OmniLight Invocations 365

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சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledge, and place of special manifestation of OmniLight, designed by Ramalingam without any formal training in architecture. It was constructed in 1871 and opened to the public in January 1872It is not a Hindu temple and ought not to be considered one. It has no anthropomorphic idols or images.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 455

பொருளினுட் பொருளாய்ப் பொருளது பொருளா

யொருமையின் விளங்கு மொருதனிப் பொருளே!

The

One

Substance

Within

Objects,

The

One

Substance

Of

Objects,

Presenting

Itself

As

All

Objects,

In

Resplendent

Oneness,

OmniLight Incomparable Reality!

Note: The Arutperunjothi Agaval is Ramalingam’s magnum opus of spiritual enlightenment poetry composed in 798 couplets in 1872. In later posts, I will offer commentaries on these couplets.

It is worth comparing Spinoza’s philosophy of Substance or Ultimate Reality with these Agaval couplets on the Supreme Reality of OmniLight.

Substance and Its Modes: The Gist Of Spinoza’s Philosophy of Reality
Portrait of Dutch-Jewish Philosopher Baruch de Spinoza (1632–1677) (painting by an unknown artist, ca. 1665) – Source: Wikipedia

Statue of Spinoza in The Hague
The Statue of Spinoza in Amsterdam – With inscription “The objective of the state is freedom” (translation, quote from Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, 1677) – Source: Wikipedia
Spinoza and the Rabbis” (painting by Samuel Hirszenberg, 1907) – Source: Wikipedia; I should note here that Spinoza was expelled by Amsterdam’s Jewish community when he was only a (precocious) youth of 23 years.