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December 31, 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: 730

அகங்கார மாங்காங் கதிகரிப் பமைந்திடச்

சகங்காண வுள்ளந் தழைத்து மலர்ந்திட!

Ego

Submits

And

Subsides,

The

Heart

Blossoms

And

Overflows

With

Joy

At

The

Sight

Of

The

Cosmos,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues the series of couplets which describe Ramalingam’s extraordinary realization of the OmniLight. It is unique in the annals of religious or mystical experience. 

After the previous couplets on the physical transformations accompanying Ramalingam’s extraordinary experience and realization, this couplet continues to describe other transformations in his being, notably the transformation of அகங்காரம் (Tamil: akaṅkāram – Sanskrit: अहंकार or Ahaṅkāra) or Ego, the I-sense which identifies with and asserts ownership and rulership over the Non-I or the Non-self, the externalities such as body, cognitive instruments, objects, and other beings.

This couplet affirms that this Ego or I-sense has become quiescent.

“உள்ளம்” (uḷḷam) refers to the heart, or the seat of emotions.

This couplet affirms that this emotive faculty has blossomed and overflows with joy at the sight of the cosmos.

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.