In the early 1980s some devotees of Sri Bhagavan asked Sri Sadhu Om to explain the import of
Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam (‘The Five Gems to Sri Arunachala’, one of the Five Hymns composed by Sri Bhagavan), and they recorded on a cassette tape the spontaneous explanations that he gave them in Tamil. Later, at the request of
Michael James, Sri Sadhu Om explained those recorded explanations in English. As he was doing so, Michael questioned him further, and noted down all that he explained. After completing a rough draft of his notes, Michael asked Sri Sadhu Om to check them, and this lead to further discussions and more detailed explanations. Finally, after Sri Sadhu Om had approved the rough draft with all his explanations added, Michael wrote a fair copy.
This fair copy remained as a handwritten manuscript for nearly twenty years, until Sri M. Sahadevan arranged to have it copied. It was then published, without the word-for-word meanings of the Sanskrit and Tamil verses, in five installments in
The Mountain Path between the Advent 2003 and the Advent 2004 issues.
The present version, which contains the full commentary along with the word-for-word meanings of the Sanskrit and Tamil verses, was first published on this website in January 2005, and is now being republished with several corrections and alterations.