Swami Ramalinga Vallalar @ Swami Thiruartprakasa Vallalar
Swami Ramalingam, popularly known as Swami Thiruvarutprakasa 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.
Swami was a Gnana Siddha who put before the people the deathlessness of body as an essential part of the realization of the One Blissful Divine. Swami was an embodiment of great compassion and he was not for discarding it for any reason. On the other hand if compassion was to be taken away from him, his life also would come to an end. So intense is love for the humanity at large and the other living creatures.
We taken that Swami’s 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. Swami’s 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.
Our Swami was a born tamil poet. He was one of the very few of his generations who not only acheived the final end of human existence through direct experience but also filled the atmosphere and surroundings with expressions of his expressions through poetry and prose. Swami has written six thousand verses of Divine inspiration “Thiru Arutpa”. The life works of our swami consists major portion in the form of poetry and rest are some musical composition, 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.
Swami lived in the midst of people healing their ailments and teaching them the principles of Samarasa Suddha Sanmargam which is a happy combination of service to fellow beings and spiritual experience.
The path of suddha sanmargam is not a new religion but it wants one not to be confined within the limits of any one religion but to reach high spiritual realms, shedding all difference of caste, creed, religion, nationality etc, and to experience the Ultimate reality.
Principles of Suddha Sanmargam
The Chief ideal of the “Samarasa Suddha Sanmargam” consists in insisting on the promotion of “Universal Brotherhood”. The doctrine of Universal Brotherhood implies not only Universal Love and the right of every soul to love and to be loved but also the equality of all individuals whatever their social status, caste, religion, nation and other affinities may be. Further one should deem the other soul virtually as one’s self. This ‘Oneness’ is the resultant of soul love.
The Right Of All Souls For Integration Through Soul Love
The right of all souls for integration through soul love is one of the cheif ideal of Suddha Sanmargam. The pivot of soul love is the growing knowledge of God. One’s realization of integration with all souls will lead one to ultimate integration (or) Union with God.
‘Arutperunjothi’ The Unique One Common Reality
The lord who dances in the ‘Space Of Grace’ is the unique, supreme lord for all the Universes, just as there is only one soul in a body and not two or three says swami. Our swami put forths “Arutperunjothi” the common reality as the only truth and ideal to be cherished and aimed at by humanity. There is no plurality in the Ultimate.
Rejoicing at the realization of this supreme reality through direct experience is the foremost landmark of Samarasa Suddha Sanmargam.
Our swami emphatically declares that love for God will develop in the human mind only when man develops compassion towards his fellow beings and prepares the ground for Divine Grace. Without Divine Grace abiding love for God is not possible.
Our swami describes compassionate service in his own way as an act of worship performed by one through the softening of one’s soul caused by the suffering of other souls in hunger, diseaase, thirst, poverty, fear etc.
Our swami equally deplores and condemns the act of the pious people in ignoring the poor and destitute and says that even if they practice yoga, penance, telling of beads and meditation they will be far away from God’s Grace.
One Become The Embodiment Of Grace
Realization of the Lord’s grace enables the soul to know itself as ‘a space of grace’ that is, as one whose very nature is compassion. As soon as the soul thus realizes itself, it becomes qualified for achieving God-realization. This is testified to by the direct experiences of our Swami. Hence, swami states that the main means stipulated in the Suddha Sanmargam is ‘one becoming the embodiment of Grace’.
Compassionate Service To All Fellow Beings
The perception of One Supreme Reality, along with the knowledge that the tribes, castes, creed and different social strata are farce, will remove all the barriers in the paths of congenial human relationship all over the world, which should be developed through compassionate outlook and service. So next to the perception of the common Reality, compassion is the other land mark of Suddha Sanmargam. Infact this perception and unconditional compassion towards all fellow beings make this path universal.
The more the melting of souls for each other, the easier will be the direct manifestation of God’s Grace. It is human sympathy that leads to Divine Grace. In one of his percepts swami says that the natural trait of the soul is compassion and that if a soul realizes its ultimate sphere through compassionate service to fellow beings, it will surely experience the union with God.