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January 12, 2022

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: 740

பொன்னுடம் பெனக்குப் பொருந்திடும் பொருட்டா

என்னுளங் கலந்த என்றனி யன்பே!













OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!


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.

It affirms that all his transformative experiences pertain to Love Supremethe OmniLight. Ramalingam used this expression “Love Supreme” (Tamil: தனி அன்பே – thani anbey) almost a hundred years before John Coltrane‘s use of it in the title of his album “A Love Supreme” released in 1965.

This couplet also affirms that the OmniLight united with Ramalingam’s being to bestow what it describes as “பொன் உடம்பு” (pon udambu), or Golden Body, or body of brilliant golden light.

Part II of his incomplete essay on the ethic of compassion for living beings describes this higher body as follows:

“பொன்வடிவாகத் தோன்றுதல் மாத்திரமேயன்றி ஆகாயம்போல் பரிசிக்கப்படாத சுத்தபூதகாரண பிரணவ தேகத்தையும்…”

Translation: “The pranava body of pure elements which appears in golden form and is otherwise intangible like the sky or space…”

I think that the key term “பிரணவ” (pranava) in this reference to the pranava body is best interpreted in terms of “பிராணன்” (Pranan – Sanskrit: प्राण or prāṇa ) or subtle energies, or “airs” of vitality, or life-force. It is a reference to the transfigured subtle vital body constituted by pure elements and life-energies not subject to deficiency, deformation, and decay. Contrary to my former misconception, I don’t think that it has anything to do with பிரணவம் (praṇavam) or the ōm sound.

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.