Archive for November, 2021

November 7, 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: 685

ஊழிதோ றுழி யுலப்புறா தோங்கி

வாழியென் றெனக்கு வாய்த்த நன்னிதியே!

Inexhaustible

Treasure-Chest,

Which

Became

My

Indubitable

Gain,

Never

Depleted,

Deficient,

Nor

Destroyed

Even

With

The

Passing

Of

Aeons,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This series of couplets invokes the symbol of an inexhaustible treasure chest (Tamil: நிதி or Nidhi) to convey the maximal excellence of the nature of OmniLight.

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.

November 6, 2021

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: 684

எண்ணிய படியெலா மியற்றுக வென்றெனைப்

புண்ணிய பலத்தாற் பொருந்திய நிதியே!

Inexhaustible

Treasure-Chest,

Which

Became

My

Intimate

Possession,

As

A

Result

Of

My

Accrued

Moral

Merit,

And

Empowered

Me

To

Create

And

Enact

As

I

Wish,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This series of couplets invokes the symbol of an inexhaustible treasure chest (Tamil: நிதி or Nidhi) to convey the maximal excellence of the nature of OmniLight.

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.

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.

November 4, 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: 682

நால்வகை நெறியினு நாட்டுக வெனவே

பால்வகை முழுதும் பணித்தபைம் பொன்னே!

Resplendent

Gold

Treasure,

Which

Directed

Me

To

Govern

Development

In

The

Four

Types

Of

Paths,

And

Empowered

Me

To

Do

So

In

Their

Different

States,

Conditions,

And

Qualities,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This is a cryptic couplet because of the ambiguity of the terms “நால்வகை” (naalvagai) or “four types” and பால்வகை” (paalvagai) “types of natures” or “types of qualities”.

What do they refer to in the context of this couplet?

The suffix “நெறி” (neri) gives us a clue. It refers to a path, way, and form of discipline of attitude and action. The Tamil spiritual classic Tirumandiram (6th – 10th century CE), which Ramalingam was familiar with, describes the four ways or paths of spiritual discipline:

  1. சன்மார்க்கம் (sanmaargam) or the path of integral knowledge and realization (Jnana) Source: Tirumandiram quatrains 1477 – 1487
  2. சகமார்க்கம் (sagamaargam) or the path of yoga (Raja yoga or Kundalini yoga) Source: Tirumandiram quatrains 1488 – 1494)
  3. சற்புத்திர மார்க்கம் (satputra maargam) or the path of internal devotion (Bhakti) Source: Tirumandiram quatrains 1495 – 1501)
  4. தாச மார்க்கம் (daasa maargam) or the path of external ritual worship and temple service (External worship and service) Source: Tirumandiram quatrains 1502 – 1506

It is noteworthy that the Tirumandiram ranks Sanmaargam or the path of integral knowledge and realization as the highest path.

The distinguishing features of these four paths are also given in other verses.

Tirumandiram: 1449: “சரியாதி நான்குந் தருஞான நான்கும்” (“The four ways or paths starting with sariya and their four forms of spiritual knowledge”).

Tirumandiram 1455:

“பத்தன் கிரியை சரியை பயில்வுற்றுச்

சுத்த அருளால் துரிசற்ற யோகத்தில்

உய்த்த நெறியுற் றுணர்கின்ற ஞானத்தாற்

சித்தங் குருவரு ளாற் சிவமாகுமே”

Translation: “The aspirant who is engaged in the practice of Kiriyai and Sariyai attains Yoga by grace and achieves the transmutation of his consciousness into pure intelligence and goodness (Sivam) by Jnana.”

Thus, Sariyai is constitutive of தாச மார்க்கம் (daasa maargam) or the path of external ritual worship and temple service. Kiriyai is constitutive of சற்புத்திர மார்க்கம் (satputra maargam) or the path of internal devotion. Yoga is constitutive of சகமார்க்கம் (sagamaargam) or the path of Raja yoga or Kundalini yoga. And Jnana is constitutive of சன்மார்க்கம் (sanmaargam) or the path of integral knowledge and realization.

It is noteworthy that Ramalingam advocated the path of Suddha Sanmaargam or the pure path of integral knowledge and unity.

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.

November 3, 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.
Cosmic Gold: The collision of neutron stars is the source of heavy metals such as gold. Source: https://morningreporter.in/cosmic-gold-new-discovery-astrophysics/

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 681

விண்ணியற் றலைவரும் வியந்திட வெனக்குப்

புண்ணியப் பயனாற் பூத்தசெம் பொன்னே!

Resplendent

Gold

Treasure,

Which

Bloomed

In

My

Soul

To

The

Astonishment

Of

Even

The

Cosmic

Governors,

As

A

Result

Of

My

Accrued

Moral

Merit,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

The expression விண்ணியற் தலைவர்” refers to the celestial or cosmic governors. Several couplets in this Agaval affirm their existence. They are classes of governors of processes of creation, protection, regulation (inclusive of apparent destruction), obscuration, and revelation, in all the worlds.

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.

November 2, 2021

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: 680

எண்ணிய வெண்ணியாங் கெய்திட வெனக்குப்

பண்ணிய தவத்தாற் பழுத்தசெம் பொன்னே!

Resplendent

Gold

Treasure,

Which

Emerged

In

My

Soul

In

Brilliance

And

Beauty,

To

Fulfill

All

My

Wishes,

As

A

Result

Of

My

Tapas

Or

Spiritual

Austerity,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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.

November 1, 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: 679

நீகேண் மறக்கினு நின்னையாம் விட்டுப்

போகே மெனவெனைப் பொருந்திய பொன்னே!

Resplendent

Gold

Treasure,

Which

Declared

“Even

If

You

Forget

Me,

I

Will

Not

Leave

You”,

And

United

With

My

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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.