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August 21, 2021

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.
“Tamil: Origin (according to first appearance as script) – 300 BC – The earliest example of the language can be traced back to 300 BC, but its origin is believed to be during 2500 BC or so. In today’s world, around 78 million people in the world speak Tamil. It is this fact of contemporary utility that makes Tamil the longest surviving language in the world.” Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/oldest-languages-839038-2016-12-20

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 301

பகர்பரா சத்தியைப் பதியுமண் டங்களும்

அகமற வகுத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி!

Resplendent

Divine

Shakti

Or

Energy

Of

Utterance,

Speech,

Word,

And

Its

Worlds

Of

Operation,

Organized

Impeccably,

By

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The Tamil expression “பகர்பரா சத்தி” (Pagar para shakti) refers to the divine shakti or energy underlying utterance or speech. The Tamil word “பகர்” (Pagar) refers to that which is radiant or resplendent, but also connotes utterance or declaration (Tamil: பகர்தல் – Pagardal). Hence, the expression “பகர்பரா சத்தி” involves reference to utterance or speech.

This interpretation is supported by the fact that the context of this couplet is a reference to sound-waves (Tamil: சத்தம் or Sattam) and the Nada Brahman or transcendental sound-vibration (Tamil: நாத பிரமம் or Nada Biramam). It is apposite to consider, in the context of the preceding couplets on sound-waves and primordial sound-vibration, the shakti or energy underlying, impelling, and inspiring utterance or speech, the Word, sound-meaning.

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.