Shri Guru Ram Das Ji: An Inspiration to All!
Guru Ram Das Ji was the fourth of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism and was given the title of Sikh Guru on 30 August 1574 at Goindwal. He was the founder and planner of the famous township of Ramdaspur which eventually became the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.
Born on September 24, 1534 at Chuna Mandi (Lahore), initially he was named as Bhai Jetha Ji. He got married to Bibi Bhani ji who was the daughter of Guru Amar Das Ji. Prithi Chand, Arjan Dev and Mahan Dev were his three sons.
As he grew up, he loved to be in the company of Holy men. Guru Ram Das ji spread the message of selfless service to the humanity without any discrimination of gender, caste, color, creed and country. He emphasized on leading simple living and high thinking.
He introduced the concept of ‘Four Lawan’, the meaning of marriage to a Sikh couple. Guru ji defined beautifully a Sikh marriage as a spiritual union in these lines, “They are not said to be husband and wife who merely sit together. Rather they alone are called husband and wife, who have one soul in two bodies.”
He also constituted the Massand Institution to look after the growth and development of Sikhism. His Bani is compiled up in Sodar Sahib and Kirtan Sohila (regular prayers of Sikhs).
Guru Ji not only founded the Amritsar city but strived to ensure the commercial and all-around development of the city through different trade ventures. Eventually, it has become a flourishing trade centre and a place of distinct pilgrimage for Sikhs. It is him who dugged up the pool of Harmandir Sahib Ji or Golden Temple. The excavation of the holy sarovar (pool of nectar) is the symbol of spirituality that strengthens the Sikh unity. The holy city of Amritsar was also known as Guru Ka Chak.
Guru Ram Das Ji dedicated his entire life to preach Sikhism. He motivated the Sikhs to become true Sikhs while following the path of supreme power i.e GOD. One of his famous quotes includes:
“One who calls himself a Sikh of the True Guru shall get up early morning and meditate on the Lord’s Name. Make effort regularly to cleanse, bathe and dip in the ambrosial pool. Upon Guru’s instructions, chant Har, Har singing which, all misdeeds, sins and pains shall go away.”
He bestowed Guruship on his youngest son Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Guru Ram Das ji left for heavenly in 1581 at Goindwal.
I request everyone to follow his principles and lead a spiritual life.
Wishing you all the happiness on Guru Ram Das Ji’s pious Gurgaddi Diwas!