Swami Ramalinga popularly known as vallalar. The great munificent, is regarded as the foremost of the saints and sages considering the heights, widths, depths and intimacies of his realization of the Divine in all the inmost, outer and the outmost parts of his being.
He was a yogi who put before the people the deathlessness of body as an essential part of the realization of the one Blissful divine. Swami ramalinga was an embodiment of great compassion and he was not for discarding it for any reason. On the order hand if compassion was to be taken away from him, his life also would come to an end. So intense was his love for the humanity at large and the other living creatures.
We taken that his experience in higher realms the experience that gave him sublime knowledge of the divine and his compassion towards all grew simultaneously each helping the other. His own experience proved to us beyond any doubts that human compassion is the only ladder to the spiritual heights. He prayed to lord for miraculous powers, not for self-aggrandizement but for compassion towards all souls. Throughout his life he was doing compassionate service to all souls and when such service was not possible with the normal, limited human abilities he prayed unceasingly to the lord to equip him with more than normal power.
The saint was a born Tamil poet. He was one of the very few of his generations who not only achieved the find end of human existence through direct experience but also filled the atmosphere and surroundings with expressions of his experience through poetry and prose. The saint has written six thousand verses of divine inspiration “THIRU ARUTPA”. The life works of the saint consists major portion in the form of poetry and rest are some musical compositions, a few prose works, a few commentaries, a few letters written by him to his followers and the collection of his oral teachings, later recorded by his disciples.