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.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 649

விண்பத மனைத்து மேற்பத முழுவதுங்

கண்பெற நடத்துங் ககனமா மணியே!

Supreme

Gem

In

Cosmic

Space,

Which

Graciously

Governs

All

Celestial

And

Supra-Celestial

Sites,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The Tamil word “கண்” at the start of the second line in this couplet means “Grace” or divine compassion. The expression “கண்பெற” means “Graciously” and implies reception of grace or divine compassion.

This couplet continues the series of couplets on மணி (Gemstone), மந்திரம் (Mantra), and மருந்து (Medicine). The OmniLight and its revelatory and other powers are described in terms of these three central metaphors of precious gemstone, mantra, and medicine.

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.