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Dedicated to Guru Ram Das
Royal Yogi of The Solar Dynasty
Friday, October 9, 1534 - Saturday, September 16, 1581


The Fourth Master of Sikh Dharma

Ardaas Bhayee, Amar Das Guroo, Amar Das Guroo, Ardaas Bhayee,
Ram Das Guroo, Ram Das Guroo, Ram Das Guroo, Sachee Sahee.*
 

HUKAM
(A Spiritual Directive)
From Siri Guru Granth Sahib Page 305

One who considers himself ...
One who considers himself to be
A disciple of the True Guru,
Should rise before the coming of the light
And contemplate the Name.

During the early hours of the morning
He should rise and bathe,
Cleansing his soul in a tank of Nectar Pure,
While he repeats the Name.

By this procedure he truly washes away
The sins of his soul.
Then with the arrival of dawn he should sing
The hymns of praise.
He should hold the Name in his heart
All through the busy hours of the day.

The one who repeats the Name with his every breath
Is a most dear disciple.
The disciple who has received the gift of the Lord's Name,
Truly wins the favor of the Lord.

I seek to kiss the very dust
Under the feet of such a one,
Who recites the Name
And inspires others to do so ...

GUR SAT GUR KA JO
SIKH AKAYAY,
SO BALAKAY OOTH ...
HAR NAM DIAYAY!
One who considers himself
To be a disciple of the True Guru,
Should rise and shine ...
Give God your glory, glory!

*"This prayer has been given to Guru Amar Das. The prayer is manifested by Guru Ram Das. The miracle is complete." (Guru Amar Das is the energy of grace and hope when there is no hope. Guru Ram Das is the energy of miracles, healings and blessings. This is the prayer to answer all prayers.)

Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru,
Jin Siria Tinay Savaria*

   
Guru Ram Das

*Blessed, blessed is Guru Ram Das;
the One who created you has also exalted you.

Guru Ram Das is known as the Chauthi Patshahi or the Fourth Guru. Born in Lahore into a Sodhi Khatri family residing in Mohalla Chuna Mandi, by all accounts, the date of his birth was the second day of the dark half of the month Karthik, September 24, 1534. See Royal Yogi of The Solar Dynasty.

His parents, Hari Das and Daya Vati, were known for their honest and pious living. Ram Das was popularly addressed as Jetha, being the first-born of his parents.

In the words of Macauliffe, "He was of fair complexion, a handsome figure, pleasing and smiling face and not disposed to weep or cry in the manner of ordinary children."

From the beginning his outlook was other worldly, and he felt the happiest when he happened to be in the company of holy people.

The village Basarke, now in the district of Amar Das, which was the native place of the third Guru, Guru Amar Das, was also the place to which Jetha's mother Daya Vati belonged.

Like other children he too had immense fascination for his Nanake, the house of his maternal grandparents, and was a frequent visitor to it. During his stay at Basarke, it was his usual practice to go round the countryside hawking boiled grains. With his charming looks and winsome manners he soon won admiration from the men and women of Basarke and the villages nearby. Guru Amar Das felt so much impressed with him that he decided to marry his second daughter, Bibi Bhani, to him.

Almost all writers, old and new, narrate this interesting story. One day, the Guru's wife, seeing Bibi Bhani playing about, remarked to her husband that as Bhani has grown up, they ought to search for a husband for her. The Guru agreed and ordered the search for a husband for her. Bibi Bhani's mother saw a boy outside her door hawking some articles of food. On carefully observing him, she said, "Find a youth like him." Hearing this, the Guru exclaimed, "He is his own parallel, for God has made none other like him."

Saying this Guru called the youth and inquired from him about his whereabouts. After that he sent him with marriage presents to his father, Hari Das, in Lahore and had the betrothal ceremony performed (1545).

Bibi Bhani served Jetha not merely as his dear wife, but also as a rare saint. The couple lived happily and in due course three sons were born to them. In order of seniority they were Prithi Chand (1547 A.D.), Mahadev (1551) and Arjan Dev (1553).

No precise information is available as to the exact time when Bhai Jetha assumed his permanent residence along with his family at Goindwal, but in all probability it was done soon after Guru Amar Das, having been selected as the third Guru, had set up his headquarters there. Goindwal had been founded several years before in the time of Guru Angad Dev, and soon after its foundation Amar Das with the whole of his family had shifted his residence from his native place Basarke. After that, whenever Jetha and Bhani felt like meeting them, they naturally had to come to Goindwal.

Mirza Hakim, the ruler of Kabul, attacked Punjab in 1565, in a bid to dislodge his half-brother Mughal Emperor Akbar from power. To meet the challenge Akbar left Agra for Punjab in November, 1565 and reached Lahore in February 1566. Mirza Hakim lost heart and retreated to Kabul. Akbar decided not to pursue him and stayed on at Lahore for more than a year. He left for Agra in March, 1567.

When the Emperor was encamped at Lahore, a small group representing hostile Brahmins and Khatris proceeded to Lahore and lodged a serious complaint against Guru Amar Das. The substance of the complaint follows: "Your majesty is the protector of our customs and the redresser of our wrongs. Every man's religion is dear to him. Guru Amar Das of Goindwal has abandoned the religious and social customs of the Hindus, and abolished the distinction of the four castes. Such heterodoxy has never been heard of in the four ages. There is now no twilight prayer, no gayatri, no offering of water to ancestors, no pilgrimages, no obsequies, and no worship of idols or of the divine salagram. The Guru has abandoned all these, and established the repetition of Wha Guru instead of Ram; and no one now acts according to the Vedas or the Smritis. The Guru reverences not Yogis, Jatis, or Brahmans. He worships no gods or goddesses, and he orders his Sikhs to refrain from doing so forevermore. He seats all his followers in a line and causes them to eat together from his kitchen, irrespective of caste; whether they are jats, strolling minstrels, Muslims, Brahmans, Khatris, shopkeepers, sweepers, barbers, washermen, fishermen or carpenters. We pray you restrain him now; else it will be difficult hereafter. May your religion and empire increase and extend over the world!"

