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January 14, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet 349:

அறிவொரு வகைமுத லைவகை யறுவகை

அறிதர வகுத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

One sense,

Five senses,

Sixth sense,

The forms of knowledge acquired by their means,

All designed by the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: This couplet differentiates living beings in terms of their senses or modes of cognition and their corresponding forms of knowledge. Each sense is a type (வகை) and allows for variations. Plants and trees have one sense and form of knowledge, tactile perception. Animals have up to five senses (the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch). Humans also have the sixth “sense” of the language faculty and verbal cognition, or cognition by means of verbal thinking.

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.