January 24, 2021

Agaval 365

Couplet 369:

பாடுறு மவத்தைகள் பலவினு முயிர்களை

ஆடுறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Protect these living beings,

In all their states,

Situations and conditions,

Productive of suffering.

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 23, 2021

Agaval 365

Couplet 368:

உயிருறு முடலையு முடலுறு முயிரையும்

அயர்வறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

The living soul

Linked to the living body,

Let them not languish,

OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 22, 2021

Agaval 365

Couplet 367:

சிசுமுதற் பருவச் செயல்களி னுயிர்களை

அசைவறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Protect these living beings

In their activity and development,

From their infancy,

Through childhood,

To youth,

And after,

OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

            

January 21, 2021

Agaval 365

Bacteriophages attack bacteria, and a new study shows that a sea of them may protect the human body.
 AMI IMAGES/SCIENCE SOURCE

T cells fighting cancer (Getty Images)

Couplet 366:

உடலுறு பிணியா லுயிருடல் கெடாவகை

அடலுறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Endowing them with immunity,

Protect the body and the life in it,

From dread disease and its damage,

OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 20, 2021

Agaval 365

Albert Bierstadt‘s “Giant Redwood Trees of California”, 1874 (Source: Wikipedia)
Giant Sequoia Groves – Sequoia and King’s Canyonhttps://www.nps.gov/seki/
Source: Wikipedia

Couplet 365:

வேர்வுற வுதித்த மிகுமுயிர்த் திரள்களை

ஆர்வுறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Numerous living beings

Growing from roots

To become trees and plants.

May they grow and flourish by the Supreme Compassion of the OmniLight!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 19, 2021

Agaval 365

Earthworm
An unidentified nematode (Poikilolaimus sp.) from Kopanang gold mine, 0.9 miles (1.4km down) (Credit: Gaetan Borgonie et al/Nature Communications) Source: BBC – Earth

Couplet 364:

நிலம்பெறு முயிர்வகை நீள்குழு வனைத்தும்

அலம்பெறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Land-borne life-forms,

Living beings which are elongated,

Generated in the earth,

Sustained in its soil,

Nourished by water,

May they receive all that they need by the Supreme Compassion of the OmniLight!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 18, 2021

Agaval 365

Couplet 363:

முட்டைவாய்ப் பயிலு முழுவுயிர்த் திரள்களை

அட்டமே காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Living beings

Inhabiting and developing

In eggs.

May the protection of the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion envelop them!

Note: The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 17, 2021

Agaval 365

A pregnant cow with a “Moocall” sensor attached to its tail to monitor its birthing contractions.
A pregnant elephant in the Saint Louis zoo.

Couplet 362:

தாய்கருப் பையினுட் டங்கிய வுயிர்களை

ஆய்வுறக் காத்தரு ளருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Living beings in their mothers’ wombs,

May the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion give them both its maternal protection and alleviate their suffering!

Note: This couplet, and others which follow, express Ramalingam’s heartfelt prayers or petitions to the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion, on behalf of the numerous varieties of living beings with their diverse modes of gestation or birth, sensory endowments, natures, and forms of living.

They appeal to and celebrate the self-determined and law-governed (the laws are determined by the OmniLight and consistent with its supreme compassion) protective functions of the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion. Not least, they underscore the importance of the ethic of compassion for living beings, and indicate its precepts.

The meditative recitation of these prayers helps to develop compassion for living beings.

January 16, 2021

Agaval 365

Gouldian finch – a colorful singing perch bird native to Australia.
Platypus or duck-billed platypus – it lives both on land and in water and is one of the five types of monotremes or unusual mammals which lay eggs instead of giving birth.
The Axolotl or Mexican walking fish – a species of salamander unique to Mexico City’s Lake Xochimilco. It is an endangered species.

Couplet 351:

சித்திர விசித்திர சிருட்டிகள் பலபல

அத்தகை வகுத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Exquisitely colorful,

Strange and astonishing,

Such creatures in their abundant variety,

All adaptively and elegantly designed by the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: The reference to design does not imply ex nihilo designed creation or designed creation out of nothing. Rather, as available examples of intelligent design by humans and other creatures suggest, it is a case of design achieved by a process of development. Ramalingam’s use of the word “தெருட்டல்” (fine-tuning) in other couplets is suggestive of this form of intelligent design by fine-tuning or development.

January 15, 2021

Agaval 365

Couplet 350:

வெவ்வே றியலொடு வெவ்வேறு பயனுற

அவ்வா றமைத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Diverse structures and qualities,

Varied functions and beneficial outcomes,

Of the six senses,

All designed accordingly by the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: This couplet alludes to the previous couplet on the types of senses of living beings. The reference to design does not imply ex nihilo designed creation or designed creation out of nothing. Rather, as available examples of intelligent design by humans and other creatures suggest, it is a case of design achieved by a process of development. Ramalingam’s use of the word “தெருட்டல்” (fine-tuning) in other couplets is suggestive of this form of intelligent design by fine-tuning or development.