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: 769

ஆதியு நடுவுட னந்தமுங் கடந்த

ஜோதியா யென்னுளஞ் சூழ்ந்தமெய்ச் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Sun

Of

Truth,

Which

Manifested

As

The

Jothi

Or

Effulgence

Without

Beginning,

Middle,

Or

End,

And

Enveloped

My

Heart,

Mind,

And

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet concludes the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use the symbol of a சுடர் (soodar) or a brilliant flame, or orb of light, to describe the illuminating powers of the OmniLight.

The Tamil phrase “ஆதியு நடுவுட னந்தமுங் கடந்த“, which is the first line of this couplet, signifies that which has no beginning (ஆதி – adi), middle (நடு – nadu), or ending (அந்தம் – andham). It refers to the OmniLight which manifested as the effulgence enveloping Ramalingam’s heart, mind, and soul.

The Tamil expression “மெய் சுடர்” (meychoodar) refers to the resplendent Sun of Truth, the OmniLight, rising at the dawn of enlightenment and dispelling the darkness of ignorance and falsehood.

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.