Teach me the odes of Your truth, that I may produce fruits in You. And open to me the harp of Your Holy Spirit, so that with every note I may praise You, Maran. According to the multitude of Your mercies, so grant unto me, and hasten to grant our petitions. For You are sufficient for all our needs. Halleluyah.” — Ode 13:7-9
In their gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon them, adherents of the Religion of Light, continually praise God by the use of psalms, special prayers, music and in silence. We give forth praises of thanksgiving and gratitude to the Father of Greatness, the Divine Mother, the Blessed Son, all the various Celestial Beings, including Mar Mani Khaila – our Teacher of Light.
Let me be pleasing before You, because of Your glory, and because of Your name let me be saved from the evil one. And let Your gentleness, Maran, abide with me, and the fruits of Your love.” — Ode 13:5,6
As sons and daughters of the inexhaustible Light, we give our praises forth to the Father of Greatness, and extol His wonders throughout the earth for His salvation. He has provided us many weapons to utilise against the evil one — namely, the Three Pillars of our Faith: Scripture, Tradition and Revelation.
When we abide by all three of these beautiful Pillars, we can be assured of our good standing before the Great Throne of our Father. The celestial beings are a witness to our faithfulness. When we are faithful, He is faithful to abide with us.
Do not be concerned with forms and images. Forms and images, as are all things of this world, are
illusions and subject to impermanence. The only thing that remains is the truth.
Turn not aside Your mercies from me, Maran; and take not Your kindness from me. Stretch out to me, my Lord, at all times, Your right hand, and be to me a guide till the end according to Your will.” — Ode 13:3,4
We beg of our God to continue displaying mercy toward us, as His children, who are unable to do anything on our own. We must accept correction from the Father of Greatness, who disciplines us in His love and compassion. For this correction, we are most grateful.
As the eyes of a son upon his father, so are my eyes, Maran, at all times towards You. Because my pleasure is with You.” — Ode 13:1,2
Unlike the world, the believer’s eyes are always upon the Father of Greatness. His or her daily prayer is one of thanksgiving for all the many blessings received, yesterday, today and for those of tomorrow. The believer’s life is one of gratitude — always thanking the Father for life and the opportunity to serve Him and to make the Call known in the world.
If there are any areas within our lives where we can make improvements, we ask the Father to send us increased light through the Divine Mother and the Living Spirit, and we ask to be made acceptable in our service. However, we must be willing to be corrected, as a loving father corrects his children when they err.