

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 163

உருள்சக டாகிய உளஞ்சலி யாவகை

அருள்வழி நிறுத்திய அருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி   

Wearisome  

Cart-wheeling

Mind,

Heart,

Cart-wheels

Of

Thought,

Emotion,

Whimsical

Wanderers

Of

Worlds,

Wonderfully

Stopped,

Set

On

The

True

Track

Of

Transcendence,

Securely,

Consummately,

By the Supreme Compassion Of OmniLight!

Note: The Tamil word “உள்ளம்” (uḷḷam), in the first line of this couplet, encompasses mind (the source of thought) and heart (the source of emotion).

This autobiographical couplet testifies to Ramalingam’s conquest of the incessant, cart-wheeling acrobatics and antics of mind and heart, thought and emotion, and the decisive transformation of their habitual tendencies by the supreme compassion of OmniLight.

In his own words, this was the result of intense, one-pointed aspiration for the OmniLight, sustained inner austerity of renunciation of distracting worldly desires, and the development of compassion for living beings.

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.