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March 8, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

A reconstruction of Ramalingam’s appearance based on descriptions by those who knew him. The Tamil words below the image express his sincere wish: May All Beings Attain Bliss and Flourish!
“Gateway of India”, Mumbai, India

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 80

நான்அந்தம் இல்லா நலம்பெற எனக்கே

ஆனந்தம் நல்கிய அருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி  

Gateway

Of

Sublime

Bliss,

To

Supreme

Boundless

Good,

Beyond

Darkness,

Death,

Bereft

Of

I-gnorance,

Graciously

Granted,

Consummately

Conferred,

By OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

NoteThis autobiographical couplet testifies to Ramalingam’s attainment of sublime bliss and supreme good granted by OmniLight. Note that in the Way of Omnilight, ஆனந்தம் (Tamil: Ānandam; Sanskrit: Ānanda), or bliss, is not an end in itself, but a gateway to the supreme good of supernal life without decay and death.

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.