OmniLight Invocations 365

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An old photo of Siddhi Valaagam (சித்தி வளாகம்) or “Abode of Adepthood”, Mettukuppam, Vadalur, Tamilnadu, India. It was Ramalingam’s final residence and venue of his last talk in October 1873.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 763

நலந்தர வுடலுயிர் நல்லறி வெனக்கே

மலர்ந்திடக் கருணை மழைபொழி மழையே!

Outpouring

Rain

Of

Divine

Compassion,

Which

Transformed

Even

My

Body,

Soul,

And

Intellect,

To

Blossom

And

Develop

In

Virtue

And

Bliss,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use rain as a symbol of the cleansing and rejuvenating powers of the outpouring compassion of the OmniLight.

The Tamil word “நலம்” (nalam) signifies virtue and bliss, among other goods. This couplet affirms that the downpour of the supreme compassion of OmniLight transformed Ramalingam’s body, soul, and intellect, to become instruments of virtue and bliss rather than ignorance, vice, and suffering.

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.