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SWAMI THIRUVARUD PRAKASHA BHRAMANANTHA JOTHI RAMALINGAM

 

 

India is called asNganna Bumi literally meaning the EnlightenedZone of the World.There are numerous Saints and Sages ; among them Shri Thiru Arut Prakasa Bhrammanantha Jothi Ramalingam of the nineteenth century , has witnessed and proved to extend his teachings and beliefs across the world, religions, castes and creeds.

 

The Divine Saint has instituted in his Arutpa that the Omnipresent is one and He is the Jothi existing in the entire cosmos. He is above all religions and he is the eternal bliss (Jothi).

Saint Ramalingam was born at Marudhur near Chidambaram on the fifth of October 1823. His parents were Ramaiya Pillai and Chinnammai. He was the youngest in the family. The parents wanted to take the infant to Chidambaram for christening. They paid their respects to Lord Nadaraja. During the time of Darshan, the infant saw the Lord, without a wink and gasped a breath to laugh. They named him as Ramalingam. His father Ramaiya Pillai did not live long to see his son grow. His elder brother, Sabapathi brought Ramalingam to Madras. He wanted to educate his brother. However, the boy Ramalingam was inattentive at his schoolwork. He resorted to solitude and indulged in introspection. He felt the inclination to meditate. His brother Sabapathi was not able to conceive the truth in his brotherís motive. There were times his brother , Sabapathi , was harsh and refused him food and shelter, just to compel him to return to school , to continue his studies to uphold the family status.

 

Ramalingam adored Lord Muruga and often visited Kantha Kottam. Apart he praised Gnana Sambandhar, the saint of the 7th century. He took his poems and teachings to heart. At the age of nine he had a vision of Lord Muruga on the mirror. Besides, Ramalingam visited the Sivan Temple in Thruvotriyor. Years passed by this manner, until his brother, sister and mother persuaded him to get married. Being unsuccessful in their attempts, they decided to approach his respected guru, a Siva Yogi to persuade him to marry. However, the marriage proved to be a failure.

 

Saint Ramalingam proceeded with his divine journey. In the year 1865 he wrote the Thiru Arutpa. This consists of 6000 poems. Besides, he wrote songs about all Gods Sri Vinayagar, Sri Murugan, Sri Sakthi and Sri Sivam. He gave great importance to Thilai Nadarajar. During this period of time, an incident miraculously took place. Toan oil lamp, Ramalingam poured water , instead of oil . The lamp burnt in like manner as an oil lamp. He states that, this is no miracle of his, but that , the Divineís grace has manifested itself. This was the first eye opener to the public at large , as to who was Saint Ramalingam During this period of time, he acquired the three siddhies namely,

 

 

He now started the Suddha Sanmargam : a new concept of the Hindu philosophy which is to have compassionate love for fellow beings, shedding of caste, creed, religion and nationality. The word Arutt Perum Jothi means to experience the ultimate reality in the form of Jothi(light). This philosophy, dissuades one, from the disputes, on the superiority of one religion to another. God! He believes is borne in the mind ; the site of oneness all religions.Unfortunately , animosity is growing between religions, societies, races and between nations due to seclusion. The Saint Ramalingam stresses universal brotherhood. The offering of life as sacrifice was not the path ofGodís love . The people of India on the whole were practicing all sort of cults, sacrifices and went into trans in the name of God.People were puzzled and were looking forward to someone, who could guide them.It was during this period on May 23rd 1867, Ramalingam headed the Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathya Sangam and Darma Salai. His first intention was to feed the poor.

 

In 1870 he lived in Mettukuppam. The ashramam was named as Chittivalakam. He lived as a person of great compassion to all beings (Jeeva karunyam).

In 1872 Saint Ramalingam raised the Sanmarga Flag, which was yellow and white , in front of Chittivalakam ; this flag embraced human harmony and love for Godhead. Here he practiced the power of concentration to complete his final journey. He wanted to merge into inexhaustible bliss by the dismemberment of his holy body and the reunion of the dismembered parts. He had often contemplated on the deeds of Saint Gnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar of their raising , of the dead. God bestowed on Him the power of raising the dead. He vowed that this is rendered possible by His experience of the Supreme Jothi. He often pleaded in his prayer for the power of raising the dead. His other prayers were the transfiguration of the body into Jothi. This gradual spiritual transfiguration into Jothi, signifies the embodied immortality attained and expounded by the Saint.

On the 30th January 1874 he entered his room at chittivalakam and asked his followers to lock the door of his hermitage. His ultimate aim was to defy birth , which is to be preceded by deathlessness through gradual transfiguration of the fleshy body into purity, light and wisdom. That was the last they saw of him. When the government officers came to investigate, they broke the door open and witnessed a flash of light piercing out of the room. Saint Ramalingam had tranfigured himself into the eternal bliss of : THE ARUT PERUM JOTHI, THANI PERUM KARUNAI

 


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