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September 18, 2021

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: 667

மலப்பிணி தவிர்த்தருள் வலந்தரு கின்றதோர்

நலத்தகை யதுவென நாட்டிய மருந்தே!

The

Divine

Medicine,

Whose

Essential

Nature

Averts

The

Diseases

Of

The

Three

Malams

Or

Defilements,

Anavam,

Mayai,

Kanmam,

And

Bestows

The

Power

Of

Divine

Light,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The three defilements, and their consequent ills or diseases, which hold a soul in bondage are: ஆணவம் (Anavam or separative egoism or I vs. Thou aggrandisement), மாயை (Mayai or attachment and subjection to matter-energy and its laws), and கன்மம் (Kanmam or Karma, the chain of cause and effect pertaining to actions).

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.