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October 13, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Symbol of OmniLight in the சத்திய ஞான சபை (Sathiya Gnana Sabhai) or The Great Hall of Truth-Knowledgea place of special manifestation of OmniLight.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 770

உள்ளொளி யோங்கிட வுயிரொளி விளங்கிட

வெள்ளொளி காட்டிய மெய்யருட் கனலே!

Divine

Fire

Of

Truth

And

Compassion,

Which

Showed

Me

The

Pure

White

Light

Kindling

The

Inner

Light

And

The

Light

Of

My

Life

And

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet begins the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use fire (Tamil: கனல் – kaṉal) as a symbol of OmniLight and its transformative and wish-fulfilling powers.

This couplet refers to three manifestations of OmniLight: உள்ளொளி (ul oli) or Inner Light, உயிரொளி (uyir oli) or Light of Soul, and வெள்ளொளி (well oli) or Pure White Light. This வெள்ளொளி (well oli) or Pure White Light kindles the other two forms of light and sustains them.

There are many lines in Ramalingam’s mature poems which celebrate the “Light within the Light within the Light” (Tamil: ஜோதியுள் ஜோதியுள் ஜோதி – Jothiyul Jothiyul Jothi) and so forth, implying that there are different manifestations of OmniLight, the Supreme Divine Light.

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.