OmniLight Invocations 365

Symbol of OmniLight in the சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledgea place of special manifestation of OmniLight.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 654

தாழ்வெலாந் தவிர்த்துச் சகமிசை யழியா

வாழ்வெனக் களித்த வளரொளி மணியே!

Gem

Of

Ever-Growing

Resplendence,

Which

Averted

My

Descent

Into

The

Depths

Of

Inner

Poverty,

Despair,

And

Degradation,

And

Bestowed

On

Me

The

Immortal

Life

On

The

Summit

Of

The

Universe,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The Tamil expression “சகமிசை” is a compound of two words: “சகம்” (Cakam) meaning “world, universe” and “மிசை” (misai) meaning “summit”. Therefore, “சகமிசை” means “summit of the universe”. It contrasts with the term “தாழ்வு” (Thaazhvu) meaning “depths” (of impoverishment, despair, and degradation).

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.