Author: Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati
Mahatma Ramalingam (Vallalar) experienced both the characteristics of form and formlessness in Jyoti, the divine light. It has a form because one can experience it and see it. It is also without form because one cannot feel it and it is likely to be extinguished. Vallalar believed that the Eternal Truth remains unrevealed and it is the Jyoti, the Vast Grace of Light, that causes the revelation of truth.
A subject is able to perceive an object only when the reflection of the light falls on the object. If a precious stone meant for public display is kept in a dark corner it never gets noticed. It needs the focus of a light to bring out its full value in sparkling brilliance. The power of Jyoti is highlighted in all religions. It forms the foundation of all thoughts, all activities and systems. Jyoti is the eternal divine power that first originated in the universe.