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 1872. It has no anthropomorphic idols or images.

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Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 414

விடய நிலைகளை வெவ்வேறு திரைகளால்

அடர்புற மறைக்கு மருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி!

Diverse

States

Of

Objects

And

Events,

Effects

And

Causes,

Compactly

Concealed

Without

Disorder,

With

Various

Screens,

By

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues Ramalingam’s remarkable account of the seven colored Cosmic Screens by which the OmniLight conceals the manifold aspects of mundane, supramundane, and divine reality, from the perception or understanding of ego-bound souls.

It affirms that the OmniLight has also compactly concealed with different screens, but without producing disorder, the different states of objects and events.

In this context, it should be noted that since the OmniLight has obscured its governance with the first screen, the immense dark and dense screen of primordial matter-energy, the other screens are also not visible to the unenlightened inner eye. Naturally, the realms which these screens hide are also opaque to the unenlightened.

Several of the couplets in this series affirm the reality of other, higher-order kinds of spaces (Tamil: வெளி or Veli). The space in which our universe of impure matter-energy exists is only one kind of lower-order space.

Later couplets affirm that the OmniLight also graciously lifts or sets aside these glorious immense screens, removing their obscuration of the vision of the soulcommensurate with the soul’s effort to liberate itself from the threefold defilement and bondage:

ஆணவம் (āṇavam), or egoism, or the disposition to assert separation, independence, and dominance or superiority,

மாயை, or “Maya“, the identification with, and consequent subjection to, physical body and the laws of impure material stuff

கன்மம், or Karma, or the chain of cause and effect involving thoughts, desires, choices, actions, and their consequences.