Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
Assu 24, Samat 545 Nanakshahi
Oct 9 (today), marks the Prakash Divas (Birthday) of Fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das Ji. Guru Ramdas Sahib (Jetha ji) was born at Chuna Mandi, Lahore (in Pakistan), Son of Mata Daya Kaur ji (Anup Kaur ji) and Baba Hari Das ji. His parents died when he was just 7 year old. His grandmother took him to her native village Basarke, where he spent five years and earned his bread by selling boiled grams. Later, they moved to Goindwal where he started taking part in the religious congregation held by Guru Amardas Sahib.
Guru Ramdas Ji was a man of considerable merit. He became famous for his piety, devotion, energy and eloquence. Guru Amardas Sahib found him capable in every respect and worthy of the office of Guruship and installed him as Fourth Nanak on September 1, 1574.
Guru Ramdas Sahib laid the foundation stone of township Chak Ramdas or Ramdas Pur, which would eventually house the Harminder Sahib in present day Amritsar, India. The new city (Chak Ramdas Pur) flourished soon as it was situated at the centre of international trade routes. It grew into an important center of trade in Punjab after Lahore. Guru Ramdas Sahib himself invited many merchants and artisans from the different walks of life and trades. Later on, it proved to be step of far-reaching importance. It provided a common place of worship to the Sikhs and paved the way for the future guidelines for the Sikhism as a different religion. Guru Ramdas Sahib introduced Masand system in place of Manji system and this step played a great role in the consolidation of Sikhism. He, like his predecessors carried forward the tradition ofGuru ka Langar. Superstitions, caste system and pilgrimages were strongly decried.
Guru Ramdas Sahib strengthened the Sikhism a step further by composing Four Lavaans and advised the Sikhs to recite them in order to solemnize the marriages of their children. Thus he introduced a new matrimonial system based upon Sikhism instead of Hindu’s Vedic system. His compositions include 638 hymns in 30 ragas, these include 246 Padei, 138 Saloks, 31 Ashtpadis and 8 Vaars.
Divan Tomorrow Oct 10
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Thurs, Oct 10th, 2013 from 6:45 PM to 9:15 PM.
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Sikh Dharma Kirtan
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