ShivaFan

Namaste Jayaram V,

I know you have heard of the Tamil Saint Arutprakasa Vallalar Chidambaram Ramalingam. Know in the world today as Vallalar.  I have only just discovered this Saint of the Suddha Sanmarga Sangam practice and author of the Thiruvarutpa.  I am only just learning of Him in the last few days, I do not know enough to fully understand nor have any conclusions, but He seems to be a true Siddha.  If I am understaning correctly, He preached a  “Mantra of Divine Light” (“Arut Perum Jyothi Thani Perum Karunai, Arut Perum Jyothi” – approximate translation Vast Grace of Light Supreme Light of Compassion, Vast Grace of Light).  He preached something called the “Divine Unity of Souls".   He seems wonderful in many ways.

But I trust your thoughts.  Do you have any thoughts in regards to this Saint to Western Hindus such as myself?  Do they still have an active San Marga Sanga, or movement?  I read He is a Saiva Siddhanta devotee.  Is that true?

Can you share any of your valuable insights on this Tamil Saint?

Thank you!

Om Namah Sivaya

Satyameva Jayate * Truth Alone Triumphs
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JayaramV
Dear Shiva Fan,

In a literal sense, a guru is not God but God like, endowed with divine qualities and extraordinary intelligence (buddhi) A guru is worthy of honor and respect even if she or he has some human weaknesses for the divine may manifest, for reasons  beyond our grasp, in the consciousness of a person even when his mind and body are not perfectly transformed or purified. Therefore, we have to take the best out of our gurus and ignore their weaknesses and imperfections, which unfortunately many people do not. Knowledge and wisdom may come to us in many forms according to our needs and aspirations. Our gurus are products of our karmas and our spiritual needs. We can learn from many  gurus, but we have to chose only one in the end for our final liberation. That one may be even God Himself since some people may find it hard to submit to the guidance of a mortal. I am not aware of the guru you mentioned. India is full of wise spiritual teachers intermixed with some not so wise ones. I would suggest that you rely upon your discerning wisdom  (buddhi), learn more about his teachings and see how it goes. - Jayaram V

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ShivaFan
Namaste JayaramV

Thank you for your insightful answer which is the perfect answer and clarifies so many things for all of us who read your forum and your authoritative books and revelations. You shared with all of us the vision and blessed buddhi you have, we have learned that the Guru of a Guru may well be Deva or Devi directly. I will use your guidance while researching this Tamil Saint who apparently worships Jyoti or Light. You are a gift.

Om Namah Sivaya
Satyameva Jayate * Truth Alone Triumphs
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