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.

Navamani or Navaratna: The Nine Great Gemstones

Necklace studded with the nine gems

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 655

நவமணி முதலிய நலமெலாந் தருமொரு

சிவமணி யெனுமருட் செல்வமா மணியே!

Treasured

Divine

Gem

Of

Supreme

Good

And

Pure

Intelligence,

Which

Bestows

All

The

Benefits

And

Blessings

Of

The

Nine

Treasured

Gems,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The Tamil expression “நவமணி” (Navamani – Sanskrit: नवरत्न or Navaratna) ) at the start of this couplet refers to the nine precious gems celebrated by Tamils: கோமேதகம் (kōmētakam or Garnet or Sardonyx), நீலம் (nīlam or Sapphire), பவளம் (pavaḷam or Red Coral), புட்பராகம் (puṭparākam or Topaz), மரகதம் (marakatam or Emerald), மாணிக்கம் (māṇikkam or Ruby), முத்து (muttu or Pearl), வைடூரியம் (vaiṭūriyam or Cymophane or “Cat’s Eye”), and வயிரம் (vayiram or Diamond).

In psychic and astrological lore, each of these gems counteracts or augments a planetary influence, wards off or alleviates certain types of adversity, and confers special benefits.

But this couplet affirms that the OmniLight confers all the benefits or protections of these nine gems and much more.

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.