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September 16, 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.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 665

நரைதிரை மூப்பவை நண்ணா வகைதரும்

உரைதரு பெருஞ்சீ ருடையநன் மருந்தே!

The

Medicine

Of

Great

Good,

Which

Provides

The

Glaze

Of

Grace

To

Ward

Off

The

Signs

And

Afflictions

Of

Aging,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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 main signs and afflictions of aging mentioned in this couplet are three: நரை (narai or white hair), திரை (tirai or wrinkling of the skin), and மூப்பு (moopu or decrepitude). The OmniLight as the supremely good medicine averts these signs and afflictions of aging if it is imbibed in one’s being.

It should be noted carefully that conquest of disease and aging, eternal youthfulness, immortality, endless bliss, and siddhi or adepthood, are all essential aspects of the supernal life based on the body of pure elements (சுத்த தேகம் – Suddha Deham) bereft of decay and disintegration. They do not pertain to this physical body constituted of impure elements subject to decay and disintegration.

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.