OmniLight Invocations 365

Entrance to the site of the radiant symbol (Jothi or orb of light) of OmniLight in the Sathiya Gnana Sabhai (1872), or Hall Of Truth-Knowledge, designed by Ramalingam.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 415

தத்துவ நிலைகளைத் தனித்தனித் திரையால்

அத்திற மறைக்கு மருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி!

The

States

And

Energies

Of

Essential

Elements,

Other

Constituents

Of

Reality

And

Experience,

Concealed

Consistently,

With

Distinctive

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 consistently concealed with distinctive screens the different states and energies of the essential elements and other constituents of reality and experience. The Tamil term தத்துவம் (Tattuvam; Sanskrit: तत्त्व or Tattva) refers to the essential elements and other constituents of reality and experience. These essential elements and other constituents are usually classified in terms of various categories in Indian metaphysics.

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.