Vadalur Ramalinga Swamikal (Vallalar)
Written by S NAGARAJAN
Date: 7 March 2017
Time uploaded in London:- 6-15 am
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Words will fail to enumerate the greatness of the Divine Saint, the great Vadalur Vallalar.
Given below are some of his miracles.
Tholuvore Velayudam mudaliar was his ardent disciple. He has written Vallalar’s biography in a lucid style. This is an authenticated one also. Velayudam mudaliar was working in Madras Presidency college as a Tamil Pundit.
He composed 66 verses in which he briefed the greatness of Vallalar.
How he became the disciple of this great saint is an interesting episode. Once he took one hundred verses composed by him with puns and that too in the old Tamil style to Vallalar. In order to test Vallalar, he told him that these verses were in an age old palm leaves. In one of the leaves it was found that those were sung by the great Sangam age Tamil poets.”
Sangam age was supposed to be the oldest period of Tamils and the Tamil poetic words could not be easily understood.
Vallalar went through the leaves. Then he immediately retorted to Mudaliyar, “These are all not at all of Sangam period poets. One novice who does not know even the basic fundamentals of Tamil grammar has written these verses. There are so many mistakes which nobody could count.”
Mudaliyar trembled and fell down at his feet and from that minute onwards he became an ardent devotee of Vallalar and spent his time with him till his last moments.
Hundreds of miracles were performed by the great saint. Once one of his disciples by name Sahanmugam Pillai was in search of him in the night as he was not found in his room. He went outside and had seen his various parts of body in different places. On seeing this Shanmugam screamed that something disastrous happened to his Guru. But Vallalar assembled his body and appeared before him as usual. He cautioned him not to search like this during nights.
Thiruvorriyur is a famous shrine. Vallalar used to go to the temple to worship the Goddess. There was a naked man in the Car Street. He used to see the men and women who are walking through that street and comment, “here goes a dog; This is Cow. This is a donkey.” Vallalar who used to go through a different route normally, once has chosen car street route. The naked man immediately declared, “Ah! here comes a MAN”and with both of his hands he covered his body in a way of showing great respect. That naked man must be a Yogi. On seeing Vallalar, he left the place and everybody started talking that he was so far waiting to have the holy view of the great saint.
Vallalar life is full of incidents. He was a great alchemist. Whatever he touches that would become gold. But very rarely he showed his mysterious powers to others.
He was praised by Theosophists. Velayudam mudaliyar has given a beautiful statement to the author of ‘Hints on Esoteric Theosophy about Vallalar. When this statement was published in the magazine. ‘The Theosophist’ July 1882 issue, Madam H.P.Blavatsky has given a glorious tribute and emphasized that her prophesy has been fulfilled.
We may need whole of our lifetime to study Vallalar and understand him.