HAPPY GURU RAVIDAS JI’S JYANTI TODAY

RAVIRAVIDAS JI IN MEDITATIVE TRANCE

HAPPY GURU RAVIDAS JI’S BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

INFLUENCE OF OUR GURUS AND THINKERS OF REPUTE

There are Gurus, Philosophers and great thinkers who, by their writings and preaching changed the very thinking of the general masses. Their teachings helped in removing the narrow-minded attitude and behaviour patterns. Guru Ravidas Ji’s teachings were all inclusive for all without any discrimination.

EARLY LIFE OF GURU RAVIDAS JI OR GURU RAIDAS JI

GURU RAVIDAS JI also known as Guru Raidas was born in a village named Sir Gobardhan (Near Varanasi Uttar Pradesh) to mother Mother Kalsa’n and father Santosh Dass.  He was born in 1450 CE and died in 1520 CE. This place is famously known as Shri Ravidas Janam Asthan (Birth place). His ancestoral profession or occupation was leather work. But from his childhood days, he devoted his life in spiritual pursuits on the sacred banks of Ganga Ji. In other words, he was immensely influenced by the lives of Sufi saints and ascetics who lived the lived in austerity. Be was the proponent of Bhakti Movement which changed the very lives of many a people who were considered as downtrodden.

AS A SPIRITUAL POEM AND RENOWNED CREATIVE POET

Guru Ravidas was hugely influenced by a Brahmin Shri Ramanand (A Bhakti Poet). It is creditable that he is also respectfully termed as the contemporary of Sant Kabir Ji ; a spiritual oriented who changed many a lives during his life time. It is also known that he was hugely influenced by Shri Ramananda, of Ramanandi Sampeadaya traditio, and his followers. This movement too had a lasting impression on the lives of Guuru Ravidas and his followers including the general masses.

GURU JI’S ENLIGHTENED THE MASSES WITH HIS WRITINGS

He had written so many poems which spread awareness and speak of emancipation humankind.

In one of the poems titled ESCAPE, he offers prayers to Lord Rama. He compares Lord Rama as the vast cloud and he as a peacock. Then he says that Lord Rama is the sandalwood full of fragrance whereas he is water which too is useful. The gist of this poem is evidenced that he cannot disssociate himself from Lord Rama in different forms and manifestations. Finally, he considers Lord Rama as the Master whereas he is His servant. Such is the devotion and focus of his Bhakti Marg for not only to enhance his self realization but also seek connectivity with God which he attained. In other words, in order to deliver from the difficult times, he banks on the Bhakti marg,,

ESCAPE

LORD RAMA

How to escape? I recite the name Ram
Lord, if you are sandalwood, I am water
with the fragrance in all parts of my body
Lord, if you are a cloud, I am a peacock
looking for you like a chakora for the moon
Lord, if you are a lamp, I am the wick (Bati)
with the light burning day and night
Lord, if you are a pearl, I am the thread
together like gold and suhaga
Lord, you are the master and I servant
thus is the devotion of Raidas

HE WAS REVERED BY ALL INCLUDING THE MEMBERS OF PRIESTLY CLASS

He was immensely influenced by the prevailing condition at that time, so much so he was spiritually inclined that all, including Brahmins respeccted him hugely.  During that time, he paid visit to places of worship in whole of India. It is to his credit that he left Saguna (With Attribute or Image) and begain his focus on Nirguna (Without Attributes or image) form and formulation of Almighty God.

ENLIGHTENING MESSAAGE OF GURU JI

HIS TEACHINGS IN THE POETIC FORMS INFLUENCED THE GENERRAL MASSES

He is said to have met Guru Nanak Dev Ji (The founder of Sikhism). It is also a fact that 41 Ravidas’s poems find mention in the Adi Granth. These poems are enlightening, rich in spiritual knowledge. His literary poems find mention in many other texts too for their rich spiritual knowhow. Those who follow Sant Ravidas are termed as Ravidasi. In other words, he is as respected while he lived as presently by the general masses due to his spiritual pursuits and literary works.

RAY OF HOPE IN THE TEACHINGS OF GURU JI

These literary works include conflict and tyranny, resolution of disputes along with willingness to devote one’s life in different right causes.  He was the proponent of upholding the rights of all without any bias. His literary works tell us about the struggle for upliftment of all sections of society including the marginalised sections of the society. In other words interreligious and inter communal struggle prevalent during that period. It could be said that the writing of Sant Ravidas were immensely influenced by the dynamics of castes and other societical viewpoints prevailing. So much so Guru Ji was spiritually advanced and connected with Almighty God that he could show a stone floating in water or making the Ganges reversing its course. That was the spiritual forward path which he had achieved.

Guru Ravidas stressed upon the philosophy of knowing one’s own self. In Guru Raidas stressed upon NirgunaSaguna orientation. He believed in the Nath Yoga philosophy. It emphasisees about the union of the truths in many forms and merge with One Supreme. He was really imbued with the limitless love of God as envisioned in the Nirguna philosophy. This also form part of his Bhakti Movement.

