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Tamil Swami Ramalingam Pillai’s Prophecy


Daleep Singh and Thakur Singh had a prophecy related to Russia and the West, but so did a well-known swami in Southern India, Vallalār, also known as Ramalinga Swamigal and Ramalinga Adigal. This important figure in Tamil history is mentioned as Chidambaram Ramalingam Pillai Avergal (also called Arulprakasa Vallalare) in Theosophy, and this yogi was known as one of the most famous Tamil saints, one of the greatest Tamil poets of the 19th century. He belonged to a line of Tamil saints known as “gnana siddhars” (gnana meaning higher wisdom).

Ramalinga was a strong advocate against the caste system and often spoke of its negative impacts on society. He founded the “Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Satya Sangam” in 1865, meaning “Society for pure truth in universal self hood.” The Sathya Dharma Salai at Vadalur was a eating house founded in 1867 to provide free meals without regard to caste differences. Ramalinga was also strictly against meat eating. God is “Arut Perum Jothi,” the personification of mercy and knowledge for him, and the basis of his teaching was “Service to mankind is the path of moksha (liberation).”

A disciple of Ramalingam who was also a member of the Theosophical Society, Tholuvore Velayudham Mudaliar, a pandit of the Presidency College in Madras issued a statement in 1882 about him, and explained his teachings further:

“As he preached against caste, he was not very popular. But still people of all castes gathered in large numbers around him. They came not so much for his teachings, as in the hope of witnessing and learning phenomena, or “miracles,” with the power of producing which he was generally credited; though he himself discredited the idea of anything supernatural, asserting constantly that his was a religion based on pure science. Among many other things he preached that:

(1) Though the Hindu people listened not to him, nor gave ear to his counsels, yet the esoteric meaning of the Vedas and other sacred books of the East would be revealed by the custodians of the secret – the Mahatmas – to foreigners, who would receive it with joy;

(2) That the fatal influence of the Kalipurusha Cycle, which now rules the world, will be neutralized in about ten years;

(3) That the use of animal food would be gradually relinquished;

(4) That the distinction between races and castes would eventually cease, and the principle of Universal Brotherhood be eventually accepted, and a Universal Brotherhood be established in India;

(5) That what men call “God” is, in fact, the principle of Universal Love – which produces and sustains perfect Harmony and Equilibrium throughout all nature;

(6) That men, once they have ascertained the divine power latent in them, would acquire such wonderful powers as to be able to change the ordinary operations of the law of gravity, etc., etc.”

He held that spiritual liberation can be attained in this life, and that death was not natural, therefore it was not necessary to die to experience the ultimate spiritual experience. Several poems of his are compiled in a book called Thiruvarutpa.


So, two prophecies as in Were the Theosophical Masters Sikh coincidentally about Russia, though dissimilar.

Ramalingam Pillai was said to have predicted the arrival of H.P. Blavatsky and H.S. Olcott to India in 1873 a year before they actually met and six before they came to India. H.P. Blavatsky explained, that the Theosophical Society was founded at the direct suggestion of Indian and Tibetan Adepts; and “that in coming to this country we but obeyed their wishes. But we shall leave our friends to draw their own inferences from all the facts.” 

According to his disciple Tholuvore Velayudham Mudaliar, a member of the Theosophical Society, Mr. Mudaliar stated that Yogi Ramalinga prophesied to him, that:

“During the latter part of his visible earthly career, he often expressed his bitter sorrow for this sad state of things, and repeatedly exclaimed”

“You are not fit to become members of this Society of Universal Brotherhood. The real members of that Brotherhood are living far away, towards the North of India. You do not listen to me. You do not follow the principles of my teachings. You seem to be determined not to be convinced by me. YET THE TIME IS NOT FAR OFF, WHEN PERSONS FROM RUSSIA, AMERICA (these two countries were always named), and other foreign lands WILL COME TO INDIA AND PREACH TO YOU THIS SAME DOCTRINE OF UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD. Then only, will you know and appreciate the grand truths that I am now vainly trying to make you accept. You will soon find that THE BROTHERS WHO LIVE IN THE FAR NORTH will work a great many wonders in India, and thus confer incalculable benefits upon this our country.”

This prophecy has, in my opinion, just been literally fulfilled. The fact, that the Mahatmas in the North exist, is no new idea to us, Hindus; and the strange fact that the advent of Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott from Russia and America was foretold several years before they came to India, is an incontrovertible proof that my Guru was in communication with those Mahatmas under whose directions the Theosophical Society was subsequently founded.”

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