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: 659

ஐந்தென வெட்டென வாறென நான்கென

முந்துறு மறைமுறை மொழியுமந் திரமே!

The

Sacred

Mantra,

Which

Scriptures

Proclaim

In

The

Forms

Of

Five,

Eight,

Six,

And

Four

Syllables,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet affirms that the OmniLight manifesting as Mantra encompasses the great mantras or invocations of the Hindu traditions. These mantras are different forms of One sacred mantra manifestation of the OmniLight.

The mantra of Siva has five syllables, “நமசிவாய” (Na ma Si va ya) or “சிவாயநம” (Si va ya Na ma). It is the sacred mantra of Tamil Saivism.

The mantra of Vishnu has eight syllables, “ஓம் ந மோ நா ரா ய நா ய” (Om Na mo Na ra ya na ya), if we presuppose that O is a single syllable. In fact, in the Bhagavad Gita, Om is considered a single syllable (“I am the syllable oṁ in the Vedic mantras” – BG 7.8). It is the sacred mantra of Tamil Vaishnavism.

The mantra of Murugan has six syllables, “ச ர வ ண ப வ” (sa ra va na ba va). It is the sacred mantra of Tamil worshippers of Murugan, who was also the patron deity of classical Tamil poets. The Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai is a great work of classical Tamil religious poetry devoted to the praise of the deity Murugan. Incidentally, even in his teens, Ramalingam composed many beautiful poems and songs on Murugan.

Here is a wonderful performance of the mantra of Murugan by Shalini Singh, soprano Anne Reich, tenor Sooraj Santhosh, and the Chamber Choir Of Europe:

Some “Bījā mantras” of the Divine Mother or Shakti have four syllables.

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.