ENLIGHTENING TEACHINGS OF GURU JI

GURU RAVIDAS JI’S teachings which influenced the general masses are given below:

  • Through Guru Ji Bhakti philosophy, he resolved many of the spiritual doubts of the general masses.
  • He did not desist from mentioning about his humble origin but he stood for the causes of downtroddens and marginalized people in the society in general.
  • He stressed upon knowing the self in order to seek connectivity with God.
  • He was the proponent of Nirguna; he subscribed to the idea of nondualism as enunciated by Vedic philosophy.
  • He was against the idea of discrimination based on caste, creed or gender.
  • He was the one who had attained God’s connectivity by following Bhakti Marg.
  • His literary works stressed clear distinction between good and bad.
  • He wanted all to eradicate egocentric tendencies from the society.
  • Delving inside our own self can provide us self awareness and help vices which are prevalent in the society.
  • Through his enlightening poems, he showcased his deep spiritual inclination which inspire us even today.
  • If we follow the lives and enlightening teachings of Guru Ji, there would not be any difference on the basis if narrow-minded considerations.

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11 thoughts on “HAPPY GURU RAVIDAS JI’S JYANTI TODAY”

  1. Good morning and thank you very much for this excellent article, my dearest Brahminic Mentor across the Vast Oceans. Indeed the philosophers have played a very important role in our lives. In Ancient Times, we physicians have engaged in philosophical themes as we were shamans, healers, and, yes, also charlatans. Guru Ravidas Ji is certainly a distinguished member of that long line of Hindu sages that have shaped the very best of Hinduism. This is a point that I would like to emphasize. Sadly, in the most prejudiced western Media, the only time when we read or listen some news about Hinduism is when a little group of zealots desecrate a Muslim place or harass the Minorities in your dear land. WRONG. That does not represent the millions of Hindi people that lead a modest life and respect their neighbors. Unfortunately that is a hidden legacy of the Raj when the mendacious colonizing scribes portrayed the Hindu people as a mass of ignoramuses that had to be tamed by force.
    I especially like the NATH YOGA PHILOSOPHY whereby the union of many truths merge into the ONE SUPREME. That is a concept also shared by Hassidic Jews and Mystical Christians like myself. Thank you for corroborating a major tenet of our rebellious movement to clean the church from so many arrogant old priests in the Curia Romana that mistakenly believe that their ankylosed form of worship to God is the only valid one. Nonsense. We need to rejuvenate the church teachings to adapt its dogma to a multi-colored body of believers.
    I got your mailing address but I did not approve your commentary to preserve your privacy.
    Please comment the blog and podcast I put up to celebrate the Five Stars Review of the Reader Views Literary contest. Give my cordial salute to your lovely wife. A big hug. Arrivederci.

    1. Good morning Dr. Sahib,

      Thank you so very much Dr. Sahib for your most valuable and most relevant commentary on Bhakti Marg adopted by the general masses due to the preaching of Saints, philosophers, thinkers, priests and social reformers who changed the very mindset of the general masses by their practical orientation in their spiritual practices due to which many of the old and useless religious practices such as Sati, caste system (which was originally based on profession of a person concerned as enunciated by Saint Manu) but afterwards were taken as different caste and creed owing to parochial and selfish considerations of some of our priestly class. This practice is now waning and giving place to advanced orientation in its place. The Saints, thinkers and philosophers not merely of Hindu tradition but also other religious have left a rich and enlightening tradition which if followed can enhance brotherly feelings in the global sphere for spreading the cause of humanity and help conjoin us with our CREATOR.

      Truth is not particular religious centric. It is One for every religion and thoughts. Who can dispute that our source is ONE and ABSOLUTE. It is may thru Hinduism, Christianity, Hassidic Jews or any other religious thoughts and percepts. Here no single thought or religious can profess that their belief is the single one for reaching upto to HIM. A simple chant and chant with sincerity can do wonders for us all. Honesty and sincerely counts a lot.

      I shall comment the blog.

      With warm regards and hugs,

      HARBANS

      1. Good morning and thanks for this exhilarating ode to the need for sages in our daily demeanor. Yes, I agree that Hinduism was temporarily taken over by a bunch -f charlatans and opportunists, but slowly but surely this great religion of Antiquity is cleaning its act, as we commonly say. Let us hope that Christianity, and Roman Catholicism in particular, will continue to do the same under the guidance of our dear Pope Francis. I am anxiously awaiting for your commentary, my dear Brahminic mentor. A big hug. Arrivederci.

      2. Good morning Dr. Sahib,

        Thanks for your well articulated commentary about the change which Hinduism perforce had to inculcate. It is fact that everything and everybody has to undergo change with change in time. This evolution has to go on.

        With warm regards

        HARBANS

      3. Good morning and thanks for this exhilarating ode to the need for sages in our daily demeanor. Yes, I agree that Hinduism was temporarily taken over by a bunch -f charlatans and opportunists, but slowly but surely this great religion of Antiquity is cleaning its act, as we commonly say. Let us hope that Christainity, and roman Catholicism in particular, will continue to do the same under the guidance of our dear Pope Francis. I am anxiously awaiting for your commentary, my dear Brahminic mentor. a big hug. Arrivederci

      4. Good morning Dr. Sahib,

        Evolution is the need of the hour and nobody remain immune to the change. Those who change willingly are changed by the circumstances. But change it will have to. It is well said; the old changes and gives place to new one, in accordance with change in time and place.

        I shall offer my comments.

        With warm regards and warm hugs

        HARBANS

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