Archive for ‘Suddha Sanmargam’

October 17, 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: 774

வலமுறு சுத்தசன் மார்க்க நிலைபெறு

நலமெலா மளித்த ஞானமெய்க் கனலே!

Divine

Fire

Of

Truth

And

Wisdom,

Which

Bestowed

The

Excellences,

Virtues,

And

Powers

Of

The

Stages

Of

Attainment

In

The

Great

Way

Of

Suddha

Sanmargam,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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

In this couplet, Ramalingam affirms that the Divine Fire of OmniLight bestowed on him all the goods of the stages of attainment in the great way of Suddha Sanmargam or the Pure Path of Wisdom and Harmony.

The Tamil phrase “சுத்த சன்மார்க்க நிலை” (Suddha Sanmarga Nilai) refers to the stages of attainment in the great way of Suddha Sanmargam or the Pure Path of Wisdom And Harmony.

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.

October 16, 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: 773

எண்ணிய வெண்ணிய வெல்லாந்தர வெனுள்

நண்ணிய புண்ணிய ஞானமெய்க் கனலே!

Sacred

Fire

Of

Truth

And

Wisdom,

Which

Approached

Me

Intimately

In

My

Inner

Being

To

Fulfill

All

My

Intentions,

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. It affirms that the Sacred Fire of OmniLight intimately approached Ramalingam in his inner being to fulfill all his intentions.

The Tamil word “நண்ணிய” at the start of the second line of this couplet signifies intimacy or closeness. The rhyming word “புண்ணிய” which follows, in this context, signifies the sacred.

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.

October 15, 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: 772

வேதமு மாகம விரிவும் பரம்பர

நாதமுங் கடந்த ஞானமெய்க் கனலே!

Divine

Fire

Of

Truth

And

Wisdom,

Which

Is

Beyond

The

Varieties

Of

Veda

And

Agama,

And

The

Realm

Of

Naadam

Or

Transcendental

Sound,

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. It affirms that the Divine Fire of OmniLight is beyond the varieties of sacred scriptures such the Vedas and Agamas.

The Tamil expression “பரம்பர நாதம்” (parampara naadam) refers to the realm of primordial transcendental sound-vibration which initiated the cosmos.

The OmniLight is beyond this transcendental sound-vibration which is taken to be the ultimate reality in schools of Naada Yoga (yoga of knowledge of naadam or the transcendental sound-vibration).

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.

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.

October 13, 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: 770

உள்ளொளி யோங்கிட வுயிரொளி விளங்கிட

வெள்ளொளி காட்டிய மெய்யருட் கனலே!

Divine

Fire

Of

Truth

And

Compassion,

Which

Showed

Me

The

Pure

White

Light

Kindling

The

Inner

Light

And

The

Light

Of

My

Life

And

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

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

This couplet refers to three manifestations of OmniLight: உள்ளொளி (ul oli) or Inner Light, உயிரொளி (uyir oli) or Light of Soul, and வெள்ளொளி (well oli) or Pure White Light. This வெள்ளொளி (well oli) or Pure White Light kindles the other two forms of light and sustains them.

There are many lines in Ramalingam’s mature poems which celebrate the “Light within the Light within the Light” (Tamil: ஜோதியுள் ஜோதியுள் ஜோதி – Jothiyul Jothiyul Jothi) and so forth, implying that there are different manifestations of OmniLight, the Supreme Divine Light.

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.

October 12, 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: 769

ஆதியு நடுவுட னந்தமுங் கடந்த

ஜோதியா யென்னுளஞ் சூழ்ந்தமெய்ச் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Sun

Of

Truth,

Which

Manifested

As

The

Jothi

Or

Effulgence

Without

Beginning,

Middle,

Or

End,

And

Enveloped

My

Heart,

Mind,

And

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet concludes the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use the symbol of a சுடர் (soodar) or a brilliant flame, or orb of light, to describe the illuminating powers of the OmniLight.

The Tamil phrase “ஆதியு நடுவுட னந்தமுங் கடந்த“, which is the first line of this couplet, signifies that which has no beginning (ஆதி – adi), middle (நடு – nadu), or ending (அந்தம் – andham). It refers to the OmniLight which manifested as the effulgence enveloping Ramalingam’s heart, mind, and soul.

The Tamil expression “மெய் சுடர்” (meychoodar) refers to the resplendent Sun of Truth, the OmniLight, rising at the dawn of enlightenment and dispelling the darkness of ignorance and falsehood.

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.

