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October 14, 2021

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: 771

நலங்கொளப் புரிந்திடு ஞானயா கத்திடை

வலஞ்சுழித் தெழுந்து வளர்ந்தமெய்க் கனலே!

Divine

Fire

Of

Truth,

Which

Swirls

And

Grows

In

Strength

At

The

Center

Of

The

Pit

Of

Jnana-Yagam

Or

Sacrificial

Ritual

Pit

For

Obtaining

Wisdom,

To

Bestow

All

Good,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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

The key Tamil expression “ஞானயா கத்திடை” refers to the center of the sacrificial pit used for performance of rituals to obtain wisdom. These are not sacrifices which involve the killing of animals and use of impure substances such as blood, bones, and so forth.

The term ஞானயாகம்” (Jnana yaagam or Jnana yajna) refers to a sacrificial ritual for obtaining wisdom or spiritual knowledge. Some Vedic rituals were meant for this purpose and not for obtaining worldly goods.

Ramalingam has in mind the fire which is kindled at the center of the ritual pit in such sacrificial ceremonies which use pure substances such as milk, ghee or clarified butter, flowers, incense, etc., as offerings to the central fire. He is using this central fire as the symbol of OmniLight’s transformative power.

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.