Archive for January, 2021

January 21, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

T cells fighting cancer (Getty Images)

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 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

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 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

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 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.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 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.

Arutperunjothi Agaval: 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

OmniLight Invocations 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.

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.

January 13, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet 348:

அசைவில வசைவுள வாருயிர்த் திரள்பல

அசலற வகுத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

The immobile wondrous forms of life,

The mobile marvelous forms of life,

In their stupendous variety of species,

Wholly wrought in excellence,

By the OmniLight of Supreme Compassion!

Note: This couplet draws a fundamental distinction, admitting extraordinary or exceptional variations, between mobile or locomotive and immobile or stationary forms of life. The latter include plants, trees, and corals which are classified as “sessile” or fixed permanently in one location.

January 12, 2021

OmniLight Invocations 365

Arutperunjothi Agaval: Couplet 347:

ஊர்வன பறப்பன வுறுவன நடப்பன

ஆர்வுற வகுத்த வருட்பெருஞ் ஜோதி

Creatures which crawl or undulate

On land or in water,

Bird-beings which move by flight,

Trees and plants, the stationary sentient beings

Quadrupeds and bipeds who walk,

The OmniLight of Supreme Compassion has differentiated and organized all of them in abundant variety!

Note: The previous couplet 346 categorized life-forms in terms of the type of carrier of their emergence, e.g., egg, amniotic sac, soil, roots, etc. This couplet categorizes them in terms of locomotion, or its absence, and the mode of locomotion employed by them.