October 11, 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: 768

முன்னுறு மலவிருள் முழுவது நீக்கியே

என்னுள வரைமே லெழுந்தசெஞ் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Red

Sun,

Which

Completely

Dispelled

The

Preceding

Pervasive

Dark

Night

Of

Malam

Or

Defilement

And

Rose

Above

My

Heart,

Mind,

And

Soul,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use the symbol of a சுடர் (soodar) or a brilliant flame, or orb of light, to describe the illuminating powers of the OmniLight.

The Tamil phrase “முன்னுறு மலவிருள்” (moonuru malaveerul) signifies the dark night of ignorance constituted by subordination to the three cardinal defilements of ஆணவம் (Anavam) or the separative egoism or I vs. Thou aggrandizement which is the root defilement which holds a soul in bondageமாயை (Maayai) or attachment to body and material stuff, and கன்மம் (kanmam) or karma, undergoing the consequences of one’s actions, good or bad.

The expression “முன்னுறு” (moonuru) suggests that this pervasive dark night of defilement preceded the rising of the resplendent red sun of OmniLight in Ramalingam’s heart, mind, and soul.

The Tamil word “செஞ்சுடர்” (senchoodar) refers to the red sun rising at dawn and dispelling the darkness (of ignorance).

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.

October 10, 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: 767

அலகிலாத் தலைவர்க ளரசுசெய் தத்துவ

உலகெலாம் விளங்க வோங்குசெஞ் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Rising

Red

Sun,

Divine

Orb

Of

Light,

Which

Ascends

And

Illuminates

The

Worlds

Of

Tattvas,

Or

Fundamental

Elements,

Categories,

Ruled

By

Innumerable

Intelligent

Governors,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet again affirms the existence of innumerable intelligent governors (Tamil: அலகிலாத் தலைவர்கள்) of the worlds of Tattvas (Tamil: தத்துவம் or Tattuvam) or fundamental elements and categories of existence. The Rising Red Sun of OmniLight illuminates all these worlds and their governors.

These governors and their own worlds are inaccessible to humans and extraterrestrials in our universe. Therefore, the revelations of OmniLight to Ramalingam, as expressed in these couplets, are the only sources of our conceptions of their existence.

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.

October 9, 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.
Red Sunrise – a photograph by Russ Mullen

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet: 766

திரையெலாந் தவிர்த்துச் செவ்வியுற் றாங்கே

வரையெலாம் விளங்க வயங்குசெஞ் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Rising

Red

Sun,

Which

Dispelled

All

Thirai

Or

Obscuring

Screens,

And

In

Its

Glorious

Ascent,

Illuminates

Mountains,

Shores,

Limits,

And

Boundaries,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet continues the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use the symbol of a சுடர் (soodar) or a brilliant flame, or orb of light, to describe the illuminating powers of the OmniLight.

It is a couplet of great poetic brilliance and beauty expressing deep spiritual insight.

The Tamil word “செஞ்சுடர்” (senchoodar) refers to the red sun rising at dawn and dispelling the darkness (of ignorance).

The Tamil word “திரை” (thirai) refers to the obscuring colored screens which conceal various aspects of reality. In earlier posts, I have translated and commented on the Agaval verses on these obscuring screens. The couplets on these obscuring colored screens is the Agaval’s most original contribution to our understanding of the limits on our knowledge.

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.

October 8, 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: 765

வெம்மல விரவது விடிதரு ணந்தனிற்

செம்மையி லுதித்துளந் திகழ்ந்தசெஞ் சுடரே!

Resplendent

Red

Sun

Which

Arose

At

The

Ending

Of

The

Dark

Scorching

Night

Of

Malam

Or

Defilement,

And

Illuminated

My

Heart,

OmniLight Of Supreme Compassion!

Notes:

This couplet begins the pentad of couplets (five couplets) which use the symbol of a சுடர் (soodar) or a brilliant flame, or orb of light, to describe the illuminating powers of the OmniLight.

It is a couplet of great poetic brilliance and beauty expressing deep spiritual insight.

The Tamil word “செஞ்சுடர்” (senchoodar) refers to the red sun rising at dawn and dispelling the darkness (of ignorance).

The word “மலம்” (malam) signifies மும்மலம் (moomalam) or the three cardinal defilements of ஆணவம் (Anavam) or the separative egoism or I vs. Thou aggrandizement which is the root defilement which holds a soul in bondage, மாயை (Maayai) or attachment to body and material stuff, and கன்மம் (kanmam) or karma, undergoing the consequences of one’s actions, good or bad. The expression “வெம்மல இரவு” (vemmala iravu) refers to the dark scorching night of subordination to these defilements.

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.