Ramalinga Swamigal

Ramalinga Swamigal

There are spiritual masters who have never invested in spreading their message and their figure: one of these is Ramalinga Swamigal, called “Vallalar”, which means “he who gives freely”.

Ramalinga Swamigal

  • Ramalinga “Vallalar”, a little known teacher
  • Ramalinga as a social reformer
  • Ramalinga as a mystical poet
  • Ramalinga and the Jothy Agaval
  • Ramalinga and the transformation of the body



Ramalinga “Vallalar”, a little known teacher

When we enter the sphere of spirituality  and the search for truth, notoriety is not a synonym of quality. Many spiritual masters and gurus famous around the world for their best-sellers, their number of followers and (why not?) Their websites are infected. 


But there are still spiritual masters or enlightened beings who have never invested in spreading their message and their figure . Their action and their work remain shining only for those who take the trouble to make a journey, often devoid of maps, to discover its secrets. 


India still retains these figures, and when we go down to the Dravidian south we can come into contact with the figure of Ramalinga Swamigal , called “Vallalar”, which in the local language means “the one who gives for free “.


Lived during the nineteenth century in Tamil Nadu, Ramalinga shows since childhood a total predisposition to spirituality. He spends his time in temples, in meditation , in the fields and in poor villages. 


Ramalinga as a social reformer

He feels aversion for the exploitation of man by man , for bargaining, for profit, to the point of often living deliberately in a condition of misery. He soon distances himself from religious orthodoxy and forms a fraternal society of mutual support, based on sharing, giving and helping, so much so that even today he is often held in high esteem as a great social reformer.


Ramalinga as a mystical poet

But there are deeper levels of Ramalinga’s spirituality that go beyond philanthropy and social reform. After spending time in isolation with a candle and a mirror, Ramalinga achieves a divine realization and becomes a Jnana Siddha , the one who has realized the highest knowledge, not that which comes from study or speculation, but that hidden in the heart, eternal. , knowledge by identity. 


He will then begin to compose some of the most beautiful poems in the Tamil language , of which he is still today considered one of the greatest literal exponents.


Ramalinga and the Jothy Agaval

His most important work, written in a single night, is the Jothy Agaval , a poem about the ” Vast Light of Grace ” capable of illuminating not only the mind, but of entering every recess of the human being and transforming it, without excluding the physical body. 


Many of those who followed him for his philanthropic actions begin to worship him: he becomes a fruitarian, he preaches  veganism to his followers, his body reached a state of transformation that proved impossible to photograph. 


Many traveled to India to see this man who emanated light. In the final part of his life he had him built a temple to be dedicated to this Vast Light of Grace, in the form of a fire that for nearly two centuries has never been extinguished. Then he had his loyal him gather and
tell them that he would leave the human form to enter all bodies and begin a work of collective transformation in that condition. 


Then he closed himself in a room from which he never left. When after days the police forcefully entered, they found no one. In his most esoteric writings, one finds all the highest knowledge of alchemical mysticism , written in a poetic language of someone who had never had an orthodox education. 


Ramalinga and the transformation of the body

Ramalinga describes the effect of the Vast Light of Grace on his bodily fluids, muscles, bones, cells. He describes the various steps to achieve the power to create perfect bodies non-sexually, and finally foretells the arrival of a “Yogi of the North” who will carry out this work. There is a foundation that receives (few) volunteers from all over the world to carry out its works of charity.


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