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November 5, 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: 683

எழுவகை நெறியினு மியற்றுக வெனவே

முழுவகை காட்டி முயங்கிய பொன்னே!

Resplendent

Gold

Treasure,

Which

Directed

Me

To

Create

In

The

Seven

Modes,

And,

Abiding

In

Unity,

Revealed

Their

Diverse

Natures,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The term “எழுவகை நெறி” (ezhuvagai neri) or seven modes or forms has been interpreted as a reference to the seven modes or forms of life identified by Ramalingam in his great incomplete essay on “The Ethic Of Compassion For Living Beings“: தேவர் (Devar or celestials or supra-human beings), மனிதர் (Manidar or humans), நரகர் (Narakar or inhabitants of infernal realms), மிருகம் (animals), பறவை (flying creatures), ஊர்வன (crawling creatures), and தாவரம் (sessile or stationary forms of life such as plants and trees). Ramalingam affirms that these seven forms of life have innumerable variants.

This couplet continues the series of couplets on the maximal excellence of the nature of OmniLight. These couplets also invoke gold and its aspects to convey this maximal excellence of the nature of OmniLight. The imperishable and immaculate nature of the OmniLight Gold is also contrasted with the perishable and imperfect nature of mundane gold.

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.