Shabad (Hymn)
From Siri Guru Granth Sahib
For Manifesting Miracles in Your Life

Dhan dhan raam daas gur jin siri-aa tinai savaari-aa
Pooree hoee karaamaat aap sirajanhaarai dhaari-aa
Sikhee atai sangatee paarbrahm kar namasakaari-aa
Atal athaa-o atol too tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aa
Jinee too sayvi-aa bhaa-o kar say tudh paar utaari-aa
Lab lobh kaam krodh mo maar kadhay tudh saparvaari-aa
Dhan so tayraa thaan hai sach tayraa paisakaari-aa
Naanak too lehanaa toohai gur amar too veechaari-aa
Gur dithaa taa man saadhaari-aa --

Blessed, blessed is Guru Ram Das; the One who created You has also exalted You.
Perfect is Your miracle; the Creator has installed You on a throne.
Sikhs as well as all Conscious people recognize You because you manifest the Creator.
You are unchanging, unfathomable and immeasurable; You have no end or limitation.
You are unchanging, unfathomable and immeasurable;
Those who serve You with love are carried across the sea of existence.
The five obstacles of lust, anger, greed, pride and attachment:
You have beaten them and driven them out.
Blessed is Your realm, and True is Your magnificent glory.
You are Nanak, You are Angad, and You are Amar Daas;
When I recognize You, my soul is comforted. -- More.

MORE FROM GURU RAM DAS

I Would Ever Meditate On Thee

I would make myself a slave
To the one who can take me to meet my Beloved Lord.
When the Lord is merciful
He makes me to meet with the True Guru;
And I contemplate the Lord's Name ... O Lord!

If it is Thy Will to grant me happiness;
If it is Thy Will to grant me joy;
If it is Thy Will to bring me peace within ...
I would ever meditate!
I would ever meditate on Thee.

And even in pain, I will never forget Thee.
If Thou bring to me hunger I will feel satisfied.
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow ...
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow.

If it is Thy Will ...
If it is Thy Will ...
If it is Thy Will,
I would ever meditate ...
I would ever meditate ...
I would ever meditate on Thee! --

Commentary by Yogi Bhajan

"The world shall come to an understanding, and that's what is going to happen, that we, a handful of Sikhs when we'll reach in ourself the purity and piety, when we will have the dignity and the divinity, when we'll have the essence of one single line: "Ang Sang Wahe Guru," when we'll understand in the all realms of our tattwas, in our chakras, in our gunas, in our being, in our rejections, in our projections, in our pain, in our pleasure, in our richness... when in all that we reach ALWAYS for Guru Ram Das, there's nothing we should worry about. Our affairs will be adjusted.

Ang Sang Wahe Guru*

 

It is upon you. This is your karma. This is your Dharma: that you go wherever you go and spread the glory of your Guru. Spread out. Heal people. Lift them. Elevate them. And when they thank you, humbly thank them for giving you a chance so Guru Ram Das could come through.

Look at you. Right in Argentina, right in Brazil, right in Chile, right in all these countries you are. Look at Europe. You are everywhere. You are not going to stop. God doesn't want you to stop. Keep going and have trust. Give Guru Ram Das a chance to come through you. World is in suffering. World needs to be healed. World needs help. World needs the word of the Guru.

Hail, Guru Ram Das, and heal people. That's the last word you should hear and it should resound in your ears, in your heart, and in your head. There's nothing more to it. Don't try to talk too much and debate things. It won't work. Become Nirgun. Let Sirgun work through you. Give it a chance. That's the real seva. That's the real simran. That you put your bana on, take the bani of the Guru, and in the name of the Guru and heal people in all walks of life. Stop for nothing.

If you are a Christian, do it as a Christian. If you are a Jew, do it as a Jew. Guru Ram Das doesn't differentiate a person... personality... identity. You all belong to God. There are a lot of people in a lot of faiths, in a lot of walks of life who just need your touch. They just need you. They just need your vibration. They just feel good when you talk to them and you are around them.

Please do not deny it to anyone! Time is now, and now is the time!

Let it be recorded that in 1989 on the birthday of Guru Ram Das, we made a pledge to ourselves: We shall touch all... all in his name, in his grace, and in his privilege, and let us prevail through us.”
Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1989

*Ang Sung Wahe Guru celebrates the realization that there is no piece or part of ourselves, no action, and no life that is not already the living vibration of the Infinite. IT is all God. We are One. See YouAreTheEssence.com. See Glossary of Sikh Terms. See A Comprehensive Sikh History Quiz.

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NOTES

The word "Guru" is a Sanskrit word meaning teacher, honored person, religious person or saint. Sikhism though has a very specific definition of the word Guru. It means the descent of divine guidance to mankind provided through ten Enlightened Masters. This honor of being called a Sikh Guru applies only to the ten Gurus who founded the religion starting with Guru Nanak in 1469 and ending with Guru Gobind Singh in 1708; thereafter it refers to the Sikh Holy Scriptures the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. The divine spirit was passed from one Guru to the next, as "the light of a lamp, which lights another, does not abate.

"They distinguish and separate one Guru from the other. And rare is the one who knows that they, indeed, are one. They who realized this in their hearts, attained Realization of God." Guru Gobind Singh

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